Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Flatiron Day Hike
when Saturday, February 23, 2019
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     The hike to the top of Flatiron is difficult, but doable for persons in good shape. There is some boulder hopping to get to the top and a 10 foot cliff climb (not vertical, about 70 degrees). The last mile has 2,000 feet of elevation gain, so it is slow on both the up and the down. The view from the top is spectacular. You can see the complete valley, and if the rains and temperature is correct the ground below us will be yellow with poppies. We will have lunch or snacks on Flatiron.
    The leader will decide whether we have time to leave the Flatiron and hike over to the plaque from the plane crash of a few years ago. We will also try to find our way up to Peak 5024, and then start down Siphon Draw. Time, temperature and a threat of rain will be the determinates. If there is rain on February 22 or 23, the hike will be rescheduled.
    The parking area at Siphon Draw has water and restrooms. If you want, we can have dinner at Goldfield. The view from the porch of the sun on the Superstitions can be great and we can see the Flatiron.
Bring:
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  Hiking poles
•  Lunch/sandwich/energy bars
•  Sunscreen
•  Camera
•  Headlamp and Flashlight are required.
distance 6 miles round trip
time 5-6 hours
EC +-3000' elevation change
elevations 2080' (Siphon Draw Trailhead) to 4861' (Flatiron)
type round trip
starting at Siphon Draw Trailhead, Lost Dutchman State Park
on trail 70% — Siphon Draw Trail
rating "B+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Park entrance fee of $7. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club will allow voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Apache Junction
leader     Hike is full. 
meet 7:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the southeast corner of Power and US 60.
drive
•  Go east on US 60 to Idaho Road.
Turn left and go north on Idaho Road.
Turn right and go northeast on AZ 88.
At the road to Lost Dutchman Park, turn right and pay $7 per car.
Continue to the Siphon Draw Trailhead and park.

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