Treasure Trail and Siphon Draw Loop
The Treasure Trail and Siphon Draw Loop is a 4.8 km hike in Tonto National Forest with amazing desert scenery. This route takes you through a dramatic basin lined by low granite mountains, and you can also use this route to climb The Flatiron. Even if you want to stay on the easier paths, this is a hike with incredible scenery. It offers a lot without being too difficult or demanding.
There are lots of trails in this area aside from this loop, so we recommend consulting a map if you’re unfamiliar with the network of routes to avoid getting lost. The good thing is that hikers who want to extend their adventures can make use of these trails to keep hiking.
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Route Description for Treasure Trail and Siphon Draw Loop
Exploring Lost Dutchman State Park? The Treasure Trail and Siphon Draw Loop is one fun option to explore within the park’s network of trails. This loop offers significant bang for your buck with awesome views and a moderate, relaxed route that is suitable for most.
This hike can be easily extended or shortened thanks to the extensive web of trails in the park. You can add on an ascent of The Flatiron for a sky-high vantage point or wander across the ridge to the Superstition Mountains.
Of course, keeping it simple and doing this hike as-is is an excellent way to enjoy the park. 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.
There are restroom facilities near the trailhead and lots of parking. Set out on the trail to your left, going straight through the first junction. Stay right at the Praying Hands Trailhead and left as you walk the base of the mountain in front of you. Beyond this butte, Peak 5024 and The Flatiron loom.
Should you want to climb up to The Flatiron, make sure you’ve come prepared with lots of water. It’s a tough trip! You’ll follow Siphon Draw Trail as it ascends a gully. The trail gets less easy to make out near the end, but you can hike between Peak 5024 and The Flatiron if you want to explore the ridge going east.
Siphon Draw Trail extends up to the peak of both mountains, but you’ll lose some elevation as you turn right and head back in the direction of the trailhead.
You’ll be continuing straight through the junctions that follow, passing another parking area with facilities en route to the trailhead.
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 much more strenuous trip than this route. Please come prepared and resist the urge to add it on as a last-minute extension without the right amount of water or the right gear.
Insider Hints for Treasure Trail and 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 Treasure Trail and Siphon Draw Loop Trailhead
The trailhead for the Treasure Trail and Siphon Draw Loop is in Lost Dutchman State Park off N Apache Trail.
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