Flatiron is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is not an easy hike so bring plenty of water with you as there is none on the trail. And a good pair of hiking boots will make a difference. Bring food as well you will need the energy from it. This is the desert and it can get very hot hiking in the valley. There is a lot of scrambling and lose rocks.
Incredible hike and very hard. Be prepared for some technical parts and things can get slippery when wet. Totally worth it though.
Did this hike today.. it was great.. but also one of the toughest i have done... but remember to stay in the trail. i got off track and it made it twice as hard going up.. got caught in a thunderstorm on the way down, so that didn't help.. trail became very slippery.. so be careful.... but i will do it again..
Been this trail fir two times, and i will going back again for sure, one of my favorite trail. It takes me 3 hours all the way up! But it was worth it! Amazing and beautiful! Going down was easy for me it takes me for 1 hour and 55 minutes.
This Trail is pretty amazing, as others have said there is great sights from the top. however it is a more difficult trail if you are not a regular hiker.
Just a tip, as someone said below, the trail is Not very well marked. but someone showed "white or greenish dots" someone climbed it and marked the easier path with White or Greenish blue dots, sometimes a rock painted with a white face. it helps a lot to stay on trail. pretty easy to get off trail without looking for the dots
This trail was incredible! Hardest day hike I have ever done. The first two miles are strenuous but fun- light scrambling and moderate incline. The last mile is sheer climbing, at points up a rock wall. I have. I technical rock climbing experience beyond some days at a rock wall and I found it scary/exhilarating/breathtaking and strenuous. Views at the top are breathtaking- as it trying to reverse climb down the rock wall you climbed up to see them. Overall the only drawback is that the trail is VERY poorly marked and it is easy to go off trail into dangerous terrain. The advise is keep left!
Good luck and enjoy!
I really enjoyed this trail. There are some great views from the top. The hike down seemed harder than up through the rocky areas.
Great trail but take your time, not very well marked but will definitely be back here soon!! Great views all around.
Definitely not recommended for beginners.
Will most certainly be hiking this trail again!
My wife and I did this a few days ago for the first time. It was 8.9 miles round trip from the Saguaro parking area via Jacobs cross-cut. It took us about 5 hours and 15 minutes with a 30-40 minute stay at the top for a picnic. There was some water and it was slippery in spots and scrambling/climbing spots that required concentration. Just pay attention to people ahead of you and don't be afraid to ask which way is easiest. Great trail with incredible views of the whole valley at the top. We went on what was probably one of the busiest days of the year with everyone off of work on January 2. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a challenge. It is challenging and pretty long, but well worth it!
So hard! My shoulders, back and legs were sore for days after this hike. The top is amazing though. If you live in Phoenix this is a hike you must do sometime! But only do it when you have been hiking and exercising. This hike is not for beginners!