Looking for a great trail in Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Lost Dutchman State Park ranging from 2.3 to 5.6 miles and from 2,063 to 3,897 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

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rocky
11 hours ago

The wildflowers were spectacular and the waterfall had a pretty good flow. This was spring break week so we saw quite a few people out enjoying the trail. The trail is pretty easy to follow, but does include some fairly steep climbing sections for the average hiker. 1.5 hours out, a half hour or so at the falls and about 1.3 hours back.

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scramble
20 hours ago

Fantastic trail for an experienced hiker looking for a challenge. Fun trail and beautiful views.

Second time doing this hike but in the opposite direction from the first time. Either direction, this is a tough hike! We went up Carney and down Flat Iron. I drank 4.5 liters of water during the hike,with a remaining 1/2 liter I was conserving to make sure I didn’t run out before getting to the car. Take plenty of food to fuel yourself on this one along with electrolytes. You’re in the sun pretty much the entire way, so even though the high was in the mid 70s, it was pretty warm. The trail was not difficult to follow and there are some cairns along the way. I would definitely say this trail remains the hardest hike I’ve done to date.

Tough but worth the effort.

My wife and I just did this today, it took us approximately 6 hrs, but we spent some time at the top of flatiron exploring and enjoying the veiws. Lots of climbing, so gloves are a good idea and as usual a good pair of hiking boots wil save the bottoms of your feet from the rocks.

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no shade
2 days ago

nice drive for a high clearance vehicle

With sufficient water, maybe a light snack and alot of determination, stopping as your body needs, accomplishing this grueling climb is all worth the incredible view from the top. A winding trail leads you to stepping over and around rocks, then a steeper trail of climbing rocks. Approximately 1/3 up you'll enjoy a beautiful rock basin. The rest of the way is alot of very vertical climbing huge rocks. Upon reaching the top, a wide open flat surface to walk around enjoying the view.

Best hike of the area but not for the faint of heart

great hike! the scenery and waterfall at the end of hike was beautiful.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

I hiked this trail for the first time yesterday and I'll totally admit that this hike seems extremely intimidating at first... but once you do it you'll feel extremely accomplished and the views at the top are beyond worth it, you may even question why you were afraid to try it. I'm going to break down this review into a few parts for people are considering doing it for the first time so that they know what to expect (this is a really long review so just skip it if you don't want to read a lot). Though first of all, I have to mention that I was lucky enough to have come across another hiker named Jeff who is a real regular and has done the trail 126 times!! He let me follow along behind him and he showed me the best way up and down, told me a lot of his advice and shared with me his experiences from him personally hiking this and from others who he has known, which was a huge help and I cannot thank him enough.

Gear: I did the hike in a couple-year-old pair of very worn down Nike free runs and boy do I not recommend this, though it's totally possible. Having good tread on your shoes would be so helpful on this trail, and while I finished the hike despite my inadequate footwear, it was not without a few slips (nothing major) the resulted in just a few scrapes. I used my trekking poles on the approach on the way up and then again on the way down, but after you start scrambling at all, you're going to be better off stowing them in your bag, as they'll just get in the way and your hands will be more effective anyway. Other people on here have recommended wearing gloves and while I didn't wear any, I would have probably appreciated them though I didn't need them (side note: I do have fairly calloused hands from lifting weights).

Nutrition: I brought a two-liter hydration pack, a couple of water bottles and a couple of small bottles of Gatorade, along with a few protein bars and granola bars. I drank most of my hydration pack throughout the duration of the entire hike, had two Gatorades at the top along with a few of those granola bars and a protein bar. then after I reached the bottom again I drank my water bottles and ate my other protein bar. I am a fairly big guy (6'4 220 lbs), so I probably consume more than most people, but it can't hurt to bring a lot of snacks and hydration along with you to power you through your hike.

Wildlife: I didn't see a whole lot, though that doesn't mean it's not there! The gentleman that I was hiking with told me he has seen rattlesnakes, mule deer, rams and more. I did see some birds and lizards but that's not to be unexpected. While you should always be vigilant and looking for snakes, I was informed that it's pretty rare to see them anywhere past the approach to the mountain.

The actual trail: The trail is pretty well traveled though not marked. Some others have mentioned how easy it is to get off the trail and I definitely can see how that is the case, but where you might be unsure, there is usually a paint marker on some rock indicating where to go, but you should keep your head up to see it - plus it's always good to be aware of your surroundings anyways.

The vertical climb: I was super intimidated by this because I am NOT a climber AT ALL, but this was not as intimidating as others make it sound. I did the path to the left on the way up that is not as steep, but it is a little slicker and might require some more reach to scramble over, though it might feel more comfortable to others as it did to me. However, I did descend on the right side of the wall that I would compare to a rock ladder more so than a rock wall. Some people list this wall as high as 12 or even 15 feet tall, and when reading about it, it made me super scared to try it, but it is really more like 6 feet of climbing and maybe 4 feet of scrambling, and at no point are you put in an extremely compromised position. the foot and handholds are easy to find are quite large, but if you, like myself am not a climber, it seems much more intimidating than it is.

