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Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Phoenix, AZ

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A nice, quick, steep little leg-burner. The Echo Canyon parking area & trail are closed for improvements & parking expansion through Fall and Winter 2013. It's ok though, just take the Cholla trail that you can access via E Cholla Lane.

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Havasu Falls Trail
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10 Completed 9 Reviews

Though it's a busy trail and campground, it's a hike that every hiker should make. We left the parking lot around noon on a Friday and hiked back Sunday morning - afternoon in, Saturday to hike to Mooney and Beaver Falls, and Sunday morning to hike out. I would not make this trip any shorter than that. As noted, it's 10 miles to the campgrounds (8 to the village plus 2 more). It took us about 3 hours down and 3 1/2 hours to get back out, but we outpaced a lot of others.
On Saturday we did 6 mile round trip hike to Mooney and Beaver Falls. It's a great trail and definitely worth the hike. You have to make several water crossings; we didn't bring our hiking shoes with us but wore old shoes that we didn't mind hiking in or getting wet. Look for the arrows on where to cross the river - a lot of people miss these, go too far, and have to cross in other spots that are not as ideal. Also, when you get the the (one and only) palm tree, you are close. Go to the right of palm tree, climb up (including several ladders), hike a little further on the ridge, and then descend down (the very last decent be sure to go straight down from the picnic table). If you go left at the palm tree you cross the river again - there is a trail that you can take down. You'll be in and out of the water 3 or 4 more times, climb down 2 ladders, and climb down a rock face that is not as difficult as it appears, but you'll then have to get into the pool at the base of the falls. We went right and climbed the dry way on the way and used the other path on the way out. It is wet, but easier. A lot of people don't pay attention and make this hike a lot more difficult than it should be so hopefully those tips help you if you hike to Beaver Falls.
We packed lightly and carried our packs in and out but there were a lot of people that bring everything you would car camping and had mules pack their coolers, packs, etc. in and out. Do you want to pack extra, pay extra, but have steak and potatoes or pack lightly and eat freeze dried meals? Do be wary of the village dogs and field mice; you'll want to tie up your food, trash, etc or you'll have one or both of these rooting through your bags.

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Bear Mountain
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6 Completed 2 Reviews

This was a pretty challenging hike if you push it. You'll need a parking pass which is $5 for the day, paid at a machine in the parking lot.

I was on the trail around 7am and was the only one out for the first 2 hours. It was peaceful and the views were breathtaking.

The trail gets pretty difficult to follow if you're not paying attention. I kept an eye out for 3 things:
1. Cairns that past hikers had put up.
2. Footprints to make sure I wasn't off the path
3. Misleading paths blocked (folks have put limbs or rocks across places that look like they could be the trail but are not).

Take lots of water and have fun!

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Devils Bridge
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a great short hike if you have a couple of hours in Sedona. The first portion of the trail you can supposedly drive on if you have a 4x4 vehicle. We have a mid-size SUV and I don't think we could have made it. We saw several large SUVs and trucks that were pulled off to the side because they couldn't make it all the way in. Be careful! Many jeep tours drive on this road also. Once you get to the trailhead, it is a very short 20-minute hike to Devil's Bridge. You get phenomenal views from the top!

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Deem Hills
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Wonderful little park, You can gain some elevation going on the Palisades and Ridgeline trails. Two parking areas, don't count on your car GPS to get you to the one you want to go to.

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Tom's Thumb Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike, even if it is warm it is on the north side so if you start early you get some shade. Great views, great elevation gain. A nice little side out to the lookout is also nice.

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Camelback Mountain Summit Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike. Nice elevation gain.

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Piestewa Peak
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16 Completed 18 Reviews

Great workout and some loose scree to scramble on. I ran most of the way down. BRING more water than you think you will need.

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South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch to Bright Angel Trail
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25 Completed 19 Reviews

I wonder how many people visit the Grand Canyon and never leave the rim? I have completed this trail two times, both in the winter months. It is strenuous, but doable in a day if you are fit. The beating your legs take going down South Kaibab is almost as bad as the accent back up Bright Angel.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

great beginer hike, look for the trail past the water ponds and continue up the canyon for some spectacular water falls after a good rain, kaprox 2 more hours

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Peralta Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

one of my favorite hikes was Peralta Trail to the first water. this was long but so worth it.

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