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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.

Great hike to get your heart pumping and see some lovely views in a short time frame. My kids love it but it might be a little challenging for younger kids or adults with balance problems. It's also too tight and busy for me to want to take a dog.

Amazing views from the peak. Had hike at just over 4 miles. Very rocky but not difficult. Go early as it becomes very busy with runners and dogs late morning. I started at 6:30 and hit lots of traffic on my decent.

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.

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 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.

Awesome hike. Started on mesquite then jumped onto Ford Canyon. Great inclines and flat areas to catch your stride. Fantastic scenery. Watch your step. Nature is everywhere. Huge tarantula on the trail this morning. Later in the morning lots of traffic - even on a Monday. Quiet early. Lots of scat, small animal tracks.

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.

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.

It’s a lot of work. Just make sure you are comfortable with heights and being able to climb up and down rocks. Trail is confusing as mentioned but people are more than willing to help you out if you’re not sure.

Third time hiking here, first time to the top! Really quiet day/low traffic. It was awesome to take in the sounds and scents of the wilderness all the way up. With stops and chill time at the top, this was a 5 hour hike requiring decent strength and flexibility for climbing large step-like boulders, navigating narrow crevasses, and ascending/descending steep, gravelly inclines. Good shoes help!! I was wearing an worn pair of sneakers which didn’t provide a lot of stability, but had thin soles that made gripping rocks easy. Expect to use your whole body on this one! Magical at the top and good core workout.

I am a novice at hiking. This was my third trail. Started a couple weeks ago. This is my favorite so far. Didn’t seem as long as everyone says. I like to go slow to take in the views. So many good views on the trail. It’s a decent incline to the peak. The last 1/4 mile to the peak was tough and parts you wondered where the trail was. But once at the top the views are amazing in all directions. Going down was a little difficult with so much loose gravel over rocks. Very small parking lot.

Loved it! visiting from Charlotte, NC. Never hiked much. This was a fun time for me!

Really great, challenging hike! It is very long when starting from the Saguaro Parking Lot in Lost Dutchman's State Park...6.82 miles! This is not a hike for beginners and dogs should not go past Siphon Draw! Wear shoes with trail rated treads. I saw a group of kids that were in Vans and my hiking friend said she saw one in cowboy boots...how the group leaders' allowed this baffles me! Be prepared for rugged terrain and over a mile of boulders! Don't do this trail alone, or join a group you run into. Do this hike when it is cool... remember 3 miles there and 3 miles back...you don't want to be coming down in high heat conditions, nor going up! Bring plenty of water and some snacks. Take your time and allow 5-6hrs to complete! Enjoy the views!

Amazing trail

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. The first 2-3 miles is usually crowded on the weekends. After that, the traffic significantly thins out. Depending on your condition, after the 1st mile from the beginning of the trail head, a might start to feel the inclines. Stick with it and near the end you will be rewarded with a closer view of towers. If you are like me and want more milage and different scenery on the return trip, take the Ford Canyon trail back. The ford canyon trail head will end up a few yards near the beginning of Mesquite trail, if you start at the beginning of the trail. Be cautious, Ford Canyon is even more isolated than the end of the Mesquite trail and has large boulders that you will have to navigate over and around. Great distance combination trails.

It’s a decent sized hill more like, a little short, but decent.

Better than my last visit. Didn’t have a bunch of trash thrown and left behind by people who don’t care.
Water level was very low. Kayakers were having to get out and walk their kayaks over rocks and sand bars.

Went 2 miles farther along ridge at the top

Definitely a hard hike but well worth it at the top. About half way up, when in doubt stay left. There will be small black “X” on the rocks. Eventually they disappear but there are small white paint circles on some of the rocks as you continue.. They were helpful a few times when unsure where to go. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done

This is the best hard, pure ‘hike’ in the Valley. Hike- meaning the views are stunning, lots to see on the way up. It is grueling but as long as you take it slow and steady, you should be fine. I only would recommend this to experienced and/or very fit individuals. Bring lots of water and some carbs/protein to refuel. It will take a good 4-5 hours to complete if done slowly and taking in the sights.

Tough but very rewarding hike, beautiful views at the top. Start early to get cooler weather.

Started at around 8 am Saturday morning and got there just as some of the early birds were finishing so got a great parking spot!
beautiful hike and I would say definitely moderate ( some parts pretty easy and more challenging near the top)
my Fitbit clocked it at 3.75 km up so 7.5 km total. would do again but hopefully get there for sunrise next time

hiking
22 days ago

Good hiking and there are challenges in landscape and following the trail signs. There is very little shade so be mindful especially if you are taking your dog. Your dog must be in shape to get through this hike and there are places you will need to unleash them to get over boulders or obstacles so be sure to have a great recall for your dog. Not a hike for dogs under 50 pounds.

Really challenging hike. Take about one gallon per person and some snacks to eat along the way. Make sure you take some comfy shoes. I was on Nike Free Runs and my brother was on some New balance 247. I would recommend actual hiking shoes. If you plan on taking a dog make sure to give him/her lots of water the day before and also in the morning before going. Don't forget to feed him/her in the morning as well and also take separate food and water for dog. I took my 8 month old American bully and he did fine. We had to help him a lot getting over high rocks and also getting down rocks on the way back. My dog isn't too big so we were able to pull him up at the end where one has to sort of climb to get to the top. We gave him a break and put him in my backpack the last hour on our way back haha. Be careful on the way back because the trail is tricky to follow. Also because there are many loose rocks. We started the trail around 9:30 and got back to the car around 3:30. We would've made it a 3-4 hour hike if we went without my dog. Overall an amazing hike. The views are crazy and satisfying.

This is an absolutely grueling, challenging and strenuous "hike." A huge chunk of this is essentially an uphill scramble with some vertical climbing mixed in. This is definitely not for the faint of heart or for those not comfortable with scrambling. That being said, it's absolutely 100% worth it, as the views and sense of accomplishment are great. Just be careful, take your time (especially going back down) and enjoy.

I feel like I ought to give everyone some info if you’re planning on doing this hike. Plan for 12.2 miles, not 10.7... and a good 8-10 hour day. Park your car at the WAVE CAVE TRAILHEAD. Then drive over to this trailhead and start the hike. You end up coming down the carney springs road which exits the mountains at the wave cave parking lot. Hard trail to follow without this app, which was so helpful, by make sure you bring something to charge your phone a couple of times so that you can have juice the whole way. Bring more water than you think! Trekking across the superstitions for a good 8 miles after you summit the more difficult flat iron gives you a real fatigue in the leg muscles! Didn’t see one soul after flat iron... be careful!!! (Hiked October 2018)

walking
25 days ago

I love this little hike! I take my dog and it’s perfect for getting some sun and a beautiful view!!

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