hiking
18 hours ago

This was a good easy hike. The road in however is not accessible except by Jeep or OHV. Don’t try this with a car.

5/29/20 First time attempting the hike. Started the trail around 6:20pm-8:30pm. Ended up walking back in the dark. Take a flashlight if you go in the afternoon. Warm and a little windy. Not too busy. Lots of friendly people up there. Take water as well. Bridge was kinda’ scary but it’s a great view for selfies and Instagram pose. Loved it.

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fee
rocky
21 hours ago

This is a beautiful trail with amazing views from the top! However, as a semi-regular hiker, long distance runner, and military member I will tell you this hike was HARD! About half of it felt like rock climbing, and make sure you bring LOTS of water and some snacks because this will take you a while. Overall I really enjoyed this hike, but would probably only do it 1-2 times a year due to its difficulty. (Sidenote: I did this on a 116-degree on May 29 2020, but started at 0500am. I would suggest maybe even going earlier because although you are in shade almost the whole time, the way back can get a little toasty on your back!)

Whew!! This is a fun and challenging loop trail! It definitely earns its hard rating, due to the elevation gain and the altitude of the trail. In addition, the trail is not very clearly marked coming down off Mount Bigelow into the campgrounds. We had to backtrack a little bit, thank goodness for this app :-) The views are gorgeous, and there weren't too many folks on the trail. Didn't see a summit sign at Mt. Bigelow (but maybe missed it.) Just the cell towers and electrical station...lol. We started in the Butterfly Trail parking lot and looped all the way around to the Sunset Trail parking lot. Total time 5.25 hrs

This was an excellent hike with spectacular views the entire time. Both the 1.5 and 3.0 mile rest points have fresh water points, outhouses, and shady rest huts. The trail itself is very well maintained. Coming up will probably take you double the time as going down. This is not a hike for young children due to the incline and severe drop-offs/ledges. Bring lots of water, wear a hat, use sunscreen and wear light hiking shoes. Great hike, loved it.

hiking
22 hours ago

done in the evening. nice shade spots

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fee
rocky
23 hours ago

Beautiful view from the top! Trails is short but definitely hard. Restroom is terrible!

bugs
no shade
rocky
scramble
23 hours ago

Our group of three adults really enjoyed this trail ending at a lovely waterfall in mid-May. The scenery in this area of Carefree is just gorgeous anyway and the hike in is fairly easy. It is steep down at first and then levels out to a long portion of flat ground on gravel for a while, until you come to the wash where it is a bit overgrown but still manageable to walk along the edge until you get to the waterfall. We followed the advice of another review here and always kept left when there were trail breaks and never lost our way. It was definitely buggy in some places, but mostly just moths and bees. The waterfall is just lovely and the water was clean and shallow - super fun for both kids and adults to play in and just wander around or sit and enjoy. Of course, the hike back out includes that hill you came down in the beginning, so you'll get your heart pumping a bit there, but just take breaks on the way up if it gets too rough and you'll make it just fine. Enjoy!

rocky
scramble
23 hours ago

We really enjoyed this trail along Watson Lake in April. It provides some varied terrain and outstanding views of the lake at many points. There are some narrow portions, as well as some ups and downs on hills and rocks. There is also a fairly steep portion about halfway to the waterfall that is a workout coming back up. But the little creek and waterfall area was very charming and refreshing, so we would definitely recommend it, too. You'll definitely need plenty of water if you hike this in any weather over 80 degrees. There isn't much shade either, so a hat and sunscreen are a must. This is definitely a trail we would hike again though, and we don't always feel that way. So definitely go check this one out and enjoy!

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rocky
1 day ago

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rocky
1 day ago

We went yesterday (a Thursday) around 12pm. It wasn’t busy as it had gotten a little warmer. The cloud coverage helped. On our way back we it was getting busier. I could tell the trail would be a nightmare if it was busy. There’s a large portion on the way to the trailhead that’s loose dirt. Anytime a Jeep drives by dust is kicked up into the air and you can’t breathe.

A tough moderate trail. Absolutely need to take plenty of water as we ran out. Agreed with the white dot comments. We downloaded the trail on our phone from All Trails and if had not would have taken the wrong white dot trail several times and did a couple of times but by looking at my phone could tell we were going the wrong direction and promptly made an adjustment.

Great trail. We were able to hike with both of our dogs who enjoyed the view near the top of the Mogollon Rim.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

Made the mistake of not airing down haha extremely rocky. Never went over like 7mph. Nice views along the trail though

We’re very confused by these reviews. We followed the directions from the app to get to the trail head and were on a very gravelly, rocky road that was uncomfortable to drive on in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. I would not have wanted to be my smaller car. When the app said we had arrived, there was nothing there marking a trail and all the signs said “private property”. We stopped someone driving an ATV to ask about a hiking trail and he said there were only ATVs in the area. We got out at one point and saw a shotgun shell on the ground and could hear a lot of gunshots. We continued driving and ended up at the Castle Hot springs resort. I’m assuming we missed a turn somewhere but we looked again on the way out and couldn’t see where we could have gone anywhere else. We did see burros, which was cool and the scenery was very nice. I’m just posting so maybe someone who has done this can respond and explain what we did wrong so other people can benefit from our mistake!

Nice trail. Longer than it says. Pretty sunny in most parts so watch it on a hot day. Lots of flora and fauna. Wildflower, ferns, ponderosa pines, oaks and even aspens. Some annoying little bugs in your face in parts. Watch out for thunderstorms that creep up. One followed me out and I just made it to the car.

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no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Amazing trail - gorgeous views all the way. But it is 8.7 miles, not 7.2, so plan accordingly.

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bugs
1 day ago

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. The scenery was beautiful along the trail, and the top offers great views. I don't want to discourage anyone, but remember to take caution. I saw a couple of piles of bear droppings and the leg of a deer.

Beware. This is not really a trail anymore. There are dotted lines on the map, but after a mile or so, no paths on the ground. We ended up doing an out and back because the trail petered to nothing.

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