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first time on this hike and it was very fulfilling. a group of boy scouts went up around the same time and managed very well. we arrived at 6:30, park opens at 6. bring plenty of water, a flashlight for early morning, small snacks, and gloves for rock climbing. the trails are marked very lightly with either blue or white. plenty of shade for early risers. definitely going back!

Great trail. Heavily trafficked on a Saturday morning. Nice shade along the way. Great view at the top. Had dogs along with no problem.

great work out trsil

This was one of the most satisfying hikes I have ever done. Start early, as it is a long one if you want to go all the way up to Flat Iron. Bring lots of water. We wish we had brought both camelbacks. Some of my best hiking pictures came from this hike. You can see at kels_marin on Instagram. We also had a helicopter fly below us when we were sitting at the top. It's not for people afraid of heights. There was a woman at the top crying because she was terrified to climb down.

This trail is a beautiful way to see what the Superstition Mountains are all about! I chose the clockwise route. The first mile or so is pretty challenging as it is a steep, rocky climb to the summit of a windswept ridge that provides an awesome vista. The desert was very lush and the photo opportunities were numerous along most of the route. You will end up crossing the creek 7-10 times, but the water level was low enough to not be an issue with getting the feet wet. Thanks to the various cairns along the way, especially while crisscrossing the stream bed, following the trail was very easy.
The trail has many areas that contain loose, softball-size rocks, so it is necessary to be very careful while climbing or descending. I saw several large javelinas near the trail. They were very husky and I was surprised how big they were compared to the ones I have seen around town in the development near me.
Completed the entire 9.4 mile loop in just under 4 hours. Stopped about 10 min for a snack and took many pictures along the way.
I would rate this hike about a 6.5/10 for difficulty level. Pretty challenging, but nothing the majority of people in halfway decent shape should be able to handle. Saw several hikers in their 70’s doing quite well on this trail.

Not a difficult trail, lots of shade along the way. Beauty of a sight at the top!

Pretty good ascent right out of the parking lot. Great views on the way up. Got a little confused on which way to go to do the Mormon loop counter clock wise. Lost the main trail at Fat Man's Pass. Hike was great. Watch out for dog crap, there was alot.

Amazing trail with incredible views. Can get tricky in some spots and having shoes without grip does not help. It’s definitely doable for all ages, and easier to get down if you use your butt! Regardless, worth it for the views and exercise!

Really cool trail. The scale up is pretty fun and the caves are a really interesting sight. Not rocky and not particularly hard.

great hike, good I brought my hiking poles they really helped mostly on my way down.

Great hike! Definitely not for beginners and please don't bring your dog(s) if you plan on going all the way to the summit. Stick to the left on the way up. Views were amazing.

Great trail with moderate traffic and a great view. Continue on to the national trail to see the stone fort at the top.

Awesome trail , definitely recommend clockwise as the hardest incline is right at beginning then smooth sailing. Overall not a super difficult trail except for first 30 minutes, however the distance got to me at the end. Very rocky and wears you out after awhile. The springs and creeks were awesome and my dog loved this trail.

Amazing view. Mentally and physically challenging but definitely worth it!!

Hiked 2nd time in honor of my Dads 83rd Birthday 1-16-19!!! Happy Birthday Dad xo

backpacking
rocky
washed out
2 days ago

great trail, I'd say more moderate for an adult. young children I'd have a hard time bringing them to this trail. careful of moist,wet conditions could be dangerous. very scenic worth the whole home up and down! another one off the list

outstanding hike.

title is misleading , it's actually goldmine to Santan to dynamite trail. if you continue in the Santan trail you'll add an extra couple of miles to the hike. it's a pretty hike , with benches and rest stops along the way. great view at the top but a lot of it is in the valley/wash. went in a weekday and there were a decent number of people hiking or mountain biking.

This hike was enjoyable. Long, challenging, and good views from the top.

Piestewa however is not a place I see myself returning to very often. There are so many people that hike it and a lot of those people lack etiquette.

With that being said, it is very well maintained.

Really nice mid hike, especially in the cooler months. Took a little over two hours for me with only stopping a couple times on the climbs. Really great views of the valley along the trail. Slick rock up from the Mormon trailhead can be pretty slick after recent rain.

Nice views from the top. Stairs pretty much the whole way there. I would prefer the loop if you want to see scenery but the peak if you want to see far.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days 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.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful day, my brother and I just walked around for a bit admiring the flowers, rock formations and views of the city. Didn’t do the whole 11 miles as we had no destination in mind.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 days ago

It’s a nice short hike, pretty busy and lots of tourists. Great view. Pretty steep but not that long.

title is misleading , it's actually goldmine to Santan to dynamite trail. if you continue in the Santan trail you'll add an extra couple of miles to the hike. it's a pretty hike , with benches and rest stops along the way. great view at the top but a lot of it is in the valley/wash.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful trail! We moved at a decent pace and it took about 2 hours (in and out).

moderate for sure.

5 days ago

Nice hike and can become busy with mountain bikes down a particular stretch. Trekking poles or walking stick suggested after a recent rain due to slippery rocks. Beautiful landscape.

A nice little hike with some scenic views on the needle at the end. We will return soon to do the whole weaver’s needle trail! Some running water in places today, may be more after the rain tonight.

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This was an incredible hike. Only saw 2 other people the entire trip. The only complaints and advise I have is:

- the road to the parking for the hike is dirt road. We went after it rained and it was a little challenging with a car. Suggest a truck or Jeep. It’s a long drive from the main road. My car made it fine but it was a lot slower than if I was in a bigger off road vehicle.

- the hike is NOT 8.6 miles. We followed it to a tee (this app was amazing and it recorded everything) it was 10.3 miles long! Thank goodness we took snacks and plenty of water. (Pack accordingly) better to have more than enough then not enough)

- stop and enjoy the sights!! It was beautiful! We went clockwise (and so happy we did!) the hardest part was at the beginning but once you get over the first mountain to the bottom the running water was beautiful and so relaxing. We sat there for 30 min listening to the water run and the birds chirp and took our first break.

- the rest of the trip was great. Lots of up and downhill. But nothing too hard. There are a few places where you need to watch your footing because of the drop (small trail)

- Stop for breaks and bring snacks as this is a long one. NOT recommended for hot weather. The sun was out and at times made it hard (it beats down on you) not a lot of coverage. But since the weather was so nice, the breeze made it tolerable. Wear good sunblock! Even though it was breezy and cool we got a good redness from the day. Cloudy days seem to burn more lol.

I hike often but this by far was the longest one I’ve been on. I’m not in the best shape and still was able to do this one. A little harder at times but definitely, if you have the stamina do it! My daughter (18) came with me and she has only hiked ( more like walked ) once in her life. It was hard towards the end to get to the finish. But definitely doable. I would say between moderate and hard. Because the length and the climbs. Be prepared for over a 10 mile hike for this one. I will try to attach my map so you can see. The record on the map was spot on and so helpful. There are only 2 places along the journey that it is hard to find the connecting trail, the map helped when we zoomed in and were trying to figure the direction. Otherwise it is easy to know where to go. It is not marked well at all and easy to get lost so make sure to look at your phone often.

*********I took a charging case and a backup mophie charger for my iPhone. Thank goodness or I would have run out of battery. The app runs constantly and drains the battery. we would still be in the mountains if it wasn’t for the app! *******

We are definitely sore today. Mainly calves, but feels great to accomplish this one! Enjoy your trip!

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