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Great hike, just to much people.

This is a great training hike!

This is my favorite hike in the valley. It is a good challenge and you can also backpack on top flatiron.

hiking
9 hours ago

This is a great beginner hike to get in shape.

Great trail to take the pup on!

New hiker, with a healthy respect for heights! Lots of scrambling over rocks and steep ascents / descents. Gets very busy, but definitely worth the trip to the top - wonderful views.

hiking
4 days ago

Love, love, love this trail. It's a must-do, essential for any passionate hiker in the Phoenix vicinity. ...or any surfers. :) Everyone needs a pic of themselves "riding the wave" at some point to use as desktop wallpaper.
The hike itself is fairly easy, though the last part up to the cave is the most challenging, hence the "moderate" rating. But it's absolutely something you can do, because YOU HAVE TO! Your reward isn't just the view, but the cool air in the cave. It's remarkably cooler. Be sure to bring a lot of water if it's warm out because there's no shade along the way.

Fantastic trail. Remember to stay night over in your sleeping bag

Classic Arizona hike that all should do at least once. Well marked, great valley views and a good workout. We completed in less than 2 hours and that’s including breaks to admire the view. Go in the morning, when at least part of the trails are still in some morning shade.

More scrambling over boulders than walking on a trail but worth it for the views. Fairly busy on a Saturday but everyone was nice and helpful. I’m a newbie hiker and this was a challenge but very fun.

Really enjoyed this hike/rock scramble. Was a little more challenging than I was expecting but still worth it once you get to the top. Was there for sunrise and the parking lot was already packed. Bring lots of water it gets hot fast this time of year.

hiking
9 days ago

Many argue this side of Camelback is harder. I’m not sure it is. Just different. Midway there is a portion that you have to hold on to the rails, then it’s not hard at all. The other side is easier midway but a little bit more on the edge at the very end.
They are both a really good workout and they are both a pain to park. If you are not there by 6AM, you need to Uber. Views are amazing.

hiking
9 days ago

Great views! Nicely groomed trail. Saw lots of lizards.

This is not hiking; this is rock climbing! That being said, it was a lot of fun. This trail is not for the faint of heart. Not much parking, and the great city of Paradise Valley does not allow street parking.

Our group from Gold Canyon AZ chose to hike the loop counter clockwise (about 3 miles), and then climb to Piestewa Peaks via the summit trail last so we could take a long lunch break before heading back to the parking area.

walking
12 days ago

Easy access and decent walk. Waterfall area was worth the less than two mile walk.
Update: $7 park access.

This was a great trail! Difficult but not too hard, we will definitely be back!

13 days ago

Sunrise hikes are the best

Nice hike by the Superstitions. Enough of a challenge in 90 degrees weather. A couple of tricky spots crossing other trails so keep an eye on your map.

This is great hike if you’re into a bit of a challenge; hence the word “challenge.” Don’t try this if you’re new to hiking. I know this is a popular tourist destination but if if you’re not in good physical shape and acclimated to triple digit weather(summer) outdoor activities, I don’t recommend it. Echo Canyon is the hardest of the two trails on this mountain. The summit is the same no matter which you choose. Please be hydrated!!!!

hiking
20 days ago

I've heard people in my hiking group argue that this isn't a real hike, which I think is ridiculous. Their argument is that because this trail has a lot of placards along the way, identifying plants, it's more of a walk. I disagree - if you complete this trail to the end, there is absolutely some decent cardio. And, although there is no need to climb rocks, this is a trail that still requires grippy shoes because the texture of the trail is small gravel and loose dirt.
Views are nice, however all are of surrounding neighborhoods - you're not in a remote location, where you'll see minimal signs of life.
I like this trail because it enables me to maintain a decent cardio pace. It goes up, down, up, down. Then you return. This is why it's one of my fav hikes, and I go fairly regularly - it enables me to maintain a decent cardio.
This trail is well maintained with a staffed station at the entry, complete with bathrooms.
There are a lot of parking spaces, and typically I am able to easily park near the trailhead.

Good hike with kids. As with all AZ hikes, bring water! There were bees at the summit when I was there so watch out. The "caves" aren't really caves. But its fun anyway.

Gotta love this Hike!
It starts out rather easy but about half way you do get a little bit of an incline through big rocks yet it's not crazy difficult to get up to the Cave.
On the day hiked it there was another family with about 6 kids ranging from 14 to maybe 7 years of age, so yeah, if kids can do so it, why cant you!?
Anyhow, the sights from the top are quite nice and definitely one cool cave to go see!

Great trail! It's probably best to go in the winter but I went in the summer and it wasn't too bad (bring lots of water though!) I recommend going early in the morning otherwise you will lose the little shade there is on the traim. The tunnel is awesome and I love the saguaro like usual. Definitely a beginner's hike and can be done in a couple hours even with some breaks.

Excellent hike. Completed in July when it was 100F. Take lots of water. Go early. Bring climbing gloves, will make easier. Talk less walk more. Save your breath while going up.

Perfect to skip leg day

Fun trail! Not a moderate hike in my opinion, more on that easier side. There is a gate entry fee of $7.

I’m an avid hiker so I found this trail very easy. It’s a good workout and has some great views of downtown.

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