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40 minutes ago

One of my favorite hikes in Arizona. It is a very good hike for training and learning hiking fundamentals only lacking trail blazing and rock scrambling (basically where you have to climb because it is to steep) it’s also very good at teaching foot placement and is a fun and beautiful hike in general. I recommend going early in the morning during winter for an optimal hike and make sure that you bring hiking boots and at least one liter of water (I’d recommend 2 just in case) also have at least two and a half hours to spare if it’s your first time hiking this trail and you don’t go hiking or participate in other cardio vascular physical activity often. But if you’re an avid hiker this hike could probably be completed in an hour.

2 hours ago

This is a nice, challenging hike with stunning views. I did it in the late afternoon and finished it with an amazing sunset. This made the hike nice and cold and absolutely beautiful.
Trail is easy to follow, just up! You can go in many different ways, and they all seem “easier” to some and harder to others. Your pick.

great views!!! A lot of uphill, but had plenty of places to rest and take scenic pics.

I did it on a hot Nov day in 2018 in the mid 70s. Took me 4 hours to get to top, but I am in descent cardeo shape, but from car, parked at nearby closest parking lot off the campsite, it took me 5 hours roundtrip. It was a very different, long, and dangerous hike past the basin area, but had great views at very top. Basin has great views, too. Trail could have used more markings past the Basin. If you can do Echo Camelback twice in a row, you are ready for Flatiron. I heard this was hardest hike in valley and people use it to train for the Grand Canyon. I hiked GC once. Terrain past the basin is nothing like the GC but it takes motivation and endurance like the GC. If start after 1 pm in Nov, flashlights are essential. I would not recommend kids hike much above the basin. There is an 8 ft wall near very end of Siphon that begins Flatiron which you must rock climb. I got up it alone, but had to really be super careful and coming down I used a tree branch and someone gave me a hand. Not sure how anyone could expect to do that part of hike alone, honestly, so don’t be shy and just wait and ask someone for help, if doing hike solo like I did. I was saddened to see how many parents get a late start and or stay at the very top way too long taking photos and then have to carry their babies and toddlers down and expect to only use the flashlights on their phones for help without moonlight. Flatiron is too dangerous to do without flashlights even with moonlight. I drank almost 100 oz of water doing it in 70s, and didn’t even think I was even drinking very much, so next time I will bring even more water, and Electrolyte tabs for my water.

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6 hours ago

Smooth and relatively easy hike on a good sunny day in November. Hiked up with my 3 years old kid on the back - 3 hours loop with a few stops to eat and take pictures.
Very clear path with white marks on the ground.

beautiful views. Can be tough in parts as it is pretty steep.

Nice hike

This a really nice hike, it gets a little technical as you near the summit, need to pay attention to the trail markers as they aren’t always visible. Used this app to navigate back to the trail which was very helpful!!! Enjoyed the view from up top, relaxed on the bench and read a few notes from other hikers/adventurers. Definitely worth the trip!

hiking
2 days ago

Pleasant trail along the creek with many crossings. We enjoyed the shade and partial views of towering cliffs on either side, even though the trail was fairly heavily trafficked. We did not go all the way to the end where we were told the vistas open out a bit. This would probably be an even better trail earlier in Autumn when the cottonwoods were still in color.

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2 days ago

for the younger folks: You will do fine if you are in good shape.

for older folks: bring a pole. it will come in handy on return trip when your legs are a little tired and you need to get over the high steps.

Not an easy hike unless you are used to this altitude and do this on a regular basis. also i recommend getting an early start (8am). for two reasons. one is for parking which gets full quick especially on weekends and two because the sun is on you the entire way up. its a bit chilly with early start so u will need a sweater.

Early November was a perfect time if year for this fun trail.

hiking
3 days ago

I hiked this trail for the first time on Wednesday around 4:00pm and it was not at all busy we only saw about 10 other hikers. This is a tough trail in the beginning, lots of steep switchbacks. But, once you get past that part it’s a lot easier and oh so worth it for the views. It’s a gorgeous trail and it was very clean. It can be hard on the knees coming down but we took our time and I would do this trail more often if I lived closer.
My step counter was 11993, 4.4miles, and 111floors.

