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Peak 4102 - Superstitions, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,063 feet
Elevation Gain 2,100 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-8 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 19.5
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Peak
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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17  2020-01-19 Pickles
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Superstition Mountain - Near Peak 4175
5  2018-12-03
Peak 4102 Loop
40  2017-10-08 adilling
4  2017-03-26 syoung
38  2017-02-14 Steph_and_Blake
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 98
Routes 59
Photos 2,511
Trips 175 map ( 749 miles )
Age 71 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Mar, Jan → Early
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:35am - 5:45pm
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That yellow knob northwest of Flatiron
by Steph_and_Blake

From our backyard (near the intersection of Mountain View and Superstition) I've been eyeing that yellow-looking knob that's "to the left" of Flatiron for years. It's actually northwest of Flatiron and is Peak 4102 on the Green Trails Superstition Wilderness map. So, finally (!), we made a plan to check it out up close and personal. We parked at Lost Dutchman State Park (the Mining Camp Restaurant no longer allows hikers to utilize their parking lot).

Early on we saw 6 mule deer below the Palmer mine as well as a beautiful Costa's hummingbird and the chuparosa were in bloom. We hiked up the well-worn Siphon Draw Trail (no water coming down the waterfall, but there were the ever-present orange peels in the pool below) and up the steps above the slickrock. From there we took a hard left to get into the drainage that feeds the Siphon Draw Waterfall. We stayed in the (thankfully) dry drainage, easily boulder-hoping to gain elevation. About half way to the top, though, we left the drainage and kept to the left side of a mini-ridge. At this point the ground was loose and steep and we had to be alert for skin-piercing thorns.

Along the way we had unique views of Flatiron and the hoodoos to the west of the drainage. Once we made it to the top/saddle, we took a hard left and headed west for 4102 (although we could not see it at that point). It was easy hiking from there with little bushwhacking. We enjoyed views of Four Peaks and all the terrain in the foreground. After stopping for lunch we proceeded on to 4102 and scrambled on to the top.

To be honest, it looked far different from what we expected. It was not a yellow knob, but more like the tall boulders you see at the Boulders Golf Resort. We didn't spend much time at the top as there were aggressive bees buzzing about and hiked back down to the trailhead the same way we came up. Now I'm wondering if it would be possible to reach 4102 either by going up the drainage across from the "Thumb" on the Siphon Draw trail or by going up the drainage (on the north side) between 4102 and 4175. I guess there's more hiking to be done! P.S. I welcome comments identifying the flowers that I photographed.

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2017-02-15 Steph_and_Blake
  • 2018 Lost Dutchman SP Info
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    2018 Lost Dutchman SP Info
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    2018 Lost Dutchman SP Map
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$
AZ State Parks more info
2018 Day Use Fees range from $2–$30

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

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.

Free Alternative:
Utilize the Crosscut Trailhead 0.7 mi in on FR78. It is 2 miles on Jacobs Trail #58 to the junction with Siphon Draw #53. Which is 0.85 mi into #53.
2.00 - 0.85 = 1.15 mi extra each way

Mining Camp
This former free access point is now private as of Dec 2016.
2017 - cancel christmas, closed

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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