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Reverse Flatiron from Lost Dutchman, AZ
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Reverse Flatiron from Lost Dutchman, AZ 
Reverse Flatiron from Lost Dutchman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2014
rayhuston
Hiking7.74 Miles 3,108 AEG
Hiking7.74 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   1.68 mph
3,108 ft AEG   2 Hrs   2 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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I've been thinking about doing this hike for a long time. I had some free time and the weather was nice, so why not do it today.

The route I had in mind was to take the Treasure Loop trail from the Lost Dutchman State Park Saguaro day use lot up to the Praying Hands, then take the unmarked trail that heads east along the base of the mountain, passing to the right (south) of the fins, continuing along the base of the mountain until you reach the drainage below Massacre Falls. From there, head south and up the hill to the right of Massacre Falls and continue up towards Peak 5024 using the general route other HAZ members have taken.

The trail along the base of the mountain crosses a few drainages, but the route across each is marked by cairns. As you approach the falls, the cairns begin to disappear. Once above the falls, you're on your own. I simply headed up, following the path of least resistance. That worked well until I reached the scree. I headed right thinking I could avoid some of it, but I ended up too far right, facing a rock wall ahead of me that I would not (and could not) get past. So I headed back to the left and eventually made it back on course. In hindsight, I should have taken this route down at least once before I attempted to go up.

I paused for a moment on Peak 5024 to take in the views, then headed down to the Flatiron for a nice long break before heading back down. I met a guy named Brian from Minnesota. He was in town for a few days to avoid the cold weather back home. I mentioned that today, for the first time this year, truly felt like fall. To me it did - it was cool, somewhat overcast and breezy. I was wearing pants and a long sleeve shirt and felt cold. He was wearing running shorts and a t-shirt and said it felt like summertime. I guess it does when it's 10 degrees back home!

This was a challenging, but very enjoyable hike. I even enjoyed the trip down Siphon Draw, something I usually dread.

I saw some recent posts about the new blue arrows on Siphon Draw. That really ticked me off, too. It didn't spoil an otherwise great day, but it definitely changed my mood.
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