|Hiking||5.40 Miles|| || |
|2,780 ft AEG|| || || |
Just can't think of a more stunning spot in the valley to enjoy the sunrise and sunset than up on Flatiron. We were treated to an incredible palette of colors on this overnight backpacking trip. The clouds and recent pollution all contributed to the spectacular displays in both the evening and early morning.
We gathered at the Lost Dutchman State Park shortly after noon on Friday. This gave me time to hit the early morning after-thanksgiving-day sales and still squeeze in a trip. It took me about 3.5 hours to get to the top with a full 38 pound pack on.(carried duraflame logs) On the way up the whole idea of backpacking up Siphon Draw seemed like a really bad idea! My dear friends reminded me that it was good training for upcoming trips.
We enjoyed happy hour, dinner, great conversation, a game of checkers, lots of laughs and several hours around the campfire while the beautiful colors of the sunset and valley lights all swirled around us. Our group of 8 grew by two more hikers after dark. Most of us had opted to camp without tents to allow for better star gazing throughout the night. Wind gusts of 15- 20mph (easily) romped through our camp nearly all night long making it necessary to slip deeper inside our bags. I put rocks inside my pockets to make sure I stayed grounded. It was super windy and pretty chilly in the morning making an A.M. campfire impossible and dangerous. We packed up slowly, greeted the first set of dayhikers and headed down around 9am. We shaved an hour off our time on the descent with packs that were about 10 pounds lighter.
This trail was packed today!