Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail

If you want to test your endurance by hiking a challenging hike then Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail is what you are looking for. The trail is located near Apache Junction, Arizona and is famous for its spectacular views as well as its difficulty. The hike is 6.2 out and back trail with an elevation gain of 2,933 feet. It is located in Lost Dutchman State Park of the Superstition Wilderness. It is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona because it offers most spectacular views of the Phoenix Metro Area that no other hike does.

You can hike the trail in fall, winter, or spring; the best time to go is in the morning, as it will be hot. It will take you around 4-5 hours to complete the hike. Get on AZ-202 heading east from the Phoenix area, and then take Exit 26 for Brown Road. When you reach the end of the exit ramp keeps left at the fork, then enter the traffic circle, after that, you will have to take the exit for Brown Rd East. After 4.2 miles, drive straight onto W Lost Dutchman Blvd, drive for another 3.4 miles, turn left onto AZ-88 N Apache Trail.

The trail begins from Lost Dutchman State Park which is located in Apache Junction. You will have to pay 7 dollars per vehicle and after 0.7 miles you will get to the last parking area where you can look for signs for the Siphon Draw Trailhead. The first part of the trail is named Siphon Draw Trail whereas the last section consisting of one mile is called Flatiron Trail.

The first section is marked and the trail is easy to follow for the first few miles. You will reach the slide rock basin which is a common stopping point, you can rest here and regain your strength. As the next section is not marked as well as not maintained properly. This section is a bit difficult but does not be afraid of it as the reward is pretty amazing. When you reach the top you can either turn on your right side to reach the Flatiron Summit or take the road and continue up to superstition peak.

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