wild flowers

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.

I ♡ this place, I enjoy the scenery more than anything out there! Also the history and stories are great! My friend and I and my fat little pom pom went up there on a fall afternoon, it was def still hot and I regret taking my lil fluffy dog, mostly ended up carrying him the whole way and dumping all our water on him to keep him cool, but we brought enough and snacks and it was a perfect time! The best was we did not see any other people, trail to ourselves! The start of the trail is flat, easy and I thought a bit boring just walking through the desert, but once you get up to the mountain and the big rocks, that's where I got excited! My little dog is now RIP but I have gotten a new big dog now with a light coat of hair and he is young and active, we are for sure going back this winter! :)

It was a beautiful hike, got to see a Jack Rabbit and a Great Horned Owl.

rock climbing
8 days ago

Will kick your ass, but awesome view at the top makes it all worth it.

9 days ago

Tough. Start early and trekking pole advised if you have knee problems. Gorgeous!

Great steady uphill and slippery downhill with the loose rock. We love this area and the views!

Awesome morning hike! Loved the scenery. Easy to moderate hike. Well marked trails and would do it again.

My fave trail in the metro area. Always a great workout!

24 days ago

First time trying this trail. View is breathtaking when you get to the highest point. A few spots were pretty steep but overall a great hike!

Best to avoid weekends when it's very crowded. Great around stormy days as you'll have trail to yourself.

This hike is a 5 star ass kicking but the beauty you experience makes it all worth it.

Great hike on a beautiful September day. $7 to enter, and good restrooms.

The ranger guide has this marked as moderate not easy and for someone who is not from the desert (only been here a year) and does not like the heat nor do well in the heat, this is not an easy trail. It is mostly uphill but it is nicely marked.

trail running
1 month ago

This is a great 2.5 mile trail run that you can combine with Prospector's and Jacobs Crosscut to create a 4 mile loop.

The trail winds through some breathtaking scenery...expansive desert, beautiful cactus and a view of the Flatiron, from near the base, that is just breathtaking.

About 1/2 way up the hike there's an opportunity to scramble onto some boulders on an outcrop for some incredible views.

This is an easy hike, but if you run it you'll get a great workout.

1 month ago

Beautiful and difficult hike. Well worth it even just to get to the basin. Would definitely recommend! Start early in the hot weather mos.

2 months ago

One most difficult and beautiful hikes around Phoenix. A must hike for me at least 2x a year. Try going right after the monsoon season for amazing flowers!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Drove from Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat. The views are beautiful and we're looking forward to the drive to Roosevelt Lake this fall.