Great city views from the top but wow - crazy amounts of people. I bet if we went at 6 AM instead of at 8 it would have been more enjoyable but we were dodging tons of people on this hike. We aren't sprint up the mountain people but not slow by any means and we were held up so many times. I can't imagine trying to do this as a real workout. I mean it got our heart rates up in some spots but that's about it. There were SO many rude people hiking without any common sense / etiquette (and so many tourists who thought they would be "just fine" with a small water bottle) it really deterred from the experience. Having liven in the Phoenix valley for almost 2 years now, today was my first camelback hike due to many saying how it's not "THAT" amazing to deal with all of the people and I now get that. It has the potential to be super pretty and we still had fun but I'll stick to the Superstitions any day :) if you want a challenging hike with great views without all of the craziness, go east! Flatiron was way more challenging and the views were 10 times better but I'm glad that I checked it off of my bucket list today but I may wait to give it another shot til December when more people will be out of town :) if you are going to do this hike, bring at least 2 liters of water with you and don't do this if you aren't at least in moderate shape! Don't do what others have done as yet another tourist had to be evacuated from the mountain today. Sad!
Awesome hike with an amazing view but it is a very very busy trail with lots of people. Go early if you want parking. People like to blast their music through speakers which can be a little distracting. Other than that I love this trail and have done it more than once.