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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.

Hiked Treasure Loop, Jacob's Crosscut, and Prospector's View Trail for a total of 3.5 miles on an overcast Sunday morning.

Side note: I could not find the cave pictured in the trail photo :( A little disappointing.

We parked in the Saguaro Day Use lot and started there. The first part of the trail was mostly a walk, but it was nice and green from all the rain and we saw a few wildflowers. At the fork we took a right and used Crosscut trail towards Siphon Draw to pick up Prospector's View Trail. It gets much steeper there, but it's definitely still moderate and not unmanageable for someone in decent shape.

This trail has very little elevation change, but because everything around it is flat you still get some pretty good views. Green boulder is neat, but if you take Prospector's View you have to hike a little ways down Treasure Loop to see the green part. The trails are all easy to follow and well maintained.

Hike was nice and quiet for a sunrise hike on a cold morning, but I think it would probably get really crowded with nicer weather. Bathrooms and water at the trailhead, which I guess is part of what you're paying for with the $7 entry fee.

Hiked Treasure Loop, Jacob's Crosscut, and Prospector's View Trail for a total of 3.5 miles on an overcast Sunday morning.

We parked in the Saguaro Day Use lot and started there. The first part of the trail was mostly a walk, but it was nice and green from all the rain and we saw a few wildflowers. At the fork we took a right and used Crosscut trail towards Siphon Draw to pick up Prospector's View Trail. It gets much steeper there, but it's definitely still moderate and not unmanageable for someone in decent shape.

This trail has very little elevation change, but because everything around it is flat you still get some pretty good views. Green boulder is neat, but if you take Prospector's View you have to hike a little ways down Treasure Loop to see the green part. The trails are all easy to follow and well maintained.

Hike was nice and quiet for a sunrise hike on a cold morning, but I think it would probably get really crowded with nicer weather. Bathrooms and water at the trailhead, which I guess is part of what you're paying for with the $7 entry fee.

hiking
1 day ago

Easy to navigate. Clear trail.

Agree with everyone, it should not be considered easy, the beginning is nice and flat but then starts the inclines, but GREAT hike and there was a good flow of water for the waterfall

camping
1 day ago

Awesome hike as long as the waterfall is flowing. Good work and easy to follow even though there are no signs after the trailhead.

A very nice scenic hike with a waterfall at the end! Highly recommend it! We plan to go back soon when the plants are in bloom!

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful views. Lots of flowers. Take the cut off if want an easier hike, loop up to the rocks if want a harder hike.

Not as hard as advertised
Perfect to see wildflowers
Ok for a family hike

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike, difficult and strenuous. Need plenty of water and it's best during winter and spring. What I dislike is the distance from parking lots to actual trail, and it also gets crowded. The views are worth the effort and it's a nice reward.

hiking
1 day ago