Three Sisters Summit

HARD 7 reviews
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Three Sisters Summit is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from November until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles
2614 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash






no shade

7 days ago

This hike was amazing! It is long and definitely a scrambly challenge, but it is certainly easier than its north side sister, Flat Iron. The trail is a little tricky to follow, but with GPS we had no problem. I highly recommend GPS for this trail. Spectacular views of gold canyon and of weavers needle. The best part was we only saw a few other people on this hike and had the summit all to ourselves!! This is a great trail if you want amazing views and a challenge, but also to avoid the crowds of Flat Iron.

8 days ago

PLEASE READ.......This is not a hike to take lightly it is straight up a rocky climb. You will loose your way a few times. Thank goodness for the good people that placed the carins. I added a few myself, please rebuild the ones that have lost a few rocks it helps tremendously to have obvious carins. There are some beautiful views for sure. This is only a 6.8 mile hike but feels more like a 12 mile hike. Plan on all day so you can take your time and take some breaks. Take plenty of snacks for energy you ll need it. I will NOT do this one again. Be mindful and do not take your dog.

1 month ago

A lot of climbing but what a reward at the summit (many on the way as well). Beautiful views and really cool rock formations. The trail is easy to lose if you are not paying close attention to the carins. I ended up off Trail a few times. I was so glad that I downloaded the map. Having map to guide me back was very welcome. There is no cell service (although I did connect at the summit to send out a few pictures to make people jealous.

9 months ago

From the Carney Springs parking lot, head out down the wide flat pathway that leads right to the base of the mountains. Pass through the wilderness boundary (.6 miles) and stick to the right at your first junction. The trail will try to pull you to the left in which you will end up at the Wave Cave. It's very easy to get off-trail here past here. You will want to be headed as though you are bee lining for the wash to the right. The trail loosely follows parallel to the wash as it climbs.
Once you start climbing, you don't stop! In fact, it gets steeper as you go! Around 1.5 miles you will reach a false summit, but don't be disheartened as it offers a welcome breaking point and majestic views of what you just climbed. From here you can see the trail ahead - almost a white line that looks like you will need a ladder to scale it! Go get it! It's only about .3 miles to the next saddle, but you will be working for it. Snap a photo with the famous "Carney TH 1.8 mi" sign and take a moment to plan the next stage of your adventure.
This is the part of the journey where you will have to start paying special attention to the cairns as the trail winds, drops, turns, climbs and crosses a wash (2.5 miles). You will be humping up and over a couple hills until you reach a junction with the 3 Sisters Trail at 3.5 miles. From here you will go left and head up to the top of the ridge that you were just on the side of. It's one mile from here and you will reach the Three Sisters peak with awesome views in all directions.
Its a long and grueling hike but getting to the top makes it worth it.

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