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A moderately tough climb due to Elevation, loose rocks and gravel. Well worth the effort as you reach the summit the views are fantastic.

Awesome all three times I visited this amazing place!

backpacking
2 days ago

One word.... “Amazing”!

hiking
4 days ago

For the more Adventurous, go under bridge. There are a few places to jump off Rocks that are about 15 and 25 feet high. The Water was plenty deep, i didnt even touch the bottom. Just watch where other people jump first. So you know where the safe places are to land.

Picking a favorite trail in Sedona is like picking a favorite child... difficult to admit. This big hike holds a big space in my heart. We double parked this one, so we ascended the south side from Midgley Bridge, hiked the north canyon and sedona overlooks, then descended the north down Oak Creek Canyon. I love every foot of this trail, and it never feels like I'm doing the same hike twice. With the elevation change, the terrain changes quickly and very significantly as you hike up- from the iron crusted sandstone, to the grey limestone, dense green pinyon pines, and finally onto the black basalt boulders that overlook the canyons and formations. The weather may also have noticeable differences with the elevation change (snow remains on the plateau much longer, wind is more intense, etc.). The north side is much more green and wooded, which was nice to hike down as the day got hotter. This side is also much steeper with loose rock, so watch your footing, especially when coming down. Wildlife is abundant, especially during the warmer months. We saw two species of horned lizards, deer, possibly a bobcat, and other reptiles and insects. Lots of animal tracks in the mud as well. Not much shade, bring sunscreen and lots of water (1 hr per person, per hour of hiking in the summer; it took us 6 hours to do all the trails with a long break to eat). Both lookouts offer great views- might as well do both since you already hiked up the hardest part! Still my favorite out of so many great hikes in Sedona.

Super refreshing swim at the top! I enjoyed this hike. The best part was it wasn’t crowded!

Yikes, a lot more fun and challenging than we expected! This was difficult! The view, however was a lovely stretch of I-10... lots of awesome hiking for a less than stellar view

No water yet. We found tadpoles in some small puddles. Make sure you bring extra water. Very fun and easy hike. Can’t wait to go back! My 8 year old did great

Getting the permit for the Havasupai and Mooney Falls can be difficult to get. Permits are ONLY sold by the the Havasupai tribe. Please be respectful as you are a guest into their lands. Obey all rules, regulations and possible warnings throughout the hike. BACKPACK OUT YOUR TRASH!!! Bring WATER!

For our trip it was 3 day/2 night. I backpacked mainly snacks and 2 courses for dinner. But down in Supai, they also have a grocery store, small restaurant and selling stands so if you want, you don’t need to really pack a lot of food. I took my 3L water bladder with me. There is water down in the store to buy to refill your water bladder. Also a spring and creek water you can drink (recommend bringing a filter). I brought my sleeping bag but didn’t use it. Mainly used my sleeping pad to sleep on since it is summer. Also HIGHLY RECOMMEND packing light as possible, the hike back up can get difficult. BRING WATER SHOES!!!

When I started our trip down, our group started at 4:30am and got down to Supai, AZ around 8:40am (we took our time). The first section has a few switch backs but nothing too strenuous. Second section you get to the bottom of the canyon and hike on flat surface until you get to Supai. That’s roughly ~9miles from top to Supai. Be aware there are mules on the train that run cargo in and out of the canyon. If you leave early enough, you won’t have to worry about them until the bottom of the canyon. When we went they are meeting us in the 2nd section of the canyon.

Once you get to Supai you will follow the trail leading into the main section of the community. Again, stay on trail until you get to Supai. You need to check in at the Tourist office with your reservation. From there another 2 mile hike to get to the campgrounds. On the way you’ll see Little Navajo Falls and Havasupai Falls. Then the campground. Mooney Falls is just past the campgrounds as well as Beaver Falls.

