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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.

Really good hike

The hike was really cool. e,or t to do some rock climbing so I suggest for you to bring gloves if you have sensitive hands.
Got to the top and the view was amazing. No words to describe.
On the way down it began to rain... now the difficulty went from hard to dangerous. If you ever get to experience rain on your way down be ready to slip... the rocks become very slippery. my hiking shoes where no help. I slipped down the slope for about 20 feet. Lots of water was running down because of the rain. Either way, I enjoyed everything and I wouldn't change anything. Love it!

Definitely a strenuous hike/climb. Was dead by the time we got back to flat land. haha

Take plenty of time, water, and an occasional snack. Remember to wear and bring necessary clothing, always layer up and layer down, watch your footing, look up, down, and all around, be communicative to, and for others, and practice great LEAVE NO TRACE!

First time hiking this trail and we loved it!

Most challenging and rewarding hike so far! It is definitely a hard hike though. I started out at 8am, made it to the top by 11 and back down by 3. It was raining by the time I was almost to the top but I couldn’t stop with how close I was. The way down, more rain, mud and the siphon was extremely slippery! Many people falling so please take caution if the weather might call for rain! Bring a dry sack, and the right attire to stay dry. Be prepared with lots of water and a good snack. On a clear day, water water water! **PS for first timers: when you get almost to the top, you hit a rock wall which you can attempt to climb OR look to the left and there is a tree marker for a path that’s more doable. Once past that it’s a short walk to the very top.

Best hike in the Valley

This was an amazing hike. I made it half way. I'm overweight and knees are messed up. I enjoyed the area I was able to make it. It rained so the vertical rock area becomes a giant slip and slide down. I heard a dude fell and slid down for a bit so take caution on the wet days. I love how courteous folks are when hiking. Wonderful time. Cool 54 degrees was lovely.

Don’t let the short distance fool you! This is a challenging hike. Worth every drop of sweat when you reach the top tho. It has a variety of views, and full of adventure. I love the environment on the hike as well. Everyone knows it’s challenging so people tend to be more helpful and positive upon passing. My favorite, and most challenging hike yet!

Challenging but the view is well worth the burn!

Challenging hike but really worth the effort!

Nice little hike. Can be as easy or as difficult as you want it to be.

It’s amazing to me that no one says anything about the primitive road that takes you to the trailhead. Maybe that’s common knowledge out in the superstitions, but anyway, getting to the trailhead is a bumpy and unpaved ride that can be done in a standard sedan but best with a high clearance vehicle.

The trail is nice and I wouldn’t say it was easy, more moderate. Definitely beats other trails in the valley in looks; lots of green even in the winter.

Wonderful hike. We started at peralta trail which I would highly recommend as the majority of the hike after that is flat with a few inclines. The hike is actually 13 miles not 11.

One of my all time favorite hikes. How crowded it gets depends on the time you arrive. I started the other day at 8am and there was no crowd. The crowd really comes in after 9:30 or so. The earlier you start the better since there is little to no shade in the afternoon. Bring plenty of water (it's always smart to bring extra). Be prepared for a challenge!

5 days ago

BEAUTIFUL! Steady incline and wonderful scenery. We're new to hiking so this was a great trail to increase our abilities. We would do this again! So beautiful.

It was a bit crowded but the higher you go the less people are on the trail. I think I counted a dozen people at the top. Like other people have said, pack more water than you think you will need and a light snack. I wouldn't recommend bringing a dog unless it's a very cool day, there is very little shade along the trail. We ended up going off trail and blazing our own path about 3/4's of the way up, it's easy to lose the trail markers as you get fatigued. Going down is easy and yet harder at the same time because your legs are shot from the trip. Overall it's a killer hike, amazing views.

Great trail. Amazing views. Definitely lives up to its difficult/hard rating, do not underestimate need for water and food, especially during warmer days. Plus it’s nice to take in the scenery at the top with a picnic and the chipmunks. Don’t forget to turn around on your way up, or look up on your way down to enjoy all the views, it’s easy to miss as you will have to check your footing with each step until you’re past the draw.

7 days ago

Great MLK day trip. Free admission to park. Beautiful views of mountains in every direction. Steady incline no scrambling.

This was my fourth time up to Flat Iron, and it never disappoints.
Know that this trail has really gained in popularity, probably in large part due to great websites like AllTrails. Seven years ago when I did the hike my first time, I was one of only 4 people on the trail the entire day. The second time maybe 5-6 people tops. Lately it's been very crowded, which isn't a negative, it just felt like, well, lots of adventerous people are in for a challenging hike.
This isn't the typical tourist hike, like Piestewa, Pinnacle Peak or Camelback. I happen to like all three of those hikes and consider them good in their own rights. My point is that not many people just wake up one day and decide to go to the top of Flat Iron. Even if you're already in good physical condition, you have to know what you're in for.
Tips from my four times up and down:
Do your best to stay to the left, where some of the faded blue/white spots are on the boulders marking the trail. I learned the hard way my first time going up, when I naively thought the best way up is the shortest distance between two points.
Bad move, and potentially dangerous too.
I found myself on the right side of the more widely-used trail and had to navigate the rock face just at the top of the vegetation. I learned my lesson after that and have stuck to the main trail up ever since.
After making it to the top of Siphon Draw, the hike is a combination of steep incline and a mix of light bouldering and scrambling. Nothing terribly intimidating, but at this point of the hike you've already potentially used up alot of energy, so it just FEELS long, when in reality, distance-wise, it might actually be the shortest section of the entire hike.
Pacing yourself up to that point will do you alot of good.
I know there are experienced hikers who've done the hike in less than two hours, but that's an incredible feat. My times have typically been arounnd 2-1/2 hours plus some, but that's OK, I just turned 63 and this fourth time up was my first since open heart surgery back in May.
Best to plan on a total round-trip of 5-6 hours.
Echoing other hikers' opinions, getting a reasonably early start is a good idea, both to have the shade work for you on most of the trip up, as well as just to give yourself more time in case you find your pace taking onger than what you expected.
I like the suggestion of one of the hkers to bring an extra pair of socks for the return trip down. It just feels better, especially after sitting at the top, taking off the hiking boots and socks as a reward for making it to the top.
No doubt you'll see people on different routes making their way down. This is because the trail, in my opinion, can be tricky to stick to even on the way down.
As a testament to how hard the trail is, it takes a different kind of effort to get down, mostly because bouldering on the descent can at times be a toss-up between figuring out which parts to "tail it" down vs trying to firmly step down.

This hike gives a sense of accomplishment that's definitely something to treasure.
Plan accordingly, and if it's within your capabilities, you'll be very glad you did it.

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