Plusses to the hike: this is a great hike to do with little kids or the hiking-challenged because it is almost entirely flat. There are also signs describing the hike along the way and explaining meadows, volcanic activity, aspen growth, ponderosa pines, animal behavior, and the human history of the area. We were really surprised to see all of the old mining equipment that was left out in the open. I have said this before in regards to petroglyphs, but PLEASE do not remove these old historical relics. Besides being against the law, it’s really cool if we can all see history out in the open without worrying that people will try to take a “souvenir.” Come here instead and take in the full effect by imagining that you lived here in the early 1900s. It is a gorgeous spot with some beautiful views of Arizona’s tallest peak, Mount Humphreys, at 12,633 feet. The Hopis and Navajos both regard these peaks to be sacred and have lived among them for thousands of years when I’m certain the wildlife was far more plentiful.
Length: 1.5 miles for the loop described
Elevation gain: <50ft
Time it took us: Less than an hour with many statue-like stops to listen carefully for wildlife sounds.
Dogs: Allowed on the trail but not recommended if you want to see wildlife.