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Great hike today. Not overly crowded. started right at 5pm. perfect weather and great view!

Trail is well marked and the views are great. However I would suggest that you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the trail head. The road to the trail head is not for the faint at heart. I questioned at times while driving to the trail head if it was worth the risk. There is a sign at the bridge that this road is not intended for passenger vehicles. One lane dirt road makes it difficult if you meet someone coming in the opposite direction.

I can’t recommend this trail highly enough. It is remote and somewhat poorly marked, but also well within cell service for real-time GPS map updates if/when you need them.The rocks and petrified wood are gorgeous (see my photos). I’m shocked that a place like this doesn’t have more enthusiastic reviews. In some ways, I hate to give up such a gem, but I also hope to see more people visiting and reviewing this great trail!

Amazing hike. Switch backed over steams then ponds of water. Rock climbing. Kiddos loved it. I would rate this as a harder hike, more difficult thru some areas. Some slippery rocks. The hike was totally worth it, when you get to the top it is priceless!!

Very difficult, long pants, gloves helped. the 1st .8 mile is almost flat, then at the sign that says 'not a real trail' it gets hard hard hard. The views at the top were amazing. Last year saw a Bighorn Sheep.
Not a beginner trail, bring food & food. Took us 2 hours up and we hike 3 times a week!

23 hours ago

Starting from the picnic area, there are many excellent cacti and Palo Verde specimens along this easy trail. Tennis shoes ok. Bring water and be prepared for lots of sunshine. Map available at the Visitors Center.

No shade be prepared. Great trail that is wide enough to wall side by side. Not to strenuous, conducive for talking and actually site seeing. You don’t have to focus on your footing. Great option to take dogs, good distance even without the summits. I went clockwise, ran a bit and did the two summits in 2 hours flat.

What a great trail! I would suggest getting on the trail early as there is no shade at the top. It was high 40’s low 50’s when we hiked it. The hard part is at the bottom, which is nice. Once you get towards the top the views are spectacular and the trail levels off. A previous review discussed insects, we did NOT have any trouble with them, but there are spots on top with standing water. Trekking poles would be a huge help, but we did without. Lots of loose rock.
Totally worth the effort!

This is a difficult trail. My gps says this out-and-back hike is closer to a total of 12 miles from the parking lot with 4k feet of elevation gain. The Miller Canyon Trail is a mile-long trail of steady, but moderate incline. It’s very nicely shaded, and there’s a creek flowing down the canyon. Then you hit the Miller Peak Trail. The first 1.5-2 miles is pretty steep with switchbacks. Once you hit bathtub spring, basically at the junction to Carr Peak, you only got two miles to the peak.

Beautiful views, perfect to go after a snowfall! Only saw three other people on the trail!

Great day hike!
Go on a week day to avoid the masses

Easy family hike! The end around the side of the mountain towards the roost is a little dicey, but not too difficult. Great, easy, fun hike with beautiful views!

Great challenging trail got up early and left at sunrise(19 degrees). Trail to the first rest station was icy. From there the trail was great. Got to plateau point and the weather was awesome and about 55 degrees. Say there had food and drink and had to defend the food from the aggressive squirrels. Would rate this my favorite hike.

I did this amazing trek on March 17, 2018.
Started at 6:30am and finished almost at 3pm stopping for a short lunch down by Colorado river and some rest at Indian Garden.
I did an acclimating hike down Bright Angel trail the day before just to see what those switchbacks were about. Good physical shape and some mental preparation and great spirit was all needed to complete it without huffing and puffing and enjoy every single moment. Amazing views on every spot of the trail. I got lucky with weather as it was in 60s down in canyon and in high 40s up closer to the rim and clear skies. The next day however it snowed and snowed a lot so that last 2-3 miles were covered in snow. So be prepared for a turn in the weather and have layered clothing, snow chains and trekking poles and plenty of water and snacks. If you did hikes in the mountains before, you can do this one too!
My Garmin Fenix watch clocked over 20 miles and over 4700 elevation gain on the ascent by Bright Angel.
Definitely start as S Kaibab as the trail there is more rugged and you want to go down there not up.
There are restrooms and emergency phones at least in 5 spots on the way.

