Thanks to the this site, I knew exactly what to expect. While I'm an avid desert hiker, I've never had to rock climb like this. It was very adventerous and an exhilerating feeling! Would recommend this to any experienced and well conditioned hikers. The way down is a severe pain on the knees. My only negative conotation from this hike is that I wish it was a bit longer, it's only 2.5 miles each way. What this site is lacking is the elevation gain of this hike. I'm guessing around 2,000 ft., but can anyone verify?
I just finished a few hours ago and was very impressed the hike. however, I ate a burrito for breakfast not expecting the intensity of the dirt road and felt like vomiting all over myself when I reached the trailhead.
One could say the climb can be divided into two parts: a relatively smooth hiking trail followed by near vertical rocks one must think wisely about. When reaching the top the feeling is very nice and the view is great as well. I laid down against a rock a took a little nap before going back down.
There was a sizeable amount of garbage in the vincinity which was somewhat annoying...if you go remember to pick up your trash. Something about seeing a plastic bag sticking to a sahuaro makes me depressed.
Fun scramble up the chute. Admittedly the scrambling was shorter than I had hoped for after driving that crappy, 18-mile, dirt road. Remove the driving part and the route was fun and simple. With more time, the traverse to the other peaks looked like fun. I'll have to return soon.
One unfortunate note is that last year the excessive rain made the desert look like a garden--it was gorgeous. This year, 4 months without rain has left the environment barren and dry. Even the catcus looked like they were suffering.
Climbed it in the morning, and the rocks were freezing but it was a fun scramble up the chute. The view from the top was great.
This climb was awesome, I was surprised by all the tree cover. I was worried about the "scree chute" based on what I have read here but it was not really that bad. The hardest part was going down. There are a few spots that are difficult to get past but the hardest part has a walk around to the right of it avoiding the vertical section all together. Once you’re on top you will be able to see the entire valley several lakes and if you have binoculars, Humphreys Peak.
Did this with members from Hikearizona.com. This hike was hell. I will never do it again. This is the scariest hike I have ever done. I even came close to having a rock smash my face in. I have now done 3 out of 4 peaks, I'll stay with that and thats fine with me.
Did this with members of Arizonahikers.com. This was my first time meeting Arizonaheat and second hike with Cactuscat.
One challenging summit that rattled my nerves. Deffinatly one of the best climbs in my life.