Three Sisters Summit

HARD 15 reviews
#11 of 27 trails in

Three Sisters Summit is a 6.7 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.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,611 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

views

rocky

scramble

no shade

hiking
1 month ago

I’m an experienced hiker and this trail was pretty tough at some parts but the views are worth it. We went yesterday, make sure you brings plenty of water and snacks! Lots of loose rocks and cacti. I got poked a few times. I would not recommend this hike to people who aren’t in good shape or do not hike often.

4 months ago

Great trail. Easy to lose the trail during the second elevation. Had to do some scrambling to find it. Definitely a tough trail. I saw about 20 big horn sheep when I hiked it yesterday. The view from the top is amazing.

hiking
5 months ago

Began with an erroneous boondoggle most of the way to Wave Cave as we got to assisting a couple apparently right near the split in the trail. Knew something was wrong as there were too many people and then we came into visual of the cave....

hiking
5 months ago

Such an EPIC hike!! A lot of people say it’s much easier than Flat Iron, but keep in mind this one is much longer. The stats may seem easier on paper, but this hike is difficult! Many moments where you need to push yourself and keep going for the amazing reward at the end. You start out on the same trail as the wave cave, but it splits off at one point...GO RIGHT! It’s a little ways after the fence you walk through. There is a pile of rocks, but we missed it and had to backtrack a bit. Found our way though with GPS back to the trail. Definitely came in handy having the map downloaded. I added to lots of carins along the way, these helped tremendously. If you see some that have fallen or need a couple extra on top, add to them! And leave your mark :) it helps others who may adventure after you’ve considered this just a memory. It says 6.8 miles but man it felt like so much more...felt more like 11. We were out there all day, so plan for some extra time. Have fun and enjoy all the sisters have to offer :)

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

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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