Very nice day hike, beautiful views!

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike! Recommend hiking boots not sneakers. Several areas of crossing water on rocks and sometimes had to step in water to cross. Not dangerous, just wouldn’t think anyone would want wet sneakers. The whole trail has gorgeous views.

Hiked the trail counter-clockwise on a weekday. I've done parts of the trail on a weekend & there's usually lots of cyclists and horsebackriders. None today. Saw 2 cows. I clocked the hike at 10 miles on an Apple Watch & my friend clocked it on a Tom-Tom at 9 miles, so the posted distance on this website is was shorter. Some parts of the trail (near mile 5) were not easy to find, but we looked for footprints & bright coloured tags on trees for assistance. My fave part was where there was an oasis with ponds of water & lots of smooth rock. I would def do this hike again!

This was an awesome hike! Totally enjoyed the climb!

Lived in AZ for 30 yrs and finally attempted this trail. All I can say is AMAZING! Add it to your list and make sure you take plenty of time to enjoy the views. It was challenging but very rewarding. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Strenuous but not perilous. There are plenty of flat spots to properly place your feet securely, and those places where you are walking on inclined rocks have clean grippy surfaces which do not lead to an imminent cliff. Similar stair-stepping typical of the Northeast like the AT or White mountains, a well maintained trail. Plenty of white painted hash marks to keep you from veering off. As for middle-aged knees: mine aren’t great anymore but I don’t trust trekking poles on steep descents. I prefer slowing it down and using my hands to keep good balance on surrounding surfaces while extending the foot downward to a secure foot placement. This trail allowed for that and for the confidence that if you slip you won’t go far and slide into an abyss like some of the other trails around Sedona. Another bonus of this trail is the great perspective down into Fay Canyon. We did Fay in the earlier AM then Bear starting midday, round trip for the latter being 4hours 20minutes at a steady pace. A great day!

hiking
5 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful trees and fantastic views!

This hike was the most challenging I have ever done. More rock climbing than hiking, really. Quite technical in many areas and not for the faint of heart. Nonetheless if carefully approached, can be successfully completed by those of good balance and reasonable fitness. Gloves are highly recommended as much of the “hike” required 4 points of contact. Though short in distance, long in effort!!

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike, tremendous views of Sedona as well as a Flagstaff.

So much fun...the sign at the bottom rates this hike as extremely difficult and I would agree with that as you are bouldering for most of it. Challenging but totally worth it...our GPS indicated 10km round trip.

Used to be my favorite trail—beautiful and solid workout. Nowadays it suffers from far too many visitors on it’s narrow trail and too many off-leash dogs and owners who don’t pick up their dog’s poop.

At the top are views that make all the strenuous breaths worthwhile. We had a beautiful day and met so many nice people along the way that the time flew by us. The climb up was a bit scary at times, particularly at the very top just before you reach your destination where there was a 6 foot rock face you had to literally climb. But, it is doable even though many people turned back. We were glad we challenged ourselves and were rewarded with awesome views. We also recommended once you are on top to check out the lesser peak for even more views and less people. The trip down was easier for me than my sidekick but my legs were shot so I used my arms to lower my body down most of the rocks. One last tip, bring gloves. I did and was so glad my hands didn’t take the brunt of the abuse from the rocks.

best hike in Scottsdale Phoenix area. Not as rough as echo canyon but very challenging. great views.

Amazing hike. A lot of people on a Sunday but everyone very friendly going up and down. The park ranks it a black diamond however I have hike way way harder black diamond trails throughout AZ.

Great workout! Slightly overcrowded and parking can get wild but the views great!

Great hike to get your heart pumping and see some lovely views in a short time frame. My kids love it but it might be a little challenging for younger kids or adults with balance problems. It's also too tight and busy for me to want to take a dog.

Amazing views from the peak. Had hike at just over 4 miles. Very rocky but not difficult. Go early as it becomes very busy with runners and dogs late morning. I started at 6:30 and hit lots of traffic on my decent.

Definitely a good workout climbing boulders and straight up in spots. Worth it once you are at the top. Parking at trailhead is a challenge

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