Siphon draw trail, lost dutchman state park
Superstition Mountains, Arizona
- Time: 3-6 hours
- Season: year-round
- Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
- Popularity: moderately low
- Fee: $7/vehicle (state park)
- Fun: 9 of 10
- Challenge: 8 of 10
- Beauty: 7 of 10
- Credibility: 6 visits since 2015
- Water: potable water at the trailhead
- Hammock Opportunities: extremely limited
- Camping: available at the peak and beyond
- Dogs: extremely difficult*
This trail is located at the Lost Dutchman State Park near Apache Junction, Arizona. It's challenging with incredible views from start to finish and easily my favorite hike in the valley. Bring plenty of water, snacks, and good hiking shoes. There are several sections nearer to the peak that require some scrambling. I would not suggest bringing your dog unless you've been before and/or are extremely confident in their ability to navigate large boulders and scramble. I always brought mine so it's definitely possible - despite what some sites say.
The trail starts and ends at the parking lot mapped below. The first half mile is a fairly level walk from the parking lot. The elevation increases slowly until you reach the base of the mountain. The climb intensifies greatly once you enter the valley. Just stay on the trail. Once you climb out of the canyon with the waterfall (only active after rainfall), follow the trail on the right that goes straight up, not the one that goes left into another canyon (you can get out that way, but it's a pain in the ass). Follow the trail to the creek bed ahead and don't leave it. If you get away from grey boulders, you're off the path. Stay left all the way to the top. Once you climb the final scramble you can go two ways.
Right takes you to the tip of the "iron". Left takes you to a fun scramble to a nearby peak with an amazing view. The summit trail splits many times and it doesn't really matter which one you take as long as you're going up. The picture above was taken on the way to the peak on the left. You can clearly see the "iron" above my friends.
*The multiple scrambles make this trail extremely difficult for dogs, but my mutt manages. The trail is steep and fairly long so keep an eye on their pads and be prepared to help them up and down the more difficult scrambles.
Getting to Siphon Draw Trailhead
Make your way to the Lost Dutchman State Park. After paying the $7 fee, continue straight until you reach the final parking lot (I've pinned this lot on the map below). Head to the southwest corner of the lot to find the trailhead and your last chance for clean water. Follow signs for "Siphon Draw Trail".
Happy hiking! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!