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Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon Draw
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Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2010
hikerguy
Hiking5.84 Miles 2,898 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.23 mph
2,898 ft AEG
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I left the Siphon Draw trailhead at Lost Dutchman State Park at 8:10 this beautiful January morning. I had a lot of good eating during the past week to work off. Besides, I had never been on this trail before and the trip descriptions I had found in various places all made it sound like a great last hike for this particular trip to Arizona.

It didn't seem like a very popular trail judging by the few cars in the parking area and the few hikers on the trail compared to other hikes I had made in the Phoenix area. It crossed my mind that maybe this trek up Siphon Draw was more of a challenge than I was ready for. But after the first mile or so (the warmup) I found I was more than ready to tackle the steeper portions as I neared the saddle between the peak to the northeast and Flatiron to the southwest.

To my surprise, exactly two hours after leaving my truck, I had Flatiron to myself at 10:10 AM. How was it possible that this awesome destination was deserted? I have to confess that as I was climbing up through the Draw, a descender I talked to said he had camped overnight on Flatiron. By the time I had eaten a snack and shared some of it with a little beggar (a chipmunk) and his compatriot (a small bird), the crowds began to arrive. By the time I was ready to head over to and climb the nearby summit, about twenty hikers had joined me on Flatiron. Eventually, the expected crowds arrived and continued to arrive as I noted on my descent later on.

The climb from the saddle to the summit of Peak 5024 was surprisingly easy. From the saddle it had looked to be impossible, but it took only about 15 minutes. The first thing I saw from the summit was Weaver's Needle due East, which I had stood at the base of only a month earlier while on the Peralta Trail. Somehow it had looked much more imposing from the Peralta Trail and from Fremont Saddle. The summit also provided a view of a couple of lakes to the North and a fabulous view of Flatiron.

The descent was brutal on my quads and knees. As I always say, the ascent destroys the lungs, the descent the quads. But the experience was so worth the pain! I arrived at my truck at 12:55 PM.

I would classify this hike as the most difficult I have attempted. Still on my agenda before I get too old to do it: the Superstition Ridgeline.
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