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backpacking
18 hours ago

Good initial trail all up hill. Camped on the mountain after the trail split to the falls. Set up our tents then scrambled to the falls that were trickling. If you see the juniper tree camp site open, grab it up because it is by far one of the best spots and makes hiking out much easier as well

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

AllTrails should probably update their rating system and include expert level, because this one would definitely be that. I didn’t feel this was so much a hiking trail as it was a rock climbing trail. You were using all fours for a good majority of the last mile. That being said I’m from the Midwest and am an average hiker at best and I did feel overmatched by this trail but a more experienced hiker may feel right at home. Be sure to pack water and maybe a snack or two. Also the notion that dogs are allowed on the trail is absurd. A dog can maybe handle the first mile and a half but after that it’s impossible for a dog to go on this trail.

Awesome hike! As a pretty experienced hiker, this trail was difficult because of the lack of markers. Easy to lose your way if you are not looking up to find blue and white dots throughout. Amazing views at the top! When in doubt, stay left on the way up. Gloves would be very helpful for the way down as you are rock climbing down for the first mile descend. Not for someone who is afraid of heights or is a nervous hiker. Definitely recommend this bad boy if you are in the Mesa/Phoenix area!

Great long hard hike. Best done in cool weather as it is hot and steep! There are sections of climbing and scrambling back down, not for the nervous hiker.

Really demanding hike. Come prepared with plenty of water and hiking boots. There are times where you will face 20ft rock climbing walls. This is not a breeze in the Park but easily doable with some common sense. Heavily traffic at times. The only downside is that a lot of the trail markers are not as legible anymore or non existent in places hence why I gave it 4 stars. Beautiful 360 views. This hike is definitely a worthy feeling of accomplishment when completed. Don't give up and just go slow. Cheers.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty decent hike, nice if you like flat hiking for several miles before ascending. A little tricky to find the trail to start going up, but we used the GPS marker on the trail map (AllTrails) to back track when we accidentally passed it. Kept us on route

Hiked this for a second time and loved it! Definitely one of the more scenic hikes in the PHX area.

Awesome hike! Definitely not for beginner hikers but not terribly difficult either. Trail isn’t marked too well — when in doubt go to the left. Took about 3 hrs to get up and back.

Awesome hike with great views! I saw a few pets and I wouldn’t recommend them as it’s very steep at points.

Challenging to say the least. Views are spectacular all the way up. Caution on the way down. Recommend gloves for the last mile.

Really enjoyed this hike! Did it back in May, started early and was able to avoid the harsh heat. Challenging parts, and the views were worth it.

backpacking
9 days ago

This was a very secluded trail for an overnight backpacking trip. Fun scramble to the falls, which were frozen. Climbing out was tough. watch the cactii---they are "biters" but worth every footstep since there was a dusting of snow everywhere. just lovely.

My favorite hike I've taken in Tonto Forest/Superstition area! I absolutely loved it. Parking available across the street in the Marina lot (the trailhead/hiking spots are nearest to the fence/road). Super varied trail with phenomenal panoramic views of the lake, Four Peaks, Battleship, Weaver's Needle, and Superstition area. Was moderately crowded on a Saturday, but thinned out the further we went. Agree with other hikers - trail was well maintained and well marked, just be sure to pay attention to the rock cairns at the river bed near the end. There isn't any specific "end point." If hikers want to try this one out but are intimated by the "difficult" rating or other reviews, I'd recommend trying it out and going the first 2-2.5 miles or so. You can always turn back whenever! The incline was the perfect workout. The only difficult part, was just the length and by the time you're coming back up on the return, you've already been hiking for 6 miles or so. Overall though, it's 100% worth it. There's also a steamboat tour at the marina and the Goldmine/Ghost Town on Route 88/Apache Scenic Drive. Not hike related, but would they seem cool if you wanted to add other nearby activities to your day.

If you’re a beginner like me, here are some things Ive learned:
One wrong move/footing and you can potentially have a serious injury.
Take caution and take your time.
Wear gloves because you will be grabbing rocks to climb. We went when it was cold and it had just rained, so my fingers where numb on top of getting scraped up.
When it’s wet, wear boots where water can’t get through because there’s some puddles. Unless you’re okay hiking with soggy shoes like me.
It’s the most rewarding feeling when you make it to the top. You’ll look back and feel accomplished that you hiked this beast.

1/1/19 Snow capped Flat Iron. I had always wanted to do this hike and New Year’s Day was the day to finally check it off the list. What was obviously the most technical part was made even more challenging by a snow packed ice! Even your best trail runners or hiking boots will slip. So worth the bruises though!

Awesome trail. Some legitimate climbing involved. Amazing views at the top make it with it.

hiking
15 days ago

Arduous hike, great vistas. Easier if hiked through from the lake to First Water instead on in and out.