As I was there is was an amazing experience to see the falls and also to get to know the locals of the Havasupai tribe. The families we met were very kind and willing to answer questions I had about the tribe and meaning of the waterfalls. Learning their history and culture brought the hiking experience more alive.

hiking
10 days ago

A new favorite; I can't believe it's taken me so long to do this trail! Parking at Bootlegger's day use area seems to be the best, if not the only, option. There is no extra fee to park here, just the red rock pass is required ($5 daily, $15 weekly, $20 annual; can be bought on site). Crossing the creek proved to be pretty simple, it was finding the start of the actual trail that was difficult. There is a defined trail that runs along the creek. If you go down to the water straight from parking and cross the creek, the rusted metal trail sign will be south (walk along with the creek on your left; the trail sign will be on the right). Turning right at the trail sign, you begin the unrelenting incline all the way up to crest the Mogollon rim, elevation 7196 ft. From the trail sign to the lookout tower at the end, the distance is about 2.3 miles. Don't be fooled, this is 2.3 of constant switchbacks and almost 2,000 ft elevation change. The view in both directions gets more and more amazing with every switchback- across the red rocks of Sedona and the green ponderosas of Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff. Don't stop after the switchbacks, the trail continues through the high forest all the way to East Pocket, where it turns into forest roads at the lookout tower. If you're lucky, the ranger in the tower might let you up to check out the view, as I got to do. The hike down won't be as easy as you think- steep with lots of exposure, lose rocks, and overgrown shrubs. More lizards than I've seen on other trails, along with a herd of deer, neither will give you any trouble. Totally doable for anyone who has the desire to work for it, and absolutely worth it for anyone who can appreciate a view that is earned, not given. Hang out in the cool creek water afterwards!

11 days ago

Nice morning hike. Start early take plenty of water as it gets hot quick.

Wow, just wow.

Started the hike into the reservation at 5:30 AM sharp and ended up down to our camp site by 10:30 after having checked in and stopping at the little market to get some coffee and drinks. The hike in wasn’t too bad as it is all downhill and we left early enough to avoid the sun entirely. Don’t make this mistake and leave any later as the sun will make this hike way more challenging than it needs to be. We walked all the way through the campsite to the far left near Mooney Falls because the sites there are right by the creek and magnificent, I recommend it.

We hiked out at 3 am sharp and I implore you to consider the same. The sun gets HOT and the incline back up with heavy backpacking gear is brutal. We left at 3 am and went HARD and finished by 6:40 AM, avoiding any heat or sun entirely. It was excruciatingly difficult with the heavy backpacking load but unbelievably beautiful to watch the sun rise and so rewarding to finish as strong as we did.

TAKE WATER, more water than you think you need.

Have fun :)

hiking
12 days ago

Challenging hike but well worth it for the views of not only Sedona but the surrounding areas. Difficult to run due to rocky terrain but I suppose it is a mountain after all. Lots of folks looked pretty miserable on the trail- not a lot of shade. Parking sucks but upside is there is less traffic on the trail.

This is a a favorite for hiking in Sedona. Easy to follow the trail.

hiking
13 days ago

This isn't a maintained trail and is accessible only through Canyon Pass private property. Trail head was informally put in place when Marana trail workers were building out the Ridgeline Trail...and one can still take the steep, but short hike up to Ridgeline from here. The loop part shown on the map are just animal trails. Due to the wild horses in this area, there are numerous paths to follow throughout this area.

Best backpack trip ever, and definitely going back! March is the perfect weather to go - less heat and bugs although going back up that hilltop parking lot is still quite painful as you gain a lot of elevation in the last part of coming back to reality from heaven.

It was about 5 miles for us.. but switched off to Peavine trail on the backside and skipped the last lakeshore trail

You do need good shoes and water.

White Dots very helpful but hard to see in places and easy to get off on an Ad Hoc trail if distracted. Some of the white dots are obscured and in other places a bit inconsistent ..i.e a bunch in one pace then spaced out a bit too far in other places. Map is good. GPS is good. Better in morning - cool ....er ... we did rock stuff first than flat trail out...

Hiked this a few weeks ago and will do it again this Saturday. Trail isn’t marked once you get past the 10’ wall.

I love this hike. I try to do it once a week. Just hiked Saturday, June 30 and again today July 4. I’ll be hitting it again on Saturday morning. I love getting there before sunrise and then back off by 9.

