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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2005
glogirl
Hiking5.40 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs      1.80 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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We hiked the Siphon Draw Trail on October 29th, 2005. The trail exists at the base of the craggy and mysterious Superstition Mountains in the Lost Dutchman State Park.

We set out in the early afternoon, parked in the picnic area and started out on the 4 mile round trip hike. The trail is a constant incline, mild at first and gradually steeper as you get closer to the canyon.

We had just flown in from Michigan and were flooded by the sun's rays on this trail. There is no shade until you reach the canyon, which looks closer than it is. The trail leading up to the canyon is made of loose rock and very little flat ground. Majestic fields of golden grass lined the way interspersed with cactus and rocks.

Once at the base of the mountain, the incline is much steeper and the rock smoothes out. Be careful for loose gravel as you make your way up here. Also, good shoes are a must. I had some brand new hiking shoes on that dug into my heels because of the extreme angle of the rock and was sorry afterwards with blisters the size of quarters on each heel!

Once you have reached the inner Siphon Draw you are overwhelmed by the natural refrigerator the rocks provide in the shade of the canyon. The wind travels quickly up the rocks here and cools you off instantly. Rocks twist and spire upwards giving the mountain a Mars-like appearance. Your voice echoes off of the quiet canyon walls as you look back over the area you just hiked up. Every now and then a train calls from the old mining town in the valley below.

From here you can keep going up the much steeper incline for more experienced hikers or turn around and go back. The hike up to the Flatiron (5.8 miles roundtrip) is steep and difficult to follow. We decided to call it a day and made our much easier decent down to the valley below.

Overall I enjoyed this trail. With the Superstition Mountains looming in the distance, the trail is very scenic and I took many photos. The Mountain's unusual shapes were very beautiful and captivating. I am sure it would have been even more picturesque closer to sunset. I did however find the beginning of the trail a little boring because it crisscrossed through flat land rather than cutting straight through towards the mountain.
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