Siphon Draw Swan Song

Siphon Draw Swan Song

The Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstition Mountains Wilderness area is one of the unfortunate victims of poor budgeting and the state’s literal bankruptcy. This June Lost Dutchman Park will close indefinitely. I guess this post is my heartbroken acknowledgment that soon one of my (multiple) beloved hikes here will be my last.

Let music sound while he doth make his choice; then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, fading in music. 
~ W. Shakespeare (Portia, The Merchant of Venice)

I love this park, and I love this particular hike — Siphon Draw, seen near the trail head. If you want to feel like a genuine champion, climb this puppy all the way to the top of the flatiron, which can’t even be seen in this photo because of the cloud cover over the mountain. In three miles you will gain 2625 feet plus a final 300 feet to the summit — then you get to climb down that 2925 feet via the same three miles back — jelly legs! You will feel as though you are on top of the world. If you time your visit just right, you will be treated to a seasonal waterfall that you must cross/climb on your venture to the top. Wildflowers litter the foothills and fields surrounding the unique rock formations that make up this small canyon.

I really wish my 401K value would rise as exponentially as this elevation profile.


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  1. Anonymous
    February 2, 2010 / 8:07 pm

    This is by far one of the most dissapointing things that could happen to the state..Superstitions… Ugh!!! I condemn those political crackheads for making the decision to close this spectacular location.. cheers to the Superstitions for being ancient and magnificent, and here's to our scramble to squeeze in as many Lost Dutchman visits as possible!

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