In Lost Dutchman State Park there are trails for all levels of walking and hiking. It’s an easy introduction to desert topography and plants, especially for Arizona visitors located in the southeast portion of greater Phoenix. During winter months you’ll likely see horseback riders on the trails. Rangers are helpful at the visitor center/gift shop, and there are restrooms, drinking water, picnic ramadas, plus individual and group campsites. When winter rains are frequent, spring flowers put on a good show. Even though this season's rainfall has been sparse, there were some flowers out now.
The park is at the northwest base of the vast Superstition Mountain complex. The abrupt rise of these mountains from the desert floor makes them a notable landmark for many miles. You can experience highlights of the park with an easy combination of popular trails: start from the Treasure Loop trailhead at the Cholla day use area, gradually heading uphill towards the base of the mountains. Good views from along the top of this trail which at the top connects to the Prospector’s View Trail. Follow this trail back downhill and return to your car via the Jacob’s Crosscut trail. This entire 4-mile route delivers nice views to the northeast. (To the west is rural residential development in Apache Junction.) Strong, experienced hikers enjoy Lost Dutchman for the rugged climb from The Basin (3100’) to the top of Flatiron (4300’) and panoramic views. Admission fee is $7.00 for day use. Overall this is a nice park for leisurely enjoying mountain and desert views.
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