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Siphon Draw-Flatiron-Hoodoos-5024, AZ 
Siphon Draw-Flatiron-Hoodoos-5024, AZ
 
Hiking Feb 25 2010
The Eagle
Hiking7.90 Miles 4,204 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   0.93 mph
4,204 ft AEG
 
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Prickly Bill
It's been 11 years since I hiked this. Had the absolute perfect day to do this with temps in the low 70's and mostly blue sky's and gentle breezes. I was amazed to see how green everything was and to see water running in various locations, including the waterfall in the smooth rocky area of the Draw. Hiked up the Siphon Draw to the Flatiron in just under 3hrs. Ate some lunch at the top with the chipmunks looking for handouts. We talked to a couple of groups of people up there. One of the groups were from Minnesota. It was a 21 year old son (his birthday hike), with his dad, and Grandfather doing a three generation hike. I found that to be a really cool thing. After lunch we decided to attack peak 5024, but from a slightly different angle than the norm. We went around the Southside of the peak directly behind the Flatiron until we met up with the Ridgeline trail. We followed the ridgeline trail for a bit before we headed due North to explore some of the many wild looking Hoodoos up on the rise. After a 1/2 hour break to pick out about 300 cactus needles acquired from a slip and roll through a prickly pear specimen ](*,) , we headed roughly up the eastern slope of 5024. It actually was easier going up that way then the normal marked route on the other side. Took some more pictures while the cactus sponge continued to retract some nagging needles from his leg, back, and arms. His real name will be concealed here, but he has acquired the new nickname of Prickly Bill. Headed down the normal route from 5024, and checked out the area directly north of the Flatiron. We were on the trail back down sometime after 4pm with no additional incidents. What a great day to enjoy the great outdoors. The Mexican food and Margaritas tasted really good at the end of the day. Pictures forth coming I need to get the more than 350 pictures taken down to a postable number.
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