Honestly, the first half of this trail is walking through sand in the wash which is about 2 miles. It's surrounded by the neighborhood houses above, so that makes it even less nature like. It's not well marked or seems used much. If you like walking through sand for a couple of miles you might enjoy it, however we did not.

Great hike, but get their early. Limited parking and the trail gets crowded, particularly near the top. Last section is rocky and basically one way. Have to wait at several location for traffic to clear. Also have to wait for pics of the bridge. Everyone seems to want individual pic of friends/family atop the arch.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike. Low traffic. Not difficult. Is a must do.

Nice easy, sandy trail with no steep embankments. Mostly flat with a tiny incline in places. Pretty cactus - no wildflowers this year. Well marked.

really nice hike! People on here said to took about 2 hours but i finished it and the connector in 1hr and 20min. But, that is just because i am a trail runner so it was not long. Only had very minimal periodical stops. Overall, nice hike. I'm more for difficulty but, this hike is beautiful non-the same. You'll enjoy it! It is worth the drive. And it is free no fee to hike it (the best pat lol)

Great view at the top—lots of traffic. Well worth it.

great trail. a little hard for 1st timers to find the "right" trail but once there it's a fun and exhausting climb. well worth the effort up.

Definitely more scramble than hike, strongly suggest not going solo for your first time unless have strong route finding skills. At the end of the day it is a short tough scramble to the top that is both challenging and rewarding. Please do not even consider using spray paint to mark a trail.

I went up via Old baldy Trail and returned via Super Trail. For me it was more than moderate on the way up.
I think that route should be listed as Josephine saddle loop trail.

Extreme in every sense of the word. They label this hike not as difficult, but extremely difficult on the trail sign which is accurate. Harder technically than the grand canyon (I've hiked from the rim to the river and back in a day), but this hike is much shorter which makes it not as exhausting. I brought hiking poles and couldn't use them on multiple sections because it is so vertical that you must climb. They did help a ton though when I could use them, especially on the way down. I started this hike at 4pm with the weather clear and in the 70's, and it took me 45 minutes to get up, and over an hour and 15 minutes to get down. Going down was much harder and I did fall a few times (one major wipe out), because it is so much harder going down a nearly vertical trail. I was wearing very good hiking specific shoes (Altra trail shoes) , had a 2L water backpack, and hiking poles, along with a lot of hiking experience, and this kicked my butt. I was not expecting something so extremely difficult in the middle of Phoenix. Do not attempt this hike if you are unprepared, or if it is extremely hot outside. Parking was not an issue at the time I went, and there were 3 rangers at he bottom of the trail prepared to answer questions and help out.

Not for the first time hiker, young children, or if you are not in good health or fitness. Requires upper body strength to ascend the cables. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear(hiking shoes) and have gloves for the cables and steeper climbs. Was worth the trip up!

I am trying to get a permit for 2 of us and I can’t get thru the phone lines. I have called continuously but no answer. Any suggestions on how else I can purchase a couple nights stay for 2 possibly 3 of us? Would they help me if I drive all the way there? Please email me if you have suggestions : chapis503@outlook.com

It’s was a good hike but super crowded, even on a week day. No one wants to wait in line while bouldering. Other than that, great views at the top!

Hiked from upper Bug Spring to the campground over the weekend. We had 4 in our party and 2 dogs. Gorgeous views were an early reward and the dogs thoroughly enjoyed playing in the water along the trail. It does not deserve a difficult rating as it was easy to follow and had good footing. None of the stretches were overly strenuous for any of us, including our dad who is in his late 50s.

Good footing, easy to follow trail with amazing views. We saw many deer on the ascent last week. The springs had water, and there were patches of snow after the Josephine Saddle.

Nice trail. We were pretty much the only ones on the trail past the first half-mile. After getting to the top of the Mogollon Rim, there weren't many great views. Had no trouble going up the trail, but on the way back, we somehow got lost. Had to follow the stream until it intersected with the trail. got back on the path with just a little bit of light left. Overall, it was a fun hike!

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