hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Very well maintained. Very easy hike. Dog friendly. Great place to take out of town visitors who are not seasoned hikers.

Less of a hike and more boulder hopping. Wear gloves to hoist yourself up. Fun time!!! Can be crowded.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Great trail. Easy for a seasoned hiker. Go early as this is a crowded one. Very well maintained.

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Such a pretty and well kept trail. The visitors center, bathrooms, & water fountains are a big perk. My only critique of this trail is that it’s really crowded in the late morning (9amish) so I would suggest going out earlier. Gorgeous viewpoints to stop and look out and lots of wildlife spotting. We saw 4 chuckwallas!

Very pretty, great rock formations at the top. We took a few detours.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Visiting from Tulsa, OK. We arrived at 4:45 and reached summit at around 5:30 just for sunrise. A great hike but very tiring for me. Not a lot of people early in the morning, so would definitely recommend going then as it’s not hot at all and is peaceful.

hiking
3 days ago

Nice shady spots along the way, good for the warmer months. Pretty easygoing trail for the most part. It’s peaceful here, but usually run into more people here than on other less frequented trails.

My favorite of all the Phoenix Mountain Preserve trails. The climb to the peak at the beginning sets the tone for the Freedom Loop. Not many people on the backside, making it more enjoyable than the peak.

hiking
4 days ago

This is one of the most scenic hikes in the Phoenix area. If you go early in the morning there is plenty of shade too!

hiking
4 days ago

The water isn’t flowing right now, but the views are still very beautiful!

One of my all time favorite trails. You will quite literally be scrambling up rocks, which as long as you’re aware of, you will be good. So many GORGEOUS views, so many interesting parts. It will challenge you, and make you think. The peak is incredibly rewarding! It gets very busy, so I recommend going very early in the morning or on week days. You will remember this one forever!!!

The reviews are pretty spot on so I’m just adding a few more comments. The app say 9.2 Miles which takes about 5 hours. I’m a pretty active hiker and it took 8 hours to go to the water fall and get back up the hill. My running app tracked the in/out at 14.4 miles. I stopped a few times to shake rocks out of my shoes but otherwise didn’t stop much. I didn’t completely understand why people said to bring a float tube from some of the other reviews. You have to swim against the flow through deep water for about 50-75 yards. some small flotation device is needed. I tried to hug the wall while holding my backpack over my head... speaking of backpacks a dry bag would have been nice. I brought ziplocks to put my phone in but felt like it was a big risk. When you get down to the river it takes a couple hours of hard hiking to get to the water fall. Heed the “hard” rating this is not a day hike for most people.

hiking
off trail
scramble
4 days ago

This trail recording needs to be updated/fixed. Or another trail needs to be made. Following this will make you climb rocks (probably unnecessarily as i backtracked and it appeared there was an easier path). At the rock in my picture stay straight/left and follow it around to backside of trail/mountain. I think. This had some nice views but if you want verified badge it is a lot harder than it needs to be. Very poorly marked in general as well. So good place to go hiking just be aware of where you are so you don’t get too lost.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Best time to hike this trail is at 1800. Be aware of snakes. Ran into a brown rattle snake.

hiking
scramble
5 days ago

Don’t even try unless you have the map downloaded, I spent half the time looking At my phone to figure out where I was supposed to be going. All in all not the hardest thing in the world, but havinf your phone in your hand/not paying 100% attention can be dangerous

Short but steep with an amazing view at the top.

backpacking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Awesome end goal. Creek was beautiful and contrasted against the red canyon walls. However, the trail was very slippery and steep throughout the hike. Also, note that you can drive past the starting point, to the actual trailhead, but the road conditions become way worse.

This is more like rock climbing vs. hiking. I recommend you have both hands free and bring gloves to scale the rocks. Come early before it gets too hot and bring lots of water. The beautiful views are worth the challenge.

bugs
rocky
5 days ago

Fantastic views...the pic's you see on this app don't do justice to how spectacular the views are. Gnat's were pretty heavy, bring bug spray!

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