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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.

This was an awesome hike! Totally enjoyed the climb!

Lived in AZ for 30 yrs and finally attempted this trail. All I can say is AMAZING! Add it to your list and make sure you take plenty of time to enjoy the views. It was challenging but very rewarding. Enjoyed every minute of it.

hiking
2 days ago

scenic but very rocky at certain areas, had to pay attention where to step and not twist an ankle. Was hoping to see more wildlife as spoken of in other reviews, maybe it was to cold.
Elevation wasn't to bad

This hike was the most challenging I have ever done. More rock climbing than hiking, really. Quite technical in many areas and not for the faint of heart. Nonetheless if carefully approached, can be successfully completed by those of good balance and reasonable fitness. Gloves are highly recommended as much of the “hike” required 4 points of contact. Though short in distance, long in effort!!

A ranger suggested we go up the right trail and come down the left trail. I am so glad we did. The right trail has a lot of elevation gain and I was tired when we reached the top. Beautiful view. Coming down the left trail was easier...since there is less elevation decline. My dog enjoyed the hike and the many new friends that she met. Since there is little shade, it could be a better winter hike. Enjoy.

At the top are views that make all the strenuous breaths worthwhile. We had a beautiful day and met so many nice people along the way that the time flew by us. The climb up was a bit scary at times, particularly at the very top just before you reach your destination where there was a 6 foot rock face you had to literally climb. But, it is doable even though many people turned back. We were glad we challenged ourselves and were rewarded with awesome views. We also recommended once you are on top to check out the lesser peak for even more views and less people. The trip down was easier for me than my sidekick but my legs were shot so I used my arms to lower my body down most of the rocks. One last tip, bring gloves. I did and was so glad my hands didn’t take the brunt of the abuse from the rocks.

A little busy for me. Plus a lot of people that were amateur knocking rocks loose that made me wary. Otherwise beautiful, diverse, difficult, and Arizona at its best. The crowd made it less than 5 star for me.

Fun hike beautiful views some parts flat so you can pick up speed then some points trail is rough minimal elevation

Challenging, but worth it. Scenery from the top is amazing.

Took 5 hours from start to finish, that included half an hour at the top.

Easy trail; well maintained. Beautiful views of the Superstitions and the surrounding mountains. Round trip in less than an hour at a leisurely pace.

A fun easy hike to do with the family. The scenery is beautiful, the trail is well groomed, not much shade to hide from the sun if you need a break. I only give it three stars because it is a very simple walking trail with some elevation and decent views.

Hiked this trail today. Desert was beautiful. Trail is rocky at times.

Loved it! I agree with the rating of the trail based on terrain. At time your hand over hand and not a sure footed as you’d like. The way down can be dangerous if your hasty. Beautiful views, the top is worth the work. I will go back.

Beautiful hike. First half is easy, just stay alert to all the jumping cholla lining the trail. Second half kicks it up to a solid moderate. Good workout! Waterfall still had a trickle yesterday. A great reward of a cool, shaded area at the end. We clocked in at 6.5 miles and took us 3 1/2 hrs to complete with a 20 min rest. Dessert was gorgeously green following the wettest October on record.

good hard hike to the top. well worth it great views will be doung it again

Siphon Draw presents the best valley hike in my humble estimation. I found the up, not as hard as some have written. Truly, if you just take your time this is very doable if you can make it up Camelback without rescue.

The down here is harder than the up, particularly with my so-so knee. At about 3600' or about 500' above the basin, the ground turns very loose and slippery. This poses the greatest danger of the whole hike as falling becomes a very real possibility if you aren't very careful.

One note of significance, is that loose rocks can tumble down very easily on much of the trail. Please be careful of those below you and keep a mindful eye on those above you.

It’s a lot of work. Just make sure you are comfortable with heights and being able to climb up and down rocks. Trail is confusing as mentioned but people are more than willing to help you out if you’re not sure.

