Siphon Draw to Flatiron Summit Hike
Phoenix is one of my favorite cities, and the number one reason I love it is for all the outdoor activities you can do year-round here! If I have a few hours or half a day off, you'll probably find me hiking one of the many awesome mountains in the Valley. One of my all-time favorites is the Flatiron trail in the Superstition mountains. If you look East, from just about anywhere in the Valley, you'll see it and this hike takes you to the peak.
To get there, you take the I-60 East until you hit the 88. Take that exit North and you'll head right into an old mining town and a unique Ghost Town attraction. Just past that Ghost Town on the right-hand side is the entrance to the Lost Dutchman State Park. We had to pay $7/vehicle to get in so if you go on a weekend I recommend you go early before the lots fill up. Now don't get me wrong you will most likely never have to wait like you would for the lines at Camelback mountain in Scottsdale on a sunny Saturday. That is also a great hike, but if you've done it, especially in the Spring, you'll know what a tourist attraction it has become.
Once you park you'll want to look for the Siphon Draw trail head signs. This trail takes you up the mountain towards the Flatiron Summit trail. I do want to mention that this hike is no stroll through the desert! It is close to 8 miles round trip with nearly 3000 feet of elevation climbed. So yes, that means you'll be climbing boulders for almost half of the hike, but it is so worth it for the view at the end.
Unless you are a daily hiker, plan on taking several breaks. There is no rush to the top and you'll need that energy coming back down. I was surprised at how often I was using my arms to lift myself down the boulders.
Plan on the hike taking close to 5 hours and account for time spent at the top. I recommend bringing food along as the top is an awesome place to enjoy a lunch.
Another recommendation I have is try to plan this hike within a few days of a recent rain storm. The desert comes alive after it rains and you will even come across a few water falls running off of the cliffs that you won’t want to miss!
Once you reach the top you can go left at the trail, instead of going right to Flatiron peak, to find the memorial for a small plane crash that took the lives of 6 people in 2011. I have yet to make it to the site, but my next trip up I will see if I can find it. You can find out more about the crash here.
I hope you will enjoy the hike as much as I do and definitely try to catch it before it gets too warm out! I know there's still a few of you that will brave it regardless of it being 115 degrees out.
I am always venturing around this state so keep on the lookout for more posts as well! I would like to keep this going as I know a lot of people would like to see everything Arizona has to offer. And believe me, it's not all gravel and cactus!