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Jacob's Trail #58, AZ

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Distance One Way 6.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,115 feet
Elevation Gain -219 feet
Accumulated Gain 320 feet
Avg Time One Way 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.57
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Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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One method miners used to attempt to find gold in the Superstition Mountains was to make a trench across the grain or flow of rock in an attempt to locate a vein of gold underground. Once located the vein was accessed by drift mining, the method of following the aimless vein of gold in whatever direction it took. It reflects the lifestyle of the namesake for this trail Jacob Waltz, The Lost Dutchman, a drifter who crossed the country on his quest for gold. His drifting ended according to legend in the Superstition Mountains where he located a source of gold and spent the last twenty years of his life living his dream and maintaining the anonymity of this source of gold.

Jacob's Trail #58 drifts along the front range of the Superstitions at a right angle to the many trails that lead up to the Superstitions. It is a great moderate introduction to the terrain and condition of the rugged trails making up the Superstition Wilderness. It offers an amazing diverse display of sonoran vegetation and awesome views of this intriguing mountain range. The trail is described as one way from north to south starting at the Crosscut Trailhead off First Water Road and ending at the Broadway trailhead. It makes a great key exchange, shuttle hike, or combination with other trails to make a lasso loop or continuing backpack.

The hike starts with an immediate crossing of Weekes Wash. Don't forget to look back to the north as you climb a hill which offers nice views of Little Four Peaks alongside Four Peaks. This area has quite a variety of old growth that will inspire photographers. At the first unmarked intersection bear left and at the following intersection continue straight. It should be obvious which trail appears to be the main trail. Look left at about .68 miles and observe mine tailings and what remains of some old diggings. At one mile the mature vegetation ends as you approach the Lost Dutchman State Park. Several fires in past years have devastated the area. The trail takes a turn toward the mountain which in morning light looks dark and ominous ahead. The hoodoos are prominent, silhouetted by morning light. Soon a major trail intersection with the Treasure Loop appears. Continue straight to another intersection with the Treasure Loop. Continuing straight brings you to the first of two benches. From the bench observe the Goldfield Mountains to the west. The Goldfield Ghost Town is toward the southwest as is Bulldog Mountain and the Bulldog Mine. To the south the front range of the Superstition appear barren and flat although on a slope, void of any large plants. The fields of brittle brush ahead are so thick they appear to be planted as to be harvested. The fires devastation however has led to renewal and is very apparent as you serpentine thru the first of countless washes each bigger than the next which are chocked with new growth. Look carefully as you cross these washes, each seems to sport a different variety of plants and offer countless side trips many of which are used for geo-caching. At just over two miles the Flatiron comes into view about the time you meet the Prospectors View Trail # 57. Continue straight past this trail and the next unmarked trail which turns right. The next intersection is Siphon Draw #53. No doubt you will feel the draw to turn left towards the mountain but Jacob's Trail #58 continues straight.

South of the Siphon Draw trail I would not recommend mountain bikes as the trail gets considerably rougher. Fields of rocks are camouflaged by the brittle brush. There is a great spot to take a break at about 2.6 miles. A huge flat top boulder is a nice spot for a snack and to enjoy views of the flatiron soon to be out of sight. There are homes off to the west and occasional sounds of civilization. Perhaps you will be lucky and hear the train whistle or the mine tour whistle at the Goldfield Ghost town. The return echos out of Siphon Draw are awesome. On the day I scouted this hike some emergency response sirens started a chorus of animal sounds from the residential area. Dogs howling, horses, mules, and donkeys responding in kind. It was quite a symphony. As things settled down you could hear one lone carpenter pounding nails on a new build. Just short of three miles after crossing a large wash the mature vegetation suddenly resumes with several ancient ironwood trees followed by great stands of prickly pear. Soon a grove of cholla with views ahead of a forest of saguaro. The trail now approaches a boulder field with some being the size of small houses. The trail gets thick with adult acacia and palo verde. The Silly Mountain complex lies ahead in the distance and looks small from this vantage point.

