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Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Phoenix, AZ

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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South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge
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38 Completed 10 Reviews

Hands down this was our FAVORITE Canyon trail! The descent into the canyon is immediate and AMAZING! GREAT photo op 1 mile down at "Ohh Ahh Point"...watch out for all the donkey poop though. It blows my mind that people would actually ride a donkey down this trial...I prefer my own two feet.

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South Rim Visitor Center Trail
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38 Completed 10 Reviews

NO WORDS can express how beautiful this place is!!

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Water Wheel Falls
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

The kids had a great time crossing the water , it was a good challenge for them. Once you cross there are some neat small pools to traipse through.

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Grand Canyon North Rim to South Rim Hiker Trail
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21 Completed 15 Reviews

A friend of mine and I did this hike from south to north at the end of June this year leaving from the South Rim on the Bright Angel trail. The heat was pretty ridiculous. It was over 90 degrees before the sun came up and over 100 degrees for five hours in the middle of the day, hitting a high of 113.7. We elected to take a side hike over to Ribbon Falls early in the afternoon to cool off. I would definitely recommend that to anyone who does this hike in the summer. Use every opportunity possible to wet your clothing in the creeks and at water sources along the trail. Because of the time we spent in the pools below the falls, we started and finished the hike with our headlamps. In addition to water reservoirs, take a bottle and some Gatorade mix to make sure you replace your electrolytes- you're going to sweat a lot!

I do think this would have been more enjoyable to do over two days instead of one but we weren't able to get a camping permit for the days we wanted to go. You are able to camp in a special section of the North Rim Campground without a permit or any advanced notice. This is a special section of the campground reserved for hikers and backpackers and is separate from the rest of the campground. You can ignore anyone who tells you the campground is full and has no more spots. They will be talking about the main section with reservable spots for cars and RVs. Keep in mind, however, the campground entrance is another mile and a half from the North Kaibab trailhead and your spot will be an additional 1/4 mile into the campground. That may not sound like much, but by the time you are done with a full day of hiking and have spent the last bit of daylight hiking up the steepest part of the trail on your final scraps of energy, that sign that says "campground 1.5 miles" and points you directly up a seemingly endless hill is enough to break any spirit you've got left.

We planned to get up in the morning and hike back, but changed our minds by the time we reached Roaring Springs on our way up the North Kaibab trail. We took a shuttle back to the South Rim the next morning. If you also prefer that idea, make sure you have called to make a reservation before 6:00 AM. Shuttles leave at 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM from the general store, but only if you've made a reservation.

Beware of mule poo.

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Bright Angel Trail
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21 Completed 11 Reviews

Not a technical trail at all, its completely paved (dirt) but the views are freaking awesome. Water was available at all the resthouses which were much more established than I expected. I DEFINITELY will be coming back in spring to do an overnighter with the wife from the South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel.

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Mormon Loop Trail
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24 Completed 23 Reviews

Did Mormon today. Meant to get to Hidden Valley, but I didn't quite make it. Oh well, another hike for another time! Mormon is an interesting and reasonably challenging hike. Climbing up, the hike is pretty steep, although still fairly flat. There are lots of fascinating rocks alongside the trail, and one can imagine a rock climb or two close by. Even on the trail there is a little bit of scrambling. Today is Friday, July 3, a hot, overcast day. I passed quite a few other hikers at around 9 am. South Mountain hiking is excellent, and this is a good example. Not the best, but not bad either.

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Thunderbird Park: H-Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Good for all. Ages 8-67. Even 6 1/2 months pregnant

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Cholla Trail
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11 Completed 9 Reviews

A short, well maintained trail; this is definitely the most famous mountain (if you can call it that) in Phoenix. I hiked it on a cloudy Friday morning. The heat wasn't too bad and the trail wasn't packed, although it was busy. The parking area was closed when I went so I had to park about a mile down the road.The trail is steep, rocky, and somewhat difficult to navigate at parts, but overall, there is little exposure so most people who are in decent shape should be able to climb it. The views at the top are probably the best you will find of the Phoenix area. With that said, you won't be alone at the top. Also, the trail is closed at night, so plan to be off the trail by dusk

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Aspen Trail
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Moderate trail. Pairs nicely with the Marshall Gulch trail for a good loop. Took the dogs and they enjoyed splashing around in the few puddles in Marshall Gulch.

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Black Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

First time up. Challenging trying to find the trail, but a regular pointed me in the right direction. Follow white spray painted dots on rock trail. Steep hike with loose rocks. I was attacked by ant flies at the top and didn't get a chance to enjoy the view. Got turned around from the attack and ended up going the wrong way on the other side. I had a tough time finding my direction, but made it back. I would like to hike it again sometime soon.

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