Siphon Draw Trail in Apache Junction

Siphon Draw Trail near Apache Junction

A few weeks ago, some guys from the office hiked Siphon Draw Trail near Apache Junction. They were talking about the hike, and it sounded like something I would like to do. It didn’t sound like an easy hike, but something I was up for. I wanted to do it before it got too hot, and asked a few friends if they wanted to do it. Sheryl wouldn’t let me hike it alone. Tom eventually agreed to hike it with me, we set a date, and I was ready to reach the top.

The hike takes about four hours start to finish, and we got started around around 10:30 that morning. I fueled up on coffee and had some bottled water, some trail mix and was ready to tackle this hike. Cody said it was best to leave time at the top for pictures… The views from up there, based on the photos I have seen, are impressive. Alas, we never made it to the top.

Like I said, this trail is tough, and Tom didn’t seem to be having the best day. We stopped several times along the way, and he even said, about halfway up, “You’re like the Energizer Bunny.” I took that as a compliment and kept going. But we didn’t get much further up the mountain. Tom was done and needed to turn back.

About halfway up we did see a waterfall that I didn’t expect to see. It doesn’t rain here much, but it had rained a few days prior to our hike, and water was still coming down. We didn’t make it to the top, but it gives me an excuse to go back. But it will be triple digits starting later this week, and will be that way for a few months. Good timing, though. Got a magazine today that promoted the top 5 hikes in Arizona. They are:

  1. Beginner: Aspen Nature Loop in Flagstaff, Arizona
  2. Council Rocks in Tucson, Arizona
  3. Moderate: Lava River Cave in Flagstaff, Arizona
  4. Bear Mountain Trail 54 in Sedona, Arizona
  5. Advanced: Moody Point 139 in Globe, Arizona

I’ve not heard of any of these hikes, but I want to see them all. I just love hiking… The thrill of being outdoors, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat and the cardio benefits of it all. Not to mention the photos that I can share with you here on my blog.

We didn’t get to see the top of Siphon Draw, but I will. I also want to hike the Grand Canyon. I mean, I live in the Grand Canyon State, after all. What are some of your favorite trails?