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Really stunning trail that follows the creek up the canyon. Wonderful view points as it curves up the head of the canyon. Great picnic spot on the smooth water washed rocks at the midpoint of the falls at the top. Easy hike. Walking poles nice to have at the top.

Great hike. Some of the trail is “runnable” but a lot of it isn’t - well not for mere mortals like me anyway!

Took me 1:20 to the top, 3 false summits, great views.

Such a fun hike. Not too long, takes about 2+ hours, so I just carry a water bottle and I'm set. Beautiful view at the top is a big motivator to make it to the end. My favorite part is the way down, if you're sure footed you can fly down the trail like a staircase which I love.

Awesome hike. Tough at times but not too bad. Great views.

Beautiful

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7 days ago

Great hike for first timers, takes some navigating but is easy to figure out. Highly recommended!

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7 days ago

Beautiful views of the city and surrounding area. Did solo- no issue of losing the trail or not knowing where to go. Did the out and back and would like to do the loop next time around. Started from King Canyon trailhead which states it’s 3.5 from the top. Was a little tired from seven falls a few days prior so it was a slog to the top. Very nice pace on the way down even checked out the picnic area! Trying the loop for sure next time and make sure to bring more snacks as a sandwich and granola for breakfast wasn’t enough. It was a super windy day so was glad to have a long sleeve and a snug hat!

This is not an easy hike. I would say more moderate. Although we went up the Douglas Spring side so we did the 1300ft of elevation gain in 2 miles instead of 4.

Beautiful scenery. We saw lots of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and even a couple deer. I would love to go back when there is water in the spring. There is also a crested saguaro near a wash kind of close to where the dam is. We probably would have missed it if we weren't going the opposite direction.

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.

Great trail! Mostly well maintained and easy to follow. Lot’s of great views of Weaver’s Needle from every angle. Love the Superstitions!

Love this trail because it alternates between flat and easy to rocky and difficult. Rather than the same terrain, you get a variety.

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23 days ago

Really awesome, hard, rewarding day hike. This trail map doesn't take you all the way to the window... that's a 12.8 mile total hike and 4000 ft elevation gain. Once you get get to the end of Ventana Canyon Trail, turn onto Esperero and keep going until you're past the plateau and you get some really big rocks to your right - the window will be right by the trail but is easy to walk by. We took about 8 hours and probably should have taken more than a couple of bottles of water apiece.

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.

Hot but beautiful hike. The area is so green because of the recent rains. And the pools were running and full and refreshing.

Good trail. Pools were full after all the oct rain

loved it and the pools are the best way to cool off from the heat

Dogs not allowed on this trail.

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27 days ago

Great hike! Beautiful views and a stream/waterfall to play in at the top.

30 days ago

Views galore: giant cacti, waterfalls, wildflowers, one snake, two bears, all sorts of other wildlife. A rogue thunderstorm pinned me down a while, so I arrived at Douglas Springs campground via headlamp, trail still easy to follow. Three nice campsites with bear boxes, a restroom building, and of course the springs. It was steep and hot, but well worth the effort.

This was a great hike! The trail clear but not marked very well. It seems like the pools should be bigger at the end, but definitely explore more and you’ll find cool little water falls and bigger pools. The water was flowing yesterday! Also from the parking lot to the pools is more like 6 miles round trip. Definitely worth it!

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.

I did this trail a few years ago and it is absolutly worth the difficulty. the Superstition Mountains are a wonder to behold. I would advise against doing this in summer. definitly a spring, fall or winter trail. bring lots of water and some binoculars.

went up the trail 5 miles. still 2 miles from making the window. trail is pretty tough. took me 5 hrs 10 min to do 10.07 miles. there wasnt a ton of water flowing at the maiden pools but there was a good amount a couple more miles up. definitely going back and making it to the window.

This is a short hike but it is a good workout hike because it has lots of elevation gain. I recommend starting this hike before 6 AM in the summer because it heats up quickly at this elevation.

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1 month ago

Amazing views but never made it to the rock! The map ended my trail and I couldn’t find directions to make it. Very strenuous trail specially on the way down very hard on the knees. I want to do it again but not alone. I’ll make sure to get extra cushioning on my boots, a flashlight, extra battery pack and to begin the hike at 5am. Definitely a trail for long pants/leggings. My legs and arms looked like I had been attached by a mad cat. Couldn’t go up stairs when I got home and my knees hurt all night. Very peaceful and lonely hike good for soul cleansing but I must say I got a little panicked when saw myself so tired, in so much pain and still 5 miles away from my car in pure solitude. Gotta get back to climb the Window though ❤️ Overall challenging but rewarding prepare to be climbing for 7-8 hrs definitely more then 9 miles maybe more like 10-11

Great Hike, all said and done, we went to the 2nd set of pools where the water was flowing and beautiful. Coming down in some spots were tough on my knees, but others were going down no problem.

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.

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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.

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