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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2013
bkraay
Hiking6.65 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking6.65 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.27 mph
2,900 ft AEG
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The distance and time seem high because, well, they are. After reaching Flatiron and taking in some solid views (particularly to the south/southwest), we headed up towards the summit on the backside.


This is a very popular and heavily traveled trail, but I was shocked by the volume of hikers on the trail today. We arrived prior to 7am, and there were a handful of vehicles in the parking lot. The way up was very peaceful and enjoyable due to the relative peace and quiet, which offers what I would imagine has become a rare opportunity on this trail. The first mile is generally claimed as "easy," but that's relative. You're certainly gaining elevation at a steady clip, but compared to what awaits, it is indeed a cakewalk. Do NOT rush on this hike: Take your camera and soak up the beauty!

After passing the waterfall I found the hike to become increasingly challenging--but never to the point where I wondered if I could make it. Make no mistake, friends, you are climbing at a steep incline for the entire second half of the hike. Prior to reaching the turnaround and easy walk to Flatiron, there is indeed the 12 foot climb. As I waited patiently for a couple of very nice older gentlemen to negotiate the climb, I decided to go to the left and found a very easy, albeit rather exposed, climb up.

Flatiron was impressive, very cool to conquer. That said, the gem here is to climb to the summit above. Rather than turning right to Flatiron, hang a left and make your way around the hoodoos, stop and reflect at the memorial for the family which died in the plane crash there in November of 2011, and then have a blast crawling under, over, and around the boulders. After 20 minutes or so, you'll find yourself being grateful you added this to the end of the hike, as the views go 360 degrees, and offer a fantastic view of Flatiron from up above, making it seem rather diminutive.

I'll go back despite the long haul, but will be sure to go early before the crowds show up. On the way back down I am not exaggerating when I say we had to have passed close to 100-150 hikers on the way up...
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