|The Superstition Mountains as seen from Lost Dutchman State Park.|
Our campsite doesn't actually face the mountains, but they sure make a great backdrop for photos!
|Sunset glow on the Superstition Mountains behind our RV.|
We decided to give the toughest hike in the park a shot. It's a six mile round trip to the Flatiron, a rock formation that juts out from a steep mountainside. The trail is very steep and gloves are recommended because you have to do a lot of rock scrambling.
|Rock spires rise above us as the trail gains elevation.|
|Colorful, fascinating rock walls surround us.|
|In the distance beyond Hans you can see smooth rock worn down by water;|
We're beginning to understand why the first part of the trail is called Siphon Draw.
Flatiron beckons us in the distance.
|As we head up into the siphon we had excellent, though narrow, views back into the valley below us.|
Continuing on we come to the Siphon and beginning walking right up the slick rock.
|There's a tiny bit of water seeping out of the ground due to recent rains.|
|Yes, it's really that steep!|
|It's pretty much straight up!|
|The slick rock gives way to chunky rock, some loose, the gloves were a good idea.|
|Another look back, you can see another hiker coming up the "trail".|
At this point we came to a sort of plateau and took stock of the situation. Looking ahead we could see the "trail" dropped away then began climbing dramatically to the Flatiron. Knowing what we already had to descend, we decided that knee preservation was more important than bagging this particular summit.
|The trail continues, down about 100 feet, then up and up and up the ravine in front of us.|
The Flatiron looms overhead, taunting us with its nearness, yet oh so far and treacherous.
|At our turn around point there are cool hoodoo formations on the cliff tops above.|
It was a long, slow, pick-our-way-down the mountain. I guess the Flatiron was a bust but we had a great experience over all! We hiked this on a Wednesday and there were lots of people on the trail. The weekends must be crazy busy!
Here's a couple of shots from our evening walk around the campground: