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Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2010
Hiker Girl
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,100 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
3,100 ft AEG
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I can't believe I finally did it!

Today a coworker and I set off to the Lost Dutchman State Park at around 7:30am. It was a beautiful 36 degrees when we left the house, but by the time we arrived at the park it was 32 degrees there.

We chose to go today because we have had heavy rains for the last 3 days and I wanted to see if there was any runoff in the form of waterfalls and streams. And there sure was!

We hiked Discovery Trail>Siphon Draw #53>FlatIron

I am frankly surprised that I made it....I am sitting in my chair at the moment contemplating taking a nice warm bath and an Ibuprofen to sooth my aching muscles head to toe.

Anyways...we were hiking along the trail, and as we were going up Siphon Draw we saw a small waterfall on our left....so we went off trail for about 15 minutes for some photo opportunities to get closer. It was really nice. However not as nice as 5 minutes later when we could hear a "roaring" stream or water of some kind. We followed the source of the noise off trail to a very large rock. Here we found many small waterfalls, beautiful green budding plants, and a fast moving stream. We took a bunch of pictures here and just enjoyed the soothing sounds that the water made.

We had enough of that and headed upwards and onwards on the trail, until we reached the Slick Rock Basin. I have to tell you, I've never seen it more beautiful. A stream (actually multiple runoff streams) were along it's entire length. The colors of the deep pinkish red and black swirls were so vibrant. And on the left...was such a pretty waterfall. The largest and most beautiful one of all. It's actually what I came to see...and I was happy.

Well, perhaps we were out of our minds..or desired to see what lay beyond the slick rock...so we persevered and kept going. After countless numbers of falling on our butts, and short rest breaks because I am so out of shape: we finally made it to FlatIron...where we were greeted by ice slicked trails and rocks. And the sun finally came out to warm our backs. 27 degrees up there though. We sat around amongst the other 10 or so people up there, and enjoyed some goldfish crackers and beef jerky. Yum. Unfortunately a mix of cold and humidity cause my camera to get some condensation in the lens so I didn't get many pictures from up there. Perhaps my friend did.

We turned tail and hiked back down....of course I had to roll my ankle right as we began our descent. But I'm no worse for the wear. Just a small hole on the back of my pants, a camera full of unforgettable pictures, and a huge sense of accomplishment for finally tackling and achieving the Flat Iron. I've bested you, you stone beast!
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