Photographer's Note

The iconic view of the Supersition Mountains is looking up at their west/northwest faces. This is a reversal of that - taken from the bow of Ship Rock, 3,000+ feet above the valley.

In the center of the photograph, tricking from the canyon, the Siphon Draw Trail meanders towards its trailhead in Lost Dutchman State Park's camping area. From the trailhead, it's a 2-mile hike with a 1,000-foot elevation gain to reach Siphon Draw. That's the easy part of a very well defined trail. To reach Ship Rock (a.k.a. the Flatiron) is a mile long scramble up an ill-defined, vague trail climbing the other 2,000 feet. Should you attempt the lung and leg challenging climb, remember to stay to the left of the water course.

I thought I could impress the other hikers on the "bow" by having made the climb at my age. My ego was immediately quashed by a 72-year old man who said he thought he'd done well by climbing it weekly from late fall through early spring, but who said he was shamed by an 80-year old who'd climbed it over 150 times!

ISO 200, 1/500 second at f/16, 16mm focal length

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