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Phoenix - 2018 Map

This was my fourth time up to 2057 but my first time via the Hieroglyphic trail. I was hesitant to use this route because my old (2002 edition) guide book by Jack Carlson was so vague about this route. I was happy to find such a good trail all the way to the top of the ridge. Where the 'tanks' and hieroglyphs are located the majority of hikers turn around. At the upper end of this area are two house size boulders, go to the right of these boulders (looking up the canyon) to find the trail. The trail is on the right of the drainage up on the right slope for at least a mile. It is a definite, well used trail, well marked by cairns (and some wonderful volunteers have trimmed back the brush). Only about 2% of the trail is in the drainage, so if you find yourself boulder hopping, and fighting cat's claw, in the middle of the drainage you are not in the right place. I found it easy to follow all the way to the top of the ridge. Once you reach the ridge the route to the 2057 summit is also well marked by cairns but you need to hike well past the summit (and lose some elevation) to find the trail to the summit. the trail to the summit is a branch off the Superstition ridge hike. I found this trail easier (less steep) than the Syphon draw trail, but it did seem longer. It took me 1 hour 50 minutes to get to the ridge from the trailhead and another 45 minutes to get to the summit of 2057. I am 65 years old.

This could become my new favorite hike.

One of the best hikes I have done in Southern AZ, and maybe my favorite. Easily up there with Heart of Rocks, Romero Pools, Marshall Gulch, etc. This hike was like a “Sonora Sampler”. It had everything you could ask for, including a cave, incredible views, and nice facilities, including the best trail maps I have ever seen. Easily surpassed our expectations and you need to do this hike.

Don’t stop at Fremont Saddle.
Go to the Lone Tree like this trail says for the best views.

Great views of Goldfield and Superstition Mts. at sunset.


Wonderful hike! The views from the peak are nice and you get a 360 view of the surrounding area. The way down does have a lot of loose rocks but as long as you are careful you will be okay! The parking lot is small so If you see cars in the overflow on the right just park there and it's a short walk to the trailhead.

3 days ago

It‘ s a nice short but moderate hike. It took me 50 minutes from the parking lot to the cave and this is including stops to take pictures. On the way back I took my time looking for critters and reptiles. Found some scorpions and lizards.
As for the cave I was the first one of the day and I had the cave all for myself. Loved it!!!

3 days ago

By far the best marked trail I have ever hiked and the most well maintained. There are many hills for photo opportunities are you head to the Thumb". If you are feeling a little more adventurous, look for the Miner's Cave and The Ogre's Den (not accessible), those were 2 cool additions I found during this hike.

3 days ago

Well laid out trail with some loose rocks in spots so watch those ankles! Great payoff with a pool of water (it rained a little recently) below a group of rocks with Hohokam petroglyphs. Shamefully some recent graffiti added near the site.

Fairly easy hike. Can get slippery at the end but beautiful.. Best in Jan/Feb after a good rain

Enjoyable hike. Quiet, moderate to easy hike. The views throughout are wonderful.

Loved this hike. Extraordinary views from start to finish. Not overly technical and the grade was gradual and didn’t feel like a grind at any points. Would do this again for sure. Trail easy to follow from start to finish.

Went last Saturday with the family it was a great trail. We are new to hiking but all did well. Views from the top are awesome.

A nice trail with some good incline at the midpoint of the loop. Decent amount of people but not to the point of crowded.

I enjoyed this with my 6 year old. Sun was pretty brutal mid day, for being December, and very little shade. Not too busy and beautiful views from the top. Moderate is a good rating for this trail.

Would go 1000 times again. Pretty rocky at the end but worth every second!
Bring water !!!

I'd call this moderate but strenuous. Nothing incredibly difficult about the ascent, just a lot of work if you aren't in the best shape (me). I particularly enjoy that it's not the usual desert landscape. There are a lot of trees and shady areas that you can feel the temp drop as soon as you walk through them. There's a beautiful view of the Needle at the top with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view. A great all around hike. Plan on about 90-120 minutes up and about an hour back down.

Getting to the trailhead is straightforward. Once you get off the 60 you go about a mile on pavement, then loose asphalt. Then the rest of the road in is about 5 miles of washboard dirt so be prepared. Nothing a little car can't handle, but it does take a bit of time to get to the parking lot.

The trail is pretty easy to follow and mostly marked by its wear. In the few spots it wasn't completely obvious there are kairns ti guide you in the right direction.

6 days ago

Ild call this moderate for sure. It’s lots of loose rock, sorta steel, and a bit of both at the end. With the effort though!

Did this hike a week ago and loved it. Definitely a change of scenery. Felt very foresty (as opposed to the usual desert landscape) with the trees and bush, especially at the beginning. Awesome rock formations and views the whole way up. I was worried about the trail's difficulty but would say the trail is moderate and the elevation is gradual. Weaver's Needle is super cool to see too. Loved how "out there" the park felt (as opposed to more urban environments like Camelback or Dobbins Lookout), a total escape. We started at 2 pm, weather in the 60s or so, and almost the entire trail was in the shade, so we got pretty cold at certain points. Wished I wore leggings and brought a jacket. Moderate to highly trafficked. Also, beware that the trailhead is at the end of a 7 mile dirt road. Saw quite a few sedans but would still recommend driving a SUV if possible.

6 days ago

Hiked this about a month ago and the weather was (and still is) perfect. The first half on the way up is challenging and steep, but after that it's pretty easy climbing to the summit. Would definitely recommend using the lookout points to catch your breath and drink lots of water. This probably wouldn't be where I take a novice for a first hike. The views were absolutely incredible though! Most of the trail is in the sun. Would say it's moderately trafficked and well-marked, I doubt anyone could get lost. The parking lot is right at the trailhead, with restrooms and water; the park is really clean and well-maintained. Definitely plan on coming back soon!

it starts off great but after the halfway point, it meant climbing up rocks. going up is doable but it's very hard for me to descent over them.

6 days ago

the trail isnt very well marked so pay attention. however it was beautiful and we had a wouderful day hiking, and hanging out in the cave.

Kids enjoyed this one also! Took the boys past the cave.

Great little trail and not very crowded. Pretty views at the top. Trail is a little rocky and narrow on the ascent to the peak, but nothing overly daunting.

rock climbing
6 days ago

Up, up and up some more. With all the climbing you earn the views.

7 days ago

A great workout with beautiful views all along the way. This is a gravel trail with good inclines so you can definitely break in your trekking poles. Reaching Tom’s Thumb felt very accomplishing and was well worth the hike. Very friendly people on the trail. Bring plenty of water. I will hike this again!

for two 66 year olds it was all we wanted. beautiful scenery

Nice trail but a bit rocky. Had to take it slow on the way down. Today was kind of hazy, so the views weren't as great as I had hoped. My app said it was over 5 miles.

I forget how much I love this trail. It never ceases to impress me when you come up over the saddle!

7 days ago

There’s not a cave at the top. Don’t feel it even warrants the name Wind Cave Trail because it’s more of a spot where the upper part of the mountain overhangs the lower part; kind of an indent in the mountain. However, great view from up there. Really well maintained trail and a good short hike. Took me, up and back about 2 hours, but I was taking my time and enjoying the views. Not a difficult hike, there’s a moderate incline. You do have to pay a park fee to do this hike, which is $7 per car. So because of the fee and the fact that there’s not a cave at the top, I give this one a 3 star. Other than that, it’s a nice scenic hike with a great view of the Phoenix area from the top.

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