Hike Siphon Draw to Flatiron Summit

6.5 miles 2781 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Kevin Kaminski

This will take you about 4-5 Hours and the elevation gain is 2781' to Flatiron Summit (5057 ft.) and 2977' to Superstition Peak #5024 (4861 ft) with 360 views and epic sunsets. You will see Hoodoo rock formations, a slick rock basin with possible waterfall, which provides a great workout and awesome photography.

Flatiron is one of the most popular day hikes in the Superstition Wilderness, just outside of Phoenix, AZ. The hike begins at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction. Once inside the park, drive to the last parking area and look for a sign for the Siphon Draw Trailhead. The Siphon Draw Trail is clearly marked and easy to follow for the first few miles as you begin a gradual ascent to the basin, which sits at 3,100 ft. elevation. If you’re hiking Siphon Draw just after a rain, you will likely see waterfalls running through the basin, which is unique for southern Arizona hiking. The slide rock basin is a common stopping point, as the next mile to the top of the Flatiron is not maintained by the park and involves a bit of boulder scrambling, including a 12-foot vertical climb at the very top. But don’t let this deter you, because the views at the top are well worth the additional 2,000 ft. elevation gain to get there! Although the end of the trail is technically unmaintained, its popularity makes it easy enough to follow. When in doubt, just look around for white markings on the rock or cairns.

Once you reach the top, you have two options: turn right to reach the popular Flatiron Summit, or take the road less traveled and continue straight up to Superstition Peak #5024. The Flatiron Summit lookout point offers amazing views of the Apache Junction Valley, and is a perfect spot to take a snack break. If you’re looking for a little more of a challenge and much more solitude, opt for the trail straight up to the summit of Superstition Peak. This route is a bit tricky to follow, as you will be hiking through overgrown cacti and brush, but also provides unique views as it weaves in and out of Hoodoo rock formations. After bushwhacking your way through a bit of desert brush, you will be rewarded by incredible 360 degree views from the top of Superstition Peak, including a great view of the iconic Weavers Needle. Be sure to bring a camera, as the photography opportunities at the top are spectacular!

Whether you turn around at the rock basin, make it to the Flatiron Summit, or venture all the way to the top of Superstition Peak, you will not be disappointed by the ever changing rock formations, beautiful views, and rigorous workout! Lost Dutchman State Park offers both RV and tent camping if you’re planning a weekend getaway, and Apache Junction has a few restaurants and bars within 2-5 miles of the park entrance if you want to reward yourself with a cold beer after your hike.

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Awesome!

Strenuous hike, amazing views

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3 months ago

Difficult But Worth It

I do this hike every winter, usually in January or February. The hike up to Siphon Draw slowly gains elevation but is quite mild. The waterfall in Siphon Draw is often running in the cooler months and is a perfect spot for a snack and a photo opp before beginning the climb to the top. The rocks are quite slick in this area and the incline gets very steep. From this point on it's all uphill climbing and boulder hopping. Be sure to get an early start because you don't want to be coming down this in the dark. Once you reach the top the views of the valley are incredible.

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almost 2 years ago

One of My Favorite Hikes

This is by far the best hike in the city! When in doubt stick to the left. I definitely got off trail and scrambled up some loose rock. Stick to what looks like a water runoff when approaching the summit.

awesome hike close to home

everything about this hike is awesome. lots of great scrambling but no real exposure. trail wastes zero time gaining elevation. beautiful views! not very remote though so there will be crowds and you have a view of the city so not very off grid but very worth it!

Epic Viewpoint

Flatiron is awesome to say the least. Quite a steep and long climb but worth every step. Usually a lot of people there so go early or on a weekday if you want some quiet time.

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