The classic hike for the Phoenix area. Very rugged and tough and there is a steady stream of hikers, particularly in the morning. The parking lot holds 60 cars with more parked on the road entrance and other cars waiting in a line to take a spot that becomes empty. Pictured here is the first section.
Well worn railroad ties mark the early portion of the trail
The steepest section having an iron rail to assist the climb.
This might give a better perspective of the challenge.
A boulder field with railing for help designates another prominent part of the trail.
Another boulder field with no discerable trail. Just pick your way through it as best you can.
The top at a little over a mile and 1200' of climbing. It took me 30 minutes to climb, slowed a little by taking images. Strong trail runners do it in 17 minutes. Following me up the trail a couple of days later was Dentist Brad, who was in Phoenix for a seminar and planned to hit the mountain.
This guy hikes the trail every day except Sunday and he repeats the climb 3 times each day. Appears to be over 70 and he estimates he has climbed the mountain over 30,000 times.