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This is an amazing hike/ scramble. The rock formations are incredible, the views from the top are definitely worth the climb. Definitely recommend starting early to not only avoid the heat but avoid crowds as well. With a 6am start I was able to beat the long lines of people that I passed on the way down. Most of the hike is also shaded by the mountain during the morning hours. Once the hike turns into a scramble, it can be somewhat hard to follow the trail (if you can even call it that), keep an eye out for the blazes in the rocks and when in doubt, keep to the left side and you will be fine. There seems to be multiple paths to the top but they all funnel to the left and merge into one just before the flatiron.

rock climbing
6 hours ago

This trail is more rock climbing vs hiking once you pass the draw. Not for the faint of heart. Trail definitely needs to be marked better as we and several other hikers got off course.

9 hours ago

excellent day to hike, very few hikers. in addition to checking out 5024..bushwack to the hoodoos behind Flatiron...unique rock formations and windows to the east.

The long, flat road gets a bit monotonous, but otherwise fun hike, especially the final third.

hiking
1 day ago

If you enjoy hiking for peace and quiet, this is not the hike for you. Very crowded on a Saturday at late morning. The bridge itself is stunning but there’s a lineup of people waiting for photos. Tip: avoid walking the whole way on the dusty road to the trailhead by taking the short trail that leads from back of the parking lot by the bathrooms (just follow the signs) — you’ll end up on the road eventually but it’s a much nicer walk via the trail.

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.

So far the most scariest hikes I've done. My best friend and I are scared of heights, so to be able to accomplish this hike for the first time all the way to the top in an 1hr8mins.; was the best feeling ever!

Great views. Beginning is a little boring but well worth the trip.

2 days ago

This is a nice, challenging hike with stunning views. I did it in the late afternoon and finished it with an amazing sunset. This made the hike nice and cold and absolutely beautiful.
Trail is easy to follow, just up! You can go in many different ways, and they all seem “easier” to some and harder to others. Your pick.

I did it on a hot Nov day in 2018 in the mid 70s. Took me 4 hours to get to top, but I am in descent cardeo shape, but from car, parked at nearby closest parking lot off the campsite, it took me 5 hours roundtrip. It was a very different, long, and dangerous hike past the basin area, but had great views at very top. Basin has great views, too. Trail could have used more markings past the Basin. If you can do Echo Camelback twice in a row, you are ready for Flatiron. I heard this was hardest hike in valley and people use it to train for the Grand Canyon. I hiked GC once. Terrain past the basin is nothing like the GC but it takes motivation and endurance like the GC. If start after 1 pm in Nov, flashlights are essential. I would not recommend kids hike much above the basin. There is an 8 ft wall near very end of Siphon that begins Flatiron which you must rock climb. I got up it alone, but had to really be super careful and coming down I used a tree branch and someone gave me a hand. Not sure how anyone could expect to do that part of hike alone, honestly, so don’t be shy and just wait and ask someone for help, if doing hike solo like I did. I was saddened to see how many parents get a late start and or stay at the very top way too long taking photos and then have to carry their babies and toddlers down and expect to only use the flashlights on their phones for help without moonlight. Flatiron is too dangerous to do without flashlights even with moonlight. I drank almost 100 oz of water doing it in 70s, and didn’t even think I was even drinking very much, so next time I will bring even more water, and Electrolyte tabs for my water.

On 11/17/2018 (7am) l hiked to the summit. For being mid-november, it was an awesome weather day! There was very little to no wind at the Summit plus it was t-shirt weather. My guess it was a weather fluke (the mountain weather report had predicted strong winds and 8 degree wind chill factor at The Summit)
My advice is to bring crampons, they will be needed! If not, wear ice hockey protection and tie a pillow to your butt haha! but seriously, the ice in the last couple miles is treacherous and the last mile has a lot of Scree and Talus. Yaktraxs are okay but I recommend Kahtoola Microspikes. They gave me excellent traction on the ice and also on the occasional bare spots. They cost $52+tax at REI and were worth it! Especially going downhill, where most butthurt occurs haha.

Fun hike and great views, Devils Bridge is a must see

We did this hike and loved it!!! You do not have to be an experienced hiker to complete this hike, but at the same time, this hike is not for the feint hearted, there are plenty of places where the trail gets narrow to one pass at a time. If you take your time and have good hiking boots, no problem.
I would not do this hike with little kids and flip flops. The hike opens (and closes) with a two series of steep switchbacks, after that it levels out as it goes out to the point.
Once at the point, you see that all the effort was worth it. The views are amazing and if you go out to the rocks on the point you get about a 300 degree view of the canyon in all of its splendor. You feel like it is surrounding you.
The return hike is tough, but plenty of places to rest and enough water will get you through it

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail today. Waterfall was nothing but a trickle. I will have to come back after a rain. Total distance to the falls from the parking area was 5.9 miles.

Beginner hiker and I made it half way in to the start of the incline. The start was easy after you get going. The desert was very peaceful and overall a pleasant hike in and out. Has some rocky points and washes to cross. Not much wildlife. Lots of cholla along the trail. A few black ant hills. Saw maybe 10 total hikers on the trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Not too long and very do-able! It was quite steep and tested your nerves right near the top where the bridge is, lots of steep steps.

