Lost Ductmans State Park’s best know and most hiked trail has to be Siphon Draw, which if you follow it all the way will take you to the top of Flatiron. The Flatiron is the very top of the front side of the Superstition Mountains that everyone is familiar with seeing from the east valley. This hike ends with a dramatic and exposed view of the valley below, but you will have to pay the price to earn this view.
Siphon Draw trail is probably my favorite Phoenix area hike. It provides a great mix of unique scenery and physical exercise.
The hike is steep with a little more than 3000 feet of elevation gain, and about 3 miles one way means you will get a good workout. Also, the trail requires some scrambling over some water polished rocks and at the top of siphon draw you have to scrabble up the beginning of the siphon which seems like some class 4 moves that may require use your hands and feet in places. When you get to the top you will enjoy the exposure that the drop off offers, you may want to be careful if you get vertigo easy because its a long ways down from the top, so don’t fall off! If your really brave bring a head lamp and time it so you get a sunset while on top of Flat Iron, but be careful coming down day or night.
The Details of Hiking Siphon Draw Trail to Flatiron
- Distance: 6.50 mi
- Elevation Gain: 3,626 ft
- Min Elevation: 2,072 ft
- Max Elevation: 4,776 ft
The views are awesome! The sheer drop off is mind boggling.
Hiking Siphon Draw Trail to Flatiron while its raining is not recommended, and in the desert really isn’t that often. The rocks are polished and slick so be safe and go on a sunny day which is almost everyday. Also, watch out during the monsoon season so you don’t get stuck in a down pour in siphon draw, most of the time the heat during the day will keep most people from having that problem. The rule of thumb during monsoons is be done hiking before noon.