TH is right off the road for this popular hiking spot. Lots of trails intersect here so you can make this a quick climb to the top or go as far as you like. I went to the top to check out the views of the San Fransisco peaks. A great work out. Lots of switch backs get you to the tower at the top for a quick break and then back down.
Wildflowers ObservationNone Not many to speak of but there are a bunch of very thick alligator juniper.
Start at the gateway TH instead of TH at he corner of the parking lot that has no trespassing signs. This is a good 10 mile hike a lot of up and up. The wind gate saddle is definitely windy and dies down immediately after the saddle. Pretty neat! This is a great hike for a little distance.
Wildflowers ObservationNone The saguaros at bursting to flower.
Decent road. No need for 4x4 just take your time in some places. Get here early for parking. A nice thru green vegetation. You will get wet at the river crossings. Be prepared to take shoes off at the third one. Only went just past the third river crossing. Great day!
The road is decent. A couple of ruff spots but a two wheel drive can make it. Get to the trail head early. This is a popular spot. Beautiful day to be on this trail. Only did 3 miles out so 6 all together. Did three river crossings. The last one there was no way to rock hop across. So, off with the shoes and wade across. Nice and refreshing. Nice easy hike. Next time I'll be ready to play in the water. You should too.
Wildflowers ObservationIsolated There were a few wild flowers along the trail.
TH is a pull off on the side of the road. You have to crawl through the fence to get to the TH. Nice hike, a bit of a steep climb to get to the cliffs. But so worth it to explore these caves. Tons of pottery sherds and evidence of past lives. Make sure you go to both ends of the cliff to see everything.
The trail head is on a dirt road. A nice one with a lil washboarding. There's a good climb to get to the roost but the pay off is so worth it. Bring your route finding skills once you get to the top the app helps alot. Bring enough water for the day. I didn't see any water. This is an amazing hike don't miss it.
This is a great hike. A little bit of distance with gentil ups and downs until you get to the base of the mountain. Then the switch backs start to get you gently up to the saddle. From the saddle to the peak is a choose you're own adventure of scramble and route finding fun. Once on top the view is majestic. 360 of all the mountains. Don't forget to sign the book in the cache before you head back.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.