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hiking
13 hours ago

Turning over a new leaf, really nice experience with this trail. I should have been hiking this trail sooner. The irony is that I was a resident of Gold Canyon and lived not even 2 miles from the Trailhead beginning Point.

The beginning of the trail is not really marked. We got a little lost and had to look out for foot prints. Once you start hiking the incline it’s easy to follow.

Great hike did it
Three times in my 70s a must hike for everyone

hiking
4 days ago

Easy to moderate hike- it’s one of my favorites. It gives you a little work out, and you can enjoy the beautiful views of the superstitions on the steady incline up, and the valley on the way down. This hike I can do in just under an hour. Definitely recommend checking out.

Love this trail! Definitely recommend downloading the map and following it, as there are multiple points where other trails cross and it can be a little confusing. Beautiful views of the superstitions, and a good work out. Takes me about an hour and a half. Gorgeous views the entire time.

hiking
4 days ago

I would rate this hike as easy. Went around noon, at that time of day there is almost no shade the entire trail. So I definitely recommend lots of water. The hike up is a very slow incline. You won’t miss the petroglyphs, they definitely are worth the hike. I’d say the hike down is more beautiful, as you can see the valley. Rocky trail.

I absolutely love this hike, did it my 16 yr old and 13 yr old , all made it to the top through much perseverance, it was tough but worth it

Real nice! Started early...5:30 with a headlamp :) This is my fourth time to the top...and I'm FINALLY able to stay with 20 feet of the trail. lol I noticed the markings were more noticeable on the descent. I was moving really fast, and I made it up and down in just under 3 hours. Probably my favorite hike in the area,. Worth all the stars,

Beautiful hike! Went nice and early to see the sunrise. Had the mountain ourselves!

I’d like to go out and try this one again when it’s not a high of 107. Warning to other future hikers on this trail, the majority of the trail is actually marked as the Crosscut Trail, NOT Prospectors View (hence 4/5 stars, it was a bit hard to follow). This trail starts outside of the Lost Dutchman state park, does a loop through the state park, and takes you back out. It was truly beautiful and scenic, I’d say easy-moderate. We saw a regal horned lizard on the trail which was really neat and somehow a first for me (a life long Phoenix resident who has done a considerable amount of hiking in the city). Can’t wait to get back out on this trail!

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. We are beginners and couldn’t make it all the way to the top...elevation was the challenge for us. Great views and we will be back to try again when cooler!

Great hike ! views on top are amazing ! Same comment as most other reviewers:
1- in summer, start really really early and take plenty of water (I drank 1.5 gallon).
2- I got lost going up .. and coming down. This trail is really not well marked (which as other commented is disappointing since you have to pay to get in the park).
Apart from that, it is an amazing trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Got to the trailhead at 6, reached the cave by around 7:40 with a couple breaks. We started from the second/further lot. Views were AMAZING at sunrise. Worth it to get there early because you are shaded almost the whole time coming up! Can be slipper coming down, steeper than expected. Cave is super cool. Trail is decently marked.

hiking
14 days ago

Great Morning Birthday Hike on 9-7-2018 with my friend Enas! One of my favorites! Helped out a fellow female hiker with a bottle of water and some snacks. Safety First Peeps!!!

hiking
18 days ago

Not very well maintained trail. Wouldn’t take kids on this hike because of the heat.

Good hike pleasant view at the finish. Not unusual to see a snake.

I understand how gorgeous the cave and view are, but this is not a moderate hike unless I took a different trail! This is a very difficult hike on trails that are not marked and blend in easily with the desert...along with numerous areas of veer offs leaving you wondering which way to go! I had two guys show me how to use GPS on this site after I turned around in frustration. So, stupidly, I tried it again. I finally got to the Cave which is a beautiful wonder of nature, but it isn't worth almost dying over when you get lost coming down even using GPS! I was happy to have made it out alive! Please, be careful...this is not easy and not marked...you have to guess many times which way to go and tear through thorny bushes and cacti to get back on track. It is too easy to get lost! I unfortunately will not be putting myself in that situation again on Superstition. I will go hike a trail that is thoroughly marked and maintained! Sorry if this disappoints fans of the trail, but I want everyone to know what they are getting into!

Great hike! Beautiful views. I hiked it in the afternoon. Make sure to bring plenty of water and prepare for a about 12-15 feet of rock climbing vertical. I am pretty sure I went down a different way then I came up and got lost a couple times going up. Difficult to follow the trail. Other hikers said to hug the left side going up. Even though I had a hard time finding the trail, it was my favorite hike in the valley so far.

Amazing! Did it with my 12 year old son and husband. Challenging. View at the top is amazing! We did get lost on the way down, I got cuts on my legs, stomach, arms, everywhere! We slid down some dangerous rocks. We decided to go back up and try to go on the right path. It led us back to where we got lost. We risked it and followed a path that probably wasn’t the right one. We ended up on the other side of the mountain. A 6 mike hike ended up to be 10 miles. Thankfully we got back just as the sun set, so we weren’t out there past dark.

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome hike! Would highly recommend it. The last little bit of hike before the wave is a bit challenging but well worth it.

Initially the trail had a gradual climb. after you half the distance of the hike, it's a moderate to steep climb when nearing the cave.
Remember to bring lots of water. It's an amazing hike. The view from the cave is beautiful.

hiking
28 days ago

Easy to moderate trail. Girlfriend and I had no issues getting up or down. Virtually no shade until you get close to the mountain. Trail is well maintained and path easily identified. Up and down in a little less than two hours.

AWESOME HIKE! Definitely an appropriate moderate rating. I went on 8/25 hoping to see the waterfalls in action since monsoon season has been pretty wet this year, but there were only pools of water, which were still lovely to see and had hundreds of butterflies and dragonflies all around. Take some time to read about the petroglyphs so you can truly appreciate how remarkable they are. There is virtually no reprieve from the sun on the entire trail, so by all means, bring plenty of water and take periodic rest stops to cool down. To date this has to be one of the best hikes I have gone on. You'll be glad this is an in and back out trail because the view is so gorgeous going both ways! I spent about 3 hours, drank through 3 liters of water, took a couple hundred photos, and will likely come back in cooler weather!

hiking
28 days ago

I really liked this hike. Not strenuous yet still got a good workout in. The views of all the different species of cacti were awesome. Went around 730ish and the mountain kept the sun behind it so it was shaded and breezy the entire way up! Very nice to have cool air hitting you on a trail especially in AZ! Trail is pretty well marked and is fun to follow. Kicked a stray cactus into my leg so be careful of anything laying on the ground ha!

Felt longer than it was, a little challenging but definitely doable for even my 3 year old who is a champ! Bringing enough water is key, really for all hikes but this one for sure. View from the top made it all worth it and looking back at the accomplishment once we were back down is uplifting :)

hiking
1 month ago

Great morning hike

hiking
1 month ago

Flat Out An Amazing Experience, go Hike It!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Loop Trail, great workout and Moderate. Surreal Views As Well!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice walk/hike at base of Superstition Mountains.

Super fun and challenging with amazing views, but the lack of signage or even cairns after the basin was awful. I was lost for 2 hours, scrambling up rocks I definitely shouldn't have been.

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