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Great fitness trait. Can be crowded. Parking sucks

hiking
1 day ago

Went today on a Monday around 11am and it was lightly trafficked. There was a sweet parks lady there to greet us and make sure we signed in. She did warn us that a group was recently attacked by a fox but we saw now wildlife while we were out. It’s a nice moderate trail, still quite hot even at 70 degrees. Definitely make sure you’re still packing with lots of water! We saw many unprepared people without backpacks or water bottles... I’m not sure the logic there. The view at the top is amazing and well worth the trip. It’s also a great lunch spot with cool breeze. If you burn easily make sure you have sunscreen!

enjoyable hike for the morning good workout. loads of people on the trail, easy tracking with goo signage and the view is just amazing

What a great weekend camping trip and hike with Boy Scout Troop 131 from Scottsdale. We got a late start, but were still able to summit and get back down to the saddle in 3 hours.....just in time to see the sunset. We completed the hike under headlamps and a half moon, while getting glimpses of the crimson sky and city lights coming to life. It was a spectacular hike and one of my all time favorites. We were fortunate to have the entire mountain to ourselves on a calm and cool day. Extra special experience for me to summit for the first time since 1999, while with my 13 yr old son. We will be back! Best advice: wear gloves when starting up the crevice on the scree, and bring plenty of water and snacks. It's a solid 4 hours despite this trail's 5.4 mile distance.

beautiful views. Can be tough in parts as it is pretty steep.

We actually got on this trail because we missed the trail head for the Wave Cave hike. Glad we did. It is great hike with lots of terrific things to see. Went all the way to the top past the needle. Not for the novice but I would go again and recommend highly.

This a really nice hike, it gets a little technical as you near the summit, need to pay attention to the trail markers as they aren’t always visible. Used this app to navigate back to the trail which was very helpful!!! Enjoyed the view from up top, relaxed on the bench and read a few notes from other hikers/adventurers. Definitely worth the trip!

Hiked the trail counter-clockwise on a weekday. I've done parts of the trail on a weekend & there's usually lots of cyclists and horsebackriders. None today. Saw 2 cows. I clocked the hike at 10 miles on an Apple Watch & my friend clocked it on a Tom-Tom at 9 miles, so the posted distance on this website is was shorter. Some parts of the trail (near mile 5) were not easy to find, but we looked for footprints & bright coloured tags on trees for assistance. My fave part was where there was an oasis with ponds of water & lots of smooth rock. I would def do this hike again!

Love this hike. it provided a great workout and the view of Weaver's Needle is stunning. We branched off on Cave Trail to hit Geronimos Cave.

Great hike managed to get lost!

great hike took my nieces alot of climbing up large rocks we really enjoyed the challenge

So much fun...the sign at the bottom rates this hike as extremely difficult and I would agree with that as you are bouldering for most of it. Challenging but totally worth it...our GPS indicated 10km round trip.

Difficult hike with steady climb. Lots of rocks and loose gravel/rocks. So worth the 1400 ft elevation change for the view!

My favorite Maricopa County hike. Cool air, trees, adrenaline, and jaw-dropping vistas. If you have a fear of heights, however, or if you don’t trust your arm strength/balance, do not attempt to reach the top. As others have mentioned, the chute (the area in between the two northernmost peaks) can be quite intimidating, especially for inexperienced climbers. That being said, I’d guess it’s doable for about 90% of people who are reading this.

As a further warning, keep an eye out for the turnoff on your way down the chute. Due to the steep descent, it’s easy to keep your eyes on the ground and miss the trail. That happened to us, but as a result, we were rewarded with a truly awe-inspiring sunset. Best views in Maricopa County.

Amazing and beautiful!

Definitely a good workout climbing boulders and straight up in spots. Worth it once you are at the top. Parking at trailhead is a challenge

My wife and I hiked to Fremont Saddle and beyond to Weaver's Needle. This is a moderate hike, gives a good workout and the views of the Canyon and Superstitious Mountains are amazing. It is a little rocky but solid. View of Weaver's Needle was also amazing. We are in our 60's and had no problem. I highly recommend this hike, will be back

They view were spectacular and the hike was scenic. I completed this hike solo and found great difficulty in navigating it as the trail was horribly marked. I must have spent and extra hour or two trying to find the trail both on the way up and he way down. What can I say, I was determined. I will not be hiking this solo ever again. A group is recommended. I left my fair share of cairns to help those future venturers, if you could contribute as well, please do.

My new favorite trail in the Phoenix area! It's popular, but for good reason. The climb is very gradual over the whole hike and the trail is well marked/easy to follow, so as long as you have decent shoes and are in ok shape this shouldn't be a challenge. We saw some 70 year olds on the trail that were handling it just fine. We hiked this right after a bunch of rain and there was a small creek flowing down the canyon. Head out early to beat the crowds, bring lots of water, and enjoy the beautiful views!

Great hike. Started from the trail head and went counter clockwise. The trail was a typical desert hike until we passed the turn off for the Arizona trail. Then the trail pretty much followed a wash with occasional water though beautiful shaded canyons for the last half of the hike. Also trail/ route not marked to well after AZ trail. If I do it again I’d try it clockwise.

hiking
11 days ago

No hiking staff needed! You'll need both hands to help negotiate many areas, though you're not really "boulder scrambling"... it's more like climbing steep stairs for most of the hike. There are hand rails where you need them. I was glad I wore low cut, light weight hiking tennis shoes as it allowed me to flex and extend my feet for longer strides from rock to rock (ankle supporting, leather boots would have slowed me down on this hike, though that's what I usually wear for hikes). A Camelback (go figure) style hydration backpack is the way to go... keep your hands free!

Great hike with incredible views. It’s a challenge but definitely not as hard as the signs suggest. Most of the steep areas have hand rails. Parking is difficult, do it on a weekday if possible.

Gorgeous. Didn’t find it as hard as the trail head signage suggests. Lots of climbing, rock scaling, bouldering type hike versus just a walk.

My first trail ever hiked in Arizona and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Every step was absolutely amazing l, you could turn around and there was a beautiful view. I do recommend hiking boots because there are strictly rocks on portions of the trail. Going up took 2 hours with frequent breaks to take in the view. 45 minutes down at a steady jog. The view is absolutely worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike and the climb delivers very rewarding views.

Great hike, the top looks amazing, bring water.

Beautiful place to hike and a fun drive to get there! There was a lot of people on the trail and everyone is so courteous and nice and gives you your space. My friend and I went for our first time and only went about a mile since we were stopped by the beautiful landscape. Plan on coming back more and more and getting farther and farther.

Best urban hike I have ever done. Pretty close to the airport and difficulty level will not disappoint you. It's a trail testing your endurance. Short but strenuous. Beautiful views from the top. Do not expect to see any wildlife, unless you're too lucky.

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