Siphon Draw Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona 85117

Siphon Draw Trail

Siphon Draw Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Siphon Draw Trail and The Flatiron capture the rugged beauty of the Superstition Mountains and package the essence of this wondrous wilderness into a short but very challenging hike.

Along Siphon Draw Trail, fields of wildflowers cover gentle foothills in spring. Fantastic rock formations frame the canyon and The Flatiron, a massive yet smooth protrusion of rock, looms over the trail. A seasonal waterfall delights visitors. Views from Siphon Draw, and especially atop The Flatiron, are unparalleled.

Dogs are permitted on leash but may have trouble getting to The Flatiron due to scrambling."

More Siphon Draw Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
View more trails from this guide book
"The hike up Siphon Draw follows a rugged trail, then ascends cross-country to the crest of Superstition Mountain. Once on the crest, you’ll enjoy 100-mile views to the west and south and close-up views of much of the western Superstition Mountains. 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. surface: Dirt and rocks." Read more
"An excellent scenic hike into a steep canyon on the west flank of the Superstition Mountains." Read more

Siphon Draw Trail Reviews

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon6 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
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.
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
This is a great hike! But you have to be willing not to quit. It is very challenging but very rewarding when you reach the top. One of my favorite hikes
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
great hike! not for quiters this has many challenges and is very rewarding keep that in mind on the way up
4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars
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 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
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.

Trail Information

Apache Junction
Nearby City
2,944 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
Sunrise - 10 p.m.
2,080 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,024 feet
Top Elevation
Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Local Contacts
USGS Goldfield; map available at park entrance; USFS Superstition Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018