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Note: Please post hikes past the polished slick rock basin to the Flatiron page.

Overview: Head out on the Discovery Trail for 0.5 mi close to the old Siphon Draw TH. Take a left on Siphon Draw Trail #53 and follow 1.4 mi to it's end at the polished slick-rock waterfall. Return by the same route.

Draw: Siphon Draw is aptly named for its ability to "drain off" (i.e. siphon) water from a large area on Superstition Mountain. Just a light amount of precipitation will result in water being siphoned into the canyon draw and flow over the slick rock. I haven't witnessed the water flow from a torrential rain, but I'm sure it's nothing less than a flash flood! The polished slick rock offers clues to the violent blasts of water rocketing through the chute. Probably not the place to be in a storm...


History: This hike is somewhat unique in that in less than 2 miles it traverses a State Park (Lost Dutchman), a National Forest (Tonto), and a Wilderness Area (Superstition) while urban views of the Greater Phoenix Area are always at hand. This stands as incredible foresight by advocates and legislators to set aside these lands for public use and to act as a buffer from unchecked urban sprawl. So who possessed this incredible foresight? A time line can provide clues for some of the names;

1903 • Construction begins on Roosevelt Dam Road (aka Apache Trail)
1905 • Tonto National Forest established to protect Salt River and Verde River watersheds
1911 • Completion of Roosevelt Dam
1912 • Arizona becomes 48th State in the Union
1939 • Superstition Primitive Area set aside as a precursor to the Superstition Wilderness Area
1964 • US Congress legislation designates Superstition Wilderness Area
1977 • Lost Dutchman State Park lands acquired from Barkley Cattle Company and others
1984 • Wilderness closed to new mining claims

For mining history "nuggets" checkout Lost Dutchman State Park Loop and the Palmer Mine Loop.

Hike: Pay the day-use fee at the Visitor Center and proceed to the Siphon Draw Trail Head parking area located at the terminus of the day-use area road. If parking is overflowing, check out either the Cholla or Saguaro day-use parking areas. There are plenty of picnic tables under ramadas, so remember to pack the cooler for beverages and eats after the hike!

The Discovery Trail heads south from the day-use area towards the campgrounds and Siphon Draw Trail #53. There are interpretive signs along this trail providing information about flora and fauna native to the area. There are strategically placed bird feeders and water ponds to attract wildlife. This trail undulates into a couple of washes and passes the campground amphitheater just before it connects with the old Siphon Draw TH at 0.5 mi.

Siphon Draw Trail #53 offers a classic view of Superstition Mountain and the distinctive Flatiron. Now heading in a southwest direction you are following the old Palmer Mine access road. You will soon reach the east boundary of Lost Dutchman State Park at 0.67 mi. Pass through the gates and enter Tonto National Forest.

About 1.0 mi from the trailhead, you will come to the intersection with Jacob's Crosscut Trail #58. Continue heading southwest along the old Palmer Mine access road. As you hike along Siphon Draw Trail #53, look back to the north to view Four Peaks. During wildflower season, the trail is lined with Lupine, Mexican Poppies, Chuparosa, and the ever present Brittlebush .

Every now and then a steam whistle can be heard emanating from the tourist train at Goldfield. As you continue trekking towards the wilderness boundary, look towards the east for the old Palmer Mine tailings visible in the sloped talus below the massif cliffs. Just before you reach the intersecting side trail to Palmer Mine at about 1.25 mi you will see foundation ruins on both sides of the trail. These are remains of the old Palmer mining operations and later Barkley Cattle Company line operations.

At 1.33 mi you come to the Superstition Wilderness Boundary denoted by a much photographed wooden sign. You now walk "Into the Wild" as you enter the Superstition Wilderness Area and the grade begins to get noticeably steeper...

As you enter into Siphon Draw canyon near 1.6 mi, your view is dominated by the obvious Flatiron massif and the subtle "Crying Dinosaur" formation (right spire in photo).

As you continue up the draw, the slick rock area known as "The Basin" comes into view. Switchbacks are none existent, just a steady grade uphill towards "The Basin". A couple of sections have minor exposure.

At 1.9 mi you reach the slick rock basin. This is a drainage confluence of sorts with a shear wall waterfall to the left and a steep grade to the right. Our dog took advantage of a pool of water below the shear wall waterfall to cool down. Take advantage of the ample shade in "The Basin", enjoy the views, and contemplate whether to push on another 1700 feet up to the Flatiron or turnaround back to the TH...

Summary: This is another hike that can serve as a good introduction to the Sonoran Desert and the mysterious Superstition Mountains. I've brought many first time visitors to Arizona to this park and will continue to do so. Just remember that the elevation gain can be brutal on less-than-fit or non-hikers. Enjoy!
Description 441 Triplogs  7 Topics
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,080 feet
Elevation Gain 1,113 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.47
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
Author Randal_Schulhauser
Descriptions 71
Routes 98
Photos 9,967
Trips 1,009 map ( 9,248 miles )
Age 57
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Viewed All Mine Following
7  2017-05-09
Picketpost and Flatiron
syoung
13  2017-04-29
Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost Dutchman
syoung
11  2017-04-16
Palmer Mine Loop
DarthStiller
4  2017-03-26
Peak 4102 - Superstitions
syoung
2  2017-02-28 hikingaz2
8  2017-02-05
Ridgeline - 5057 - 5024
DallinW
5  2017-02-05
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon Draw
survivordude
4  2017-01-16
Superstition Ridgeline
DallinW
4  2016-11-25
Reverse Flatiron
RickVincent
4  2016-11-08 syoung
7  2016-10-15
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon Draw
rayhuston
2  2016-09-22
Treasure Loop to Praying Hands
RickVincent
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Flatiron Hike - Superstitions
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2,900 ft
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Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon Draw
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2,942 ft
Superstition Peak 5057 from Lost Dutchman
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Superstition Ridgeline
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4,480 ft
Peak 4102 - Superstitions
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2,500 ft
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Number One Superstition Draw
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Note: Please post hikes past the polished slick rock basin to the Flatiron page.

