Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw

Superstition Mountains Area, Arizona

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Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw

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  • The Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Stairs help facilitate the ascent on the Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Open views from the Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • The route to Flatiron Mountain has a 2,781-foot vertical ascent in only 3 miles.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Hiking the Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Short detour off of the Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Incredible views from the Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • En route to Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Siphon Draw.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Seasonal waterfall en route to Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • The Siphon Draw Trail on slick rock.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • The descent is a challenge as well.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Views from the Siphon Draw Trail.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Trail makers vary from signs, cairns, to blue, red, or yellow dots on rocks.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Descending some of the tricky terrain requires caution.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Some scrambling is required.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Scrambling on the trail to Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • The trail out to Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Hikers pause for a rest on the way to Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Prickly pear cactus.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Agave cactus.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • The eastern reaches of the Phoenix metropolitan area stretch out beneath Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • An agave on Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Dramatic geology on Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Beavertail and yucca on Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Dramatic topography is everywhere along this route.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Views from the descent from Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Views from the descent from Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Views from the descent from Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
  • Views from the descent from Flatiron Mountain.- Flatiron Mountain via Siphon Draw
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible views. A lot of cactus variety. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Very difficult ascent. Some technical rock scrambling.
Region:
Superstition Mountains Area, AZ
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,781.00 ft (847.65 m)
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
6.00 mi (9.66 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,080.00 ft (633.98 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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The Flatiron Trail is not for the faint of heart. It has a 2,781-foot vertical ascent in only 3 miles, there are hardly any switchbacks, and there is some technical scrambling; this trail will be one you will never forget. Don't let that discourage you though! The 360-degree view at the top is differently a bucket-list item and should not go missed.

You can access the trail from two points. The Lost Dutchman Campground is at the base of the trail, and you can find the trailhead to the west of the amphitheater. Another longer hike would be from the Cholla Day Use Area. From the Cholla Day Use parking lot you would start up the west side of the Treasure Loop Trail until you reach Jacob's Crosscut in approximately a half mile. Then take a right onto Jacob's Crosscut Trail to merge onto Siphon Draw Trail (0.85 miles). From this point it will be about a half mile of steady, rocky incline to the base of the draw. Now the fun starts! On your way up to the basin at 3,100 feet you will reach a slick rock area that valleys you in. It's incredible! It is a completely different scene than the first part of the hike. From here the hike will become extremely steep for the remaining mile or so to the Flatiron peak. Some climbing and scrambling is required, but it is not too technical for most.

Please remember to bring plenty of water and snacks on this hike! It's highly recommended that this hike is started early in the morning so that you can begin your descent before it gets too hot. It will take you anywhere between four and six hours to do the hike depending on your ability.

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