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.