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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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Rim-to-Rim: North Kaibab to Bright Angel
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2 Completed 0 Reviews

My wife and I did this trail for the fifth time in September 2014. We're 65 and 67 years old and in fair shape. We started out before sunrise on South Rim on Thursday with minimal pack weight (water, purifier,change of clothing, SPOT device, smart phones, snacks, Go-Lyte umbrellas, trekking poles). Had reservations at the North Lodge that night. We could have taken a return shuttle from the North Side the next day, but felt pretty good in the morning. So, we hiked back to the South Rim, as planned. Plenty of water available. Temp was in the high 90's. Umbrellas really helped! Saw Grand Canyon rattlesnake and mountain sheep. Exited the South Rim at 12:30 a.m., having hiked the last 5 miles by moonlight and headlamps.

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Fossil Springs Trail
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2 Completed 0 Reviews

My wife and I went down for an over-nighter on Friday (Nov21). It was about a mile and a half of roughly graded road before the trail-head. TH allows parking for up to 30 vehicles. It has two clean pit toilets and bear-proof trash receptacles. We found one of the springs near the end of the trail and it was impressive! Water rushing out from the ground crystal clear. There are no campfires allowed in the creek/spring area nor improvements to the camp sites. On Friday we encountered no one on the trail down, but saw several people swimming in the 72 degree water below the falls (milepoint 4 or so). Ambient temp got down to freezing the next morning. Encountered a couple dozen people on Saturday morning (several trail runners, some hikers and a Boy Scout troop). Beautiful. Great time.

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Deem Hills
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

I like this trail because it is only 10 minutes away for me. Do it for exercise when I am short on time. Fairly easy hike with some alternate trails. Have often encountered snakes on/near trail so keep your eyes open if you have a dog.

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Devils Bridge
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

Without a high clearance vehicle you have to park about a mile away. The parking lot does have a restroom and a map of nearby trails. If you parked here you can either hike up the forest road 1 mile or some alternate trails (longer) to get to the Devil's Bridge trail head. From the trail head the hike is .8 miles one way. Just before the climb to the top the trail splits. You can either go up to the top or down to the bottom. Had some moderate stairs to climb, but nothing too difficult. Had great views. Passed 30+ people in the two hours we were there.

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Black Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I have done this hike a few times and its very challenging because of the steepness and jagged rock. Although its about 1.2 miles to the top from the trailhead it will make you work for it. The trail is not well marked but look for the periodic white dots spray painted on the rocks. Also watch for man made rock piles indicated do not proceed on that trail. One star removed only because of lack of trail identification. Views are incredible!

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Mount Wrightson Super Trail
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31 Completed 29 Reviews

Low clouds, a bit rainy up high, windy and a great day to be on the mountain. Super trail to Josephine saddle, old Baldy trail to the top and back to Josephine saddle, then Old Baldy trail back down.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Easy hike that keeps a steady low grade incline. Moderate traffic. Fun small pools at the end and hieroglyphics are definitely worth checking out. I would love to see the pools after rain!

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Scarlet Canyon
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

This is one of those great "Neighborhood Mountains" It is a fantastic course, about 4 miles around or over - your choice, that gives you a wide variety of hiking and biking options. I wouldn't drive from across town to do this one, but it sure is nice to have close to home. This is a textbook example of what makes Phoenix a great place to live.

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Silly Mountain Park
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7 Completed 4 Reviews

There are three types of trails here at this park.

Type 1 - ADA Compliant Botanical Trail
Type 2 - Loop Trails around the base
Type 3 - The CLIMB to the TOP

We did both 2 and 3. Lots of families and small kids making the trek, Even a few that made it to the summit up the harder more technical parts of the climb. Great vistas and easy to find resting benches along the climb. I wouldn't drive across town to hike this one (if my best friend didn't live near the base) but if you are in the area it is a great park to continually work on training and improving.

Take it slow at first on what ever your comfort zone is and then start pushing.

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Camelback Mountain Summit Trail
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18 Completed 6 Reviews

There is a reason this hike is crowded. Took 2 10yr olds that beat us to the top. Great workout

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