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Fairly easy trail (if you're good on distance) and enjoyable hike with stunning destination. For those who wish to be more challenged, plenty of opportunities to navigate up the falls (though use caution, particularly when wet), while the rest of your party relaxes down below.

They view were spectacular and the hike was scenic. I completed this hike solo and found great difficulty in navigating it as the trail was horribly marked. I must have spent and extra hour or two trying to find the trail both on the way up and he way down. What can I say, I was determined. I will not be hiking this solo ever again. A group is recommended. I left my fair share of cairns to help those future venturers, if you could contribute as well, please do.

Excellent trail - not difficult at all beyond the distance. Great scenery at the Heart of Rocks Loop. Pleasant along the way with some open, hilly terrain and other forested terrain. Great place to get away from things and take some pics without pushing oneself too hard with a tough climb.

Great hiking experience! Beautiful views! Started 8:30 am, finished 2:pm, including some water breaks and snack, went total 11 miles.

hiking
13 days ago

Had a great drive up to the trailhead. Only 3 vehicles were parked there when we arrived early in the afternoon. Game plan was to hike 4.1 miles in to see the ruins. Well about 2.9 miles in while in the wash on the Rogers Canyon trail we encountered a mountain lion. We surprised him, about 75 feet between us when we saw each other. He appeared to be drinking from the stream. He fled down canyon, but we weren’t sure if he would double back and didn’t feel like continuing in his direction toward the ruins, so we opted to backtrack to the trailhead. Time was about 4pm. Bring bear spray and be vigilant for mountain lions in this area of the Superstition Wilderness area.

Not sure why this is saying it’s a loop trail because it’s not. Second water trail is an out and back trail and it’s awesome. This must be second water to boulder canyon to loss Dutchman back to second water.

Great short backpack. Got down to about 50 overnight. Also explored down in the canyon where it narrows and the trail goes up.

This trail has a variety of interesting vistas and interweaves along the creek bed, which when water levels are on the higher side, creates some fun little creek crossings. The pay off on this hike comes when you reach 7 falls (provided there is water at the falls). The falls are not visually impressive, but make a very chill setting. This is a great hike for hikers of a range of skill levels.

Dogs not allowed on this trail.

What a great hike! We did it with our 7 year old and two dogs. Our dogs are very experienced climbers and had a hard time on the way down. I would advise against bringing the pups, but they loved it.

backpacking
28 days ago

Great views as you near the loop of Heart of Rocks.

I hiked this trail with my husband back in January when I was 38 weeks pregnant (my ambitious idea, not his) and loved it! It was a rewarding challenge with incredible views the entire way. The falls were dry at that time of the year, but it was still well worth it to get to the end. Lots of people were out, but everyone we passed was very encouraging along the way.

The first 2 miles are on hard pack dirt or paved road from the parking lot. The shuttle service was no longer running. The scenery the entire route is beautiful. I hit a dry season so the creek crossings were easy and dry. I can see more difficulty when water is flowing and would bring water shoes or prepare for soggy feet. The difficult part the trail is about a mile from the falls but it’s not super hard. I did find the trail relatively poorly marked given the 7 creek crossings. Because there are side trails by the crossings, pay attention to picking up the trail on the other side. Basically you are following the creek into the canyon so you cannot get lost but can end up searching a bit for the trail. The falls were almost nonexistent but there were pools of water and it didn’t take much to envision how spectacular it would be in the wet season.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Leaving by 8am is great advice. My wife and I were fine with 2 L of water but it wasn't a hot day. Strangely enough, one of the creeks was bone dry on the way up but running pretty good 3 hours later when we go back to it. We ended up using the road from that point on.

hiking
1 month ago

probably one of the more decent trails in the area. The falls area is worth a look if you can back in there.

The trail at some of the dry river bed crossings aren't marked so keep your eyes peeled or you might end up scrambling up or down the river bed for a while before you realize you aren't in the trail.

This is a solid 4.4 mile hike (8.8mi out and back) starting with a mild 1.4mi flat / paved surface climb. The remaining 3 miles is mostly a gradual 1,000ft climb with mixed rocky, sandy, and step up & down path. Took us about 2hrs with few breaks. The trail ends at the falls which cannot be seen until the last few hundred feet of the trail.

Signage along the path is confusing and limited. It is easy to get off the trail. You will cross the Bear Creek like 3-4 times which also makes it easy to lose the trail. It is heavily trafficked so adjusting should not be difficult. Cellular signal was available throughout the trail.

The falls were dry when we arrived. The water was pretty murky. Beyond that, this is a moderate trail with beautiful scenery. Well worth the trip!

Love it!

Head out on the trail before 8 am and you will have a nice amount of coverage from the sun one the way to 7 falls. Water felt great and even though it wasn’t running, the upper pool was a very nice place to take a dip and cool off. The hike back will offer little protection from the sun so make sure to re-apply sun screen after swimming and save a majority of your water for the hike back.

Pretty good hike. Make sure you bring lots of water and use sunscreen as you will be in the sun the majority of the time. No flowing water at this time though...

I will say. Beware man cause there are dead ends everywhere. The trail is terribly marked and so easy to wonder off just a few feet and your toast. I’m no beginner and yes it was 4 am and pitch black but I was running circles for 2 hours till I found the correct siphon to climb to summit. Still a killer hike and reckon you plan to get lost a few times if your not familiar with trail.

My friend and I started around 1 and didn’t get to the car until about 7:30. This hike was a an amazing journey but was very challenging for me. I had to brake often. I’d recommend being in shape lol, unlike me. Great hike, the views of the back of the superstiones are amazing.

Great hike with amazing views... but it's easy to go off the path.. needs more signs showing the way up/down. bear canyon trail #29

Great hike, fun for trail running. Continue past Seven Falls for amazing views from the top down the falls and canyon!

hiking
2 months ago

Hello! We ( http://thunderbeard.org/ ) have adopted this trail, which is one of the finest in the Superstitions. It would really help us out if you post up the locations of any overgrown or problematic areas from Canyon Lake to Second Water Trail, we can be sure to hit them during trail maintenance. Thank you for your help!

While the “trail” did display BEAUTIFUL views it was BEYOND a hard rating for me and the group that I was with, and we ARE NOT novices at “hiking”. This was more mountain climbing than hiking to us. The trail was unmarked after a certain point and quite dangerous out a few points in my opinion. Maybe we had gotten “off trail” at one point on the way down but I was seriously praying that I wouldn’t die!!! There was literally nowhere to get my footing or nothing to hold to. It was serious rick climbing!!!

Again the trail was beautiful once we got to the inside of the mountain but it needs to be marked A LOT better and that rating should be extremely difficult. This was a once in a lifetime hike for me. Glad I survived it!!!

Great trail, the reward of water at the end makes it totally worth it! Parked at the trailhead on Bear Canyon Rd which made it approximately 6.5 mi. My 8 & 12 yr old handled the distance just fine. Not a ton of water, but enough to get in and cool off. Would like to do again in the spring.

Hiked the trail at the beginning of September. The weekend was very hot, with no water in the river, or anywhere along the way. Camped in an open area not far from Tonys Cabin. There is a spring for water on your way to Tony's cabin (about half way to Tonys cabin from the campsite). There was water available at the spring, which we filtered.

Keep an eye out for ribbons at the river crossings, made it easy to stay on the trail.

Great backpacking event, though if I was to do it again I'd wait for a cooler weekend.

Amazing views defiantly must go trolly was down so it was 8 miles instead of 4 but was well worth the trip we went during dry season and the water was 10 feet at one point I’m 12 and did this so it wasn’t to deficult

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