Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail

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Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2933 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

Bring plenty of water with you as there is none on the trail. Blue and white markers help with navigating.

21 minutes ago

This trial is CHALLENGING, the last mile or so are mostly straight uphill with a fair amount of climbing. We took it slowly and eventually made it to the top, which boasts some unbelievably breathtaking views. But be warned, there’s some scary climbing and the descent is almost as hard as the ascent. Wear sturdy hiking boots and remember to live by the three points of contact rule.

hiking
7 hours ago

Tough hike for beginners. Awesome views at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice views. The first 2 miles to the basin is pretty easy. The last mile can get treacherous. It climbs 2k ft in the last mile and you’re climbing up rocks. Some areas after the basin is a large rock you have to cross with a lot of dirt and loose gravel and it’s steep. One miss step and you can definitely get very very injured. Also bring gloves and good hiking boots. Don’t forget you have to make it down that steep area too!

3 days ago

Unbelievable

3 days ago

loved it, gonna go back soon.

hiking
4 days ago

Definitely a hard hike, but very rewarding. Just make sure you wear the right hiking shoes. Lots of climbing and loose gravel and rocks. Respect the mountain, it will quickly show you who’s the boss!

5 days ago

Awesome

hiking
5 days ago

If I had to describe this hike using 1 word...GRUELING!
This hike has earned it's rating as HARD, that's for sure. On the way up I didn't think I was going to make the entire hike but I managed to pull through. Take a nice long break at the top, eat some lunch, take some pictures, and just relax because the challenge only begins once you start the descent. On the way down I thought to myself, "I'd rather hike up twice than down once." Your legs will be jelly and shaking as you climb down so take plenty of breaks, take your time and be safe. At another point on the way down I thought, "I wish these rocks would just go away!!" Make sure you where hiking shoes with good soles, your feet will thank you. This hike is only one day old for me and I can tell you my entire body is sore. The hike is definitely worth the trouble though. Awesome views!!

hiking
6 days ago

Extremely challenging hike. I’m an avid hiker and I’ll hAve to say this is the hardest. Bring lots of water and snacks. Be ready to do some mild rock climbing and I 100% recommend wearing hiking/trail shoes! You will struggle if you don’t and if you’re not in shape you may struggle.
Stunning views at the top with plenty of room to hangout!

hiking
7 days ago

Challenging trail, very physically demanding. You will definitely get a workout with this one. One of the few trails that I ever come close to running out of water on so bring plenty. Wear your hiking shoes/ trail runners etc. don’t wear regular running shoes as you will just be inviting injury. The views are spectacular and well worth the work getting there.

8 days ago

This hike is pretty difficult! If you like a challenge the view is definitely worth it! The view is mesmerizing! I would highly recommend being in shape and bring LOTS AND LOTS of water!

hiking
9 days ago

Flatiron via Siphon Draw is a flat out free-for-all. Pick and choose your battles. Be careful on the descent after sunset. Highly recommend a headlamp for after dark. Always bring plenty of water! Happy trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Wow, I know I was warned that this was hard but THIS WAS HARD! Beautiful scenery as you scramble/ boulder up 2,000 feet. Definitely worth it but not for those with a fear of heights!

hiking
12 days ago

Always a good and challenging hike. Didn't lose my toenails this time thanks to a more conservative shoe choice. Definitely a hard hike. It's actually relatively grueling until you get to the basin, and then basically just a lot of bouldering and climbing after that. Going down (for me) is a lot more of a pain in the ass. Take your time and enjoy the ride.

Remember the whole THREE POINTS OF CONTACT rule when making your way up and down. Utilize the tree branches/roots where possible--they are lifesavers. As always, bring plenty of water and have fun!

13 days ago

A trail for the adventurous! It’s true to the rating hard but worth the climb. Allow about 5 hrs start to finish and bring plenty of water

13 days ago

The view is amazing.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike. Perfect weather and light traffic.

19 days ago

Fabulous hike!

hiking
20 days ago

This is a workout with a great view to reward you at the end. We went on a beautiful Saturday. It wasn’t crowded, but there were people there. Just about the right balance for learning the trail and not getting irritated. Things you will need: Decent knees. The way down is brutal on the knees! Plenty of water. Bring twice what you think you will need. Hiking shoes or boots. The way down is steep and a lot of loose gravel. You will struggle in tennis shoes. Some people also like to wear gloves. The last mile or so is a scramble that goes up about 2,000 feet so you will definitely be using your hands. Poles help for the way down, but aren’t a must have.

The trail starts out with a very slow incline. The trail is mostly large stones and the like until you get near the basin, so pay attention to where you step. When you reach the basin at Siphon Draw don’t get too worried about the long sloping slippery rocks you are walking on, this is the last you will see of those. When you are at the basin and your eyes scan upwards towards that pile of rocks you are going to be climbing up, it looks incredibly daunting. As an intermediate hiker with limited scrambling experience, I can say that it's not as hard as it looks going up. It's not easy, but there are only a couple of spots where you might find a bit of difficulty getting up over some of the rocks. I would suggest going on a weekend for your first time so you can watch the folks ahead of you to see how they maneuver over these spots.

The trail past Siphon Draw is not maintained and not clearly marked. Look for the white dots that look like bird poop on the rocks. They mark the trail. And as a rule of thumb when faced with two options, STAY LEFT on the way up, and RIGHT on the way down.

The last challenge on the way up is about a 10 foot wall you have to climb right before you get to the top and head out onto the Iron. There’s a tree on the left side. Most people use the thick branch to grab and pull themselves up to get a footing, then it’s quick work from there.

Once you get to the Iron you are presented with a beautiful view in all directions. Lot’s of ground squirrels up there to keep you company and ask for some spare granola. Take your time up here and get rested, eat lunch, take a nap or just chill. There’s plenty of space for everyone and you won’t feel hurried to get out of the way to let someone else see.

The way down is slow going. Don’t be afraid to get on your butt and slide or crab walk down on all fours if you aren’t sure of your footing. It’s better than falling head over heels and a lot of people do it. You will be in good company. Take your time and watch your step. Again if in doubt, look for the white dots or keep RIGHTon the way down.

It took us about 6 hours total hike time with an hour spent at the top. Plan a whole day for the hike unless you are in Olympic athlete shape. It’s well worth it! Enjoy

21 days ago

Lots of bouldering. Was glad I had leather gloves and poles for the way down. Awesome views on top!

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