Lost Dutchman State Park
In the magical Superstition Mountains you will find many stunning hiking trails that take you on a journey through the majestic history and beauty of Arizona. To find Lost Dutchman State Park head north down the beautiful scenic route of Apache Trail which is also called Highway 88. The drive up is curvy and shortly turns into a well maintained dirt road. On the way up, you will pass Goldfield Ghost Town on the left, this is a great place to stop with the kids!
Just a few miles north of Goldfield Ghost Town will be the entrance to Lost Dutchman State Park. Once turning right you will have to purchase a day parking pass which is only $7. When you pay be sure to pick up a Park Map, this came in handy when I managed to get lost!
Picking the perfect hiking trail:
Native Plant Trail: Located near Visitor Center, this 1/4 mile trail features desert plants along an accessible paved trail.
Treasure Loop Trail (#56): Length 2.4 miles round trip, rated moderate, elevation change of 500 feet. Ends at either picnic area.
Prospector’s View Trail (#57): Length 0.7 miles, rated moderate. It connects Siphon Draw Trail with Treasure Loop Trail & also connects with Jacob’s Crosscut Trail.
Jacob’s Crosscut Trail (#58): Trail runs 0.8 miles along the base of the mountain, rated easy. It connects Treasure Loop Trail with Prospector’s View Trail, and continues 4.5 miles past the park area along the base of the Superstitions.
Siphon Draw Trail (#53): 4 miles round trip. Trail winds into a canyon known as Siphon Draw, with a 1,000 foot elevation gain to the Basin area. It’s possible to continue hiking to the Flatiron (6 miles roundtrip), but note trail is not maintained past the Basin. Plus, there’s a 1-mile, 2,000 foot elevation gain from Basin. Only experienced hikers in good shape should attempt the Flatiron hike. Trail is very steep and difficult. Allow 5–6 hours to hike to top and return.
Discovery Trail: Connects campground & day use areas. Features information signs, a wildlife pond, bird feeder and viewing bench.
Originally I planned on hiking up Treasure Loop Trail, but quickly realized I made a wrong turn. I hiked along the mountain biking trail until running into Siphon Draw Trail.
When reaching this trail, I continued up moving closer toward the mountain base until I hit a fork in the trail. At this fork I turned left proceeding up Prospector’s View Trail.
Hiking this area of the trail in March is STUNNING the Yellow Brittle Brush is in full bloom and the landscape is an sea of yellow flowers.
Once at the peak of Prospector’s View Trail there is a bench for the perfect photo!
To get back down I followed Treasure Loop Trail back to the parking lot.