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hiking
2 hours ago

Visiting North Scottsdale and looked up good hike to enjoy. This hike was perfect. Signs were good. Scenery was awesome. Not crowded at all in December. Would recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes. Sneakers will result in sore feet. Be sure to bring water.

Beautiful! But tough.

Amazing and beautiful hike with magnificant views at the summit! The rocky asencion to the summit was intimidating to look at but it wasn't too bad scaling up nor down. Totally worth the effort for sure. Loved it!

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.

hiking
1 day ago

Basically in my backyard. It is easy and great to beginners. Bring your out of town guest too! Views at sunset are amazing. It’s all in the open so it’s hot AF in summer.

End of Picket Post "HIKE" notes:
* Don't SOLO hike this one ever again, with others okay.
* Add small foil type emergency blanket to kit
* Bring more water
* Better hiking poles needed (Cross Country ski poles don't cut it as they don't collapse)
* 5 - 6 Hour hike was correct Two up and three down
* Start early. Hiking headlamp added security and less rush coming down. :)
* Gloves, Long Pants, Shirt, and tweezers for prickers help.
* More rock climb than hike midway. (Although I have feeling there must be an easier trail somewhere. lol)

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!!!

Wow!
Did this trail on 12/15/18.
This hike is incredible and well worth the abuse you get from the road on the drive up and back, lol!
Seriously, the views are amazing out the gate and just get better as you climb!
We had a party of 8, 2 decided to not climb the chute, but the rest of us did and were pleasantly surprised at how doable it is despite how daunting it looks!
Again, the view from the top did not disappoint and really exceeded my expectations.
Would encourage anyone who is good shape to try this. If you’re not, work up to it and come do this hike another time.

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.

hiking
3 days ago

A nice hike for bigger kids. Steady incline till the end, where you have to scramble up the rocks a bit. The trail would have been hard to follow without the app. It is also pretty rocky much of the way.

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

We started @ 10:30, park warden asked if we had head lamps but finished @ 4 pm. Many hikers going to view point then back, carried on to the loop! Views are beautiful and trails keep you alert with loose rock and shale! My new favourite hike!

FYI, I thought I’d mention that you can’t park at the trailhead. It’s down the street and then you walk up a hill to get to the start. This is a challenging hike that is pretty much straight uphill until you get to the top. Gorgeous views make the climb worth it! I did need to use my hands to climb in certain spots. A little tough on my knees coming back down. Proper footwear with good grip is important.

This is straight up and straight down Great views but couldn’t really enjoy until you stopped. But great workout

Great feeling to finish this - I am in shape and it was hard great workout and beautiful views

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.

very nice views.
lots of rocks in trail. Played hide n seek with several Mule Deer!

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.

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.

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.

hiking
9 days ago

Just did this oneand had a blast. Has a strong vertical ascent line. It’s not camelback grade but it’s a good solid workout and a lot of fun. There’s an American flag at the top which makes for some fun pics. I will probably do this one again with a weighted vest to crank up the workout.

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!!

hiking
9 days ago

This is the most amazing hike. Super easy drive down highway 88, park near the dolly steamboat. The entire hike has the most amazing views. Seriously breathtaking. You can see the lake and so many different mountain ranges. So fun. Moderate hike. Easy to follow the trail. This hike is a must!!

This Trail is tricky. Most people hike right straight up the bottom of the canyon in the middle. It is best on the way up to stay to the left and follow the ridge, same thing on the way back down stay to the right and follow the ridge. there's a little hiking in the middle Canyon but watch for the trails veering off.

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

Nice trail, great views, elevation gain not too bad. Only drawback is trail can get rocky in places.

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...

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