scramble Siphon Draw to Flatiron, Phoenix

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

  • Length:  6 miles (round trip)
  • Trailhead Elevation:  2,080 ft.
  • Gain/Loss:  +2,900 ft.
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Flatiron, aka Siphon Draw, is one of the most popular and exhilarating hikes in the Superstition Wilderness. This trail puts you on top of one of the most prominent rock features of the range called Flatiron due to the fact it looks like an upside down iron. …

The Flatiron trail begins at the westernmost side of the Superstition Wilderness at the Lost Dutchman’s State Park.

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Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Lost Dutchman’s is a lovely Park and campground. Up and up.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

It doesn’t take long to reach the big cliffs.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

The Siphon Draw Trail is not much of a trail. It’s mostly a scramble up the rocky chute.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

As you can see, it’s very popular on a nice January day. A number of these folks were challenged by the physical demands. A few had poor footwear.

The crux of the scramble is at the very top. No doubt a few turn back there. 😦

Top of Flatiron. Here’s the view over the Phoenix sprawl.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

I continued up into these weird eroded towers.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

I left a Summit Stone atop a cairn. Then made my way down as rapidly as possible.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

The descent is much more dangerous than the climb. I fell once. Most people fall more than once.

The sun was dropping rapidly by the time I reached the trailhead. Beautiful light.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

We’ve added Siphon Draw to Flatiron to our list of the best hikes in North America. It’s highly memorable and unique.

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