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I did the whole thing starting at 260 TH to Pine in about 3 and a half days. The trail was beautiful with many opportunities for water and camping. Certain parts are very poorly marked. It seemed like I'd have to search for the trail again everytime I crossed a wash. Luckily it had just rained and I was able to follow other's footprints.

First time doing this trail yesterday, and loved it. Definitely challenging and an excellent workout, the views from the top don't disappoint.

The top was worth every hard step I took. I’ve heard of the staying to the left but knowing me I ended up in the rock climbing trail that was very difficult but lead me to the top. A beautiful trail with great views. Take lots of water at least 3 liters and snacks. Have fun!

A nice hike with family from Oregon. Way too many people so didn’t hike all the way down. It was a little warm but manageable.

Great views from top. Challenging hike, but worth it.

Very intense long hike. The views are worth it in the end though. Just take it easy and break as much as you need. We hiked this when it was colder so I didn't drink as much water but I can imagine you would need to bring a lot more if you tried this during the summer months.

Hiked with a couple of friends. Challenging but very rewarding. Left before 8 am and was able to stay in the shadow of the mountain until the very top. Still drank lots of water as it was still a hot day. Got off trail a few times as the white dots and blue dots were not always distinguishable from natural white rocks. Legs got a good workout.

My so much of a hike as it is a rock climb! It's a scramble up rocks for about half of it. The view was amazing the whole way up, though. Getting to the top was insanely rewarding.
My boyfriend and I are collegiate athletes, swimmer and cross country, and we were able to finish the whole hike in about 3.5 hours. Bring lots of water and snacks.

Great hike and very interesting

4 days ago

Nice hike today with my husband! He rates it as Moderate. Busy today, beautiful as always! Spotted a Lizard :)

This was a great all day hike, it turned out to be 8 miles total from where we were parked and back. Lots of hard work but the views were well worth it! Our group did not bring gloves but there were many who did, totally a personal preference. It was fine without them. Enjoy!

Please be sure to read my
“VERY IMPORTANT NOTE” at the end!!!

The parking lot and trails fill up fast and be sure to bring plenty of water for the trek. There was lots of water at the falls (3/12/18) along with people and even some crazy ones that jumped in above the falls. The incline is moderate and you cross over the creek 5-7 times before making the final ascent up to the falls and was easily done without getting my feet wet. I suggest that you take advantage of any nice shaded spots to stop and rest on the way up. Overall I enjoyed myself immensely and would recommend this trail to anyone. .

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: there are huge flat rocks at the falls that are very slippery. I managed to slip while still wearing my hiking boots, but luckily didn’t fall. So, I cannot stress enough to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL and use great caution at all times. Taking even greater caution if you happen to take off your shoes and get your feet wet.

Nice easy trail on an early March hike. Many Petroglyphs to see at end of trail. Lots of hikers on weekends. Get to the small parking area early during high season (Jan-Mar).

Great hike!

6 days ago

Fairly easy trail .... loose rocks made it interesting but not difficult. Nice amount of petroglyphs at the end

Started hike while the mountain was shrouded in clouds and mist. When we reached the basin, it was slick, yet doable at a cautious pace. Some small streams of water cascading off the cliffs. Very dramatic and beautiful scenery the entire climb. I brought my 11 year old son, and had to assist him quite a bit the last 1/2 mile as some of the boulders and rock climbing benefited a taller stature. We packed a hardy lunch, which we enjoyed every morsel as we took in what I consider probably the best view of the valley I have ever seen. Albeit we had decent hiking shoes, I would recommend wearing some with thicker souls. Descending we began to feel the jagged edges of rocks almost every step. Ouch! Overall, very satisfying hike. Went through almost 4 liters of water.

3/10/18 - pools were full and waterfalls were running! Absolutely beautiful!

Great hike! The dots are helpful and staying to the very left at the last little climb to the top is very helpful.

Absolutely loved this hike! It is pretty challenging but the trail is fairly easy to follow, just make sure to follow the white dots and when in doubt stay to the left. I also read a review that to the left of the wall at the end there is an easier route to get up to the top which was super helpful. This hike took us about 4.5 hours with spending 30 minutes at the top. Beautiful views from the top!

I would call this difficult, not moderate. There are portions you are climbing over small boulders and the incline is INTENSE. Our large dog came with and did great but smaller dogs might need help. Had to stop and rest 5 or 6 times on the second half going up. Definitely a good challenge but I wouldn't attempt this if you are out of shape!

Great hike! Very easy but worth the falls at the end!

good trail, rigorous hike

Short, easy, fun hike that spills out into a cool rock formation with petroglyphs everywhere! We brought a lunch along and made a picnic of it. Perfect hike for those who don't hike often/small kids/pets. Would likely be a nice flat trail for trail runners, as well. Went during the week, and it wasn't too busy at all.

I went a couple months ago and should have picked a different time of year. There was barely any water at the falls and it was hot

Incredible hike, and fantastic scenery along the route and from the top of Flatiron.

A good rock hop at the end (last mile) with a steep grade....some scrambling and climbing required over small (6-12 foot) escarpments. Tough for those with fear of heights, due to the steep grade and the feeling of exposure at times. Need gloves to save your hands wear and tear.

After Siphon Draw, we were successful by staying in the bottom of the wash as we ascended, and did not get lost. It’s tempting to follow some of the side trails, but those we talked to that did that just got lost for a while and brought themselves extra effort. (Look for faint blue/white paintball marks.)

Downhill return may be more challenging to some.

Best climb yet. Tough but good

I have hiked this trail twice. Both times, I was with others who weren’t ready for the the trek. Consequently, each time, I had turn around at the 3/4 point. It’s frustrating, but I can’t push others beyond their limitations. I hike with others for safety and company, but I may have to return by myself in order to actually make it to the falls. (I’ve read that this time of year is perfect because the falls are beautiful after the mountain snow melts.) I am always concerned about safety when hiking alone, but I wouldn’t be alone on this “touristy” trek. However, once I do it, I probably won’t return. This trail is simply too crowded—hence, my rating. (Who knows, that rating may change after I actually SEE the falls.)
1. Leave early to try to beat the crowds and heat.
2. Take cash for Bear Canyon tram, if you plan to ride it.
3. Start at the Bear Canyon Trailhead to avoid tram fees and long lines.
4. Take your trekking poles!
5. Take plenty of water!
6. Don’t attempt this trek if you are a beginner.
7. Take your patience; some people are rude.
8. Wear old shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
9. Wear shorts, as you may wade in the creek, depending on water depth.
10. Have dry shoes and socks in your backpack or car.
11. Take snacks for the trail.
12. Be aware that this is a 6-8 mile RT hike, depending on where you start. (The falls are approx 3 mi from the last tram stop.)
13. Be aware that there are no RR facilities past the last tram stop.

Very challenging and rewarding hike. Nice progression from easy all the way to difficult for the last mile, really warms you up. Lost the trail when it got really challenging and ended up in the middle of nowhere (didn't have anyone around to follow) but listened out for voices and found my way back. Last mile up is pretty intense, a lot of rock climbing, probably accounted for 40% of my time going up and 60% of my time going down. Views from the top are gorgeous, totally worth it. Not an experienced hiker but in decent shape so took things carefully, with getting lost and a 45 min break at the top, took just over 5 hours out and back. Bring lots of water, even though I started at 8am I finished all 4 liters I brought by the end. Also be careful on the flat part with lots of loose stones on the return (last mile) when you're fatigued, really easy to roll an ankle (I did). Overall, would highly recommend!

9 days ago

Super crowded, but the hike is decent and the cave is cool... literally.

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