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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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Liberty Bell Arch
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13 Completed 3 Reviews

This trail has the most rewarding view I have gotten on any Trail here in Las Vegas so far! I highly recommend it...just don't go when its crazy hot...regardless the time of year take plenty of water. Don't stop hiking when you see Liberty Bell, believe me you will not be disappointed! When you get to "Y" in the trail which is marked by a pole, go right... left is "White Rock Canyon" leads you to the river...Make sure and follow the app if you have it because its very easy to lose the trail at the beginning, once you get to the first over look its pretty easy to follow the trail after that. Have fun!

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Bear Canyon Two hundred ninety-nine Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

A good morning or evening hike. Trail is not properly marked, add that with the sometimes narrow un maintained trails adds to the difficulty. Nice scenery with wild flowers, birds rolling mountains. No proper signage, so the uncertainty that you on the correct tail is always there..

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Joes Canyon Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This trail is bipolar with scenic views along the way to keep you hoping it'll become even keel along the way. It took me about 2 hours to complete this hike with a total distance of approximately 6.4 from the ranger station to the peak and back (I cut off a bit of trail just beneath the peak to take a more direct route to the top but descended the more legit trail). The first mile and a quarter were full of frantic switch backs, finally leveling along a ridge line that again rose up to the Coronado Peak. Somewhere around the middle of the trail is the trail head to the Yaqui Trail, which goes down to the Southern Terminus of the Arizona trail, which is a border monument. Overall, this trail is easy with some portions being moderately strenuous. The vistas along the way are worth the sweat. The Yaqui trail spur is worth taking to be able to visit Mexico sans passport.

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Parker Canyon Lake
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Parker Canyon Lake is a serviceable lake with camp sites and cabins, a diverse ecosystem arising from three springs that flow into the man-made lake and a small store that rents boats and fishing equipment. Beware that there is virtually no cellular service available here or along the western side of the Huachuca Mountains (Coronado National Forest or National Monument).

We Camped on the eastern side of the Parker Canyon Lake Friday night and hiked the loop trail on Saturday morning (~5.0 miles according to the Huachuca Mountain area map from the Coronado National Memorial ranger station). It rained through mid-day on Friday and the mosquitos were abundant during sunset, an occurrence that I have heard is common. There was a really nice fire pit and picnic table at the campsite, which was mostly level at site 32. The camp sites are well maintained and wood for a small fire was not too scarce. There is almost no natural canopy in the vicinity of the camp sites and we'll bring better cover from the sun next time.

If you walk the trail, you'll find a lot of diversity of biology and environments. It would have been a treasure trove of places to play as a kid. The lake has an abundance of coves and at least three creeks that flow into it from different fingers. The earthen dam separates the lake from a wild life preserve. We walked the trail at a meandering pace in about 2.5 hours and it was easy fun.

Afterward, my friends went swimming in the lake while I huddled under one of the few shade trees available at the campsite and read my book. Bring cover from the sun because you'll need it from sunrise until sunset or risk burning.

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Coronado Cave Trail
by Darcy Markee

15 Completed 2 Reviews

While the hike is short, it will get the heart pumping if you want a quick workout. The caves coolness is welcoming, and the view at top is beautiful to take in. There is not a lot of shade going up or down, and with consistent incline; take hat, water, and sunscreen.

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Mormon Loop Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Nice trail, there were a lot of people hiking even though it was well over 100 degrees this weekend. Starts with a pretty good climb and gets a little more level after that. Lots of choices on this one, we did the National Trail to the Mormon Loop. I want to go back and see the Hidden Valley Trail and Fat Man's Pass next time. Well maintained but the drinking fountains in the parking lot had no pressure to them, not like it mattered as the water was pretty much boiling.

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Red Mountain Twenty-five Trail
by Hunter Privat

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Fun hiking trail. I was not able to complete because I ran low on water. I would suggest doing trail in cooler seasons. The beginning of the trail is about a mile or two down from high way 191 you take a turn off where you can park your car and then proceeded on foot down and old logging road. Look for the trail head sign on the left of the logging road. The trail descends down until you get close to red mt and you start to climb up again. Here the trail is hard to follow look for Ribbon or white string that marks the trail or use gps. Also good camping spot after step accent half way up red mt or almost at the end of trail. Trail could be completed in 2 days but there are no water sources to get water from on trail. I rated it 3 star because of difficulty following and lack of water sources.

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Cholla Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

My teen sons and I love this trail. It offers a little of everything to everyone. The summit took us over an hour (ok, we're from Alabama) as the 112 heat was intense and a noon summit probably wasn't the best idea BUT the views are amazing!! Best option is to have someone drop you off at trailhead as your cooked afterwards and certainly don't want to trek through neighborhood. We stayed at Santurary Camelback resort around the corner..great fun!

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Camelback Mountain Summit Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This is one of favorites. 112 heat adds to the challenge. Bring plenty H2O.

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Humphreys Peak - Arizona Highpoint
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14 Completed 5 Reviews

Beautiful trail. Definitely not a 5 hour and 9.6 miles. It is about 7 hours long. Beautiful hike for escaping from Phoenix heat.

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