Took my dad up on this small hike. It's a very easy access hike and the hike itself is very easy unless you want to venture off into the canyon. The mining area was fantastic...we did the same thing as the author of this hike and compared old pictures with what is left. You can tell something huge was here at one time and the operations had to have been impressive. We really enjoyed ourselves because we just constantly found more and more things to look at. Whether it was glyphs, ruins, shards and just plain old history we were happy campers! I live close by here so I can't wait to check out some other hidden gems here. I have a feeling there are a couple more ruins in this area.
Edit: From Google Earth if you look just to the south there is a very large dwelling listed as Perry Tank Ruins. Impressive from the satellite view but in person its seen its share of looting and time damage.
I'm not really interested in these types of hikes with a lot of people around. I am more of a ruin hunter in the most desolate places I can find. But we wanted some pictures of the falls that we have seen. We were lucky and walked the creek all the way up and not many people were out that day. The creek was from a calendar and the falls was something we will never forget. But the few people that were there did not belong....stay at your public pool and act like a fool there. I could not believe the amount of trash up and down this creek it was extremely sad. We watch a group of guys drinking out of a cooler for 2 miles and throwing the empties into the creek...there's a special place in hell for you. We took trash bags and filled 4 and had no room in them for more and it was only the first half mile going back....so sad.
I rode my Can-am Maverick 1000 turbo up from Cavecreek to Sheeps Bridge. The road is in very poor shape so when I read about some kid doing this in his car I can't help but sort of "clap" my hands sarcastically in amazement. I spent the whole day up in this area and also found some indian ruins while I was free hiking! My dog was my co-pilot and she had the best time at the bridge in the water. The trails we took are very hard to stay on and by the looks of the trip logs this hike isn't hiked but by only a handful of people a year. What a great area to take in all of the scenery in this area! I've been up here a couple times now but I am finally making a triplog! I am uploading pictures shortly.
I live up here and I do this hike often with the pup. I actually found it on a site online like others with very little to work with but ended up comparing a topography map he used to google maps and found 4 of his ruin sites. Since then I have scoured the are finding around 12 more very nice ruin/petro sights. I really enjoy the more remote harder to reach ones to the north. Just wanted to mark that I did this hike for my log book on here. I am not going to go into detail of the hike as everyone else has done a great job describing this hike.
Second time doing this with my pup and I also took some family that was visiting. Because if there age we had to take it very slow. The trail was busy compared the my first triplog here. It's a fun hike for a family. But you have to be in semi good shape because there are some steeper parts that have loose stones on the grade. Anyone with a leg disability I would not recommend going.
Side note. I took some extra time and went above the wave cave and it was a great small climb and view!! I want to explore the upper region more now. Does anyone have any information on what all is above? Thanks!
This has been my most favorite hike in all of Arizona! The views, the challenges, the danger and the rewards! The trail disappears often so Route Scout was very handy! The fist obstacle is the famous boulder blocking the chasm and your way. The ropes are all in good condition as of 2-28-16. Its challenging but I'd say any fit person will have no problems at all. Just past this is the waterfall. The water was flowing pretty good and its a challenging climb. Once again if you are in shape this is not a big deal. But I will warn people the rope on the waterfall is becoming fray and untrustworthy if I can make it back I will replace it! If anyone in the near future is going up I would recommend taking a 75ft rope up and replacing it, you would be a hero to so many people! The rest of the hike is challenging and there is a small cliff side with small footing and it was wet and mossy and super slick....one slip and it was instant death. Just be careful and follow the trail to the top and you will be rewarded with one of the most amazing views in all of Arizona!
DOG NOTE....My 85 pound lab made this climb with us. It was something everyone said would be impossible but she made it and was the talk of the canyon from her feat!! She impressed so many! BUT HEAR ME.....I WILL NEVER EVER EVER do it again! And I am with everyone else on this....LEAVE THE DOGS AT HOME!
Enjoy this challenging and rewarding hike! Its one of the best or possibly the BEST in the state!
As of 2-20-16 the water is very dangerous. We crossed but it was extremely cold and dangerous. If it wasn't 80 degrees that day we all would've been in deep trouble with hypothermia. I would not do this hike for at least another month. This is one of my favorite hikes though because no one is around for miles. I like the quieter hikes and if you are like me you'll love this hike. The hike is not for the weak but its not extreme either. Just take your time and be sure to cross the river when its at a safe level and then ENJOY the hike and views! This is an amazing area for photographs! When you first hit the Verde I recommend going south down stream to the first bend and take in some amazing scenery!
Dog Friendly! My lab had the best day of her life down here!
The views are just absolutely amazing here but its has become a tourist trap! I didn't like the amount of people around me. I like to do the solo hikes with no one around for miles. If you are not a people person and don't like waiting on gappers don't do this hike on a weekend!
This is a great hike and very easy to do! You will find a ton of pottery shards and make sure to explore all the rooms you can! We took our dog and when we were coming back down more people were accompanied with dogs too. Not sure why they have it listed as NO DOGS on this hike. My lab loved every minute of it!
I've done this with my jeep and now I finally hikes it. It's an extremely tiring hike so you better be in shape. I would recommend not doing this during the summer months and take lots of water. I'm a history buff so to see the old building on the top was really rewarding for me. The views are amazing but the mountain itself is plain and rocky compare to many of my other Arizona hikes. The trail was in excellent condition and we were all alone. I'm glad I did he hike and it was rewarding but it's not my favorite and I don't feel as if I'd ever hike it again. Maybe Jeep it again but that's it.
Very short hike but the scenery is amazing. I grew up in Nebraska and was raised on a farm down on the plains I had no idea something like this existed in Nebraska. You just think of cornfields for miles and miles. The hike is very easy going down but going back up is tiring for people that are not in shape. There's a stair walk for those that need assistance. Pictures can be taken all the at up and down and also follow the trail to the river for some amazing sites.
average hiking speed 1.33 mph
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