The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop
The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop is a 8.9 km hike in Tonto National Forest that takes you to a high viewpoint over the surrounding mountains and desert. This route takes you through a dramatic basin lined by low granite mountains and up The Flatiron. It’s a hard hike considering the elevation gain at the end, but it’s a good way to nab views on a hike that’s not too long. You will need to be comfortable with some hands-on climbing in parts.
There are many trails in this area that allow you to keep exploring if you want a longer adventure. Make sure you bring lots of water on this hike, wear sturdy boots, and avoid visiting in the hot summer months. While dogs are allowed on this hike, we don’t recommend trying to bring them.
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Route Description for The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop
Exploring Lost Dutchman State Park? If you’re in the mood for bigger views and a bigger challenge, The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop is a great pick. This trail offers stellar views from your perch at the western edge of the Superstition Mountains.
This hike can be easily extended or shortened thanks to the extensive web of trails in the park. You can wander across the ridge to the Superstition Mountains if you’re still feeling energetic after your climb.
Keep in mind that areas around the creeks are prone to flash flooding. We don’t recommend hanging out around here if there is rain in the forecast. Additionally, it’s extremely hot in this part of Arizona during the spring, summer, and early fall. Leave this hike for cooler months and bring plenty of water and sun protection.
There are restroom facilities near the trailhead and lots of parking. Head out to the Siphon Draw Trail. It’s fairly relaxed until you pass the barbed wire fence and reach the base of the mountain, where the grade increases and the trail can get rocky. You’ll hike to a slide rock and a small waterfall, which are nice spots to catch your breath. Climb up the saddle and continue up.
There are sections where vertical climbing is required. These are generally short, but you should mind your hand placement and take your time nonetheless.
Be careful over loose sections and take your time as you contend with the final few steps to the top. From the uneven plateau that forms the top of The Flatiron, marvel at your panoramic view of the mountains and the desert below.
You can hike between Peak 5024 and The Flatiron if you want to explore the ridge going east. The trail won’t be maintained or well-defined, but it’s possible to keep going a bit if you’d like.
When you’re ready, carefully descend back down to flat ground and follow Siphon Draw Trail to the parking lot.
Hiking Route Highlights
Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park is a 320-acre park near the Superstition Mountains in the center of Arizona. The park is named after the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine, a famous mine in the area often included in tales of the Old West. The park is now used for hiking, camping, and scenic driving.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee for Lost Dutchman State Park?
Yes, there is a modest day-use fee. The fee varies throughout the seasons but is normally between $7 and $10 per vehicle. There are additional fees for camping.
When should I hike in Lost Dutchman State Park?
Hiking can be enjoyed in this area throughout the year, but we recommend visiting between late September and May to avoid the intense summer heat. Note that this area is prone to flash flooding during Arizona’s monsoon season, which occurs between June and September.
Is The Flatiron a hard hike?
Yes, The Flatiron is a strenuous hike with some hands-on climbing required. Please come prepared with the right amount of water and the right gear.
Insider Hints for The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop
- Bring plenty of water for this hike.
- Check out the nearby Goldfield Ghost Town once you’re done your hiking.
Getting to the The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop Trailhead
The trailhead for The Flatiron via Siphon Draw Loop is in Lost Dutchman State Park off N Apache Trail.
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