Today we decided to take a drive out to the Superstition Mountains and hike to Flatiron via Siphon Draw. We left at 7:30 in the morning and amazingly traffic wasn’t too bad from Phoenix and we got out to Apache Junction in just under an hour. The trail head is in the Superstition State Park. There is a $7.00 entrance fee. The lady who took our money asked what we were going to do in the park. I said ‘hike siphon draw’ She didn’t miss a beat and asked if we knew what we were in for.’ Hmmm, did she think we couldn’t make it?
Then she gave us some directions. Follow the trail and then when that ends follow the white and blue dots. Great advise and we only went off the trail for one part, and that was because we saw some hikers ahead of us and decided to follow them. It was a dad and his 18 year old son, the son was leading and went off trail more than once.But, we only followed them once 🙂
The forecast was for rain in the afternoon, so we needed to hike and be down before the storm hit. The trail is clearly marked for maybe 1.5 miles. Then you get into trail finding mode. Since it was a Monday morning there were not too many people out. And seems like everyone we talked to, this was their first time up. Oh, except the 85 year old! He was coming down as we were getting close to the top. He was amazing, looked great and was very friendly! I tell you he was hopping down the rocks!
This trail is about 6 miles round trip. It gains 2,970 feet of elevation. It is very difficult. The last mile gains 1,970 feet and it is climbing up over boulders. If you have climbed Camelback Mountain you know about climbing over boulders, but this is way longer and harder. This trail is very, very hard. Harder than Camelback and Piestewa…and longer…and higher.It took us about 4 hours and 45 minutes.
It was super windy at the top, but beautiful! Fantastic views! The climb up was really hard, and sometimes going down is even harder, but not really on this hike. I thought I’d have some trouble getting back down, but it was fine. And not as much trail finding. Seems like the trail is a lot easier to find on the way down. Going down we saw a lot more people going up. I was wondering how they were going to be back down by the time it rained. I don’t think they probably made it unless they didn’t go all the way up. It was raining on our way home.
This is a wonderful hike! Make sure that you have plenty of time and are in descent shape. This is a hard hike.