At 4.5 miles look for teepee cave up on the mountain side. An interesting bushwhack side trip marked by a huge two boulder cairn. Staghorn cactus are abundant at 4.75 miles and just past this point the flatiron appears again with some unique views not often seen in photographs. You now find the trail swings southeast heading for Dinosaur Mountain in the distance. At 5.44 miles you arrive at a Y intersection simply marked trail, bear right. The next half mile will test your balance skills as well as the foot bed of your shoes. The trail is made up entirely of loose rocks. There are several trails to choose from as people search for an easier way. The trails all converge so there is no wrong way. Stay with the most used. A walking stick certainly helps negotiating this section. The trail improves at the intersection with the Lost Goldmine Trail #60. Bear right to finish Jacob's Trail #58 which ends in one half mile at the Broadway trailhead.

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Jacob's Trail #58
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Fine Scottish day for a hike, well cloudy and rainy anyway, I support the state parks by keeping an annual pass so I parked at Lost Dutchman Park. Started up Discovery trail then Siphon Draw trail until the junction of Jacob’s Crosscut. Once on this trail your leaving the ascending hordes for a mildly rolling terrain and it's a nice change of scenery up and close to the west side of the mountain,the trail is in excellent shape. .Enjoyed the views of the Goldfields and of the canyons toward Flat Iron. Saw 2 other hikers and 2 horseback riders on the crosscut trail and no wildlife.
Did not get wet as I wore rain gear most of the hike. At the junction of the turn for the Broadway cave and monument valley turned up to hike to the base of the cave just to get some honest exercise. Nice view of Silly Mountain ,need to find out if there is a trail from here to it without crossing private land. Did not drop down to the Broadway trailhead as I had done this before. Returned the same way except added in Treasure Loop and Prospector trail.
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This hike is a nice little meander around Lost Dutchman and out among the fins south/east of the Praying Hands. It's a variation of the posted loop, but it is a loop and it did go by the Praying Hands. Most of the hike is on unnamed trails, so I posted the route rather than try to describe it. As I made my way back to the Cholla Lot at Lost Dutchman, I saw a footpath going in the direction I wanted to go, so I followed it. The footpath eventually disappeared so I followed the best terrain available. It took me right to Jacobs Trail. Amazing how that works out sometimes. Fun hike.
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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.
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Cool temps enticed Rhonda and I to head out to Lost Dutchman State Park for a morning stroll. We did a lasso loop out towards Weeks Wash with a return on Jacobs Trail. The goal was to see some saguaro blossoms. We saw many but could have used a tall ladder to see them better. A nice breeze and occasional cloud cover kept it nice.
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It was around noon time on Tuesday, Feb 28 that the sky's got very dark over the Superstitions and I could hear thunder off in the distance. For several minutes, at my home in Apache Junction, it rained fairly hard and we had small hail embedded so when the clouds finally parted, I could see patches of white on top of the mountain above the Flat Iron. I grabbed my camera and drove over to the intersection of Broadway and Goldfield where I could get a better view of the summit, and sure enough there was still left-over hail up there.

I drove on around to First Water Trail, parked and went for a walk on one of the many trails leading towards the mountain. There were no signs of the hail but the paths were wet enough to have puddles along the way. I glanced over towards the Goldfields and I could see another storm heading my way so I headed back to my truck and as soon as I got inside, it began to rain again.

The wildflowers are "patchy" only a few isolated Poppy's, Lupine, and Blue Dicks were showing their spring color.
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Lookin' for gold - Western Supes
Jack put up a pic showing the brilliant brittle bush from the Goldfield Ghost Town so I thot I would stop by and see it for myself after my hike to Fremont Saddle from Peralta TH. I picked up some lunch at McDonalds on Hwy 60 and then ate my way toward my next stop. I thot there was a short cut to Mining Camp Restaurant that Jack took back in 2011 when he picked us up after our Ridgeline hike so I asked Kemosabe to take me there from Mountain View Dr. Well that didn't work as I ended up on the 88 ](*,) and would have ended up taking the regular entrance. Maybe that's the way Jack took us and I just forgot?

But I decided to get at that gold from the Lost Dutchman State Park side so I ended up taking First Water Road and pulled into the first parking area on the southside. I finished most of my food and then began to mount up. Another hiker with a very big knife strapped to his leg told me to make sure I had plenty of water. I thanked him and crossed thru the gate and on my way. I had never been on this trail before. It was a highway I tell ya. One of those hike and gawk trails that are so much fun; especially when you have great scenery to gawk at. It appears this is part of the trail that you can hike to the First Water TH per the trail sign that junctions up with the trail to what someone was calling the Apache Rd TH (that is the parking lot you see when you first pull off of First Water Road).

