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nature trips

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.

Really enjoyed this trail! We got off trail once but wasn’t too bad getting back. Great views and a fun area to explore. Bring lots of water.

Awesome hike with beautiful views. We did the 2.9 mile loop in an hour.

11 hours ago

Great hike. Just have plenty of water. It's a fairly long hike for ppl that don't hike often since the incline is pretty steep.
Don't be a tourist and do this in summertime!!!!

beautiful scenery, easy hike for animals and kids!!

This is such an amazing and majestic hike.

2 days ago

Bring Water! is a beautiful hike and is a great way to see this area of the country. Recommend doing the trail clockwise. Working it counterclockwise as I did you end up hiking over half the distance and then have a rather vertical climb to come back down three gradual descent.

Either way you go remember that the last half mile is uphill because your first half mile is downhill.

There are few places where you cross river beds and it is hard to find where the path is.

There will be no phone or internet connection for 99% of the hike so download map before and bring a paper copy.

Very few places with shade to stop, so take ite when you can.

The views are wonderful and it was wonderful being out of communications core a few hours.

Be aware, this is less traveled, almost stepped on a local...snake.

One of the hardest hikes in the valley. I've hiked it 5 times and the view is always amazing but be prepared for a 3 hour + hike round trip.

Not for the beginner. You will use your hands at times. 1st half is gentle, then 2nd half is challenging after Syphon Draw. The amazing view will be worth the 2 hour strenuous climb! Loved it.

Life changing, and worth the workout! Views unlike any other. Clear, crisp, cool air at the top. Only a few shady zones that are fun to spend the day at. Great people up there too

Challenging yet rewarding trail. Stay to the left after the basin during the ascent. Look for white or blue paint to mark the trail. My wife and I made the summit in approximately 3 hrs from the parking lot.