Siphon Draw

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Route
Location:
Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
Hike / Scramble
Time Required:
Half a day
Difficulty:
Class 3

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Siphon Draw
Created On: Jul 10, 2002
Last Edited On: Apr 8, 2004

Approach


The well marked trailhead is inside the Lost Dutchman State Park with parking right at the trailhead.

Route Description


The trail starts at 2,080 feet elevation and runs about 5 miles round trip to the Flatiron and rises about 2,800 feet. It starts on a gentle slope toward the base of the Superstitions and heads into the Siphon Draw, a gully on the west side of the mountain. About 1.5 miles into the hike you'll come to the "waterfall", a smooth rock slide area where the park rangers recommend most people turn back.

The trail (if you can call it that) above the waterfall gets steep and goes straight up the gully. There are no switchbacks to speak of, the further you go, the steeper it gets! Look for the white spray paint dots and arrows to find the easiest route up. If you find yourself in a scree bed, you've gone too far to the right.

There is some hand-and-foot scrambling near the top of Siphon Draw. You'll find one particular tree especially helpful. Once you top out at a saddle, the trail flattens and runs westward to the tip of the Flatiron. You can also go east and climb a few hundred feet to a peak above the Flatiron. From there, you can see the whole Superstition Range.

Essential Gear


There is no technical climbing, but some trail finding skills are required. Bring lots of water (3 liters) in the summer time.

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Jeff12633

Jeff12633 - Dec 30, 2006 7:18 am - Hasn't voted

New Trailhead

A while back the Siphon Draw trailhead was moved away from the camping areas to a day-use ramada about a half mile North of the old trailhead. The one-way distance for the hike is therefore 3 miles rather than 2.5. The new section of near level trail leads almost directly to the old trailhead, so I consider it merely a long walk from the car to the old trailhead. :)

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