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    2 months ago
    Very satisfying hike. Up a short trail to the foot of the rock and then a moderate climb up the rock. Great views on the way up. Minimal shade opportunities on the way up but the peak was cool and a great place to recharge for the descent.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Earlier the better, gets very crowded especially on the weekends
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    3 months, 2 weeks ago
    I wrote the detailed report above. Loved it!
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    3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Great easy hike to a phenomenal end point, the largest natural sandstone arch in Cocinino NF. The trail starts off of Long Canyon Road a little north of the usual starting spot for Devil's Bridge. That little drive provides more abundant parking. The trail is mainly flat, winding through the forest in and out of shade until it reached Vultee Road where the 4wd people can start the hike. After that, be perpared for a lot of company as it winds uphill gently to the base of the arch. There's a 100 yd side trail to the left that leads underneath the arch which is pretty cool in itself. Going back to the junction, there are some medium challenging steps (but steps!) that carry you to the viewing spot for the arch. On the Sunday before Memorial day there were about 30 people waiting in line for the admittedly cool photo opportunity. Wait or not, then retrace your steps back to the 4wd parking and then cross the road and take the marked path back to your car. Easy 4+ mile hike with only 500 feet gain. The only challenge is the steps which are pretty easy, but made harder by the crown ascending/descending.
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    4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Tough but so worth the effort. Wear good gripping hiking shoes. Having a hiking pole is also very helpful. Spectacular views.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Was okay. Too many people and too many people looking to earn the Darwin award getting as close to the edge of the bridge as possible with a steady 15-30 knot wind with gusts. Hike was easy enough that my 6 year old made it just fine.
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    5 months, 1 week ago
    Very easy, shaded. No water right now.
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    5 months, 1 week ago
    This was our first place to hike in Sedona. The view from here is incredible but unless we missed something, we didn’t find much of a trail here. Great spot to watch the sunset
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    5 months, 1 week ago
    Tough but rewarding. Definitely try to summit in the morning before it heats up.
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    6 months, 1 week ago
    2019-03-13 Great hike. The views keep getting better the higher you climb. My total travel Tim was about 4 hours, with about 1 hour of rests/photos/food. Left the trailhead at 1pm, back by 6pm. There was light snow at the top, a nice way to cap the trail. The trail is quite a scramble, so if that’s not your thing maybe do a different one. But the effort involved is totally worth it for the views.
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    6 months, 1 week ago
    The creek was running high so all the crossings were mid-calf to just below the waist. The trail was washed out in sections, especially st the crossings. Still a great hike, would do it again.
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    6 months, 3 weeks ago
    I hiked Bear Mountain 2011 while vacationing in AZ. It gets a lot of hype for being difficult, but honestly, it didn’t seem that tough even on a hot day in June. Difficult or not, the views from the top of the surrounding red rock country are absolutely stellar!
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    7 months, 3 weeks ago
    I would rate this loop as moderate-high difficulty. Lovely in late January 2019. We hiked counterclockwise (toward Brin's Mesa first), so that the Sinkhole was at the end. Not much wildlife out in the winter, but the scenery is outstanding.
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    8 months, 3 weeks ago
    Take the rock climb up past the "end of maintained trail" sign. Then follow the rim where the rest of the crowds stop and you'll find spectacular views and get some less travelled paths to the end of the canyon.
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    11 months ago
    Excellent flat path with crushed gravel...mountains in the background..
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    1 year ago
    Good quicker elevation gain workout. Nice vistas as long as you like seeing city and mining operations also. Time is closer to 2.5-3 hours. We do 6-15 mile hikes with 1500-3500' elevation gains regularly, did it in 75 degrees starting in the sun, transitioning to overcast and sprinkles for the last 1.5 miles, passing several groups and not being passed by any. There are a lot of sections with large steps so small kids will be taxed.
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