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over grown
rocky
1 hour ago

Agree 100% with previous review. Felt exactly the same way

Definitely a good workout in the last leg of the trail. Parking at the trailhead is a bit tricky on the weekend and the trail is narrow in a few spots but not so narrow it is difficult to let others pass by. Takes a little over an hour to get up to the cave with a few brief water stops. The views are stunning and the cave offers a cool reprieve after the hike up. This is a rigorous but quick hike for any morning or afternoon. Trailhead is about 40 minutes from downtown Gilbert.

we got on the trail around 7:00am, which was great because we had the waterfall and overlook to ourselves! saw a number of people on the way down.

hiking
12 hours ago

Great first hike in AZ.

Great trail with nice views and piece of history. Good, easy to follow trail most of the way. There are a few spots that get a tad slick or steep but overall trail is very manageable. Nice shaded break area at the turn around by the water fall. Will not disappoint, travel safe.

Nice loop.. pretty gradual. Lots of options to summit.

Beautiful loop to hike. Would recommend starting at the Brins trailhead and doing the loop clockwise. Going the other direction has much steeper climbing for longer stretches.

hiking
18 hours ago

Great trail! Took a wrong turn in the beginning, but found our way back and finished it out. Trick is you have to go THROUGH the wire fence when you get to it, do not go left! If you go left you are basically going around the mountain :) It’s a gorgeous sight to see, but not the way to the cave. Once back on the trial it was very easy to navigate the way to the top. Gets a bit harder as you get closer to the cave, but its worth the beautiful site when you finish. Careful on the way down as it gets pretty slippery on the loose rocks. All in all it was a great day out enjoying nature even with the detour.

Nice easy trail with good variety of scenery.

hiking
20 hours ago

Really cool hike! Can get confusing to follow the trail but luckily somebody had put arrows in the sand which really helped point us in the right direction! At the trailhead there is a sign that says “wave cave trail” at a fence - go through the fence. The trail is flat at the beginning then very steep. Had to climb up over some boulders as well. The views are amazing and the cave is really awesome. We stayed longer than planned taking photos and enjoying the cave. It was a cloudy day with not many hikers passing through. Would be a cool place to sit and have lunch. It did get chilly in there though later in the day.

hiking
22 hours ago

We planned for 3.5 hours because of some of the reviews but we kept a pretty quick pace and hiked it in 2.5 with a quick, maybe 20 minute, lunch break at the “waterfall”.

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no shade
rocky
1 day ago

Toddler alert: be prepared to carry your toddler and pass them up and down rocks near the top of the trail but totally doable with two adults.

What a fabulous hike! The Superstition Mountains offer spectacular, rugged views with many unusual rock formations throughout this hike. We also appreciated that the steep rocky inclines seemed balanced by lengthy stretches of relatively flat walking. The falls’ themselves have very little water flow, but the wet, black cliff walls with trickling sounds that we could walk right up to were very great bonuses.. We were pretty leisurely in our approach—took lots of (warranted!) photos and a couple snack breaks. We were back at our vehicle in about 5 hours. The stunning views and varied terrain on this hike are not to be missed!

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over grown
washed out
1 day ago

Shadow Mountain isn’t a bad hike, it’s this particular route in this app that is absolute garbage. My friend and I tried following this trail, and as you’ll see several other hikers mention in these reviews, there is NO trail to follow. We walked down what looked like a riverbed (by AZ standards), and once the rocks dissipated we were left on the side of the mountain with zero idea where to go next. We tried walking but it’s all overgrown and with two pups, we were afraid of them stepping on a cactus or critter. We had our phones in our faces most of the hike trying to decipher where the heck we even were and how to stay in line with the route so couldn’t even enjoy the act of hiking. We eventually turned around and went back up to where we could see a path and put our phones away and figured it out on our own. That being said, this hike wasn’t bad, just don’t use AllTrails to complete it! Follow the obvious paths and enjoy the views. I would also rate this as moderate. It’s not hard, but I’ve been in easy hikes via AllTrails and they are a stroll in the park while this hike has some steep areas with slick rocks I wouldn’t want someone expecting an easy hike with kids or elderly folk to deal with that.

Pretty views all around! Easy to navigate- go right at a fork close to the top to get to the waterfall. I found it pretty easy but I hike a lot so moderate seems like a fair overall rating. We clocked 5.9 miles but did explore a little!

It’s worth going to the lookout towards Sedona. Breathtaking!

Did not find it worth the hype, but pretty. water crossings mid-calve deep. Feet are swollen and angry from being soaked, in morning chilly temps.

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muddy
washed out
2 days ago

I’m sure this is a lovely spot if you can make it there. The road in there is a 37 MILE LONG dirt road. Great, so it’s gonna take forever. You will need a 4-wheel drive if you going to make it more than 20 miles when the very hard, packed, rocky dirt road suddenly turns into muddy sludge so thick that a normal car, high clearance or not, absolutely can’t make it through and then you have to be rescued by hot cowboys and turn around and end a wasted day. So the moral of the story is don’t go after it’s rained and you probably need a 4x4 just to be safe.

Great trail, definitely would recommend going from west to east for an easier walk. We came from Devil’s Bridge.

LOVE this hike all year round. I start bringing my children at age 4. Child back carrier possible but not alone, I'd bring someone to help with the steep areas and climbing down areas for child safety. Not stopping with a decent pace is 1hr 45min from bear canyon trail. Road dead ends - turn left- parking around to the right. Be smart and bring extra water. July monsoons watch for thunder head clouds and hike back immediately once you see them forming. 7 crossovers. Last 2 are about 15-20 min long each. Possible chance of shoes getting wet when water is high. Bathroom and water fountain are on the road before the main trailhead.

Amazing trail with incredible views. Can get tricky in some spots and having shoes without grip does not help. It’s definitely doable for all ages, and easier to get down if you use your butt! Regardless, worth it for the views and exercise!

hiking
2 days ago

Very nice hike with opportunities to branch out along the way. Very green desert after recent rains.

this was an amazing hike. the views were incredible. the ruins at the end were a fantastic finish. I really cant describe how awesome this hike was.

the drive to the trail head wasn't to bad. I made it in a 98 Honda crv which has 4 wheel drive. it was slow going (about 2 hours) but totally worth it. I did scrap the bottom of the small SUV a couple of time.

Amazing view. Mentally and physically challenging but definitely worth it!!

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike! Bit of up and down on trail...warm on sunny sides. Enjoyed the views. PS: phone stopped recording where service wasn’t available.

backpacking
4 days ago

Good initial trail all up hill. Camped on the mountain after the trail split to the falls. Set up our tents then scrambled to the falls that were trickling. If you see the juniper tree camp site open, grab it up because it is by far one of the best spots and makes hiking out much easier as well

off road driving
4 days ago

Took my 2016 Colorado z71 out for some 4x4 action and had a great time. Not a long trail, but lots of rocks to play with and get some fun climbs in.

My most favorite hike in Tucson! Definitely need this app to make sure you are going the right way though!!

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