The cactus and trees along here were quite abundant as I made my way south with the northern part of the Nwestern Superstition Massif staring me down. I eventually came to the Jacob Crosscut/Treasure Loop and continued on Jacob's Trail. The brittle bush is mostly spent so last week was prime. Oh well. I debated which way to tackle this photo trip and decided to go to Siphon Draw Trail and then up and around. There weren't many people out on this part of the trail. However, once I got to Siphon Draw Trail the traffic picked up until I made my turn on the Palmer Mine Trail.

It was a really nice day and the last time I hiked the Palmer Mine Trail was at my birthday bash and that was in the shade. Today I was in full sun but it was a bit breezy up here so pleasant enough as I looked across toward Goldfield Ghost Town and the McDowells and Goldfields. I didn't look forward to that last bit of elevation on the Prospectors Trail but it was short. I decided to stop at the bench at the Jct with Treasure Loop and rest my laurels and finish off my apple snack. Of course the views from here are pretty nice so I did some zooming.

As I looked down on the Treasure Loop trail toward some rather large cholla trees I reflected that this was the only hike my mom did with me in the Supes, actually the only hike she did with me. It wasn't easy for her and we took our time with our friend Rose. I think this was back in my casual hiking days; I just found the picture, it was Mar 12, 2005. My mom loved those large cholla trees :) , I think there are only 3.

Anyway, it was getting later in the day and I still had shopping to do for Easter so I continued down the Treasure Loop Trail where I encountered a few hikers and somehow missed going by those cholla trees or they were further down. I almost hiked past the intersection with the connector trail as I thot it was further down too.

The hike back on this connector trail was real pretty; especially as the trail passes thru the thick cholla forest. I had to look back a couple times at the NWestern Superstitions Massif as the light was changing. Yep, it was a good day as I arrived back to Tonto Jr and quickly changed into my shoes. Two good hikes in the Superstitions on Good Friday... still wished I had brot a beer :lol: . Of course I have video but I'm just finishing up my Sedona videos so it will be a bit.
and six months later, here they are. Once again, this is the way Panasonic supposedly repaired my camera so the quality is not top notch. I did return the camera for them to repair their repair of which Panasonic said they didn't cause but my hiking did. Meanwhile, this is the Searchin for Gold series:
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Jacob's Trail #58
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Went on a short night hike around Treasure Loop Trail #56, added a bit of Jacob's Trail and Prospector's View Trail to add another mile. Beautiful clear night, 51 Degrees, Humidity 44%, Wind 8 mph. :D
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Time to get this off our Bucket List. Thanks to Vincent and gmaclachian's routes we had a big idea where we went wrong in the past attempts. Thought we were all set, but then decided we wanted a few more miles and do an off route extension after we topped out behind the Hoodoos, hooking up with the ridgeline trail via a small saddle we had spotted previously. Parked at the second parking spot off 1st water and up we went. All went well, 3/4th of the way up we startled a couple of : rein : but to quick for a pic. Got up and over the Hoodoos East of 5024 and spotted the saddle we wanted to go down and connect with the ridgeline trail back to Flatiron. This is such a beautiful hike and especially up on top past the 1st set of Hoodoos my camera wouldn't stop clicking :M2C: :D . Started down and ran in to a wall of trees and bushes, couldn't go thru or under as they were really thick. ](*,) Backed out and worked our way up and around the North side of the Thicket. Hooked up with the ridgeline and up and over connecting with the Reverse Flatiron Route. Decided not to head over to Flatiron due to setting sun. Headed down Siphon Draw to Jacob's Crosscut and headed North to parking lot. Got dark on us and missed a sign , we ended up over at the Cholla Campground area, all in all was a great hike, but happy I was able to cross it off my Bucket List....
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After our Pass Mountain hike, we returned to our campsite at Lost Dutchman SP with a little energy left for the loop. We hiked the trails counter clock-wise at sunset and walked the park roads back to camp in the dark. I always enjoy hiking these short Dutchman park trails. Dinner and campfire ended the long, very fun day!
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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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To hike
From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow north to Broadway. Hang a right onto Broadway and follow... To get to the Broadway Trailhead from the intersection of Broadway Road and Mountain View Road head east 1 mile to the trailhead, there is parking for 6 cars.
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