Ascent of The Flatiron on 2015-11-07

Climber: Diana Yuen

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, November 7, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Flatiron
    Elevation:4860 ft / 1481 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started TH at roughly 0650. Lots of social trails that are suboptimal to the true Siphon Draw trail (chossy mostly) but all still funnel into the correct trail eventually. If you are on any kind of chossy terrain, you are probably off route. Some T2 scrambling and boulder hopping, even on trail. Trail stays in the shade for the morning and much of the afternoon. Heed the rangers' advice and follow the white and blue dots/markings. The white dots look like bird poop, so don't be dissuaded.

A modest crowd on the Flatiron.

Scrambled over to No Name Peak partly taking trail, partly inventing trail. There is a neat keyhole section in the trail through a bunch of boulders. The views are incredible. Met a nice hiker named Darren who knew all the local trails and mountains and chatted for quite a while. We could see Weavers Needle, Four Peaks, Black Mesa, and others I can't remember.

Wandered back to the saddle and followed the ridge trail for a bit before feeling the stinging numbness of agave and cacti injection and turning around. Be aware that the ridge trail is overgrown and care must be taken to avoid getting constantly stabbed by desert plants. Cairns mostly mark the way, but some cairns don't make sense and other times there are multiple routes.

The descent would be terrible if wet, as much of it is loose scree on slab, or lumpy slab. The ranger indicated it was very very wet on the trail -- I saw no water whatsoever except a little stagnant pool far from the trail at the beginning of the slab.

Very diverse birds, butterflies, lizards, mice, trees, flowers, and cacti. Neat interpretative signage near the parking lot, and formal restrooms as well as portables.

I'm surprised this is a trail in a state park. This is really quite challenging for the average hiker. I personally didn't enjoy it that much, but it is worth doing once. There are too many people always above you wandering around on loose terrain, which I think is an accident waiting to happen.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Flatiron - No Name - 2015

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Flatiron2015-11-07 
2Ironview Peak2015-11-07 

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