Jeremy MeekStoryteller

Construction and sustainability guru by day. Recreational photographer and blogger by night and weekend. I love exploring my home state of Arizona and pursuing adventure beyond its borders.

First part is all burned from the Schultz Fire; allows for some amazing views to the east and north! The last part is gorgeous in the aspens, pines, and fir trees. The last half mile before the Inner Basin gets quite steep. Once you get to the Inner Basin, the prime mountain biking paths are done...the trail continues, but most ideal for hiking (up to Agassiz and Humphreys).

7 months ago
7 months ago

Super busy on the weekend, but if you go in expecting that, you won't be disappointed. ;) It is worth the potential parking hassle to see some of the expansive views along this trail! Stop at Goat Rock for some fun views and photo opportunities. If going after heavy rains, be sure to check the status of trails and roads in the area before going. I went a couple weeks after heavy rains and although it was open, some trails were still shut down and the roads leading to the trailhead were still being mended...some one way traffic with waits at some points along the way.

12 months ago
12 months ago

Assuming weather conditions allow you to safely descend to the base of Panther Creek Falls and view the falls from "The Cauldron", do it. :) It is an amazing experience to be down there and have waterfalls in surround sound. It is tough to not get a great photo - that is just a bonus to the experience. Pray for an overcast day so the light diffuses. If you are going just for photography, try and go early in the day (8:30-10:30 a.m. or so).

12 months ago
12 months ago

This was a fun, early summer hike. It was quite busy, but still managed to find a parking space. About 500' into the hike, a black bear showed up on the trail. It wandered up on the trail a bit and then climbed a tree next to the trail to take a nap. It was still up there a couple hours later on the way out. Keep your eyes open!

12 months ago
12 months ago

This was a fun, short hike! We went on a warm, sunny February on a weekend and the trail was quite crowded (and everyone seemed to have brought their dog). I imagine this would be a magical hike in the autumn when the leaves are changing.

12 months ago
12 months ago

Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons are truly fantastic! The upper canyon is certainly more grandeous, and accordingly, there are hoards of people. Be sure to take a photography-geared tour if you want a prayer of getting shots of the canyon without people in the photo. Here is a link to a guide with some more details on both Antelope Canyons as well as some of the other surrounding slot canyons. http://bit.ly/2arZ41r A night tour is available through the below operator; check it out if you are into night photography, light writing, and/or astrophotography! http://bit.ly/2ajXTCd

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great, short hike with a scenic pay off! After the classic photo-opp where you will surely see people lined up, continue to the south a bit farther (the trail that continues to the left when you reach the sign that says "End of Trail"). Hiking up a short hill on a developed trail will reveal an enormous rock spire with views out to Courthouse Butte!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is not my favorite hike in the Phoenix area, but it definitely has advantages due to being lesser known. Lower traffic and a well developed trail are great perks! This has been one of the trails featured in the annual Phoenix Seven Summits Challenge.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is definitely my favorite (legal) night hike location! Even though the entry gate closes at sunset, there is a parking lot outside the gate that is open well after dark. Especially in the summer, this allows for some evening hiking time after the sun has set. Be sure to bring a good head lamp and/or flashlight along!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago