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Siphon Draw Trail #53

 13 votes

2.4 Miles 3.9 Kilometers


2,555' 779 m


-117' -36 m


4,624' 1,410 m


2,094' 638 m



Avg Grade (12°)


Max Grade (41°)

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23 days agoUpdate

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

Dwayne Childers


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.
Features: Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed


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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Dec 6, 2017
Tom Jansen
Solo 6.3mi
Nov 24, 2017
Chris Frost
Lots of people, but definitely a fun hike close in to the city 2.4mi
Nov 13, 2017
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Oct 28, 2017
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Daniel Ofstad
7.9mi — 4h 30m
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Patrick White
Most difficult trail I've ever hiked, but it was well worth it! Very demanding and you'll use a lot of body parts you're not used to hiking. The vi... 6.1mi

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All Clear 23 days ago
Dry - Lots of people during the holidays.
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Why would you say the first mile is not enjoyable? It's still hiking through the beautiful desert. By saying that you very likely will turn people away from this hike. Aug 16, 2017
I said it's not enjoyable because that was my opinion. While it is still hiking, the first mile is small rocks and not much to see. A new hiker may very well get discouraged and turn away before reaching the draw and taking in the amazing sights. So while you chose to take my comment for negative it was meant entirely positive. I welcome you to post a review containing Your opinion. Aug 17, 2017

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