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4 hours ago

A mind-bending experience! Highly recommended for anybody who wants to see one of the more unique rock formations AZ has to offer. Navigating to the wave was a little difficult even with the map provided that comes with the permit. The map uses pictures to navigate you to the right place, whereas physical trail markers are few and far between. There is no clear trail to follow after you leave the Wire Pass Wash so the only guidance is the rock formations you see along the way.

The Wave area itself is a small area easily hidden amongst the other formations, but there is no doubting that you've made it once you see it! It is quite unique even among the astounding rocks around it.

You will not regret visiting here. Bring a camera and your navigational skills :)

Beautiful! But tough.

Hiked this trail only wearing my micro spikes. Great hike!!! The waterfall wasn't that bad. Windy in some spots but I did most of the hike wearing a long sleeve T shirt. Got on the trail at 10 and the lot was full so we had to drop some of are party and hitch a ride... Took about 8 seconds to get a lift. Great day.

One of the best hikes. This hike actually is not really hard as people say. I took my three older sons with me (13,10, 10) and they completed it with no issues. Mind you they have been backpacking since age 2.

We had a great time! Snow at that time was perfect.

Tough and fun! Definitely a challenge both ways, so be prepared. We had to report an older couple that was having a really hard time descending to the rangers. We were coming out as the sun went down, but there was no way they were close behind.

This is one of the hardest hikes that I have done thus far and I’ve done a couple that were rated extremely difficult. ALMOST talked myself out of doing it but I’m glad that I did. The hike was equally hard ascending and descending. You can’t truly appreciate the view of the top from the bottom until you get to the top!!! ABSOLUTELY breath taking!!! The basin is also amazing!!! Where did all that water go?!?! Not sure if I’d do it again but for sure a must do experience!!!

Cool little trail. If you break it up for a weekend I would camp up north rather than south. Also note that the blazes CHANGE colors. Red, white, orange, yellow.... it's the same trail but we definitely stopped in our tracks at one point and wasted a half hour making sure we were still on the backbone. Pretty easy fix if you ask me....

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome, scenic and serene!

This hike was amazing. The sunset was beautiful. Be careful because there is a very very steep cliff at the top. I will always remember this hike because this is where I fell in love with my hiking lifestyle.

Good hike. Was iced over before the saddle, so I decided to turn back & stay the night at Cedar Glen camp since it was later in the day. Had a great view from the top spot at the camp.

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This could become my new favorite hike.

Took me about 5.5 hours to the top and back to the trailhead. I did hustle back down because I was running out of light.
Must have hiking shoes, pants, long sleeve. I made the mistake of short sleeves and my arms got sliced up in a couple places. Regular tennis shoes will not cut it on this trail. Also helped to have walking sticks for balance.
Only one two spots where I had to climb over downed trees, it was no problem though.
This trail is difficult during and after rain. Thank goodness for tree roots. Lots of deep spots that look like shallow mud, was helpful to poke around with the walking stick. After the "1.1 km left" sign to the top is pretty slippery and muddy.
In general, inclines were no problem. And lots of tree roots on or at the periphery of the trail to help with keeping footing.
I also liked that the path was obvious. Although the vegetation is thick is spots, it is very clear where to go. The trailhead is also obvious and has parking across the street.
The views on ascent are beautiful.
Be prepared that the cloud cover at the peak may block the view.
Overall, a fantastic experience. I hope for clear skies next time.

Challenging but rewarding hike. I brought gloves and they were a big help! Make sure to stay on the trail, the blue or white dots can be hard to spot, so keep your eyes open. Also, good hiking shoes are a must, keep your nike free runs for the asphalt. The views from the top are worth the extra effort.

This hike leads to a great view at the top. it will take about 4 to 6 hours to go up and down. There is a bit of climbing just at the top. You can see what the climbing is like at the video at this link: https://youtu.be/g49Adwi9WvQ

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Anyone - please provide road conditions to the Ladder Canyon Trail? Want to hike there this Saturday; however, have a low riding Chrysler 300C and don't want to get stuck. Thanks much

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 just hiked this on 9th December 2018. Lots of spaces in the lot, I arrived at 6:15 am. Beautiful hike! Definitely harder in knee deep snow past the saddle. Micro spikes and trekking poles were very helpful as some parts were ice. Beautiful view! It took about 4.5 hours up! Check out my insta pics of it! ig: @yvonne_rebecca

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.

Camped here over the weekend. Some Ladders were broken and were missing rungs. Today as we were packing up and leaving we saw another group bringing in brand new ladders to replace the broken ones. I want to say Thank You to that group for making sure others enjoy this spot. #NotAllHeroesWearCapes

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

Not closed. Great trail. We went left to head towards the ropes. It’s very narrow in spots and not good for someone who is claustrophobic. But worth it if you like an adventure. We hiked the ridge and looped around to the ladders. We did 6 miles.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful day, perfect for a winter hike. Plenty of fresh snow, animal tracks, and evergreens. First mile and a half or so is well packed and I did just fine with microspikes, but snowshoes would be better for the rest.

it starts off great but after the halfway point, it meant climbing up rocks. going up is doable but it's very hard for me to descent over them.

hiking
9 days ago

the trail isnt very well marked so pay attention. however it was beautiful and we had a wouderful day hiking, and hanging out in the cave.

Great hike. Lots of snow. Make sure you at least have micro spikes as the snow turns into ice. We did not come down the DBB as few hikers warned us about it. We came down thru the ice house the same way we went up.

Kids enjoyed this one also! Took the boys past the cave.

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!!

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