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Lots of gradual incline. Fun trail!

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.

hiking
10 hours ago

scenic but very rocky at certain areas, had to pay attention where to step and not twist an ankle. Was hoping to see more wildlife as spoken of in other reviews, maybe it was to cold.
Elevation wasn't to bad

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!!

nice trail for this beautiful weather! had trouble finding some of the markers, but the horse poop lead the way. ;)

A ranger suggested we go up the right trail and come down the left trail. I am so glad we did. The right trail has a lot of elevation gain and I was tired when we reached the top. Beautiful view. Coming down the left trail was easier...since there is less elevation decline. My dog enjoyed the hike and the many new friends that she met. Since there is little shade, it could be a better winter hike. Enjoy.

At the top are views that make all the strenuous breaths worthwhile. We had a beautiful day and met so many nice people along the way that the time flew by us. The climb up was a bit scary at times, particularly at the very top just before you reach your destination where there was a 6 foot rock face you had to literally climb. But, it is doable even though many people turned back. We were glad we challenged ourselves and were rewarded with awesome views. We also recommended once you are on top to check out the lesser peak for even more views and less people. The trip down was easier for me than my sidekick but my legs were shot so I used my arms to lower my body down most of the rocks. One last tip, bring gloves. I did and was so glad my hands didn’t take the brunt of the abuse from the rocks.

Hiked this solo on 11/10/18. Took about 2.5 hours up and 2 hours down. Definitely recommend downloading the map before you go as it can be easy to lose the trail. There were cairns set up almost the whole way that were extremely helpful and as long as you keep an eye out for them you'll be fine. I only saw 2 other groups once I split off from the Wave Cave trail.

The 6 mile drive once you turn off of route 60 is pretty much a dirt road. 4WD would be ideal but not necessary. My 2013 Hyundai Accent made it just fine but had to go pretty slow as it was real bumpy. Took about 20 mins. No water/bathrooms at trailhead. Good hike!

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.

hiking
1 day ago

This morning Jen & I decided to go hiking instead of hitting the gym it was nice to get out and get the cardio going along the trail in this great weather we’re having, nothing serious just good to get out, we’re still hoping to get up north and do Norton’s Creek.

Super simple and nice walk. I’m very large and working to get in shape and this was no problem. Beautiful out. Did the trail with 9 year old, 7 year old and Lab.

Nice trail

Love the horses in the water staying cool

A little busy for me. Plus a lot of people that were amateur knocking rocks loose that made me wary. Otherwise beautiful, diverse, difficult, and Arizona at its best. The crowd made it less than 5 star for me.

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.

This was a 7.7 mile trail from the trailhead. I would start right and end from the left. I started to the left and it was a very easy start with a hard ending. Tons of rocks on the end of the trail.

Challenging, but worth it. Scenery from the top is amazing.

Took 5 hours from start to finish, that included half an hour at the top.

trail running
4 days ago

I can’t imagine running it in the summer, but in November this was absolutely incredible. Not well marked, but once you look at the map closely and pay attention to where other trails intersect and divert, it’s pretty straightforward. If I would have had more time I would have done it twice. Pretty rocky in multiple spots so it makes running it difficult, but plenty of runable space. Loved this trail!

Easy trail; well maintained. Beautiful views of the Superstitions and the surrounding mountains. Round trip in less than an hour at a leisurely pace.

Great 7.7 Mile Hike Yesterday! The views were amazing starting Left onto Trail. If you want more of an incline workout I’m told to start Right on to Trail. $7.00 fee/bathrooms at Trailhead. Loved it!!!

A fun easy hike to do with the family. The scenery is beautiful, the trail is well groomed, not much shade to hide from the sun if you need a break. I only give it three stars because it is a very simple walking trail with some elevation and decent views.

hiking
7 days ago

Can be easy can be hard so many options and really fun hiking for a group with lookouts and stops along way.

I had a great hike. It was Great for my age group 64 I'm not in that great of shape but I did make it to the top I was determined lol. It's pretty cool once you get to the top but I was scared going down. I probably won't do it again on to other things but I give it 5 stars for A easy to moderate hike.

Hiked this trail today. Desert was beautiful. Trail is rocky at times.

Trail is very easy and pretty well marked. Missing a few markers at the half way point which leads to some confusion. Didn’t see horses but was a great walk either way.

Good distance, not much of a challenge elevation/incline wise. The path can get a little confusing at times but is pretty easy to follow if you have your phone.

Loved it! I agree with the rating of the trail based on terrain. At time your hand over hand and not a sure footed as you’d like. The way down can be dangerous if your hasty. Beautiful views, the top is worth the work. I will go back.

Beautiful hike. First half is easy, just stay alert to all the jumping cholla lining the trail. Second half kicks it up to a solid moderate. Good workout! Waterfall still had a trickle yesterday. A great reward of a cool, shaded area at the end. We clocked in at 6.5 miles and took us 3 1/2 hrs to complete with a 20 min rest. Dessert was gorgeously green following the wettest October on record.

good hard hike to the top. well worth it great views will be doung it again

Siphon Draw presents the best valley hike in my humble estimation. I found the up, not as hard as some have written. Truly, if you just take your time this is very doable if you can make it up Camelback without rescue.

The down here is harder than the up, particularly with my so-so knee. At about 3600' or about 500' above the basin, the ground turns very loose and slippery. This poses the greatest danger of the whole hike as falling becomes a very real possibility if you aren't very careful.

One note of significance, is that loose rocks can tumble down very easily on much of the trail. Please be careful of those below you and keep a mindful eye on those above you.

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