This challenging hike to Flatiron Peak in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains will leave you breathless

Updated March 15, 2022

Hovering high above the eastern edge of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun is a natural monument called The Flatiron. Every year, it lures thousands of hikers to it like Mecca. It’s a challenging hike for sure. In places, the trail is so steep, you’ll scramble up rock faces on all fours. And if the hike itself doesn’t leave you breathless, the views will surely take your breath away.

Although there are several ways to reach The Flatiron, Siphon Draw Trail from Lost Dutchman State Park is the “easiest” route. That’s if you consider logging over 3,000 feet of vertical in a 6.2-mile round trip easy.

Not sure you have the energy to see it in person? That’s okay; I’ll show you what it looks like in this post.

Siphon Draw Trail in Lost Dutchman State Park with The Flatiron pointed out near top center of image
From the point of the sign on this map, it’s about 2.5 very steep and challenging miles up Siphon Draw Trail to The Flatiron.
This is the section of trail to the Flatiron known as Siphon Draw. It begins to get really steep here, causing many hikers to rethink their decision to hike it.

3-D video overview of the hike to Flatiron Peak via Siphon Draw Trail

Relive ‘Hike to Flatiron Summit in the Superstions’

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Superstition Mountain range
View of Flatiron Peak from Siphon Draw Trail, about one mile into the hike.
Portrait-like view of Flatiron Peak
Portrait-like view of Flatiron Peak
Side view of Flatiron Peak from the top of the steep climb up.
Side view of Flatiron Peak from the top of the steep climb up.
View from The Flatiron
View from Flatiron Peak of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. You can see the trail leading from Lost Dutchman State Park in the center of the image.
Although this image resembles and open span of desert, it’s actually the top surface of Flatiron Peak. Just beyond the point where the people are visible is a 1,000-plus-foot dropoff.
View from The Flatiron
View of the valley below from Flatiron Peak

Want to see Flatiron Peak for yourself?

Before you go, it’s important to be fully prepared. This hike is considered one of the most challenging hikes in Arizona. Dozens of people are rescued from the trail each year due to dehydration, health issues and injuries from falls. Overestimating your abilities could result in a very expensive, and demoralizing, evacuation by a rescue crew. If you are not an experienced hiker, give it serious thought before you go.

Tips for hiking to the Flatiron via Siphon Draw Trail

  • Avoid summer months: mid-May through mid-October
  • Go early morning while temperatures are cool and you’ll have daylight for several hours
  • Bring at least a gallon of water per person and turn around when your water is half gone
  • Pack high-carb, high-sodium snacks for added energy
  • Work gloves are helpful in climbing the very steep sections of rock
  • A hiking stick or pole can really help save your legs and knees on this hike; especially coming down
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t make it all the way to the top. There’s always next time.

Tap the map for directions to Siphon Draw Trailhead ↓

Flatiron Peak juts out of the Superstition Mountains like a massive spaceship about to fly over Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. The hike to the top is no joke. Only attempt it if you’re in good physical shape and have experience navigating super steep terrain. The climb up may leave you gasping for air and the view from the top will surely leave you breathless.

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