If you are somehow lucky and get a permit, this is the most unbelievable place. I always believed that the images seen online were edited. The area is just one wonder after another. The actual hike down is super quick and easy. We took off 4 am and never had an issue with the sun. Great desert landscape, but the real beauty is of course the falls. Havasu and Mooney are as amazing as they look. We loved the Mooney stairs down and rope swing. The hike to Beaver is absolutely worth it. Just a note, the hike out is much more difficult as it is more accent and you have probably just spent the last few days playing in the water. We were worn out before we even started and seeing that last mile of switchbacks up to the parking lot was not a fun sight. We also went right after someone drowned and right before someone died of heat exhaustion. Great hike, beautiful fall, dont be an idiot and you will be fine. Lots of water, hike early.

Beautiful and kids friendly

Such an amazing hike! Most definitely the hardest hike I’ve done so close to Phoenix. Watch for the spray painted blue and white dots on the rocks when you’re going up or down, or else you WILL lose your way! Having this app running while your hiking can lead you back on track, certainly helped me! It’s a bit challenging since you are literally climbing vertical rocks at some points on the trail. The views are soooooo worth it at the top!! I suggest going early in the morning, as the whole way up you’re in shade (thank goodness!) and all the way down, you have the sun on your back so be sure to use sunscreen! Got a bit burnt on the way down.

Great views although it is a constant but gradual up hill hike. In the summer you need to start early and we did not. The heat caused us to turn back not long after the Highjinks connector.

The download track did not match the trail however if you go through the arch at the trailhead (see photos) it is the best marked trail we have hiked in Arizona.

Highly recommended.

nature trips
17 days ago

Fun for the whole family. Get there early and if possible in a weekday. Was a bit over crowded.

I've been twice now: once with a youth group and once with family and friends. I certainly plan on returning at my next opportunity. The trek in and out is tough in the spring and summer heat but so worth it and can be mitigates by hiking in the early morning hours. The many majestic falls, waterway features, striking red rock, fauna, and wildlife combine to create one of nature's most spectacular desert oases.

I would rate the hike, itself, as easy. most of the way was relatively flat until you get to the end and even that wasn't really hard. The sad part (and the reason for 4 stars instead of 5) was that there was no waterfall at the end. As my companions joked, it was a waterFELL. Still, it was a lovely hike with pretty views of the surrounding mountains and lots of different cacti to look at along the way.

cross country skiing
19 days ago

I spent a lot of time trying to stay on the actual trail very poor job they have done at marking it. Past the second set of pools trail seems to end. I wandered around for awhile finally able to find out that you cross the creek to the right and the trail picks up again. I had this happen multiple times. I made it in about 7 miles and determined that I wouldn’t have enough light or water left to finish the 18 mile loop. The first half of the 18 miles is majorly up steep inclines so plan accordingly for water. I had 6 liters to start, probably needed another 2-3 if I would have done whole trail. After first set of pools I saw no one, which is what I like. Overall I liked the hike because it was a good challenge, good inclines no people. Hells gate is the hardest one I’ve done so far, which really isn’t what I would call that difficult. This trail is definitely challenging. I will be back next Saturday to conquer it. This time no more wasting time with finding the trail.

My wife and I did this hike / exploring and had a great time, a lot to see and a good place to take some fun and great photos, recommend it to everyone,

I started this trail but did not finish. It’s relatively easy, but you MUST bring enough water on a hot day. We did not bring enough water, so we decided to turn back, also because we had just gotten off the plane and we’re pretty tired as it was, plus it was very hot. What I didn’t like about this hike is that, truly, it was kind of boring. It’s literally a loop around Courthouse Butte, so there aren’t many other sights other than Bell Rock. It’s also not very well marked, I found it to be confusing.

We went, and 3 days isnt enough. you really need a day or even two at the popular falls. Also if you go to beaver falls, try and get there early, so there is plenty of sun to enjoy. This is also where you will get some of the famouse pictures of you walking in the beautiful waters. We packed to much stuff in my opinion. I wore the same clothes, swim suit, almost the entire time. Also leave extra water in your car for when you return. 32oz. almost didnt cut it, when we got back. Also pack extra mole skin.

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