I went with a group of 20-32 yr olds The young adults were my children’s age so you can do the math . Thank goodness I have been training in yoga and Pilates . This hike was challenging . Uneven stepping along the entire trail with the last 30 min , a constant climb up . I feel this trail was more than just moderate . We had a blast ! My group expressed how scared they were at the end when we got back to the van . I thought everyone was cool while hiking so ,I was also . The less you know the better . . I did get a photo of me out on devils bridge . Some of our group did also but not all. But they finished the hike and were thrilled in the end . SUCCESS!!

hiking
4 days ago

It’s an amazing hike. I could have hiked this in five hours flat easy !!!! Unfortunately ran into a bunch of ice pass the tree-line which slowed me up considerably. Bring crampons if you decide to hike this in the winter. I busted my ass a dozen times lol. Bring ample amount of water at least 2.5 liters.
~Things you need ~

1. A backpack

Most amazing hike. I am not a “serious hiker,” however I did train for 3 months to do this hike. We did Rim to Rim in one day, from North to South Rim via Bright Angel on October 20. Weather was PERFECT! Chilly in the morning (started a little after 6am in the dark), but warmed up very quickly. We took 30 hikers with us, from 16 years old to 60, but didn’t all stay together. A few things to note:
* It’s actually 23.9 miles. I verified with a Park Ranger.
* Water is available often, but I always kept at least 3 liters on me at all times, and that was during the fall. If you hike in the heat, you will need MUCH more! I would not do this hike in the summer.
* Electrolytes are not optional.
* You need to snack the entire way down the rim. Then stop to eat your packed lunch at Phantom Ranch. You won’t feel like eating much after that (even though you should) so almost all your calories & electrolytes needs to be in the morning. Salty tastes way better than sweet.
* There are NO garbage cans...you will need to pack out every tiny bit of garbage with you.
* I finished in just over 12 hours. It’s doable for the most physically fit in about 8-10 hours. The last of our group finished in 15 1/2 hours with a knee injury.
* The switchbacks on Bright Angel are not as steep as I expected. They are just extremely relentless and never ending. The last 3 miles will take FOREVER.
* Have a head lamp with you.
* Use every bathroom you pass. There are no “hidden areas” to squat behind. No matter where you go, you will be seen!
* This is not a loop, nor an out and back. You will need a driver waiting for you at the Rim you finish on. We met some people who didn’t think that through, and were trying to figure out how to get back to their car on the North Rim, which was about a 4 hour drive away!
* I was terrified to do this hike, but am so glad I did! You will not regret doing it, as long as you are PREPARED! Hike a few times each week, walk a lot, and do the stair stepper as often as possible.

Beautiful views at the end.. Jeep traffic the first mile was unattractive.

Not a favorite of mine but sweet views.

on Devils Bridge Trail

6 days ago

Beautiful views from the bridge, other than that nothing too wondrous on your way up.

Great trail. Stay off the road. Ha! My recoding was cut off. I should have downloaded the map lol

Absolutely amazing hike. We went slow purposefully to stay 1 nite at each of the 3 campgrounds and soak it all in. The views and stars at nite are exceptional. I recommend hiking it in October as the heat isn't brutal. 23.9 miles starting at north rim and using BA trail to reach the south rim. A must do for all serious backpackers. Highly recommended.

This was an awesome hike! Totally enjoyed the climb!

Lived in AZ for 30 yrs and finally attempted this trail. All I can say is AMAZING! Add it to your list and make sure you take plenty of time to enjoy the views. It was challenging but very rewarding. Enjoyed every minute of it.

The walk back to the actual climb is long, over a mile itself. If you have a 4x4 you can drive all the way back, otherwise you’re walking the first leg. The actual climb itself is narrow and daunting in some areas but you aren’t crawling up a rock. The view at the bridge is great!

This hike was the most challenging I have ever done. More rock climbing than hiking, really. Quite technical in many areas and not for the faint of heart. Nonetheless if carefully approached, can be successfully completed by those of good balance and reasonable fitness. Gloves are highly recommended as much of the “hike” required 4 points of contact. Though short in distance, long in effort!!

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome hike with killer views! I hiked it this past weekend as part of my training plan for Mt. Aconcagua in January. I climbed it with ease with 40lbs pack weight and my altitude training mask setting at 12,000ft. My moving time was just over 4hrs. Will easily shave off 30min with knowledge of the route and better planning.

The trail is not difficult at all. The reviews make it sound much more difficult than it really is, which is probably due to the distance and wind people experienced.

Has a good mix of climbing- that is, forest trails, rock trail, and tundra.

This is not a technical trail. It’s a trek needing only minimal equipment.

Do bring:

1. Micro spikes (at minimum) crampons do nicely. -Throw the yak tracks in the trash.
2. Trekking poles
3. Be ready for heavy wind
4. Helmet is a nice touch if you’re climbing solo
5. Warmer gloves than you expect

I highly suggest climbers unfamiliar with layering to seek advice before attempting. The temperature swing from the saddle to the summit is substantial. During my hike there were 45kt (52mph) winds. I saw a few groups of people who were inappropriately dressed and definitely put themselves at risk for frostbite.

All in all, a great mountain to hike and train on. Will do again soon!

What can be said about this trail that hasn't been said a thousand times already?

The Rim to Rim experience through the Grand Canyon was a physically demanding, refreshingly emotional adventure. If you have the means and the ability, there are few greater short-term backpacking experiences to be found in the US.

My friend and I completed the trail in September of 2018 and both came away from the experience exhausted and inspired. From the cliff face trail at the north rim to the lush and vibrant Phantom Ranch, Indian Garden and the village, this trail allows you to see so much in only a handful of miles.

The detour to the Canyon overlook is a must. The short side trail to the waterfall is also a must. Cracking a beer at Phantom is a must and so is their world famous family-style breakfast.

Only one percent of visitors make it down into the canyon itself and an even smaller percentage actually traverse the entire thing by foot. To be among that group is an honor and a welcome addition to my memories of adventuring.

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