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Lost Dutchman State Park Campground, AZ

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Jacob's Treasure Prospectors
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2012-07-30
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
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    spent saturday night at lost dutchman state park
    had a great time at angela's birthday party
    taco truck and visiting with a bunch of haz folks made for a nice evening
    after coffee and breakfast, decided to hike the black mesa loop
    a better choice might have been flatiron and 5024, right from the campground
    took off about 8:30 from first water and hiked the loop counterclockwise
    saw a total of nine hikers and two horseback riders, most near the start or finish
    good to get back in the supes
    Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
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    Jacob's Treasure Prospectors
    Wanted to do a quick hike before the Tibberfest so that I would be at the Campground for any early arriving guests. As I was preparing to leave I asked Larry if he wanted to come along. He hadn't finished his coffee yet or had breakfast but since it was a short hike; he decided to keep me company.

    It's a bit of an adventure getting out of the campground but I knew about the area we needed to be so we headed in that direction and made it to the gate. As we were walking up the trail a hiker told us he was doing the Ridgeline. He had parked his car at Carney and rode his mountain bike around. I'm thinking he's already done a lot for the day and now he's doing the ridgeline. Wow.

    It was a nice morning as we intersected from the Siphon Draw Trail to Jacob's Trail and headed northish. We followed that around to the intersection with Treasure's Loop. We only encountered a couple hikers by this point. We headed up Treasure Loop in and out of the sun and were able to get a couple cool pictures of the sun peeking thru the rock formations. We hooked up with Prospectors Trail and were in the shade all the way down to the Siphon Draw Trail.

    And this is where the hordes began; they kept coming and coming. We made our way back to the campground where we ran into Karl and Kathy gearing up for their trek today. I was surprised they were starting so late but they can handle the heat. We wished them well.

    Larry finally got his breakfast and I had some coffee. We chatted for a few hours before the first guest arrived. Eventually the others would come in after their hiking or chores or work. We had a great taco dinner, then some of us went to hear Dr. Sky where we also got to see the Space Station flyover as it was flying above San Francisco toward us. It's a bright white light; you wouldn't know it's the Space Station really but you can see it's flight path. Thru the telescope we got to see Saturn and the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away). When we got back lots of folks were still hanging around so we visited some more. Tibberfest was not only for my birthday, it really was in honor of my brother's belated 60th birthday that he didn't get to celebrate and this was also his celebration of life as they say.
    Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
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    Palmer Mine Big Loop
    Day 2, Hike 2 of the TibberFest/60th Birthday Bash. 13 of us would be hiking this Loop, well part of us anyway as some would go back from Palmer Mine to go up Siphon Draw. I can't tell you how much this made me :D smile to have so many people to hike with that I've hiked with over my short time hiking. I am one lucky hiker.

    Larry had the route, Larry got nominated trip leader. He got us to the mine but was a little nervous about herding 12 cats. I can't remember what my niece asked Larry but his response was, "I usually hike alone." :lol: Oh well, not today. We headed up the trail from the Main Campground via the Mining Camp restaurant trail, merged with Siphon Draw and then turned at the trail that goes to the left after the Crosscut.

    It was a bit warm and we were anxiously hoping to get to the shade of the mine. We could have gone on Jacob's to Prospector to get to the shade earlier but that was a steeper climb. The mine adit has a lot more overgrowth then when I was here last with Ambika. The mine has a great history though and I forwarded that to the non-HAZers so it will hopefully make it more memorable for them (I'll test them the next time I see them ;) ). We goofed around here and enjoyed the shade a bit before continuing on via some dips to the Prospector Trail intersection. We had the option to take it back down or continue on for a larger loop. It was no-contest as everyone opted for the bigger loop (it was a matter of time out on the trail for those that had later plans).

    So the nine of us continued, visited for a moment at the Treasure Loop intersection and headed on down to the Jacob's Crosscut. Most folks had not done this trail or this hike so it was new and a nice way to start a Sunday. Larry and I lingered behind as the others picked up the pace.

    Back at the campground, folks finished packing up and went their separate ways. It was nice of my brother to bring out Snowball as it came in handy for storage and late afternoon shade. Others brot food or wood or charcoal and it all worked out very well. It is a very nice campground and having the food truck come out for Saturday's meal worked perfectly. To finish off the weekend, we stopped at the Mammoth Steakhouse for lunch (great skins and wings; lucky for me Ambika gives me the leftovers to take home) with Wade & Mary Jo and Wendy & Ambika.

    Thursday, Chumley got a few of us together (for those who couldn't make the weekend bash due to a backpack trip at Powers Garden) to celebrate the real 60th at the AZ Wilderness Brewery so that was a nice way to cap off my second 30th Birthday. As I've told others, I actually think I wouldn't mind turning 60 all over again cuz this was way too much fun :y: !

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    Video 2: https://youtu.be/XQ ... B7_Y
    Lost Dutchman State Park Campground
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    after running my mouth about hiking 5024/flatiron sunday morning, I found some good excuses to do the palmer mine loop with the group
    started up the siphon draw trail, then cut north on a trail that went near some tailings, a piece of pipe, a filled in looking area and a couple of blast holes
    wandered around a bit, then continued on
    returned on treasure loop and Jacob's crosscut
    first hike with wendy and sarae, nice to see ambika again, along with a non-haz member, lori
    this was the right choice after all ;)

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