HARDING SPRINGS TRAIL
This trail originally was one of several that provided a way for cattlemen to drive their stock in and out of Oak Creek Canyon. For today’s hiker, that means it’s wider than most Oak Creek Canyon trails and not as steep as some. So, if you’re looking for a gradual climb to the canyon rim, complete with rest stops along the way where you can enjoy the view both up and down canyon, you’ve found it.
All of Harding Springs Trail is in the shade of a mixed conifer forest characteristic of central Arizona canyons. That adds another to this trail’s already impressive list of pluses by keeping it reasonably cool in summer. And when you top the rim, you have the option of continuing either north to Cookstove Trail or south to Thomas Point Trail to complete a loop hike. Then again, you may want to go back by the same friendly route that brought you here.