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Wonderful hike! The views from the peak are nice and you get a 360 view of the surrounding area. The way down does have a lot of loose rocks but as long as you are careful you will be okay! The parking lot is small so If you see cars in the overflow on the right just park there and it's a short walk to the trailhead.

rock climbing
1 day ago

One of the hardest but great scenery on the top of mountain.

Absolutely breath taking!

By far the best marked trail I have ever hiked and the most well maintained. There are many hills for photo opportunities are you head to the Thumb". If you are feeling a little more adventurous, look for the Miner's Cave and The Ogre's Den (not accessible), those were 2 cool additions I found during this hike.

physically demanding and definitely not for first time hiking beginners, bring plenty of water and good gripping shoes

I went solo as usual yesterday and thank goodness for seeing fellow hikers because I just completely got lost 1/3 of the way. Once you get past the basin/amphitheater and trek up the rocky hill, there's a split that goes right or slightly down then straight. Make sure you go down the hill then straight as I made the mistake of going right, lost about 25 min. Don't take shortcuts and follow the trail for your own safety! Light jacket/hoodie (current weather), GLOVES (ESSENTIAL) and snug fitting shoes with good grip are must, 3-4 bottles of water and energy bar(s) for the top or between climbs. Stop by the memorial up top, its to the left handside. Word of advice to beginner hikers, conquer camelback or piestewa peak first before Flatiron as this is much more physically demanding. I'd give a 5 but this trail is poorly marked once reaching the basin.

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.

I started at 10:30 am, I was surprised to see that most of the way up is in shade.

Enjoyable hike. Quiet, moderate to easy hike. The views throughout are wonderful.

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.

Rated hard but if you’re in shape and have okay balance this shouldn’t be any trouble at all. Be sure to hydrate, take water and good shoes.

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

I enjoyed this with my 6 year old. Sun was pretty brutal mid day, for being December, and very little shade. Not too busy and beautiful views from the top. Moderate is a good rating for this trail.

Trail is xtremely well traveled. Rated hard but with the well groomed and placed steps, handholds and rails its overrated. I'd say it's an easy hike with plenty of opportunity to stay safe for fit individuals. Big falls possible if careless or weak. Lower body injuries will require rescue and dehydration is most risky factor. Slippy gravel at times recommended grippy soles.

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked this about a month ago and the weather was (and still is) perfect. The first half on the way up is challenging and steep, but after that it's pretty easy climbing to the summit. Would definitely recommend using the lookout points to catch your breath and drink lots of water. This probably wouldn't be where I take a novice for a first hike. The views were absolutely incredible though! Most of the trail is in the sun. Would say it's moderately trafficked and well-marked, I doubt anyone could get lost. The parking lot is right at the trailhead, with restrooms and water; the park is really clean and well-maintained. Definitely plan on coming back soon!

Echo Canyon is a great workout, no question. A little scrambling the last part and of course 'the rails' will test you but they aren't nearly as bad as they are reputed to be. It's a great morning hike late in the season because the last part has a lot of shade. Is it harder than the Cholla trail? Overall in my opinion no. There are some challenging spots but all in all I feel it's slightly easier.

Parking sucks, no question. Best bet is to get a ride to and from unless you want to camp out on McDonald in the wee hours of the morning hoping for a spot.

Great little trail and not very crowded. Pretty views at the top. Trail is a little rocky and narrow on the ascent to the peak, but nothing overly daunting.

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!!

rock climbing
4 days ago

Up, up and up some more. With all the climbing you earn the views.

4 days ago

Excellent

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...

This hike was everything everybody said it would be, and more. Perfect weather and trail conditions.

hiking
5 days ago

A great workout with beautiful views all along the way. This is a gravel trail with good inclines so you can definitely break in your trekking poles. Reaching Tom’s Thumb felt very accomplishing and was well worth the hike. Very friendly people on the trail. Bring plenty of water. I will hike this again!

Nice trail but a bit rocky. Had to take it slow on the way down. Today was kind of hazy, so the views weren't as great as I had hoped. My app said it was over 5 miles.

Always a tough hike but rewarding at the top

Expected it to be a little harder than it was but great views nonetheless. Would definitely would reccomend a sunrise start!

5 days ago

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

Wow, this has to be the prettiest trail in the Phoenix area. The rocks are amazing! But wow, what a climb! Kicked my butt! 4.2 miles took me 3 hours. 2 hours up, 20 minute rest on top and 40 minutes down. But what breathtaking views!

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