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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.

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

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.

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.

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

Did this trail back in September when it was about 101º outside and I like to call this experience my "Hell Hike." Went with a large group who were experienced and knew the way, otherwise I would've gotten lost. The trail isn't well marked. There's essentially no shade on the trail and make sure to bring plenty of water too. Just grueling in the heat; I had to take many breaks and spent way too long in the sun (ended up being around 6 hours). The trail is lightly trafficked - I don't remember seeing anyone else at all. However, this experience is mostly my fault, as I had never been on a hike in Arizona - I would NEVER recommend a beginner on this hike and learned this the hard way. I was sore for 3 days after, too. However, now that I'm a frequent hiker and the weather is in the 60s, I would definitely love to go back and try it again, and I'm sure I would have a better hike (and I can't wait to leave an updated, better review then).

Ford Canyon Loop, Counter Clockwise. This is a very scienc and secluded trail. I didn't see anyone from about 1/10 of a mile prior to the warning sign, until the junction of Willow Canyon and Mesquite Canyon trail intersection.

It's very desolate and the wash is 2 miles long of boulder scrambling to sand walking and climbing a few near vertical walls. You need at least 3 quarts of water if it's in the low seventies to a gallon or more if above mid seventies. This is not a hike for the causal hiker and is for experienced hikers only that have traveled off trails before.

A hiker died five years ago on this trail. You can read about it here. From what i got out of the story, they had plenty of water and started at 6:30am on a summer day. The temperature rose to triple digits which resulted in a heat related illness that progressed to the death of one of the hikers.

http://archive.azcentral.com/community/surprise/articles/20130625arizona-hiker-death-white-tanks.html

Some spots have exposure and the two walls are not difficult however a fall would result in injury.

Plan at least 4 to 5 hours for the loop which is around 10.0 miles long. This is the hardest trail in the White Tanks Park. Not a trail to be caught after it turns dark even with a headlamp, if your in the wash.

With all the warnings out of the way, this is a great trail, because of the solitude, scenery and varied terrain to hike and boulder hop through. It's suggested to not hike this trail alone. If you do, use a tracking program so a reliable person can be tracking you.

A good prep is to do Goat Camp Trail to the 4 or 5 mile marker starting from area one, as a out and back hike.

Another is the full loop on Mesquite Canyon Trail which starts and ends at area seven and is 8.6 miles and gains 1,580'.

The suggested way for Ford Canyon is to hike counter clockwise. The reason it's easier to climb up rock then climbing down. Also your done with the hazardous part at 5 miles meaning your less tired when going through the wash.

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!!

This Trail is tricky. Most people hike right straight up the bottom of the canyon in the middle. It is best on the way up to stay to the left and follow the ridge, same thing on the way back down stay to the right and follow the ridge. there's a little hiking in the middle Canyon but watch for the trails veering off.

My all time favorite hike in AZ. The hike is strenuous with some rock climbing/hopping areas. Can be very busy though.

We hiked 12-08-18, we brought 3 bottles (16 oz)of water each and we did not finish all of it, brought lunch though, we had picnic at the summit. Things you need:
Proper hiking shoes, water, food, trail nuts, and a lot of will power and strength, and also you need a keen eye to watch for those painted white dots or the black X to follow the trail others had done, those are easier, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to follow a faster way up, it is hard and you might find yourself going back and following the other trail back up again...

I did a solo hike yesterday, going up it was a little difficult finding the trail. Great scenery, beautiful views from the summit I will be going back soon.

8 days ago

LOVE this hike. So worth it! Going over to the summit is a must as well.

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8 days ago

Favorite hike in AZ! Ends at a swimming hole with some great spots to cliff jump at. Pretty long hike but all worth it once you make it to the water. Probs too cold in late fall/winter to get in water but great for Spring/summer.

Very fun hike, lots of scrambly off-trail areas.

Loved going on this hike. The views are absolutely amazing and it has some fun scrambling portions near the end.

Terribly marked trail, but overall a TON of fun. Amazing views from the top and some climbing required. It's easy to get lost on the way down, so make sure you have adequate time for sunlight.

This is not an easy trail. It earns every bit of its difficulty rating. Me, my girlfriend and her 18 year old daughter took this hike last week. There were parts where we almost called it quits. The last mile is the hardest. Lots of jagged rocks. Lots of places to skip on loose rock. 3 things you should absolutely consider: plenty of water, proper shoes and a pair of gloves for the decent. All will make this hike more enjoyable.

Such an amazing beautiful hike . It’s was tough going up my sister in law and I lost our way but got back on the trail thanks to fellow morning hikers !
Such a reward reaching the top !
You do have to pay 7$ to get in .
There is also a gnarly spot when you’re getting closer to the top where you have to reach with your legs and pray lol . Over all the best hike♥️.
I would say hiking shoes make things less complicated !

Loved this hike! Very challenging but so rewarding. Took someone’s tip and brought gloves which helped so much on the way down. I would suggest leave the dogs at home. It’s just a lot at the end to expect of them. Wish I would’ve had better shoes. Took us 3 hours to get up and roughly 2 1/2 down.

This hike was incredible. The views from start to finish were breathtaking. However, we brought our dog on this trail and it was very difficult for him. Once you get toward the top of the Flat Irons, we had to pick our dog up because we were climbing straight up boulders. The view at the top is completely worth the climb. Allow yourself 5-6 hours.

great hike with a small climb at the end, offers amazing views. word of caution, dont bring small kids, I watched a 4 year old almost die on this hike, be smart! pack snacks and plenty of water

Can’t get enough of this trail!

Awesome hike. One mile vertical incline with a great scramble at the end. If you like a challenge with a great view as a reward, great AZ hike.

loved the view from the top. easy to lose the trail but fun.

I completed this hike in 2013. It was my first hike of the season and was grueling on my body. Didn't think I would make the flat iron but pushed through the pain and was well worth it when on top. started way to late that morning so leave yourself plenty of time. I brought 2 liters of water and two big Gatorade. my buddy brought 3 liters of water and ran out halfway down. hydrate before during and after

My husband, 23-year old son and I ended up hiking this trail by mistake as we were intending to actually hike the Picketpost Loop Trail (which is an intermediate trail), but we took a wrong turn. I agree that this Picketpost Summit trail is definitely a “hard” difficulty rating, but it was fun and the scenery very pretty. It was hard to find the trail at times, so the cairns definitely helped, in fact we left a few of our own. It was also very technical, required scrambling and rock climbing. Once we realized we were on the wrong trail, we decided to turn back since we weren’t sure what to expect, then after researching discovered we were shy of the summit by only 1/2 mile ... but with a huge elevation gain in that last part alone! It was tough and a bit scary in parts, so I can only imagine the last section before the summit must be super challenging. Now that we know what to expect, we definitely plan to go back to make it to the summit next time.

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