|when||Thursday, March 9, 2017|
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.
• At least 3 liters of water
• Sturdy hiking boots
• Hiking poles
• Lunch/sandwich/energy bars
|distance||6 miles round trip|
|EC||+-3000' elevation change|
|elevations||2080' (Siphon Draw Trailhead) to 4861' (Flatiron)|
|starting at||Siphon Draw Trailhead, Lost Dutchman State Park|
|on trail||70% — Siphon Draw Trail|
|rating||"B+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Park entrance fee of $7. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club will allow voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.|
|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.|
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