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  • Josephine L
    2 contributions
    I love it there and it's very beautiful and I like being able to see so many birds and different types of plants and love the trail and everyone's very nice. Makes you feel welcome
    Written August 15, 2022
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  • Frank K
    15 contributions
    Very steep well-maintained trail. Many sections have stair-like steps and/or handrails - I really needed them. Restrooms and water fountain at parking lot. Exact address is 4925 East McDonald Drive.
    Written June 17, 2022
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  • tenow
    Venice, FL191 contributions
    The terrain here is very dry & barren as is the rest of the desert area. The park does provide great views of the Phoenix valley.
    Written May 3, 2022
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  • Anish S
    Chicago, IL749 contributions
    This was the final hike we did on the 3rd day. Having read that the parking lot fills up quickly (with multiple hikes from the lot), we decided to get here by 7:30 to ensure we were able to secure a spot. If you have done or are comparing against the Echo Canyon camelback hike, note that this is much more difficult. It's steep from the beginning so you get out of breath quickly. Additionally, you are hiking next to the edge of the mountain the whole way and it's rocky so you do need to be careful w/ your steps.
    There are a few areas where railings have been installed to help you up/across the rocks as it's bit tricky without.

    The top part is the most difficult and scary. you are basically scaling the back side of the mountain with minimal to no support to hold on to. This is also the worst part of the hike as you climb back down. If you are scared of height, you might struggle a bit here but feel free to climb down (this area of the hike) on your butt - that's what my wife did. it took her about 20 min to climb down the few min of the hike but that's okay b/c she still did it.

    If you are debating about doing this hike, it's def. worth it. It's an extremely difficult/tiresome hike but it's well worth it. I would not recommend this hike for any kids under 10 as they do need to be careful in certain areas. Between this and echo canyon, echo canyon is def. more family/kid friendly. This is more of a challenging hike. While the views from both hikes are great, we appreciated the views from Piestewa Peak more. From echo canyon you can see phoenix and the surrounding areas. From Piestewa, you see more of the valley and the mountain peaks around. However, echo canyon has more space for you to sit up top and enjoy the view.
    Written December 27, 2021
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  • Marcie M
    Zanesville, OH106 contributions
    This was a quick and easy hike to the top. The temp was 103, so I am thankful for that! This is right beside the zoo, but we didn't have time to go there. There were picnic spots and shelter for shade. Public restrooms on site. This was an unplanned stop, so I was wearing flip flops and did not have any trouble.
    Written July 10, 2022
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  • Frank K
    15 contributions
    Well-maintained trail (unpaved, no stairs) with signs identifying some plants and talking about desert ecology in general. Ample parking. Right next to zoo. You really feel like you're out in the desert. Covered picnic tables.
    Written June 17, 2022
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  • Vaycay
    Texarkana, TX230 contributions
    We had a blast but went unprepared. This is a 1.5 hour hike at a steep incline. Most reviews say slight grade lied. This trail was fun but will kick your butt if not an avid hiker.
    Written December 29, 2021
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  • AMD907
    Anchorage, AK153 contributions
    This zoo was good (though I wouldn't recommend it in the summer - it was hot enough in March). There were a lot of animals but a particular focus on birds and snakes, and local animals of all types. While I was there a big section was closed for construction which meant for more walking in the heat which was unfortunate. It was also hot so a fair number of animals were asleep. However I did get to see many animals up close. Worth it for an outdoor activity.
    Written May 7, 2022
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  • Doug M
    Chesterfield, MO791 contributions
    I had just run the Mesa Marathon, so I wasn't looking to hike any trails. But we wanted to enjoy the outdoors a bit. There were covered pavilions at the various parking lots, and we spent time at a couple of them. It was really peaceful. No one else was there, since it seems that everyone comes to hike the trails. But those didn't look like easy hikes to me - hot, sunny, vertical, and exposed. But for us sitting in the shade, looking at the desert flora, and watching these little shapes on the trails in the distance, it was pretty nice. It was also fun to watch the chipmunks scamper around. They seemed pretty tame, so I can only suppose that people feed them.
    Written April 4, 2022
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  • uwbadgerinaz
    1 contribution
    Please Note - Cholla Trail is currently closed for trail restorations (closed since spring 2020). Try Echo Canyon or Bobby’s Rock Loop at the Echo Canyon Trailhead instead. Check the Phoenix Parks & Rec site for updates. No current ETA on reopening.
    Written September 12, 2020
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  • Saffron
    New Lenox, IL327 contributions
    Confusing because there was a sign at the entrance that said there were no available tickets for the day, but there actually were after I got out of the car and walked up to talk to a young man. Went through a bit of a hassle getting tickets as the phone app wasn't taking the credit card, and they said that's the only way to pay. But we had a nice young man who took us over to the cashier where we paid cash. The garden itself was pristine and lovely with a little waterfall and lake.
    Written June 14, 2022
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  • TrMarek
    958 contributions
    Superb spot to watch the sunset! It's ideal because it's a short ascent to the summit (took us 30 min.) & with the Arizona heat that's a good thing. The surrounding views are fantastic! Note: There are some really nice giant cacti at the base of the mountain before the parking lot.
    Written July 12, 2022
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  • Andrew E
    56 contributions
    This is a great trail system, there are trails from paved concrete to switchbacks up a large hill. Trails are well signed with distances. Bring your own water, there is none onsite.
    Written March 30, 2021
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  • Jim W.
    Atlanta, GA986 contributions
    We visited this park on a Sunday morning before it got too hot. The layout and landscaping (for some reason) reminded me of various parks around L.A. that I visited in early childhood - the ponds and waterways, the tall palms, etc. A sign said it opened in the 1930s so certainly it could have been laid out by the same landscape archtect who did some work in SoCal...?

    The park covers a large area, so we parked in a central lot. We wandered through an 'island' surrounded by a sort of canal. There were also sub-islands set aside for birds, apparently. We also walked by large grassy areas, one of which was in use for some sort of weekend 'health fest'. It looked like these might also serve as ballfields at other times.

    There is a large pond / lake at one end where people were fishing and they had really garish paddle boats for rent (after noon).

    There is also some sort of small amusement park aimed at young kids. It was not open and our kid is almost 2 decades beyond their target demotraphic, so I have nothing to report there.

    Across from where we parked, there appeared to be more soccer-type fields, a large pool, and possibly some tennis courts.

    We were mostly here to get a bit of exercise before heading to a museum that opened at 10 a.m. Depending on what you are looking for, this is a nice spot to visit.
    Written May 20, 2022
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  • Patrick E
    Dallas, TX358 contributions
    This recreation area is fantastic. I went 4 times during my week in Phoenix. It's right off Hwy 51 and you can hear traffic noise from the road, but it also feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. A great place to go walk and hike the trails and de-stress after a day of meetings and work.
    I loved the trails along the creekbed and even though my muscles were sore after an hour or so of hiking, It was a 'good sore".
    I met a couple of other hikers there who were friendly and gave tips on where to hike. I hiked a loop that went to the highest point in the park.
    Written November 11, 2020
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