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A rewarding challenge for the average hiker, a diverse landscape with enjoyable rock features for the more experienced adventurer. Traffic does get heavy, so an early start is imperative to get the best experience. 2 liters of water is perfect, no less than 1.5. Be prepared to use your hands in sections.
Leaving about 40 minutes before sunrise, we earned spectacular views of the valley at first light. The trail is not well marked at all, and even with two of us we lost the trail about 1/3 of the way up. Just part of the experience for a couple of Superstition first-timers. The Flat Iron itself is worth seeing, not only from the top but all the way up, as it hangs over you through most of the hike. Unique rock formations and lots to see in terms of flowers and trees. Would absolutely recommend.

one of my favorites! never disappoints. water makes it such a gorgeous trail. good for summer (if appropriately prepared with water, hat, and sunscreen!!) or winter.

backpacking
1 day ago

I rate this 5 stars because its absolutely worth the journey. I with 2 friends backpacked this trail and camped the battleship. we began around noon and camp was set up by sunset. the views were amazing the entire time and the actual battleship is breathtaking. I honestly rate this trail as moderate, it was a long walk is all with some boulder hoping as you approach the battleship.

Beautiful trail and the views are amazing. Challenging at the end towards the view point, have to climb up at times. Bring gloves with grips, hiking shoes and layered clothing. If this trail is your first time, allow yourself enough time to go up and down. Minimum: 6 hours roundtrip. Definitely worth the challenge.

One of the challenging trails I have hiked. Totally worth it.

Challenging and rewarding all together! Brought 3L of water and did not run out, but it was only 60F out. Gloves helped with the rock scrambles. Follow the dots, arrows and X’s. When in doubt, stay left. It was packed with people, but made for some friendly chats with strangers. Took ~2.5hrs to make the ascent. Bring a snack (and maybe a can of craft beer) for the summit and enjoy the views!!

This was an intense hike! Gorgeous views! I’m assuming hiking sticks are suggested to alleviate some of the leg strain. Don’t discount the altitude gain, I was certainly very winded on the way up by mile 2. Keep all trails map handy, met a few others who’d wandered off trail like we had. In total, our out and back was 10.8miles :) very easy to keep walking and miss the actual trail. Took us less than half the time to go back down-which I didn’t find difficult. Trail is rocky and overgrown. I suggest sleeves/gloves, pants or socks. I slid my hand on a few cactus. Bring tweezers!

My all time favorite hike in AZ. The hike is strenuous with some rock climbing/hopping areas. Can be very busy though.

We hiked 12-08-18, we brought 3 bottles (16 oz)of water each and we did not finish all of it, brought lunch though, we had picnic at the summit. Things you need:
Proper hiking shoes, water, food, trail nuts, and a lot of will power and strength, and also you need a keen eye to watch for those painted white dots or the black X to follow the trail others had done, those are easier, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to follow a faster way up, it is hard and you might find yourself going back and following the other trail back up again...

Gorgeous hike with an amazing sunset while I hiked back down! I don't agree with the person who said you cant take a small car down to the trail. I did it just fine. I've also taken my little car all the way down the 88 to Roosevelt Lake.

3 days ago

LOVE this hike. So worth it! Going over to the summit is a must as well.

Pretty steep with lot of switchbacks but it's cool to be on the top of Texas! Took us about 6 hours. Can be very windy on the top!

Loved going on this hike. The views are absolutely amazing and it has some fun scrambling portions near the end.

This was alot of fun and a bit challenging.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike only seen one other hiker (12/2/18), covered the loop in 5hrs taking only short breaks (rushed it cause getting late start, allow more time!) observed mule deer, Javelina, birds, and amazing views. I definitely recommend it if you want to avoid the crowds of Guadalupe Peak.
Be safe and blessings!

Nice views. Took me 2.5 hours up, but I go at a fast pace when I'm by myself and without an overnight pack.

This is not an easy trail. It earns every bit of its difficulty rating. Me, my girlfriend and her 18 year old daughter took this hike last week. There were parts where we almost called it quits. The last mile is the hardest. Lots of jagged rocks. Lots of places to skip on loose rock. 3 things you should absolutely consider: plenty of water, proper shoes and a pair of gloves for the decent. All will make this hike more enjoyable.

Such an amazing beautiful hike . It’s was tough going up my sister in law and I lost our way but got back on the trail thanks to fellow morning hikers !
Such a reward reaching the top !
You do have to pay 7$ to get in .
There is also a gnarly spot when you’re getting closer to the top where you have to reach with your legs and pray lol . Over all the best hike♥️.
I would say hiking shoes make things less complicated !

hiking
9 days ago

This hike is one of my favorites! The view at the top is definitely worth every bit. We calculated more so 12-13 mile hike because we came from The First Water Trailhead which is just at the end of the dirt road the Wave Cave trailhead is on if you know where that is. Trail is absolutely beautiful but be careful because it isn’t marked very well. Bringing a GPS will help. The terrain changes a lot as you go- dirt, loose rock, boulder climbing. The boulder climbing isn’t until you get up to the mountain and for about a mile you’ll be climbing to get to the top and end of the spine. If you’ve never climbed boulders before or are afraid of heights this part will challenge you but it’s all worth it!

Loved this hike! Very challenging but so rewarding. Took someone’s tip and brought gloves which helped so much on the way down. I would suggest leave the dogs at home. It’s just a lot at the end to expect of them. Wish I would’ve had better shoes. Took us 3 hours to get up and roughly 2 1/2 down.

This hike was incredible. The views from start to finish were breathtaking. However, we brought our dog on this trail and it was very difficult for him. Once you get toward the top of the Flat Irons, we had to pick our dog up because we were climbing straight up boulders. The view at the top is completely worth the climb. Allow yourself 5-6 hours.

Beautiful Hike but came to kind of a dead end and hard to follow Trail. Later found out that was as far as we could go without more advanced hiking skills and equipment! We were a tad frustrated, but didn’t risk our safety. Nice Workout Too!

great hike with a small climb at the end, offers amazing views. word of caution, dont bring small kids, I watched a 4 year old almost die on this hike, be smart! pack snacks and plenty of water

This is an awesome trail with great views. Not a hard trail not easy either.. the low rating is due to the excessive flow of people heading to the falls!! A friend wanted to see the falls so went back with her but started at 6:30am and no one was there when we got there!!!

Very pretty trail, great views. It was cloudy and a bit rainy today but gave it a go anyhow. I was hoping the clouds would have cleared up, but they didn’t by the time I got to ~4000’ elevation. I was right at the cloud line and thought it would be pointless (and perhaps dangerous) to proceed into the clouds to get to the summit. Quite disappointed, I turned back, short of reaching the top. Took me 4.5 hours for the abbreviated hike. Looking forward to trying this again in better weather.

Thank you too everyone who put out the cairns, they were a lifesaver! That and this great app!

Can’t get enough of this trail!

Awesome hike. One mile vertical incline with a great scramble at the end. If you like a challenge with a great view as a reward, great AZ hike.

Amazing view. My friend and I did it in about 5 1/2 hours without any training whatsoever, so it’s doable. Very windy though.

One of Texas’ great hikes. Not as difficult as listed, moderate and can be completed in 4-5 hours

me and my friend camped at big bend for 5 days then on the way back came here just for the purpose of reaching the highest elevation in texas. we were running short on time and were able to go up to the top and back in only 3 hours.

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