Find
Map
Post
Find
MAP
A to Z
Post
forumHAZ Forum messages my stuff
notifications my cmntsmy comments
username
X
password
register help
Treasure Loop Trail #56, AZ
details
drive
permit
forecast
route
stats
738
photos
234
triplogs
0
topics
nearby
Named after the fabled lost gold mine, the Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert at an elevation of 2000 feet. The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, 35 regular campsites, picnic facilities, and special programs throughout the year.


One of the more popular trails in the park is the Treasure Loop trail (#56), a moderate 2.4 well-maintained loop exploring some of the mountain's more interesting geologic terrain. The trail can be accessed via the Cholla (northern side) Day-use Area or the Saguaro (southern) Day-use Area. For this trip, I began in the Cholla area.

This trail is amazing in the spring, mainly due its abundance of wildflowers. In spring, particularly after wet winter rains, this area is gorgeous and overflowing with wall to wall wildflowers of all varieties, and brilliant yellow flowering brittlebush. The sea of yellow is reminiscent of Oz. Poppies, lupine, globemallow, and other varieties of wildflowers are also very abundant. As you are among the flowers, stop and listen. You will hear a constant buzz of bees pollinating the flowers. Recent drought has left the hillside comparatively bare in comparison to the past (I remember seeing it snow up here once) and the area is still recovering from a wildfire that occurred maybe 7 years ago, but this trail is best experienced shortly after heavy rainfall. Regardless, the geologic structures alone make this hike a keeper.

The trail passes through a cattle guard and then continues along a fairly straight and low grade path, climbing up the hill towards the bluffs. After a short distance, you will cross the intersection for the Jacob's Crosscut Trail. If you turn left (north) you will reach First Water Rd. in about 1 mile. NOTE: If you don't feel like paying the park fee, you can drive just past the Dutchman Park entrance and park on the right side of the road near First Water and meet up with the Treasure Loop. Anyway, continue straight (east), heading further up the hill towards Praying Hands.

You will notice Praying Hands directly in front of you, a common obstacle for rock climbers. Praying Hands is also a great side destination for hikers looking for more interesting geology and more of a physical challenge (see Treasure Loop to Praying Hands hike). If you are energetic, there are plenty of game trails that you can explore, leading further up into the bluff. These offshoots are very steep, rocky, and more difficult, but it's amazing how fast you can reach the mountain face via these routes.

Progressing along the Loop, the trail levels out and passes above two large drainage channels that run down to the valley. Along the way you will pass Green Boulder, sitting at an altitude of 2580 feet. Eventually, you will reach the Prospector's View Trail intersection, a 0.7 mile segment that connects with the Broadway Trail Head and Siphon Draw Trail (Flatiron). Also, look for a cairn slightly south of this intersection that will direct you towards a trail that will lead you up towards the bluff (look for the arch in the rock east of you).

Continuing down the Treasure Loop you will encounter moderate switchbacks and you will eventually come across Jacob's Corsscut Trail (#58) again. Taking the Jacob's Trail from here will lead you to Siphon Draw and the Broadway Trails.

Shortly you will reach the Saguaro Day-use Area. To reach Cholla, take the dirt path to the right (north) and you're done.

We reached Green Boulder in about 30 minutes, hiked up into one of the canyons towards the arch rock and were back at the trailhead in a total time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The best thing about this trail is that you can always extend or shorten your journey, tailoring it to as long or as short as you'd like.
Description 234 Triplogs  0 Topics
RatedFavorite  
Wish List 5
 Region
 
0
0
 Superstitions NW
Statistics
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 2.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,000 feet
Elevation Gain 460 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.9
Author tinyelvis
Descriptions 3
Routes 0
Photos 125
Trips 17 map ( 82 miles )
Age 38
Location Phoenix, AZ
Photos
Viewed All Mine Following
1  2017-10-20 gummo
3  2017-10-14 Oregon_Hiker
15  2017-10-14
Jacob's Treasure Prospectors
tibber
9  2017-09-24 cw50must
11  2017-04-16
Palmer Mine Loop
DarthStiller
10  2017-04-02
Jacob's Trail #58
DarthStiller
4  2017-02-13 gummo
2  2017-01-07 RazorbackHiker
2  2016-12-21 hikingaz2
15  2016-12-10 cw50must
4  2016-11-08
Siphon Draw Trail #53
syoung
1  2016-11-01
Lost Dutchman State Park Loop
rayhuston
Page 1,  2,  3,  4,  5 ... 8
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar
Map - Beartooth Superstition Wilderness
Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:34am - 5:48pm
Route Scout
import queue
Official Route
 
