Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Siphon Draw/Flatiron Day Hike


when? Trip Report: February 16, 2013
  Trip Report : December 10, 2005
  Trip Report : January 9, 1999
  Trip Report : January 31, 1998
where? Superstition Mountains
the hike     To get to our destination, we will take the Siphon Draw Trail that starts in Lost Dutchman State Park. At the end of the trail, we will scramble up a steep rock face and gain almost 3,000 feet to the Flatiron (at 4,861') for great views of the Valley of the Sun. The last 0.9 mile climb up towards the Flatiron will be tough and we will take our time. As our reward for making it, we will have lunch at the top while we enjoy the views. We’ll walk back to the trailhead the way we came.
    Siphon Draw Trail weaves its way to the summit of Flatiron, a flat-topped wedge of rock protruding westward from the Superstition Mountains. From Lost Dutchman State Park, you will make your way across the gravelly trail for 1.6 miles of gentle uphill incline. At trail’s end, the path turns to stone. You will climb hand over foot, as you tackle the boulder-infested gully that is Siphon Draw. There is no real trail here, although there are several white arrows pointing the way up.
    The last few hundred feet of Siphon Draw were the steepest, hardest, and most exhausting. Using tree trunks, branches, and hopefully not a prickly pear, you can pull and tug your way up the final six-foot ledge to the top. There’s a dizzying drop as you peer off Flatiron’s side. This extreme height must do something to hikers’ heads. Wear heavy clothing because, yes, you will use the seat of your pants. A pair of gloves will help to grip boulders and prevent scratches.    
distance 5.8 miles round trip
time 5-6 hours
EC +-3000' elevation change
elevations 2085' (Siphon Draw Trailhead) to 4861' (Flatiron)
type round trip
starting at Siphon Draw Trailhead, Lost Dutchman State Park
on trail 70% [Siphon Draw Trail]
rating "A-"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Park entrance fee of $7. Riders should share the cost of gas. The club will allow voluntary contributions of $1/member or $3/non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 7:00 AM at Red Mountain Park located at 7745 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa (south side of Brown Road just east of Power Road).
drive The trailhead is in the Lost Dutchman State Park located along AZ Highway 88. From Phoenix, drive east on the Superstition Freeway (U.S. 60) and exit on N. Apache Trail. Follow signs for Hwy 88 toward Canyon Lake. Drive 5 miles to Lost Dutchman State Park. After paying your park entrance fee of $5, proceed to the trailhead. The road forks, take the right fork. The Siphon Draw Trailhead is at the very end of the road.


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