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Flatiron Scrambling

Peak Summited2021 Flatiron
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadSiphon Draw
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
Additional Informationhttps://www.instagram.com/p/CJPO3a-h89i/

This is the most challenging of the 6-Pack of Peaks due to the steep unrelenting climb of hand-over-boulder scrambling.  You can see the saddle where the climb ends but it never seems to get closer so you just have to  bear down and keep pushing forward and upward. The first 2 miles are on a well-maintained path but gets increasingly technical until you get into the Siphon Draw, after which there is no clear footpath, so your best bet is to stay towards the left side of the Siphon Draw route and stick to the rockfall route.

Once you get near the top there is a 10-vertical-foot climb and you can either stay to the left where there’s plenty of handholds and footholds, or the right, where there are fewer but you have the rock wall on the right side to brace yourself.  I crossed paths with a hiker with his husky and somehow they made it up the wall!  Once you get to the saddle, turn right and it’s just a short 1/3 mile or so footpath to the flatiron section.  However, I took a left turn and came upon a memorial to a tragic event where a family died in a plane crash 9 years ago on nearby Superstition Peak.  I backtracked to the trail and made my way to the Flatiron.  Spectacular views at the top!  Bring gloves, plenty of water and snacks, and leave the trekking poles at home!

Hike #4 in my quest to complete all #SixPackofPeaks in 3 days

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