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8 hours ago

This is a nice, challenging hike with stunning views. I did it in the late afternoon and finished it with an amazing sunset. This made the hike nice and cold and absolutely beautiful.
Trail is easy to follow, just up! You can go in many different ways, and they all seem “easier” to some and harder to others. Your pick.

I did it on a hot Nov day in 2018 in the mid 70s. Took me 4 hours to get to top, but I am in descent cardeo shape, but from car, parked at nearby closest parking lot off the campsite, it took me 5 hours roundtrip. It was a very different, long, and dangerous hike past the basin area, but had great views at very top. Basin has great views, too. Trail could have used more markings past the Basin. If you can do Echo Camelback twice in a row, you are ready for Flatiron. I heard this was hardest hike in valley and people use it to train for the Grand Canyon. I hiked GC once. Terrain past the basin is nothing like the GC but it takes motivation and endurance like the GC. If start after 1 pm in Nov, flashlights are essential. I would not recommend kids hike much above the basin. There is an 8 ft wall near very end of Siphon that begins Flatiron which you must rock climb. I got up it alone, but had to really be super careful and coming down I used a tree branch and someone gave me a hand. Not sure how anyone could expect to do that part of hike alone, honestly, so don’t be shy and just wait and ask someone for help, if doing hike solo like I did. I was saddened to see how many parents get a late start and or stay at the very top way too long taking photos and then have to carry their babies and toddlers down and expect to only use the flashlights on their phones for help without moonlight. Flatiron is too dangerous to do without flashlights even with moonlight. I drank almost 100 oz of water doing it in 70s, and didn’t even think I was even drinking very much, so next time I will bring even more water, and Electrolyte tabs for my water.

beautiful hike

hiking
1 day ago

great day hike! took our dogs. some areas with loose sharp rocks but great scenery, super nice polite ppl on the trail.

on Butcher Jones Trail

1 day ago

I love this hike. Beautiful views not very difficult! Don’f orget to buy a Tonto pass.

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!!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike! We found water!!!

Pretty easy hike. Other reviewers are right, lots of cacti over the trail, especially at the end. It’s not that hard to navigate safely through it though. Got a lot busier toward 9-10am as we were exiting. Pretty views of the lake and a few tree overhangs but not much other than that.

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.

hiking
7 days ago

Went hiking with wife, kids, and cousin on our first long distance hike of the season to practice building up distance endurance. Only thing that was really disappointing with this trail is how the desert plants are not kept trimmed back from the trail and it can be tricky (and painful) to maneuver through some areas of the trail. Lots of great wildlife to be found along the way and the view of the lake is worth the trip out here. No horses or rattlesnakes today, but my daughter found a tarantula of decent size which was a pleasant surprise for us.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail with great views and varying terrain. Did this as a solo hike mid-morning in November and the weather was great.

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.

First trip to Arizona. Finished a class up early by a few hours so hit the trail! Beautiful and great for a beginner with so many other people out and about I felt safe to continue on being a visitor. Glad I packed my water.

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.

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.

hiking
16 days ago

Relatively easy hike, but beautiful scenery. We arrived at around 8:30 in the morning an there were quite a few people already on the trail. Trail was in most parts easy to follow, but not marked that great, worth the trip, would definitely do it again if we are ever in this neck of the woods again.

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

This is the perfect trail to see the beautiful surroundings of AZ. It could be a short or a long hike. I would recommend hiking boots because the rocks are endless. And dogs are welcome!

Easy hike with very little elevation gain. Very pretty views of Saguaro Lake and all the coves. We saw a ton of birds and ducks and were a bit startled on the way back when we heard gunshots as apparently it was the start of fowl hunting season (only drawback). We saw a variety of activities on the water from fishing, to boating to paddle boarding but most of the noise and hustle and bustle was limited to the recreation area where you park to access trailhead. I would do this hike again for sure. **Note: Get your $8 parking day pass before-hand so you don’t have to double-back like we did!

hiking
21 days ago

Good hike.

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

Amazing Sunrise Hike Today with gorgeous views of the lake and landscape! No wild horses spotted today, I would rank as an easy hike, but at times the trail was hard to follow towards the end....use your Navigation! Washrooms on trail site...Get Your $8.00 Park Pass at Gas Station on the way or risk fine.

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