Great hike! Don’t be mislead by the 8.7 mile description, the loop itself is 8.7 but the hike to the trailhead and back adds a mile or so. It’s great either direction but if you’re doing an early morning hike like I did and want to see the sunrise, I would recommend going counterclockwise. 3L of water is great and of course the views are magical! The distance makes up for lack of elevation change if you like a challenge.

So here's the thing ... when the reviews say leave your dog at home, probably best to heed the warning unless your pup bounds up boulders with the best of them. It is a lot to ask of the four-legged friends and they will likely need a boost (or 20) on the way up, and may look at you like you've lost your mind on the way down. My young guy was legit a trooper today (he looooves hikes and is probably above average) but he will likely be staying home next time. If your dog is a fair to average hiker be prepared to do a LOT of picking up and hauling. As for the human hikers, I wouldn't say this is the MOST challenging one I've done physically or mentally but it is definitely one of the more difficult in the area; read bouldering, using hands/feet, loose rock, etc. For comparison I've done a wide range of easy to extremely difficult (Thunderbird, North Mountain, Tom's Thumb, Peralta, Wave Cave, Black Mountain, Piestewa, Camelback to back, Havasupai, Mt. Baldy, Angel's Landing. etc). This trail definitely earns it's rating and you should consider being a well-trained and prepared hiker to safely complete this one. We saw several groups with very poor attire and footwear (I have excellent hiking shoes and slid/fell several times, new bruises popping up everywhere), as well as groups starting up quite late in the day. I definitely would not do this one in the dark even with the best headlamp. Sorry for the novel...Recap: difficult but amazing hike, gorgeous views, one of the BEST in the area, come prepared, wear proper shoes, allow 4-6 hours for above average hiker; rated 4.5 for being poorly marked and easy to get off track in several areas (look for white arrows, blue or white dots, and black X's).

Not a lot of elevation except going in and coming out. Didn’t see anywhere to summit. Going into the canyon is absolutely gorgeous. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever been on. The hike is long. I went there in December so bring multiple layers of clothing. At times, I was hot depending if I was in the sun and other times I was cold when in the shade coupled with the wind. When crossing the river beds make sure to look for the rock cairns to guide you to the trail. It’s pretty easy to get lost here. I’d highly recommend using the GPS map here on AllTrails. Per my GPS, this hike was a total of 12 miles in and out.

Great trail, a fair amount of traffic. If planning on heading to the top of the Flat Iron believe the rating of this trail. There were a few folks that may have over estimated their abilities.

A beautiful day and great hike!

I started at the First Water Trailhead around 8:30am. The Lost Dutchman segment is perfect for trail running. It’s relatively flat and well marked. There are a couple of sections with some loose rock but I was able to run nearly the entire thing. It’s a little over 4 miles to the Black Mesa Trail connection. The Black Mesa segment was less runner friendly although there were areas that weren’t a problem. I liked the Lost Dutchman better though. Where Black Mesa meets back up with the Second Water trail you can either go left which takes you back to the trail head or right to loop on Second Water or connect with Hackberry Springs. I went right and took Hackberry Springs. The first 0.4 miles of this trail was boring. It’s just flat and wide open. But once you get into the rocky foothills you descend into a small canyon and it’s very pretty. There are some nice camping spots at the base of the rock face near the river (dry this time of year). After that the trail practically disappeared. I followed the river bed out of the canyon and saw a couple of cairns and some flags tied to tree branches but I still lost the trail a couple times. Definitely have a map to navigate this area. The total loop clocked in just under 11 miles on my GPS and took my almost 2 hrs. Overall I would highly recommend this area and these trails.

One of the most difficult and rewarding hikes I've ever done. Such a gorgeous trail. Definitely bring hiking shoes, as it helps with the difficult terrain on the way down. Be prepared to scramble! I would not suggest bringing a dog unless it is a rather large one, as you will have to lift smaller dogs over some tall vertical rocks if you do. Definitely bring 1.5-2 liters of water and snacks, as you might pass out if you don't, even in fair weather. I am not in the best of shape, but really pushed myself, and my boyfriend and I completed the hike in about 4 hours.

Best hike I’ve done in Arizona, you better be in shape for this one , the last mile is all scrambling and bouldering and climbing. Breath taking Views

Went with wife and pup. Only bring your dog if they are very athletic, unless you plan on carrying them up boulders like I have had to do for several hikers in the past who didn’t realize their dogs don’t have superpowers.I have seven and only bring one, my ridgeback, because he is the only one capable of traversing the terrain, he’s like a mountain goat. That said, probably my favorite hike in all of Phoenix/surrounding areas. Constant scrambling and climbing up rocks. Beautiful views the entire way. Amazing workout. A lot of people turn back. It may seem daunting if you are inexperienced but take it slow, you’ll do just fine. It’s all worth it when you get to the top. Absolutely an all time great hike.

I love the challenge it provides especially with a pack on your back

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