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.

Very hard but worth it. As others have said on here......STAY LEFT!!!!!!! Knew this going up and still went right. Makes it harder than it has to be :) Met some regulars and they were very nice and informative people. Don't be afraid to ask. Will be doing this again.

9 days ago

Beautiful Views, well marked.

off road driving
11 days ago

Great drive with beautiful views along the way.

Great hike

Whew! What a hike! Definitely one of the best hikes in the area - the scenery during the hike is awesome! Love how diverse the rock formations are on your way up. The hike up is pretty hard and my friend and I accidentally deviated from the trail and had to boulder our way up, but I'm assuming if you find the actual trail up it's not too bad (though it is pretty steep). Views from the top of Flatiron are SO GOOD. To the north you have the urban sprawl, to the east you have more moutnains, and directly behind you facing south, you have even more mountains and rocks! COOL MAN. We did this hike on a 100+ degree day ..... would 10/10 suggest not doing that. We brought 3L of water and my camelback ran out about 100 yards away from our car on the way back - so definitely bring a lot of water. I'll do this one again in fall when Arizona doesn't feel like an oven anymore.

My knees hate me now. They used to love me until I took them on Flatiron. :) The way up is awesome and a really fun hike. Pack lots of water, no water sources on the trail. When you get to the top... deep breaths as you take in the view. Way back down is good until about 1/4 way down and my knees got pretty upset with me. I need yoga.

Best hike near the valley. And difficult!

May 31st. Great hike. I started out at dawn temp ~ 23C. ~74F?) Forecasting 40C in the city. tough climb after the approach though enjoyable and temperature never a problem. Much scrambling and bouldering, in the higher reaches. easy to lose the trail though you're in the gully much of the way so you can't go too far wrong. Out on top the breeze and view kept me for an hour. Coming down of course tough on the legs too and I felt the heat building.

Up and back in ~3.5 hrs.