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Nice hike

Early November was a perfect time if year for this fun trail.

Going down was much easier than climbing up but what the heck? Awesome views

This was an awesome hike! Totally enjoyed the climb!

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.

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!!

So much fun...the sign at the bottom rates this hike as extremely difficult and I would agree with that as you are bouldering for most of it. Challenging but totally worth it...our GPS indicated 10km round trip.

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.

best hike in Scottsdale Phoenix area. Not as rough as echo canyon but very challenging. great views.

Great workout! Slightly overcrowded and parking can get wild but the views great!

Definitely a good workout climbing boulders and straight up in spots. Worth it once you are at the top. Parking at trailhead is a challenge

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.

Awesome brother-sister hike!

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No hiking staff needed! You'll need both hands to help negotiate many areas, though you're not really "boulder scrambling"... it's more like climbing steep stairs for most of the hike. There are hand rails where you need them. I was glad I wore low cut, light weight hiking tennis shoes as it allowed me to flex and extend my feet for longer strides from rock to rock (ankle supporting, leather boots would have slowed me down on this hike, though that's what I usually wear for hikes). A Camelback (go figure) style hydration backpack is the way to go... keep your hands free!

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.

Great hike with incredible views. It’s a challenge but definitely not as hard as the signs suggest. Most of the steep areas have hand rails. Parking is difficult, do it on a weekday if possible.

Gorgeous. Didn’t find it as hard as the trail head signage suggests. Lots of climbing, rock scaling, bouldering type hike versus just a walk.

Great climb, but lots of traffic

Awesome views, clean area, different options

A little crowded but a great hike with an excellent reward. Beautiful sunrise!!

Great hike, the top looks amazing, bring water.

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.

Great hike!! Recommend going before sunrise, and hike as the sun rises. I started climbing around 630am. Extraordinary views. I made it to the peak. I’m not an experienced
hiker but I am very athletic so it was a pretty difficult hike but wasn’t bad at all until about the last leg of the hike-as others had stated complete stair climber machine! I sat at the peak for awhile moving from the few areas to sit and the longer I sat the more people joined. I started the decent about 9am and on my run down it was getting very crowded but very hot. Had no experienced with any wildlife but again amazing views especially while the sun is rising the mountains surrounding captured the sunlight perfectly! Backpacks not needed just water and a snack-however I did carry one with my GoPro and snacks.

Best urban hike I have ever done. Pretty close to the airport and difficulty level will not disappoint you. It's a trail testing your endurance. Short but strenuous. Beautiful views from the top. Do not expect to see any wildlife, unless you're too lucky.

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

Beautiful views at the top. Definitely a challenge to get up there though. Difficult hike with lots of rock climbing.

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.

Harder than I anticipated! I think it’s hard bc it’s basically vertical. Views cool but mostly city views. We went up echo trail and down the opposite way which most of the locals said doing it the opposite was would have been easier.

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