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black Siphon Draw Trail #53

Trail

2.4 mile 3.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,555' 779 m
Descent: -117' -36 m
High: 4,624' 1,410 m
Low: 2,094' 638 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 86% (41°)

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Trail shared by Dwayne Childers

A demanding trail well worth the view and feeling of accomplishment.

Dwayne Childers

Features Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Note that the trail is not maintained past the Basin (approximately 2 miles in). Only experienced hikers should attempt the full hike to the Flatiron as the trail is steep and difficult past this point.

Description

The first mile is misleading and not enjoyable. As you reach the canyon opening you can get a good sense of what is waiting for you. About a quarter mile into the canyon you'll reach Siphon's Draw.

The climb up the draw is slippery but taking your time makes it easy. Remember on your way down to zigzag to make the descent easier here. There's a waterfall to your left here if there has been recent rain. You are just shy of the halfway point and this is a turn around point for a lot of people, but why stop here?

The trail now becomes more of a scramble. Stop often to turn around and enjoy the view and to get a picture of your path down. Near the top, you'll come to a section that requires upper body strength to pull yourself up or having someone push you. This is the last real obstacle before the trail turns right and out to the tip of Flatiron. Take a break and enjoy the view. You've earned it!

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Jun 2, 2019
S D
2.4mi
May 18, 2019
Gary Walker
With Gary and lily. 2.5 hours up. 2.5 hrs down. 6mi — 5h 00m
May 4, 2019
Josh Winer
From parking lot to top of Flatiron, measures 6.5 miles. Great hike! — 3h 50m
Apr 11, 2019
Douglas McGunagle
With David
Apr 6, 2019
Mia House
Took treasure loop to Jacobs Crosscut to Siphon draw. Nearly made it up but wasn't in the right mindset for the level of difficulty. Good hike though!
Mar 24, 2019
Rachel H
Mar 3, 2019
Jason Marker
Feb 9, 2019
Natalie Dostie

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