Named after the fabled lost gold mine, Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Several trails lead from the park into the Superstition Wilderness and surrounding Tonto National Forest. Take a stroll along the Native Plant Trail or hike the challenging Siphon Draw Trail to the top of the Flatiron. Depending on the years rainfall, you might be treated to a carpet of desert wildflowers in the spring. Enjoy a weekend of camping and experience native wildlife including mule deer, coyote, javelina and jackrabbit. The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, 72 campsites, a dump station, restrooms, showers, and group use areas. The visitor center sells maps and other publications. Before you hike, be prepared with enough water and proper footwear as the trails are steep and challenging.
From the parking lot it was unclear whether to start at the opening in the fence on the left or right. Go through the opening on the left, cross a wash area and the trail begins straight ahead on the other side of the wash. I'd rate this easy-moderate. Beautiful hike and lucky enough to have water flowing in the falls. This says it's a loop trail, and although I'm sure there may be a way to loop, we just did an in/out.
This trail is definitely not for the weak-minded! If you're looking for an adventure & to be challenged then this is the trail! Make sure to bring plenty of water & wear hiking shoes...gym shoes are not going to cut it! In addition, bring an extra shirt because you will mostly be drenched in sweat by the time you reach the summit. Airplane point of view from the top!
Don't let the climb up the base to Siphon Draw fool you- though it's not rocky or filled with steep drop-offs, the start of the climb is what can leave a lot of people out of breath the most. Once you are past this though, the rest of the climb is pretty moderate. Actually climbing through Siphon Draw if you are planning on going to Flatiron is a little more difficult. It becomes very steep, and more of a rock climb than a hike at some points. I went with a group where quite a few stayed back at Siphon Draw, while the rest of us went up to Flatiron. Both are fantastic hikes and climbs and would definitely recommend for those looking for a great and challenging day hike! Not that heavily trafficked but lots of friendly people along the way! May be difficult for some pets as well.
I enjoyed this trail!! I went early in the morning and it was foggy, chilly, windy and a little rain.. loved it!!! Easy to follow, got some cardio in but. It wasn't difficult at all. Great views all the way up and around. A little rocky in some areas, the railroad ties are a nice help as guide. I would totally do it again!! Maybe I'll find the lost dutchman's treasure next time! Lol
Unfortunately, the app stopped recording when we reached the top. Our intent was to do the 6 mile loop. The Trail at the top was not well marked and we could not see which way to go so we headed back down . The views were as always spectacular! The main Trail wasn't well marked either, but it was well traveled so it was obvious where to go. Plus there were lots of cairns along the way to keep us going in the right direction. Even though my recording says 1.8 miles we actually went 4.5miles.