Lost Dutchman State Park
The Superstition Mountains
Flat Iron Peak in the distance (the middle peak with the white stripe through the middle)
I heard about hiking Flat Iron Peak from other bloggers and more recently, from Curt of Camp Lowry. Check out his blog to read about his hike up Flat Iron: Camp Lowry.
Here is a description of the hike from the internet:
The Siphon Draw trail to the Flatiron in the Superstition Mountains is a challenging hike for even the most avid hiker. If you like gentle switchbacks, this trail is not for you. There are no switchbacks on this trail; it goes straight up! You gain just under 3,000 feet of elevation, most of which is in the last 1 mile of the trail. A bit of trail finding skill is required or you will get into some nasty scree and precipitous rock faces. Be careful not to go up something you can't get down from. Just before topping out is a ten foot section nearly vertical. (This is where I ran in to trouble, more on this later)
Distance (round trip): 5.85 miles
Elevation Gain: 2900 ft.
Since we have been at much lower elevations circumventing the US shores, I did some shorter hikes to bump up my hiking elevation. I really felt it at first and wasn't too sure I'd have enough time to acclimate. But I decided to go for it and do my best. At least I heard I wouldn't have to worry about rattlesnakes on Flat Iron as it would be too cold for them up there. I saw two on the lower trails so far.
|Can you see her all coiled up in the center of the grass?|
Because HE slithered across the trail in front of me and they mated.