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hiking
13 hours ago

Good hike, tricky to find but once you do the view was beautiful.

Beautiful! But tough.

Tough and fun! Definitely a challenge both ways, so be prepared. We had to report an older couple that was having a really hard time descending to the rangers. We were coming out as the sun went down, but there was no way they were close behind.

This is one of the hardest hikes that I have done thus far and I’ve done a couple that were rated extremely difficult. ALMOST talked myself out of doing it but I’m glad that I did. The hike was equally hard ascending and descending. You can’t truly appreciate the view of the top from the bottom until you get to the top!!! ABSOLUTELY breath taking!!! The basin is also amazing!!! Where did all that water go?!?! Not sure if I’d do it again but for sure a must do experience!!!

Beautiful!! it's a bit tough in places, but then again, I'm probably an beginner/ intermediate hiker. I took breaks as needed but the last little bit was a bit of a climb. there are a few spots with loose pebbles. I find my hiking sticks very helpful. the views were gorgeous!!!

This hike was amazing. The sunset was beautiful. Be careful because there is a very very steep cliff at the top. I will always remember this hike because this is where I fell in love with my hiking lifestyle.

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.

Challenging but rewarding hike. I brought gloves and they were a big help! Make sure to stay on the trail, the blue or white dots can be hard to spot, so keep your eyes open. Also, good hiking shoes are a must, keep your nike free runs for the asphalt. The views from the top are worth the extra effort.

This hike leads to a great view at the top. it will take about 4 to 6 hours to go up and down. There is a bit of climbing just at the top. You can see what the climbing is like at the video at this link: https://youtu.be/g49Adwi9WvQ

hiking
6 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!!!

I went solo as usual yesterday and thank goodness for seeing fellow hikers because I just completely got lost 1/3 of the way. Once you get past the basin/amphitheater and trek up the rocky hill, there's a split that goes right or slightly down then straight. Make sure you go down the hill then straight as I made the mistake of going right, lost about 25 min. Don't take shortcuts and follow the trail for your own safety! Light jacket/hoodie (current weather), GLOVES (ESSENTIAL) and snug fitting shoes with good grip are must, 3-4 bottles of water and energy bar(s) for the top or between climbs. Stop by the memorial up top, its to the left handside. Word of advice to beginner hikers, conquer camelback or piestewa peak first before Flatiron as this is much more physically demanding. I'd give a 5 but this trail is poorly marked once reaching the basin.

A rewarding challenge for the average hiker, a diverse landscape with enjoyable rock features for the more experienced adventurer. Traffic does get heavy, so an early start is imperative to get the best experience. 2 liters of water is perfect, no less than 1.5. Be prepared to use your hands in sections.
Leaving about 40 minutes before sunrise, we earned spectacular views of the valley at first light. The trail is not well marked at all, and even with two of us we lost the trail about 1/3 of the way up. Just part of the experience for a couple of Superstition first-timers. The Flat Iron itself is worth seeing, not only from the top but all the way up, as it hangs over you through most of the hike. Unique rock formations and lots to see in terms of flowers and trees. Would absolutely recommend.

backpacking
7 days ago

I rate this 5 stars because its absolutely worth the journey. I with 2 friends backpacked this trail and camped the battleship. we began around noon and camp was set up by sunset. the views were amazing the entire time and the actual battleship is breathtaking. I honestly rate this trail as moderate, it was a long walk is all with some boulder hoping as you approach the battleship.

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.

Beautiful trail and the views are amazing. Challenging at the end towards the view point, have to climb up at times. Bring gloves with grips, hiking shoes and layered clothing. If this trail is your first time, allow yourself enough time to go up and down. Minimum: 6 hours roundtrip. Definitely worth the challenge.

One of the challenging trails I have hiked. Totally worth it.

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

Challenging and rewarding all together! Brought 3L of water and did not run out, but it was only 60F out. Gloves helped with the rock scrambles. Follow the dots, arrows and X’s. When in doubt, stay left. It was packed with people, but made for some friendly chats with strangers. Took ~2.5hrs to make the ascent. Bring a snack (and maybe a can of craft beer) for the summit and enjoy the views!!

backpacking
9 days ago

It is definitely a good one but can be difficult at times. This may not be for everyone. I’d recommend those who are in shape & have maybe done some hiking or backpacking on some more difficult trails before. Would recommend this hike to anyone as far as beauty and escaping from life goes. Oh & be sure not to miss the turn off for the falls trail, it can be easily missed.

My all time favorite hike in AZ. The hike is strenuous with some rock climbing/hopping areas. Can be very busy though.

We hiked 12-08-18, we brought 3 bottles (16 oz)of water each and we did not finish all of it, brought lunch though, we had picnic at the summit. Things you need:
Proper hiking shoes, water, food, trail nuts, and a lot of will power and strength, and also you need a keen eye to watch for those painted white dots or the black X to follow the trail others had done, those are easier, don’t listen to anyone who tells you to follow a faster way up, it is hard and you might find yourself going back and following the other trail back up again...

Gorgeous hike with an amazing sunset while I hiked back down! I don't agree with the person who said you cant take a small car down to the trail. I did it just fine. I've also taken my little car all the way down the 88 to Roosevelt Lake.

10 days ago

LOVE this hike. So worth it! Going over to the summit is a must as well.

Loved going on this hike. The views are absolutely amazing and it has some fun scrambling portions near the end.

Did the Black Mesa Loop Trail today which is exactly the same as this - and also the correct name, I believe. Good trail!

Great hike, beautiful views and perfect weather!
This exact trail is listed twice on Alltrails. The other name is Lost Dutchman Loop.

hiking
14 days ago

Need a red rock pass!!!
Amazing views. Went during the week and had the whole cave to myself. You definitly should bring a hiking stick to assist in the downward decent. Loose gravel is tricky. Took roughly 50 minutes going up. I thought it would be a much faster hike being only 3 miles but the elevation gane is over 3000’. Very dense desert vegetation once you are about halfway up the trail. Very picturesque. Would not recommend for young kids.

Did this with my dog today. Great hike! It gets a bit harder towards the end. All of the previous reviews are quite accurate.

This is a beautiful and fun hike the entire way. We kept stopping to take in the views, but nothing prepared us for the view of Weaver's needle from Fremont saddle, which truly is awe-inspiring. The pictures don't even come close to the actual experience. The additional hike from the saddle to the Lone Tree is fun and absolutely worth it. The first and last half mile are easy, while the middle part is moderately strenuous if you maintain a good pace. Did this in early December so the temperatures were great. There was a surprising number of flowers along the way for December. Most of the trail was pretty rocky so be careful!

This is not an easy trail. It earns every bit of its difficulty rating. Me, my girlfriend and her 18 year old daughter took this hike last week. There were parts where we almost called it quits. The last mile is the hardest. Lots of jagged rocks. Lots of places to skip on loose rock. 3 things you should absolutely consider: plenty of water, proper shoes and a pair of gloves for the decent. All will make this hike more enjoyable.

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