Alternative Routes
 
Water
Nearby Area Water
Lost Dutchman State Park Loop
same trailhead
2.9 mi
555 ft
Treasure Loop to Praying Hands
same trailhead
4.0 mi
1,000 ft
Peak 4102 - Superstitions
0.1 mi away
7.0 mi
2,500 ft
Siphon Draw Trail #53
0.1 mi away
3.9 mi
1,113 ft
Flatiron Hike - Superstitions
0.1 mi away
5.9 mi
2,900 ft
Palmer Mine Loop
0.1 mi away
3.2 mi
630 ft
[ View More! ]
Fauna
Black Tailed Gnatcatcher
Black-Throated Sparrow
Common Raven
Common side-blotched lizard
Desert Cottontail
Gambel's Quail
Giant Centipede
Gila Woodpecker
Gopher Snake
Greater earless lizard
Greater Roadrunner
Harris Hawk
Horned Lizard
House Finch
Loggerhead Shrike
Millipede
Northern Mockingbird
Phainopepla
Queen Butterfly
Red-tailed Hawk
Scorpion
Tarantula
Turkey Vulture
Velvet Ant
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Western Patch-nosed snake
Zebra-tailed lizard
Flora
Blue Dicks
Brittlebush
Chain Fruit Cholla
Chuparosa
Desert Bell
Desert Chicory
Desert Marigold
Desert Mistletoe
Desert Senna
Miniature Wool Star
Mistletoe
Ocotillo
Saguaro
Scarlet Flax
Meteorology
Rainbow
Sunset
Named place
Four Peaks
Little Four Peaks
The Flatiron
Culture
Aircraft
Humor
Search and Rescue
Scenic geologic stroll
by tinyelvis

Named after the fabled lost gold mine, the Lost Dutchman State Park is located in the Sonoran Desert at an elevation of 2000 feet. The park offers a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, 35 regular campsites, picnic facilities, and special programs throughout the year.


One of the more popular trails in the park is the Treasure Loop trail (#56), a moderate 2.4 well-maintained loop exploring some of the mountain's more interesting geologic terrain. The trail can be accessed via the Cholla (northern side) Day-use Area or the Saguaro (southern) Day-use Area. For this trip, I began in the Cholla area.

This trail is amazing in the spring, mainly due its abundance of wildflowers. In spring, particularly after wet winter rains, this area is gorgeous and overflowing with wall to wall wildflowers of all varieties, and brilliant yellow flowering brittlebush. The sea of yellow is reminiscent of Oz. Poppies, lupine, globemallow, and other varieties of wildflowers are also very abundant. As you are among the flowers, stop and listen. You will hear a constant buzz of bees pollinating the flowers. Recent drought has left the hillside comparatively bare in comparison to the past (I remember seeing it snow up here once) and the area is still recovering from a wildfire that occurred maybe 7 years ago, but this trail is best experienced shortly after heavy rainfall. Regardless, the geologic structures alone make this hike a keeper.

The trail passes through a cattle guard and then continues along a fairly straight and low grade path, climbing up the hill towards the bluffs. After a short distance, you will cross the intersection for the Jacob's Crosscut Trail. If you turn left (north) you will reach First Water Rd. in about 1 mile. NOTE: If you don't feel like paying the park fee, you can drive just past the Dutchman Park entrance and park on the right side of the road near First Water and meet up with the Treasure Loop. Anyway, continue straight (east), heading further up the hill towards Praying Hands.

You will notice Praying Hands directly in front of you, a common obstacle for rock climbers. Praying Hands is also a great side destination for hikers looking for more interesting geology and more of a physical challenge (see Treasure Loop to Praying Hands hike). If you are energetic, there are plenty of game trails that you can explore, leading further up into the bluff. These offshoots are very steep, rocky, and more difficult, but it's amazing how fast you can reach the mountain face via these routes.

Progressing along the Loop, the trail levels out and passes above two large drainage channels that run down to the valley. Along the way you will pass Green Boulder, sitting at an altitude of 2580 feet. Eventually, you will reach the Prospector's View Trail intersection, a 0.7 mile segment that connects with the Broadway Trail Head and Siphon Draw Trail (Flatiron). Also, look for a cairn slightly south of this intersection that will direct you towards a trail that will lead you up towards the bluff (look for the arch in the rock east of you).

Continuing down the Treasure Loop you will encounter moderate switchbacks and you will eventually come across Jacob's Corsscut Trail (#58) again. Taking the Jacob's Trail from here will lead you to Siphon Draw and the Broadway Trails.

Shortly you will reach the Saguaro Day-use Area. To reach Cholla, take the dirt path to the right (north) and you're done.

We reached Green Boulder in about 30 minutes, hiked up into one of the canyons towards the arch rock and were back at the trailhead in a total time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. The best thing about this trail is that you can always extend or shorten your journey, tailoring it to as long or as short as you'd like.
© 2004 - 2017 hikearizona.com

-
  • 100 Classic Hikes - 2007
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.

Permit $$
AZ State Parks more info


Directions
Map Drive
or
Road
Paved - Car Okay

To Siphon Draw Trailhead
From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North 2.2 miles. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Follow SR88 4.9 miles to the Lost Dutchman State Park. Turn right into the park. Pay the fee then follow the signs to the trailhead.

Free Alternative:
Utilize the Crosscut Trailhead 0.7 mi in on FR78. It is 2 miles on Jacobs Trail #58 to the junction with Siphon Draw #53. Which is 0.85 mi into #53.
2.00 - 0.85 = 1.15 mi extra each way

Mining Camp
This former free access point is now private as of Dec 2016.
2017 - cancel christmas, closed


From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 41.3 mi - about 52 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 134 mi - about 2 hours 9 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 186 mi - about 2 hours 56 mins
About
FAQ
contact
Shop
© 2017 HAZ

In Season hikes at...
Salt River Canyon
 
Autumn Foliage by month...
October Photos