Explore the most popular views trails near Roosevelt with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Short, easy hike. Beautiful.

I gave it 1 star because we weren't able to hike this one. trail is closed as of 6/29/2018

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail run. Fantastic views. Enjoyed the ride up too.

Short but steep walk up. Path is paved and well maintained. Well worth it for the views at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

A friend and I did tackled this hike a couple days ago. We are both physically fit, very experienced, and hike trails described as "difficult/strenuous" on a regular basis. We read many reviews about this trail and decided we were ready. Despite all our experience and preparations, this trail really kicked our butts.
A significant portion of the trail is along the left side of the very steep canyon and was covered in slippery fallen oak leaves. Later in the year, this may not be an issue. There are several areas where you need to cross incredibly narrow (barely 12 inches wide) path that drops down into the creek bed and the rocks. Would not be a pleasant fall. When you reach the point where you cross to the right side and begin your vertical ascent to the actual ruins, the ground is covered in scree, which makes every step hazardous. Keep low to the ground, go slowly, make sure your each foot is secure before taking another step. If you start to slide, you could end up sliding right off the trail and down the canyon. Trekking poles and gloves would be helpful. There is a rope previous hikers have tied to help in one portion.
The ruins, of course, are fabulous. Too bad thoughtless dimwits have lit campires inside, but we spent about an hour taking pictures, admiring the ruins and the views before the trek back down. The journey down is a nightmare, fighting gravity on the narrow, ridiculously steep trail where you cannot get your footing. In many parts, we ended up squatting on our hiking boots, and going for a controlled slide, relying on our trekking poles to steer/stop us before sliding over the edge.
Our bodies were aching, and we questioned our sanity, but we were glad to have checked this amazing hike off our list. We both agreed a significant amount of time would need to pass so we could forget how dangerous some parts were before we ever came back.
**ONLY for the very fit, advanced hiker! No joke. The risks are very real. No cell or gps, and not a single person the entire 20 mile drive (on dirt road, which took a good hour) to the trailhead or on the trail. If you are injured... you are really on your own. And being carried out, depending on where you are hurt, may not be possible.
TIPS: Bring trekking poles, gloves, GOOD HIKING BOOTS, and dress in layers. Do not attempt if you see any signs of snow or ice, or if water levels along cherry creek road are high or strong. Enjoy and appreciate the beauty, but also be smart and be safe!

Extremely challenging hike. Dead cow still there 19 days later. Haha. Gloves completely recommended. Good shoes a must. Well worth the challenge. I had a very slow pace. We did 8 miles out and back. Took 5 1/2 hours. Three hours up. 1 1/2 down. Trail unmarked and hard to follow at times.

Nice paved trail. A little steep, so flip flops not recommended going back down. Benches all along the way to rest of enjoy the view.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike! Challenging and slow to get to the trailhead. FR 203 in good condition until after Ellison Ranch where the road gets very rough. High clearance a must for the final few miles to the trailhead. I had a full size P/U that made it nearly to the end. I parked at the final cattle guard before the TH (0.8m away). There was a freshly dead cow about 10 minutes into the hike. Not too smelly at the time but will be soon! Ropes were in fine condition to use for stability. Cairns in place where needed. Ruins were unbelievable. Heads up that this hike is definitely for the experienced. VERY steep inclines for the last portion, hard to get down as well.

Great walk up to the cliff dwellings. I am 74 but had no trouble getting up. Lots of benches to rest on. Beautiful views,

Great workout and very scenic. We really enjoyed ourselves. Quick elevation gain.

Fantastic view and amazing workout!

Gave it a 4 just because it was a harder hike then we were expecting. Took my 13 year old & 11 year old & 2 dogs. Didn't make it more then 3 miles in, steady incline most of the way. Beautiful views of the lake, bridge & dam. Will do again maybe in the fall, after we hike some easier trails with the kids.

An oasis in the desert . Most of your hike is shaded following alongside the creek . Although the trail is hard to find sometimes. Just keep following the creek and go up . People have left ropes to aid in climbing which is much appreciated. We found gloves to be helpful. Don't go when it's raining , the rocks are very slippery and any misstep could find you injured or incapacitated in a remote area .. not good ! Cliff dwellings are awesome .