Third time hiking here, first time to the top! Really quiet day/low traffic. It was awesome to take in the sounds and scents of the wilderness all the way up. With stops and chill time at the top, this was a 5 hour hike requiring decent strength and flexibility for climbing large step-like boulders, navigating narrow crevasses, and ascending/descending steep, gravelly inclines. Good shoes help!! I was wearing an worn pair of sneakers which didn’t provide a lot of stability, but had thin soles that made gripping rocks easy. Expect to use your whole body on this one! Magical at the top and good core workout.

Very fun! Mammoth Saloon after is a must!

Really great, challenging hike! It is very long when starting from the Saguaro Parking Lot in Lost Dutchman's State Park...6.82 miles! This is not a hike for beginners and dogs should not go past Siphon Draw! Wear shoes with trail rated treads. I saw a group of kids that were in Vans and my hiking friend said she saw one in cowboy boots...how the group leaders' allowed this baffles me! Be prepared for rugged terrain and over a mile of boulders! Don't do this trail alone, or join a group you run into. Do this hike when it is cool... remember 3 miles there and 3 miles back...you don't want to be coming down in high heat conditions, nor going up! Bring plenty of water and some snacks. Take your time and allow 5-6hrs to complete! Enjoy the views!

Amazing trail

Beautiful little hike

Went 2 miles farther along ridge at the top

hiking
18 days ago

I’m a 60 yr old woman who works in an office all week and comes home to sit on the couch more days than not. I usually keep my hiking refrained until weekends. I hiked this trail for the first time today. I was definitely not prepared!! It was much tougher than I had anticipated (those people who say it’s easy lied!) Seriously though, this is a great hike if you want a good workout. It’s long (over 5 miles) with small areas with a bit of climbing over rocks. On my way out, I got too close to some jumping cholla. I didn’t have a stick, so I walked with them stuck in my leg for a bit until I came across another hiker with a stick. He knocked it off and is my new hero. Even though I started early, I was slow, so when the sun was out in full force, I felt it! You need sunscreen; sunglasses; a hat; and PLENTY of water!! I thought I had enough water but was “rationing” it by the time I neared the end of the Trail. Not gonna lie....this trail kicked my lazy butt!! But I just may do it again, but with a partner next time. Solo was no bueno.

Very beautiful after some rain fall.

Definitely a hard hike but well worth it at the top. About half way up, when in doubt stay left. There will be small black “X” on the rocks. Eventually they disappear but there are small white paint circles on some of the rocks as you continue.. They were helpful a few times when unsure where to go. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done

Loved this hike and the little waterfall was cool and refreshing!

This is the best hard, pure ‘hike’ in the Valley. Hike- meaning the views are stunning, lots to see on the way up. It is grueling but as long as you take it slow and steady, you should be fine. I only would recommend this to experienced and/or very fit individuals. Bring lots of water and some carbs/protein to refuel. It will take a good 4-5 hours to complete if done slowly and taking in the sights.

Tough but very rewarding hike, beautiful views at the top. Start early to get cooler weather.

Really challenging hike. Take about one gallon per person and some snacks to eat along the way. Make sure you take some comfy shoes. I was on Nike Free Runs and my brother was on some New balance 247. I would recommend actual hiking shoes. If you plan on taking a dog make sure to give him/her lots of water the day before and also in the morning before going. Don't forget to feed him/her in the morning as well and also take separate food and water for dog. I took my 8 month old American bully and he did fine. We had to help him a lot getting over high rocks and also getting down rocks on the way back. My dog isn't too big so we were able to pull him up at the end where one has to sort of climb to get to the top. We gave him a break and put him in my backpack the last hour on our way back haha. Be careful on the way back because the trail is tricky to follow. Also because there are many loose rocks. We started the trail around 9:30 and got back to the car around 3:30. We would've made it a 3-4 hour hike if we went without my dog. Overall an amazing hike. The views are crazy and satisfying.

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