Explore the most popular rock climbing trails in Arizona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very rigorous but the view is worth it! One of the best hikes I’ve ever done

Moderate trail due to loose rocks. Worth your time. Great little short trail. When the water is running it’s beautiful!!!!! Watch out for the bees tho.

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7 hours ago

Went hiking with my 8 year old and she was able to work through the trail in about 5 hours round trip with a 1/2 hour break at Tom's Thumb for lunch while we watched some rock climbers scale the rock to the very top.

This is an amazing and very challenging hike. It’s a full body workout with lots of climbing and scrambling, and you need to be mindful of wildlife such as wasps, bees, and snakes. I’ve done it 3 times so far. The most recent time (today), I went up to the Flatiron and back down to my car in about 3.5 hours (1.5 hours going up and 2 going down). I am a regular hiker at Camelback and other Phoenix-area trails and this is definitely the best (and hardest)! The views at the top are unbeatable and unmatched. You gain about 3,000 feet in elevation from the bottom to the top. You will notice some pine trees as well as much cooler temps at the top, reminding you of how high you climbed. Ample water, great hiking shoes, and snacks/food are a must. As others have said, follow the blue and white dots and arrows that are spray painted onto the rocks to stay on the trail.

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12 hours ago

santa was at the top giving out candy canes

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17 hours ago

Great hike with lots of rock scrambling in the second half when the trail gets steep. Views from the top are great. Bring snacks and enough water.

This one is a knee crusher. Not particularly long but the last 3/4 mile is a hands and feet scamper.

Beautiful view at the top. I would rate the Cholla Trail as moderate until you get to the saddle and then it gets a little bit more difficult. Definitely worth going all the way if you have the shoes for it.