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Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon Draw - 44 members in 325 triplogs have rated this an average 4.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 14 2019
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
RickVincent
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.90 mph
2,942 ft AEG
 
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Flatiron via Hwy 88 trailhead on First Water Rd. On the trail at 5:05am by light of the moon and headlamp. Lots of fun creatures lurking in the dark. Saw several tarantulas, a scorpion (my headlamp has blacklight mode) and a few other birds and rodents. This route adds some mileage and time. Miss the old days of parking at Mining Camp. Made it up to the peak in just over 2 hours. Passed a couple groups of 4 on the way up. Was blessed with some cool raindrops about 3/4 way up the mountain. Much needed boost of energy and motivation, but it didn't last long. Soon I was back to huffing and puffing and trying to figure out why I feel compelled to do this on my day off. I had the peak to myself, rested about 10-15 minutes then made my way back down the Draw. Great cloud cover kept the sun rays to a minimum. Arrived at the trailhead 9:02am.
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Aug 04 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Flatiron and Peak 5024, AZ 
Flatiron and Peak 5024, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking7.60 Miles 2,990 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.33 mph
2,990 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
1st trip
With the fire closure no longer in effect for part of the Superstitions, I decided to take a trip to Flatiron and Peak 5024. We started early so we were in shade all the way up and on the way down until we got back to Siphon Draw.

This was an enjoyable hike -- there was no trash on the trail and there were hardly any other hikers. I guess that word hasn't gotten out that this trail has reopened.
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May 17 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.17 mph
3,019 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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I didn’t start hiking this one today until almost a quarter till noon. Unbelievable weather for the middle of May. I caught the gate keeper on the way down. Trifecta!
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May 11 2019
roaminghiker
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65 male
 Joined May 29 2013
 Oakland Gardens,
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
roaminghiker
Hiking5.85 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles
2,900 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Spectacular trail. Tremendous vertical rock scrambling rising a couple thousand feet up in a constant upward climb. That occurs of course after an initial leisurely amble up a "normal" trail, and then a trek through the "Basin", a bare, slick, smooth v-shaped inclining wash.

Now I surmize many trails and routes offer spectacular rock and scrambling climbs. Familiar with Sedona AZ, I might think Capital Butte offers such. But surmounting Capital Butte, or similar, involves, from what I read, treachery, exposure and even technical skills.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron provides rock scrambling and vertical ascent without anything approaching treachery, save scrapped hands on the rocks (bring gloves), or exposure, save how close one wants to come to the cliffs on Flatiron itself (optional, since Flatiron is the terminus.)

Now a few things we found helpful (note we were first timers.) We started early. We took off at 5 AM, from the overflow parking available before the gate to regular parking opens at 6 AM. The early start allowed us a complete ascent before the rising sun ended up in our eyes as we looked up to grab the next rock.

We brought gloves. We found gloves aided grip, immensely. (Yes, we needed to scramble using our hands; the better balanced and/or more experienced just walked on up.)

We asked directions. As first timers, we saw that at and after the "Basin" we could readily get lost. Now the more experienced or informed "announced" themselves (silently, as they proceeded more confidently and quickly than us.) We thus asked them, giving up any concern of revealing our "newbie" status. And all we asked assisted us without condescending. And without their nuanced course guidance, I am thinking we would have wandered in wrong directions, or even gotten lost.

The experience itself? Thrilling. Continuous climbing. Expansive views. Open vistas. Amazing rock formations. Great comaradarie among the hikers. A trail challenging but not treacherous. Great physical exertion. Unique adventure, at least unique for us.

Now a bit about water. Many advise bringing lots, and lots, of water. But water equals weight. So, bring the optimum amount of water. Look at the temperature (on our day in the 70's, lower than normal). Look at your start time (we started in the dark, with lights, in the cool dawn, given the first sections are regular trails ready traversed with lights). Know how much water you typically need (for me, not much). I brought four bottles, but needed only one. But then, if you project you need four, don't skimp and bring one.
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Apr 11 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2019
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.20 mph
3,019 ft AEG
 
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I’ve been having a craving for this one. Got a late start at about 11 AM but overcast and a nice breeze made it completely bearable. Tons of yellow Brittlebrush flowers
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Mar 23 2019
Naferg323
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
Naferg323
Hiking6.92 Miles 3,048 AEG
Hiking6.92 Miles   5 Hrs   38 Mns   1.31 mph
3,048 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Headed out to Lost Dutchman today to hike Flatiron; the weather was good, why not? Pretty busy on the trail today and on the "Iron". Spring break you know? Hadn't been up here yet this season, really like this hike. :)
I hit the trail running early before the crowds hit, and hung out at the summit (5024) for a while in solitude. Beautiful.
I found a couple of alternate ways up and down since my last visit, they helped! Then went down the ridgeline trail a bit for photos and extra mileage doing some scouting for future trips. Made my way to visit the crash memorial, which is always special. Finally I joined the crowds on Flatiron for a bite to eat and rest before heading down. A very enjoyable day! Wished there was more flowers and running water though. Too late. :(
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Siphon Draw Waterfall Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
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Mar 09 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.35 mph
3,019 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Absolutely perfect weather for a hike. The parking lot was completely full when I arrived plus many in the overflow. The same was true for the trail, tons and tons of people. I still managed a decent time even with the traffic jams. Felt good to be out today.
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Jan 25 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,019 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.27 mph
3,019 ft AEG
 
