Updated: Oct 31, 2018
Siphon Draw Trail is located in Apache Junction, AZ which is approximately 34 miles from Fountain Hills, AZ . It is a 4.8 mile out and back trail.
From Fountain Hills head east on Shea Blvd then take a right onto AZ-87 drive ~ 7 miles and take a left onto N Gilbert Rd then using the left lane turn onto E McDowell Rd merging onto the AZ-202 until exit 26 to E. Brown Road. Stay on E. Brown road which merges onto W Lost Dutchman Blvd. Stay on W. Lost Dutchman Blvd for 3.5 miles then turn left onto AZ-88 for 2.7 miles arriving at Lost Dutchman State Park Stop at the Rangers office to register. This way they'll know your hiking in the park in case of emergencies.
On the drive to the Lost Dutchman State Park you will see the Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum. The Museum grounds are on a 15 acre park consisting of the Elvis Memorial Chapel, the Audie Murphy Apache land Barn, The Gallows and Windmill, the Garden-scale Model Railroad, the Cossack 20-Stamp Mill, the Arrastra, the Miner's Shack, the Labyrinth, Boot Hill and the Memorial Bench.
It's well worth the stop. You can't miss it because the Elvis Memorial Chapel stands out against the beautiful Superstition Mountain backdrop.
Heading out on the trail you'll hike about .25 miles on the Discovery Interpretive trail enjoying the views of Superstition Mountain before turning right towards the Siphon Draw trail. You'll start on the Siphon Draw trail at trail marker #53 right before the Park boundary fence.
The trail is intertwined upon beautiful outcropping of rocks making the two mile ascent towards the basin very enjoyable. I hiked this trail the last week of September early in the morning and by 10:00 am it was starting to warm up. You'll need to be careful as the trail has minimal shading area to protect you from the midday sun.
It's fun to stop and study the different rock shapes and out cropping imaging what their shapes remind you of, this rock formation reminded me of a Jack Rabbit.
I continued hiking up to the basin and then turned around.
I'm looking forward to Spring 2018 when I'll return to photograph the wild flowers and hopefully continue on to flat iron at the very top.