This past weekend, I headed out to do some desert exploring with my ministry intern, Kyle. We headed out to one of the areas most popular spots, The Lost Dutchman State Park. Located about 40 miles from Phoenix, the LDSP is borders the Tonto National Forest and the Superstition Mountains. The park offers camping, picnicking, and hiking trails to fit all levels of fitness.
Today, in the 112º heat, we choose to tackle one of the Forest’s toughest trails, Siphon Draw Trail. This hike tough, not only was the heat oppressive, but the terrain is so much different here in the Sonoran, than it is is back home in the Appalachians. This trail accesses some significant features, at 1,000 elevation gain you reach the Basin. This is a large area of slick rock. Continuing on from the Basin one embarks on another 2,000 feet elevation gain in one short mile until reaching Flat Iron. If you’re coming to the greater Phoenix area, I’d highly recommend visiting Lost Dutchman. The views are great, the trails are challenging and the location is much nicer than the mountains closer to PHX.