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Absolutely perfect day with beautiful weather. Went up to the flatiron and then afterwards hit 5024. Lots of people out Enjoying the trails
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Jan 22 2019
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
chumley
Hiking13.96 Miles 4,837 AEG
Hiking13.96 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.87 mph
4,837 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
I had plans to go to California, but glad I decided on this instead. :y:

At 30, it was chilly to start. Otherwise, pretty ideal conditions today. Pretty much perfect in my book. Saw a group of 6 others on the same route who we caught up with and eventually passed below 5057. Four others on the initial climb up siphon, and a handful of wave cavers at the end. Peaceful day otherwise.

Peralta rd is in pristine condition. First Water not so much. A couple of drainages south of 5024 had a bit of water. Plenty in upper Boulder and the eastern tributary below the saddle.

We took an off-trail route off 5024 and I'd say it's easier than the "official" route from the top of siphon draw. No track on haz so I'll post that part of it so it shows up on the map. It's not a route, but isn't a bad option if you don't mind a little desert pinball.

@tortoise_hiker tells me that like HAZ, Joe rocks. Tough to argue with that!

Good to finally hike with rt. Thanks for posting the event! :app:

(made sure to add a mile and some aeg 'cause that's how I always do this hike!)
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Jan 22 2019
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
joebartels
Hiking13.12 Miles 4,889 AEG
Hiking13.12 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.87 mph
4,889 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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One of the best hikes near the valley.
Great hike, better company & perfect weather.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Large clear pools.
Creek was running far below in boulder too.
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Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking12.86 Miles 4,753 AEG
Hiking12.86 Miles   8 Hrs   41 Mns   1.79 mph
4,753 ft AEG   1 Hour   29 Mns Break
 
After setting up the shuttle, we got to the Crosscut trailhead just before 8:00, and started a few minutes later. Starting on Jacob's Trail was a nice way to warm up, and I shed the long sleeve shirt a little while later on Siphon. Siphon Draw was pretty much deserted. There are new black X's marking the way, grrr, but at least they managed to place them along the best route most of the way.

Most of us headed over to 5024, and told Mark we would meet him back on the ridgeline on the other side of the peak. Dropping off the east side of 5024 wasn't too bad. It was steep, and I nearly hugged a cholla at one point, but we all stayed upright and cactus-free. Views were great along the ridgeline. Somewhere around the middle, we took a slightly different route than I have historically used. I think the way I've gone before was a little easier, but it didn't matter, because after about 10 minutes, it all led to the same place. We found a spot with some good seating and views for lunch, and it was nice to rest the legs for a few minutes.

I felt like I dragged a little during some of the rougher parts in the half mile or so before the chute at the north end of 5057, but was happier once the terrain smoothed out. We ran into another group taking a break where we turned to head up to 5057. They had started about an hour before us, and probably finished about 30 minutes after we did. I never mind the last little uphill section up to West Boulder, but descending down to Carney is something I try not to do too often. The mile or so along Lost Goldmine went quickly, and was very well signed, but the Wave Cave crowd is still determined to get lost on their journeys for the perfect instagram photo. Nice to meet Alex, and to see Mark again-- I think our only hike together was about two years ago. Great day, and perfect weather for this hike.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Boulder Creek Origin - Ridgeline Route Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Large pools of water.
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Jan 13 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Reverse Flatiron, AZ 
Reverse Flatiron, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
rayhuston
Hiking9.64 Miles 3,230 AEG
Hiking9.64 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.61 mph
3,230 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Did this from Cholla lot at Lost Dutchman State Park in a counterclockwise direction. Probably not a good idea doing this after it rained. In spite of the slipping and sliding, this hike was exhilarating.

Played tour guide on the way up. Picked up one guy standing on the sidelines at the basin. It was Freddie's first time to the top and it turned out he was in the same air group I was at Camp Pendleton, USMC, albeit 30+ years later. Met another group while I was on my way to 5024 and took them to the top. Matt, Amir and Alex were also first timers.

And then I had things all to myself for a time as I made my way down the mountain to Massacre Falls. It was wet and slippery and steep. I had a few slips and falls and a couple of fun butt slides down some slick rock, but no harm done.

Picked up the Massacre Falls trail at the bottom of the mountain and immediately decided I wanted off of that. I know a couple of routes that take you back towards the fins, so I took one of them. When I reached the turn where I go up towards the fins, I decided instead to go north on the Silverlock Prospect trail towards the Crosscut TH for a few extra miles.

