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This hike was a great hike! Getting to the trailhead you have to find the palm tree on the opposite side of the road. There will be a gate that you will have to open. You don't need 4X4.

Did this hike in March of 2018. Came from the south road to the trailhead. I would recommend 4X4. The view from the top is very cool with all the quartz around you. I will be doing this hike again in the spring.

Great beginner hike if you're getting into hiking.

This is a great challenge. I do this hike every year in January or February.

This is my favorite hike in the valley. It is a good challenge and you can also backpack on top flatiron.

Our favorite trail in Phoenix.

My first time hiking this trail...and LOVED it!! What I learned:
1) Trail is rocky, wear comfortable, supportive HIKING shoes, your feet will appreciate it. Take water shoes or sandals (Teva is my favorite) for when you’re ready to jump in the swimming holes
2) Have PLENTY of water to drink!! When you think you have enough, take some more. Other option is to fill your water bottle at the spring.
3) Watch our for critters...2 fellow hikers saw rattle snakes and 1 saw a tarantula...I got lucky and saw a deer.
4) The sun can be a bit brutal so make sure you have a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
5) Pace yourself on the way back up, take breaks in shady areas (when you can find one), the trail is exposed to the sun
6) Pack light snacks
7) DRINK WATER!!
8) Have fun!! Happy hiking!!

This trail is very nice and finished by a waterfall !! We took 3h to reach it. At the crossing roads between "Spring" and "Dam", the first one is a little bit longer and you have to cross the river just before the fall but the trail has more shadow and follow the river. Bring a lot of water (we have 3 liters per person), because the return climbs.

Challenging trail. I loved it.

Really cool view of all the city lights at night. There are lots of people in the evening still but make sure you bring a flashlight!

Fantastic trail. Remember to stay night over in your sleeping bag

Good hike with lots of nature to take in. Beautiful views at the top! As a visitor to Arizona, I found this to be a perfect hiking trail! Went early in the morning to beat the heat and got to take in a sunrise at the top.

hiking
11 days ago

This is a challenging hike, all downhill thru the canyon, lots of bolder hopping. At the end of Roger's trough, where it meets Frog Tanks Trail #112 there are indian ruins up the hill (off trail to the NE) a short distance. And then it's 4 miles up hill 1200' all the way back to the car. Too old for this anymore!!! Last time I did it I was 72 and that was in 2011

Love this hike... pushes you! In training for R2R next month! great workout!

I made it half way up on my first try and they aren't joking when they say Steep and Bring Gallons of water but the view even from halfway up is stunning

It’s a great hike, you really do get a full work out. When I first read the comments and the level of difficulty, I was skeptical but man was I wrong! It’s hard and not for beginners. Make sure to bring plenty of water and good shoes. The view is extremely rewarding. People here are super nice, this guy greeted me with cheers as I reached the top and others motivate you as you hike up. There’s a lot of stairs and I mean a lot but you can do it!!

Good views of the city. Young children are capable of this hike.

We only did part of the trail, wanted to see the sunset! I would like to come back to visit and walk the trail!

I have to agree with some other posts. The hike is a great workout, I wouldn’t rate this difficult by any means unless you do it in the middle of summer. I did it for more of a workout and it’s great for that. But if you’re looking for scenery I’d go somewhere else. The top was full of people that drove up. Seemed like a bunch of local kids in the hut and they were smoking and cussing. Unfortunately my hike was ruined due my experience at the top, and not to mention when I came back down my window had been smashed in the parking lot. I won’t be returning to this hike.

Went 7/19/18- Left Phoenix at 6:30 am and arrived at 8:30. Perfect weather to get started! The walk down was a breeze, but we accidentally didn’t follow the fossil springs trail at the bottom (rookie mistake) so we added on an extra mile. Once we got on track we made it to the waterfall by following the sign for trails/the dam. Had the place all to ourselves! The water was cold but refreshing and crystal clear. We packed a sandwich to split, apples, and protein bars which we munched on in the 1.5 hours we stayed.
Now the hike up was no joke. Saving graces- Brought a hand towel to wipe our feet off before putting shoes back on and I soaked it in the water and it kept cold on my neck the whole walk. Found perfect walking sticks and I’m not sure I would have made it back without it to push me up. Refilled any and all water bottles in the spring.
It was 82 degrees climbing out, took us exactly two hours with stopping probably 20 times, and we went through 3 liters each of water the whole day. I’m not going to lie- definitely not for beginners, especially not in the heat! My boyfriend and I are both in decent shape and we each had our “I can’t go on” moments!

The full Parsons trail is long but beautiful. Pace yourself and take plenty of water (a filter is ideal so you can refill). There are some places where the trail has washed out or crosses a rock field; take the time to make cairns. Most of all enjoy the beautiful scenery!

It is a nice hike it keeps you working until the end as it is steep all the way up. You can view the entire valley from the top. Be prepared for crowds and minimal parking spots.

Great work out. Amazing environment! Friendly fellow hikers!

Great hike. Lucky that it was a cloudy day. Good elevation gain, and enough switchbacks to keep the hike interesting.
Few people on the hike, so was peaceful. Look out for lizards.

It may be perfect for kids but I was there at 545am and it looked like a shopping mall. Phoenix has lots of other locations unless you have kids go there.

My 2nd time hiking and this is the trail my sister picks. I thought I was going to die. Had no idea the difficulty level until it was too late to turn back. I’d definitely do it again... but only when I’m in tip top shape.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike with great views in my opinion. The jagged rocky terrain make for a challenging hike. I would say it is similar to Piestewa. There were swarms of flying bugs near the top area with the flag so we weren't able to see the flag much. Very disappointing.

Good workout. Nice views of the city.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike yesterday (late March) before the permit system went into effect. Gorgeous hike, but the way back up was pretty grueling but probably because I’d just moved from sea-level Maryland. Don’t skimp on the water— I drank over 3 liters when it was ~78 degrees and sunny. Glad they’re implementing a permit system— this area is gorgeous and is definitely showing signs of overuse.

Pretty easy to be honest if you've hiked Camelback. Stairs pretty much the whole time besides the beginning, steep in most areas. Good hike, very pretty at top. Up and down in 1.5 hours.

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