Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Flatiron Day Hike
when Thursday, March 9, 2017
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     The hike to the top of Flatiron is difficult, but doable for persons in good shape. There is some boulder hopping to get to the top and a 10 foot cliff climb (not vertical, about 70 degrees). The last mile has 2,000 feet of elevation gain, so it is slow on both the up and down. The view from the top is spectacular. You can see the complete valley, and if the rains and temperature is correct the ground below us will be yellow with poppies. We will have lunch on Flatiron.
    Continue up the mountain a little ways and we will see the plaque from the plane crash of a few years ago. We will also check out the Superstition Ridgeline trail junction, so I can verify its connection with Siphon Draw.
    The parking area at Siphon Draw has water and restrooms. If you want, we can have a late lunch/early dinner at Goldfield. The view from the porch of the sun on the Superstitions can be great and we can see the Flatiron.
Bring:
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  Hiking poles
•  Lunch/sandwich/energy bars
•  Sunscreen
•  Camera
distance 6 miles round trip
time 5-6 hours
EC +-3000' elevation change
elevations 2080' (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 "B+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Park entrance fee of $7. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club will allow voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Apache Junction
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet 8:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60. Hopefully the rush hour traffic will be down enough by this time.
drive
•  Go east on US 60 to Idaho Road.
Turn left and go north on Idaho Road.
Turn right and go northeast on AZ 88.
At the road to Lost Dutchman Park, turn right and pay $7 per car.
Continue to the Siphon Draw Trailhead and park.

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