A short while later, I caught up to Amy returning to the Crosscut TH after a hike up Silverlock Prospect trail. We hiked together until we reached Jacobs Crosscut trail. From there, I headed back to Lost Dutchman.

Excellent day. Overcast at the start and all the way up Siphon Draw. Not too busy, even with the late start.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Massacre Falls - at Massacre Grounds Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

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Jan 04 2019
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   2.03 mph
3,200 ft AEG
 
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I finally got to my first hike of the year. Been battling the flu bug off and on for quite awhile. Hopefully it is in the rear view mirror now. Still a decent amount of snow up high and the ice made things a slow go. Luckily I stayed upright the whole time. After Flatiron I hit 5024 and enjoyed the views for a brief moment then carefully made my way down. I was surprised how many people were out there today. As I was exiting I hit the Gatekeeper in Memory of Samuel Young. After all he was the one who gave it it's name.

Cheers to 2019!
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Dec 15 2018
Jim_H
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40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2018
Jim_H
Hiking7.20 Miles 3,200 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   1.73 mph
3,200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Gray and overcast so I wasn't driving 250 miles to hike Harquahala or some other distant mountain. More of a workout since this is a fairly dull hike for me, and I am not a fan of the crowds. There are a lot of brittle bush flowering out here. Maybe someday I will explore the Superstitions, but for now, I just stay away most of time. I still like it when deserted after temperatures top 100!

Very redeeming sunset with sunlit red clouds behind the city and Estrellas when hiking back on the crosscut.
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Nov 26 2018
Daytripper
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68 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2018
Daytripper
Hiking7.56 Miles 3,075 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   1.49 mph
3,075 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break12 LBS Pack
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Decided to wait until the holiday crowd diminished to try this hike. Getting to be increasingly difficult either it’s getting steeper or I’m getting older ? Nice weather day a little breezy at the summit.Had the summit to myself for a few minutes before a half dozen others appeared. Visited the plane crash site ,7 years and 3 days now, visited flatiron before heading down. Took Crosscut Trail to return to the Saguaro parking.
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Nov 25 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.50 Miles 3,180 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   1.89 mph
3,180 ft AEG
 
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Had a great hike with JohnLP up to the Flatiron and then I headed over to 5024. On the way down we caught the Gatekeeper. His first time up there. Cold and chilly on the Flatiron. Lots of wind.
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Nov 25 2018
johnlp
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62 male
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 chandler,az
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,930 AEG
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Chilly windy hike up to the Flat Iron. Perfect conditions on the descent. Busy with hikers but not crowded. We stopped by and climbed the gate keeper on the way down in remembrance of Sam. Great hike. Thanks JJ. :)
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Oct 27 2018
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Flatiron and surroundings, AZ 
Flatiron and surroundings, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2018
ddgrunning
Hiking7.06 Miles 4,080 AEG
Hiking7.06 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.81 mph
4,080 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Been awhile since I've hit up the Flatiron. Not too much traffic on the way up, for a Saturday. Headed straight for Peak 5024 and had it to myself. on the way down to the Flatiron, I detoured up and over Peak 4861 for a little variety. Also visited the plane wreck memorial and vicinity. On the way down, ventured over to the Gatekeeper, but decided that I wasn't up for that exposure this time. Great morning to be out in the Supes.
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Sep 29 2018
Uncle2Tom
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52 male
 Joined Feb 23 2016
 Ulm, BW
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2018
Uncle2Tom
Hiking5.80 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
2,942 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Sep 15 2018
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
mt98dew
Hiking9.34 Miles 2,942 AEG
Hiking9.34 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   2.22 mph
2,942 ft AEG
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Started from the first parking area off of First Water Rd around 5am. I took a user trail that connects to the Jacob Crosscut and that over to Siphon Draw. I didn't use a headlamp and in the predawn light I got off track a little but the coming light and the somewhat familiar terrain (hiked from this spot a couple of weeks ago) allowed me to quickly get back on track. The user trail is easy to follow when there is enough light. Jacob Crosscut is a good way to enter the park and avoid the park fees. It was also a nice warm up for what was to come. The Siphon Draw Trail is "blah" initially, though the surrounding scenery more than makes up for it. The trail does become more interesting as you work your up toward the dry fall. It's been a couple of years since I'd done Flatiron. I'd forgotten how constant the climb is. There really is no spot on the trail where you can continue to hike and catch your breath :sweat: . I was disappointed to see all the threads that are developing. I got misled by a couple of them. Makes me wonder on their development....are they the result of people getting off track or of people wanting to avoid the congestion that inevitably occurs with the up-down traffic. I know the stance of some HAZ members on the white dots but the developing "ski chutes" are a blight that are not as easy to wipe away. Still a very pretty hike up, but I was taken aback by the amount of scarring along the way. Checked out Flatiron and then made way over to Peak 5024. I had downloaded the route but there are several faint, but evident trails that lead to the top. Great views from on high...definitely worth checking out if you are already at the flatiron. No wildlife. Met about 25 hikers in various spots along the way.
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