The above picture is misleading. The “Four Peaks Trail” does not lead you to the top of any of the Peaks. It takes you to an area with a nice view of Four Peaks from the back side. There are no views of Phoenix to the West. That being said, it’s still a very nice hike on a maintained trail, that is not too difficult...other than the length and time. The access road off highway 188 is about 11 miles of unpaved and a bit rough at times. Not a problem with an SUV. A little more difficult with a car but it can be done if you take your time. Giving it 4 Stars only because I was hoping it would lead to the top as shown.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful but cold with some snow on the peaks just before Christmas. Will definitely be back.

backpacking
7 months ago

Trail is hard to get to without a 4wd. Recently a fallen boulder on the road has made it difficult to pass without a narrow 4wd. Full size truck will not make it. Trail is difficult. Very quick elevation gain and after the first section of old mining road it gets pretty overburden with bush and trees. Once you reach the cliff shelf you will follow it around the canyon. Be careful as downed trees and fallen leaves can hide an easy way to an unwanted fall. Eventually you will come to a old mine, and then the first ruin. We set camp by the ruin and used two trees to set hammocks. I would drop packs here and only take what is needed on. You keep following the path till the edge of the inner canyon where you pass behind a amazing waterfall. We filtered water here. Follow the path to the rest of the ruins on the other side of the canyon. It was well worth the burden!

Beautiful views. Trail is clearly marked when heading South to North. First hour of hiking is definitely aerobic.

Very nice trail. Paved all the way, great views, and amazing to see how they lived in 1400 AD.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Wow what a beautiful place and hike.
Challenging and not for beginners. First challenge is just getting to the beginning of the trail. 26 miles of dirt roads, 4x4 high clearance vehicles are a must. The hike it self is steep and trail is not very well marked. Area is completely isolated, it's you and nature and no one else. Not recommended for solo hikers, pack plenty of water, food, and GPS.

Could only get to the lower cliff dwellings but it was still pretty amazing. The hike up can be strenuous depending on what you are used to. Just be aware in case there are kids or older adults in the group! There will be a fee at the entrance since it's a national monument. If you want to see wildflowers, go in late March/early April.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This trail takes you through high desert brush to lush ferns to some of the best preserved ruins I've seen. Doing this hike in the right time of year is crucial because of the heat. I would also rate it on the harder side of moderate, if not just straight hard. Some of the trail takes you along steep faces and cliff edges, some of which had pretty loose dirt. All in all, with the added historical significance, this hike exceeds expectations.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Amazing. This hike has it all. Shade, running water, views and ancient Indian cliff dwellings. However it also has bugs, steep climbs (think ropes) and a challenging road to get there (think high clearance 4X4). One of my favorites in AZ.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wow, incredible to be on this scared land. Interesting part of Indian Culture.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

It's amazing views in most spots along the rocky path.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wow! What a hike! First off, make sure you have a high clearance vehicle for the 22 miles of off-roading to the trailhead (the last 3-4 miles are the roughest). Depending on time of year and the water level and flow of the major water crossing (cherry creek), 4x4 may be a good idea to have.

On to the hike, the trailhead will be on your left side in a shaded area where you'll see a Leave No Trace sign (I passed it bc my GPS said keep going). The hike is divided into 3 parts, 1) a forest/shaded area that leads into the canyon and goes along the left side of the creek, 2) the canyon where you will climb a two waterfalls (ropes are already in place), and 3) the final climb to the top through some more shaded area and soft/loose soil that feels like one step forward and two steps back. There were several cairns along the way to help guide you especially in the not so sure areas, so keep an eye out.

Absolutely beautiful views the whole way, and the ruins were amazing! I would describe this as the most challenging short hike with just over 2,000 ft elevation gain in the 1.5 miles up. Worth it, a must do!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Lower dwelling are good 3 stars but the upper is much better hence the 4 star rating. Biggest issue is getting a spot on the weekend for the hike it is ranger guided only access. Not a difficult hike and a slow pace with the ranger talks which are very informative. Our 4 year old did it without issue so don't let the ranger description scare you off.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great Spring Desert Bloom 2017

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nice hike. it was paved with many benches along the way. I took my little brother. It was very steep but thats excepted as you are going up a cliff lol.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Fun walk! It's a paved walk, not really a hike, and super quick. The dwellings are great and the view is beautiful! This would be great for families and child-outings. Fun to see as a visitor to AZ

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

1) A 2wd truck or SUV would be a minimum to get to the trailhead. There are a few spots that are a little rocky, but our 2wd Tahoe did just fine as far as clearance and drivability on this road.

2) It is good to have some form of GPS with you on this hike. We turned right and hiked up the face of the mountain too early and ended up looking like a bunch of big horn sheep hiking up the face of a sketchy cliff.

3) The ropes were all in good condition.

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