Overview: Head out on the Discovery Trail for 0.5 mi close to the old Siphon Draw TH. Take a left on Siphon Draw Trail #53 and follow 1.4 mi to it's end at the polished slick-rock waterfall. Return by the same route.

Draw: Siphon Draw is aptly named for its ability to "drain off" (i.e. siphon) water from a large area on Superstition Mountain. Just a light amount of precipitation will result in water being siphoned into the canyon draw and flow over the slick rock. I haven't witnessed the water flow from a torrential rain, but I'm sure it's nothing less than a flash flood! The polished slick rock offers clues to the violent blasts of water rocketing through the chute. Probably not the place to be in a storm...


History: This hike is somewhat unique in that in less than 2 miles it traverses a State Park (Lost Dutchman), a National Forest (Tonto), and a Wilderness Area (Superstition) while urban views of the Greater Phoenix Area are always at hand. This stands as incredible foresight by advocates and legislators to set aside these lands for public use and to act as a buffer from unchecked urban sprawl. So who possessed this incredible foresight? A time line can provide clues for some of the names;

1903 • Construction begins on Roosevelt Dam Road (aka Apache Trail)
1905 • Tonto National Forest established to protect Salt River and Verde River watersheds
1911 • Completion of Roosevelt Dam
1912 • Arizona becomes 48th State in the Union
1939 • Superstition Primitive Area set aside as a precursor to the Superstition Wilderness Area
1964 • US Congress legislation designates Superstition Wilderness Area
1977 • Lost Dutchman State Park lands acquired from Barkley Cattle Company and others
1984 • Wilderness closed to new mining claims

For mining history "nuggets" checkout Lost Dutchman State Park Loop and the Palmer Mine Loop.

Hike: Pay the day-use fee at the Visitor Center and proceed to the Siphon Draw Trail Head parking area located at the terminus of the day-use area road. If parking is overflowing, check out either the Cholla or Saguaro day-use parking areas. There are plenty of picnic tables under ramadas, so remember to pack the cooler for beverages and eats after the hike!

The Discovery Trail heads south from the day-use area towards the campgrounds and Siphon Draw Trail #53. There are interpretive signs along this trail providing information about flora and fauna native to the area. There are strategically placed bird feeders and water ponds to attract wildlife. This trail undulates into a couple of washes and passes the campground amphitheater just before it connects with the old Siphon Draw TH at 0.5 mi.

Siphon Draw Trail #53 offers a classic view of Superstition Mountain and the distinctive Flatiron. Now heading in a southwest direction you are following the old Palmer Mine access road. You will soon reach the east boundary of Lost Dutchman State Park at 0.67 mi. Pass through the gates and enter Tonto National Forest.

About 1.0 mi from the trailhead, you will come to the intersection with Jacob's Crosscut Trail #58. Continue heading southwest along the old Palmer Mine access road. As you hike along Siphon Draw Trail #53, look back to the north to view Four Peaks. During wildflower season, the trail is lined with Lupine, Mexican Poppies, Chuparosa, and the ever present Brittlebush .

Every now and then a steam whistle can be heard emanating from the tourist train at Goldfield. As you continue trekking towards the wilderness boundary, look towards the east for the old Palmer Mine tailings visible in the sloped talus below the massif cliffs. Just before you reach the intersecting side trail to Palmer Mine at about 1.25 mi you will see foundation ruins on both sides of the trail. These are remains of the old Palmer mining operations and later Barkley Cattle Company line operations.

At 1.33 mi you come to the Superstition Wilderness Boundary denoted by a much photographed wooden sign. You now walk "Into the Wild" as you enter the Superstition Wilderness Area and the grade begins to get noticeably steeper...

As you enter into Siphon Draw canyon near 1.6 mi, your view is dominated by the obvious Flatiron massif and the subtle "Crying Dinosaur" formation (right spire in photo).

As you continue up the draw, the slick rock area known as "The Basin" comes into view. Switchbacks are none existent, just a steady grade uphill towards "The Basin". A couple of sections have minor exposure.

At 1.9 mi you reach the slick rock basin. This is a drainage confluence of sorts with a shear wall waterfall to the left and a steep grade to the right. Our dog took advantage of a pool of water below the shear wall waterfall to cool down. Take advantage of the ample shade in "The Basin", enjoy the views, and contemplate whether to push on another 1700 feet up to the Flatiron or turnaround back to the TH...

Summary: This is another hike that can serve as a good introduction to the Sonoran Desert and the mysterious Superstition Mountains. I've brought many first time visitors to Arizona to this park and will continue to do so. Just remember that the elevation gain can be brutal on less-than-fit or non-hikers. Enjoy!
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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.


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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