Experience & Fitness: I'm a moderately experienced hiker and in very good shape, but this was a difficult hike for me. I didn't have to worry about finding the right path since I followed somebody, but I started off this hike going alone, and I do not recommend doing this, at least bring one buddy with you. The trail can be tricky to follow in a few places, but for the most part, you can tell where people have gone before you. If you're questioning whether or not you are in shape enough or not for this hike I recommend trying it, you can always turn around if need be, just know whatever you go up, you have to go back down... I do recommend though that you be a fairly experienced hiker and have done some other hikes where there is a lot of scrambling. I would compare this to a much longer and more difficult camelback, you are scrambling the entire way, the trail is less traveled and the obstacles are bigger, and there are some slick parts to worry

I started 7am and was glad to hike up in the shade of the mountain. It’s a real climb to flatiron and worth it. Be sure you eat before you go up. I started feeling a bit off and was glad to have food with me. Bring enough water and bring gloves. It’s not really necessary but you use you hands a lot, especially going down. 5 star hike in the region.

beautiful hike, worth the aerobic activity itll take to get to the waterfall. go after it rains to make sure the falls are flowing (went today, and it was wet and everything was beautiful), wildflowers will be in bloom along the trail. I was able to hike the entire way carrying my 5 month old baby. wear good shoes!

What a beautiful hike!! We started around 10am when the weather was starting to warm up but not unbearable yet. Gorgeous green landscape & yellow poppies blooming made the hike that much more enjoyable. Everyone on the trail were super nice and while there were steady groups of people on the trail it wasn’t crowded. I’d recommend comfy hiking shoes & water. Don’t forget to look around now and then and take in the desert beauty. The waterfall was definitely a plus!

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rocky
4 days ago

we love this hike, even if you don't go all the way to the top, to Flatiron. its a great workout. Bring good hiking shoes for traction and ankle stability as its rocky in spots. beautiful views!

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rocky
4 days ago

Really great beginner trail for someone looking for an incline and some really neat views. People of all ages on the trail when I went.

Always good to see the waterfall running, even if it’s just barely so now. Beautiful time of year because the flowers are blooming. Be careful and I recommend not doing this trail alone, I believe I saw a mountain lion or at least a large bobcat up on the hillside about a mile from the trailhead in my way out. Right after you’re getting out of the wetter, grassier part of the trail. It was getting dark and I shined my headlamp up and saw a flash of eyes - I held my light up there and caught it a few more times. At one point it must have looked directly into the light and turned it’s head because of the brightness and the motion was definitely catlike. If you know what I mean, then you know. haha

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rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Flatiron definitely lives up to its reputation of being one of the hardest hikes in the valley, but boy is it worth it once you get to the top. The views are stunning. And once you get down, and look at the giant mountain you’ve just conquered, you’ll feel accomplished!

My trekking poles lived in my pack the entire time, for you’ll find yourself scrambling up/down rocks constantly. Gloves and LOTS of water are recommended, and unless your child/dog is a VERY “seasoned” hiker, I would leave them at home.

There comes to a point near the summit where the trail leads you to a ~12ft vertical climb. I recommend taking the route to the left. You bypass that area completely. Mind you, you’ll still be scrambling, but nothing compared to that other route.

P.S. Don’t forget to bring $7 cash for parking. I forgot mine and I had to rush 5 miles down the road to a gas station for money. The nearest gas station (Shell) doesn’t open until 8am. I found that out the hard way...

Beautiful hike. Incline going up, but a great hike with amazing views.

Awesome trail, went up Siphon Draw and down Carney springs, 6:56 total time, about 50 mins of snack breaks sprinkled in there.

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no shade
rocky
4 days ago

Great workout. Waterfall was worth the walk. Went early on a Saturday. Not busy. Perfect time not too hot or cold. Busier as we came down.

Great quick hike during sunset if you stay at the lost dutchman campground

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over grown
5 days ago

I was so disappointed, because I couldn’t find the right turn off for the trail. So, instead of hiking/trail running the loop, I went out and back. Other than that, it was a great trail and I enjoyed the small waterfall.

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no shade
5 days ago

Great hike. Was a bit crowded but not overly so. The waterfall at the end makes the lack of shade on the trail worth it!

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

One of my absolute favorites. Wear good shoes, some might want gloves. Use the tree to the left on the rock wall to pull yourself up and over. Stay to the left of the trail - it's easy to wander right and find yourself lost. Definitely worth the climb. Do it midweek to miss the weekend crowds.

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muddy
no shade
rocky
6 days ago

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no shade
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

Great hike! Rough, rocky trail and challenging. We left Carney Springs trailhead planning a double traverse but had to turn around just short of the Flat Iron. Will do again to finish it. Will need 10 to 12 hours to do the double traverse. Having a navigational app helps if you’ve never done the hike before. Have fun!

Beautiful trail! Of course everything is beautiful in this great weather when everything is green after the rain. The trail is very easy to follow if you know where you’re going: follow Jacob’s Crosscut to Prospectors View to Treasure Loop and back to Jacobs Crosscut. It was a fairly easy trail, the prospectors view part is a consistent incline and where I think it gets its moderate rating. I left early and hardly saw anyone till the very end. It was just lovely today. I’m glad I tried something new.

by far one of my favorite hikes. and yes its a hard hike! you have to climb rocks after a while. and be prepared to spend several hours getting to the top if your not use to that kind of hike. also you shouldn't go unprepared! unless you are a pro even then, always have supplies.

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