Siphon Draw

Apache Junction, Arizona

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A rugged trail and cross-country hike to the crest of Superstition Mountain featuring 100-mile views. As close as it is to the cities of the Valley of the Sun, the crest still has a wild, remote feel, especially as one contemplates the deep canyons, mesas, and peaks spread out to the east. Siphon Draw is the major canyon southeast of the state park. It’s marked by a distinctive rock formation south of the draw near the crest, appropriately named The Flatiron. The trail, an old road, wanders southeast across the desert foothills, at first climbing gradually toward the mouth of the canyon. You’ll pass the Discovery Trail just after leaving the trailhead, and the Prospector and Crosscut Trails at 0.4 mile. After passing the wilderness boundary at 1 mile, the gradient begins to steepen and the impressive canyon walls and towering rock formations begin to close in. You’ll also see fine examples of the stately saguaro cactus, the symbol of the Sonoran Desert, which grows up to 50 feet tall.

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"A rugged trail and cross-country hike to the crest of Superstition Mountain featuring 100-mile views. As close as it is to the cities of the Valley of the Sun, the crest still has a wild, remote feel, especially as one contemplates the deep canyons, mesas, and peaks spread out to the east.

Siphon Draw is the major canyon southeast of the state park. It’s marked by a distinctive rock formation south of the draw near the crest, appropriately named The Flatiron. The trail, an old road, wanders southeast across the desert foothills, at first climbing gradually toward the mouth of the canyon. You’ll pass the Discovery Trail just after leaving the trailhead, and the Prospector and Crosscut Trails at 0.4 mile. After passing the wilderness boundary at 1 mile, the gradient begins to steepen and the impressive canyon walls and towering rock formations begin to close in. You’ll also see fine examples of the stately saguaro cactus, the symbol of the Sonoran Desert, which grows up to 50 feet tall."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 1,930 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,000 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger District, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Goldfield; USDAFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Siphon Draw

Recent Trail Reviews

2/8/2018
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3/24/2010
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A very beautiful hike, but somewhat strenuous going up and coming down. The views from about the 3500 ft. level and up are spectacular. Be prepared for sore toes when you get back to the bottom.


4/21/2006
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In case you don’t want to read my whole review, here are a few key points: Dogs can’t make it to the top without ropes, Trail is tough to find and different people have forged their own, getting down is steep on the top half and one will fall or slip at least once. Siphon Draw is a gorgeous hike, no doubt. However, the bottom half has nothing on the top, and gives no warning of what is to come. The top half has eroded greatly, and people have miss-marked the trail as to create multiple ways to get up parts of the mountain. You will have to do some trail hunting after the smooth rock wash, I recommend staying to your right on the main wash, you should find the trail. My dog was not able to make it up past the smooth wash portion, my girlfriend and him had to head back. The trail is simply too steep, and too eroded. Most of the time you are hiking through a wash, and it has become mostly skree at this point. Again, it becomes fairly steep, and one doesn’t appreciate this fact until the way down. In fact, near the very top, there is no other way up than to climb up over a small rock face, using a tree growing out of the rock for help. Really. Going down that is a little unnerving at best. I know I''m posting a lot of negative info, but I think people should be aware of the nature of this trail. If you are a seasoned desert hiker and in good shape, the top is absolutely amazing. It is gorgeous in a way few Arizona Mountains can compete with. There is a huge summit on which to run around on and check out many different views. It really is amazing to be up there. Just watch your step going down, unless you take it extraordinarily slow, you are in for at least a few slip ups, as the ground literally falls out from underneath you.


5/10/2001
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This is a fascinating trail to do in the spring when the wild flowers are blooming, absolutely spectacular. A camera is a must. Trailhead is near the campground in the Lost Dutchman State Park. Trail starts in the wide open plain of the Superstition Mountains rising to the base of the Flatiron 1.2 miles. From here the going gets more difficult following a draw (wash) up to the top. The trail is difficult to follow from this point. Keep an eye out for blue or white paint dot trail markers. Watch for these markers closely or you will end up on a branch wash or slide. Some sections of the trail require some minor climbing, no gear required. Lots of schrubs and stuff in the draw. Watch closely for criters, especially when climbing up the boulders. Not a good trail for your dog. The effort it takes to get to the top is well worth it. The views from atop of the Flatiron is stunning. Give yourself plenty of time to explore the top.



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