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More difficult than I expected but the hard journey pays off for panoramic amazing views. Nice little bench at the top in the shade of a little tree/bush. My baby lost his light blue hat somewhere between the top and the zen garden like area (rock lined pathway loop to the right as you are heading up). If any one finds it please leave it at the Trailhead and text me 9042380851. Thank you.

Fantastic hike! The first part of the hike along the lake there are some good lake access places for fishing or swimming. The trail is rocky and uneven but we did it with our dog in about three hours round trip. The extra 1/4 mile viewpoint at the end was well worth the short distance. We’ll be back with family and friends!

With all the zig zagging that goes on , on this Trail and when you count your steps and measure it out it's more like 11 miles rather than just six.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike with young kids.

The trails are awesome!! Beautiful sunsets and nature! But watch out for jumping cactus! My dogs got a couple stuck on their paws . Other than that trails are breathtaking.

Started at around 8 am Saturday morning and got there just as some of the early birds were finishing so got a great parking spot!
beautiful hike and I would say definitely moderate ( some parts pretty easy and more challenging near the top)
my Fitbit clocked it at 3.75 km up so 7.5 km total. would do again but hopefully get there for sunrise next time

hiking
2 days ago

For regular hikers is moderate. If you're not a regular hiker this is a difficult hike. First half is almost all uphill very steep switchbacks. Then a short section of level then another steep climb to the top. Sunscreen & water!

very rocky trail..lots of short switchbacks ..takes a lot of time.start at trailhead for this hike..more mileage from preserve trailhead..go early..lots of water and dont forget sunscreen..I needed some on the way down..had to borrow..great views

Really challenging hike. Take about one gallon per person and some snacks to eat along the way. Make sure you take some comfy shoes. I was on Nike Free Runs and my brother was on some New balance 247. I would recommend actual hiking shoes. If you plan on taking a dog make sure to give him/her lots of water the day before and also in the morning before going. Don't forget to feed him/her in the morning as well and also take separate food and water for dog. I took my 8 month old American bully and he did fine. We had to help him a lot getting over high rocks and also getting down rocks on the way back. My dog isn't too big so we were able to pull him up at the end where one has to sort of climb to get to the top. We gave him a break and put him in my backpack the last hour on our way back haha. Be careful on the way back because the trail is tricky to follow. Also because there are many loose rocks. We started the trail around 9:30 and got back to the car around 3:30. We would've made it a 3-4 hour hike if we went without my dog. Overall an amazing hike. The views are crazy and satisfying.

A bit of a climb in the first 1/3 then pretty easy to the top. Great views of Scottsdale at the top and Fountain Hills just before the top. Really enjoyable hike.

This is an absolutely grueling, challenging and strenuous "hike." A huge chunk of this is essentially an uphill scramble with some vertical climbing mixed in. This is definitely not for the faint of heart or for those not comfortable with scrambling. That being said, it's absolutely 100% worth it, as the views and sense of accomplishment are great. Just be careful, take your time (especially going back down) and enjoy.

hiking
4 days ago

Nice incline for the first 1.5 miles. Breathtaking views. Slippery and steep on the way down. Not for casual hikers.

Great hike loved the challenge to the cave. Great views and very rewarding.

hiking
5 days ago

We really enjoyed the hike. Challenging toward the top and not that crowded during the week. Will defiantly go back!

Challenging but doable

hiking
6 days ago

Did this on Saturday and got rained out but made it to the thumb and back. A fun experience.

Super-challenging hike. About half way up, it starts to feel more like rock climbing than hiking. Tricky trail to follow. Only would recommend for experienced hikers in good shape. That said, very beautiful hike. Very special place. Lots of dramatic vistas. Happy we did it.

To the nice Canadians we met...we did find the way with the help of some locals.

One of my favorite climbs. Love the changing terrain. Challenging but very much worth it.

Well maintained trail with lots of great views of Saguaro Lake, as well as Four Peaks and even Flatiron in the distance.
Nice change from the typical Phoenix desert hike, and though the trail is fairly flat, there is just enough elevation change to keep things interesting and to improve the views.
I saw a couple of wild horses at the trailhead. Beside that I barely saw any trash on the trail. Someone must have come through and cleaned up after the party pig summer crew!

This is my favorite trail in the area.

very pretty

not one of the prettiest trails in the Superstitions.

hiking
8 days ago

Lovely well marked trail. I think it's a slightly better workout going from Lost Dog parking lot off 24th St to the Sunrise parking lot off East Via Linda, but either way it's a pleasant hike with great views.

Great hike yesterday and beat the rain! Too cloudy for the sunrise, but beautiful fall weather!

Incredible hike! One of the best in this area!!
It is, however, a looong 7 miles. Go up the west side first to the saddle. It tends to be a bit boring until you start up toward the saddle. The ascent is not nearly as steep as people portray it to be. The saddle is, surprisingly, rather flat at the top. Great place for a picnic or break.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to go up the west side first because the back side of the mountain has some of the most beautiful views I have seen in a long time! There are no houses or buildings in the valley there, and you will be “awed” most of the way as you encircle a great portion of the mountain from high up. The only thing you need to be careful of is that there is lots of gravel. Take a stick or pole, and of course plenty of water and a snack.
Save the best for last by going up to the saddle first and come down on the back side.

If a trail can be rated by the number of times used, Siphon Draw to the Flatiron is my nearly 200-time favorite. As I get older, however, it kicks my butt pretty hard so I use it less frequently. Start early for shade most of the way.

hiking
10 days ago

irst off there is no parking at the trail head. You have to drive half a mile down the road to park and walk along the busy road. Second there was wayyyy too much dog s$#! On the trail. Come on people kick it off the trail at least. Like every one else said there are lots of mountain bikers but they are courteous. The best part about the hike was the ridge trail portion. It was beautiful. But too much road walking and dog poop for my liking.

hiking
11 days ago

We took a left at the first fork (at the Maricopa trail sign). It takes you up the hill with very nice views. Made it for sunset. The view of the river winding through the mountains toward downtown was stunning. My camera phone just couldn't be capture the beauty. You can easily make the trail into a loop which takes you down to a wash and back to the parking lot.

Awesome view at the top... pictures don’t do justice! Make sure to bring plenty of water... no fill station at the beginning and entire trail in the sun!

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