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Lost Dutchman State Park, in the Sonoran Desert 40 miles east of Phoenix, is a beautiful place named after a gold mine famous in tall tales told during the wild west days. Visitors can see the mine in the Goldfield Ghost Town. Several of the park's lead hikers into Superstition Wilderness and the nearby Tonto National Forest. The Arizona State Park offers a lots of hiking trails, picnic areas, over 70 campsites, bathrooms and showers, and day use areas. The visitor center has lots of helpful info. Come experience native wildlife like mule deer and jackrabbits and beautiful native plants. Depending on how wet this years seasons were, you might be in for great views of tons of desert wildflowers along the nature trails come spring. Make sure to bring water and good footwear.

off road driving
2 days ago

The views on this road are hard to compete with anywhere in AZ. The road is well maintained, moderately traveled and filled with so many variations of scenery, its awesome. You can travel this in a car easily and the windy sections are quite fun.

Very difficult trail with just under 3000 feet elevation change. It’s about five hours round-trip for the average hiker. Spectacular views.

Ouch my knees are sore and the blisters on my feet burn. I definitely underestimated this trail. I thought I was going to be on my two feet the whole way up. I ended up climbing and scratching and going the wrong way like a Dutchman. I will scratch this trail off my to do list. Over all I had fun and a workout.

hiking
5 days ago

My favorite trail to date. The view is spectacular. Easy, short trail and great for family and dog walks. The park is well maintained. The staff is super helpful. Loved it

This is an amazing and very challenging hike. It’s a full body workout with lots of climbing and scrambling, and you need to be mindful of wildlife such as wasps, bees, and snakes. I’ve done it 3 times so far. The most recent time (today), I went up to the Flatiron and back down to my car in about 3.5 hours (1.5 hours going up and 2 going down). I am a regular hiker at Camelback and other Phoenix-area trails and this is definitely the best (and hardest)! The views at the top are unbeatable and unmatched. You gain about 3,000 feet in elevation from the bottom to the top. You will notice some pine trees as well as much cooler temps at the top, reminding you of how high you climbed. Ample water, great hiking shoes, and snacks/food are a must. As others have said, follow the blue and white dots and arrows that are spray painted onto the rocks to stay on the trail.

Easy day hike. Not hard at all, great for a leisurely hike.

Amazing views all the way up and coming back down. There are places where you literally have to climb vertically. Not for novices, the faint of heart, nor the out of shape. You could get very badly injured in places so it’s probably best done with at least a partner. I had a blast. It’s approximately 2,733 feet from the top of Flatiron to the beginning of the trail. The last 2 miles climb about 2,000 feet.

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