Lost Dutchman Loop

HARD 38 reviews

Lost Dutchman Loop is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from January until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

I never saw another person on this trail

25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months 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.

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail with some small creek crossings . Peaceful but with very little shade . Saw 4 rattle snakes on my 9 mile hike with my dog Marble . Recommend . Bring lots of water and make sure you use this app for GPS purposes . The trail gets dodgy towards the middle where everything looks the same . Bust this app out and make sure you are on the right path .

hiking
7 months ago

First off the name of the trailhead is First Water, not Lost Dutchman Loop. No one at the ranger station at Lost Dutchman State Park heard of Lost Dutchman loop. To get to the trailhead you drive about 2 miles past the entrance to Lost Dutchman State Park of which most is dirt and a little bumpy. The road ends at the trailhead. There is NO charge to park at the trailhead. They do charge $7.00 per car at the Lost Dutchman State Park area where the bathrooms are. No bathrooms at the trailhead. To do the 9+ mile loop I went 104 (Lost Dutchman) to where it meets 241 (Black Mesa), took a left. I went counter-clockwise. Then took 241 to 263 (Second Water Trail), also took left at merger point. It's about 5 miles to the 104/241 merger and then the next one mile or so is uphill. Lots of flowers out and nice breeze. Water in the creek along 104 trail. Two people said they saw rattlesnakes, I neither heard nor saw any but did see lots of rabbits, squirrels, birds, and lizards. Left early in morning and took about 3 hours or so to do the 9 miles. Only saw about 6 people total and it was on a Thursday. Very scenic and peaceful. Lots of horse crap but didn't see any horses. How can horses crap so much just eating grass. :-) Enjoy and if you go in summer you better have lots of water as there is very little shade anywhere on the loop. This is rated as "Hard" but I would say at the most it's moderate only because it's 9 miles long. Not a lot of elevation gain and many flat areas. I do hike quite a bit and do lots of mountain hikes so if you are new it might be more difficult particular if it's summer and hot.

8 months ago

8 months ago

camping
8 months ago

8 months ago

Not as hard as advertised
Perfect to see wildflowers
Ok for a family hike

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

Absolutely amazing hike 30 minute mile it took us 5 hours

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Good training trail. I did the loop (actually 3 different trails) clockwise. It was great but I think the views would be better the reverse way.

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016