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 Flatiron, AZ
Description 1,050 Triplogs 19 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Superstitions NW
Difficulty 4    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 5.85 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,080 feet
Elevation Gain 2,638 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,900 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5-5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 20.35
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Waterfall
Author joe bartels
Descriptions 198
Routes 579
Photos 8,212
Trips 2,596 map ( 13,516 miles )
Age 45
Location Phoenix, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
15  2015-03-26
Flatiron 5024 and Spire A
1  2015-03-22 syoung
16  2015-03-21 mnlumberjack
10  2015-03-06 Gardka31
3  2015-03-05 johnlp
15  2015-03-05
Flatiron and Peak 5024
The Eagle
6  2015-03-04 Rick Vincent
3  2015-02-28 Rick Vincent
8  2015-02-27 Van
30  2015-02-26 Outdoor Lover
15  2015-02-14
Superstition Peak 5057 fr
6  2015-02-08
5057 via Lost Dutchman St
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Beartooth Superstition Wilderness
Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack - Possible - Not Popular
Seasons - Late Autumn
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.0  Palmer Mine Loop
0.0  Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon Draw
0.0  Superstition Ridgeline
0.0  Siphon Draw Trail #53
0.0  Superstition Mtns / Siphon Dome
0.0  Superstition Mtns / Tee Pee Rock
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Wildflowers best
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* Autumn Color possible

Straight UP!
by joe bartels

Warning: Spray painting or permanently marking the route is defacing the wilderness. If you witness this type of illegal activity report it to the Tonto National Forest (602) 225-5200.

Hike: If switchbacks are your passion this hike will show you the flip side. Dutchman State park suggest turning around before the fun begins. It's a push (almost a climb) to the top, but well worth it. I can almost guarantee you will love this hike. Just be sure to go after a wet winter in 70 degree weather.

From the Siphon Draw Trailhead in Lost Dutchman State Park head out on the trail. The first section is across the Discovery Trail. Next it's up to the boundary between the State Park and the Superstition Wilderness.

Hiking is easy up the gentle meadow slope. After a mile the trail turns to your left. A canyon opens up in front of you. This area viewed from a distance appears to be solid. Now you know the real story. Continue hiking another quarter mile to the slick rock area. You will find a mini waterfall after a rainy night. I've seen a little water running even weeks after the last rain on several trips. Keep in mind this area is a wee bit scary with a wet surface. Be careful! This is the turn around point for anybody in their right mind.

Okay, can you really turn around here and miss all then fun. Not me! Continue up the canyon right of the waterfall area. When you return down this section avoid going straight down. Pretend like there's switchbacks and zig zag down the slope. Okay continue on following the wash up. If you haven't figured out what the Flatiron is, it's that huge mass looming over your head to the right.

After the waterfall section, you'll top out on a mini rise. There should be a canyon dropping out ahead and THREE vertical canyons leading to the top. Take the far right canyon up to the Flatiron. Stay out of the other two canyons. There's a section or two requiring you to pull yourself up. Be careful not to go up something you can't get down from. Just before topping out is a ten foot section nearly vertical. Other than that there shouldn't be a lot of rock climbing, if so you're off the trail. When you first top out on the ridge get to know the area. The way back down can be hard to find if you loose orientation with the area. Follow the trail "that actually exists" to your right and around up to the tip of the Flatiron. The views are awesome! The sheer drop off is mind boggling. Return back down. You'll find it takes more concentration coming down. On your way home, look back at the Flatiron. It's hard to believe you actually hiked to the top!


    Directions Preferred Months Nov Jan Feb Mar
    Water / Source:none, bring plenty
    Preferred StartEarly Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:21am Sunset6:43pm
    Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit
    AZ State Parks more info

    Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.

    To Siphon Draw Trailhead
    From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North 2.2 miles. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Follow SR88 4.9 miles to the Lost Dutchman State Park. Turn right into the park. Pay the fee then follow the signs to the trailhead.

    2011-10-03 FREE access via Mining Camp
    Drive to Mining Camp
    General area access map

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 41.3 mi - about 52 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 134 mi - about 2 hours 9 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 186 mi - about 2 hours 56 mins
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