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Flatiron Hike - Superstitions, AZ

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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
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Author joebartels
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Sun  6:09am - 6:33pm
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by joebartels

The Flatiron is a 6 mile round trip hike highly ranked by most hikers. If switchbacks are your passion this hike will show you the flip side. It's a push (almost a climb) to the top, but well worth it.

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 the 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!

Go after a wet winter in 70 degree weather for nice desert flora.

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.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a moderately difficult hike.

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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.

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Flatiron Hike - Superstitions
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Flatiron via Hwy 88 trailhead on First Water Rd. On the trail at 5:05am by light of the moon and headlamp. Lots of fun creatures lurking in the dark. Saw several tarantulas, a scorpion (my headlamp has blacklight mode) and a few other birds and rodents. This route adds some mileage and time. Miss the old days of parking at Mining Camp. Made it up to the peak in just over 2 hours. Passed a couple groups of 4 on the way up. Was blessed with some cool raindrops about 3/4 way up the mountain. Much needed boost of energy and motivation, but it didn't last long. Soon I was back to huffing and puffing and trying to figure out why I feel compelled to do this on my day off. I had the peak to myself, rested about 10-15 minutes then made my way back down the Draw. Great cloud cover kept the sun rays to a minimum. Arrived at the trailhead 9:02am.
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It was a great hike up flatiron for new years eve. It was quite soggy, but so beautiful at the top. The visibility was down to 30 yards, but it was definitely worth it. There were a couple backpacker's trying to go up there for the fireworks I think. Neither one of them made it. LOL. I'm sure they wouldn't have seen much.
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An early start at 5 am and back to the crosscut trailhead before 9 am. I didn't hike in the sun until passed the gate keeper on the way back. I took a half mile detour after not paying attention. There were several hikers on the way down but I wouldn't say it was crowded. This was the first hike I did in AZ with my roommate 30 years ago (1988). I talked someone else into going again a week later. Over the years I've ran into and hiked with many others on this trail. It's still good in you can avoid the crowd.
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Not a fan of LDSP. Open gate at road will get you as far as the self pay, only to find out that all the trailheads are gated off. Days of Mining Camp TH are long gone and so are the 2-hour Flatiron round trips. Longer hike-in means less opportunities for me to hike the Flatiron. Used to do this one before work on a week day. Anyway, it was good to get back out to an old regular. Took 3 hrs 20 mins to knock this one out today. Too long for my midweek morning hikes.

Been doing a lot more Peralta's lately. Great challenge, great views, no fees, no gates.

P.S. - Noticed a sign at LDSP warning PRO photographers that they need a special permit to photograph the mountain. Come on, really? How is the park going to enforce that one? Who is pro and who is amateur? Who will determine and with what data?
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My oldest friend is in town to visit this week. He's been pestering me to do this hike with him for years but today is the first opportunity we've had to do it. And we actually did it!

More people on the trail than I expected for a Thursday. Overcast skies and a nice breeze made this a great day for a flatiron hike.
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Saw this new description and figured I'd give it a go today. I was interested if it was the place I ended up with a friend back when I started hiking. She knew the way to Flatiron, as the story goes, and I was blind apparently, thus we ending up here. We were able to finally reach Flatiron a day or two later. While the location we ended up in was not this peak, I was able to stumble upon that locale and even found the rock I managed to wedge into the wall to commemorate the experience..

This is a nice little side excursion that offers up a unique vantage of Flatiron. I Definitely recommend checking it out.
Flatiron Hike - Superstitions
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With the promise of some not quite Arizona friendly weather I decided to enjoy it by trekking across the ridgeline and back. I got a start around 6:10 from Lost Dutchman. It was incredibly windy all the way to the basin. From there until the ridgeline the mountain absorbed any winds being sent towards me. I changed out of my trail runners at the basin and threw on my approach shoes for the climb up to the second saddle. I usually switch back to trail runners when heading out onto the ridgeline but decided to stay in the approach shoes. Turns out I pounded out the rest of the trip in them.

The return trip back to Lost Dutchman was a race against the approaching weather, which I lost. Ducking down from the Second Saddle to return to the basin and the skies opened up on me again.

Flatiron Hike - Superstitions
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In anticipation of some interesting weather, we headed out on the spine of the superstitions hoping to encounter a little rain, clouds, and maybe some snow.

It was a great day to be out but the weather only provided a few periods of light rain. No snow, and we were off the spine before the most dramatic clouds of the day socked in. Oh well. It was a great day to be up there. I really enjoy seeing these places when they're not clear and sunny. You can find that pretty much any time you want!

I always enjoy this one, and as usual, it kicked my butt. It was nice to finally put a face to the superstitionguy avatar who helped us out with the shuttle. Thanks!
Flatiron Hike - Superstitions
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I hiked with 3H up to the Flatiron for a memorial at the plane crash site of November '11. Very special to see the plaques and talk with the surviving family who went to pay their respects. Beautiful day for hiking in the Superstitions and managed to spend all day traipsing around the top. The visit to PK. 5024 was awesome! I want to visit the whole ridge-line someday! An all around fun day!
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This started out as a hike up Old West Boulder Canyon and ended up on the Flatiron. The hike up Old West Boulder Canyon was easy going at first but after it started to choked up I climbed up to the Ridgeline trail. There was an idea of hiking back down but hiking a trail seemed like a good idea and so I hiked out to the Flatiron. There were a few others on top and several hikers coming up but not a crowd. I was able to hike down and around people without any problem. After hiking First Water road a mile, I used the trail from the overflow lot to hike back to the main lot.

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Map Drive
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To hike
From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Continue following SR88 past the old Bluebird Mine to the Lost Dutchman State Park. Turn right into the park.
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