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Dutchman Park Trail Smorgasbord, AZ
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Dutchman Park Trail Smorgasbord, AZ 
Dutchman Park Trail Smorgasbord, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
Hiking17.30 Miles 2,384 AEG
Hiking17.30 Miles   7 Hrs   44 Mns   2.76 mph
2,384 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
1st trip
Back up to the Superstitions for another 3 days of hiking before the weather gets hot (too late). Since I didn't get to start until 0900 I decided to spend the first day doing a smorgasbord type hike, a little bit of all the trails around the Lost Dutchman State Park that I hadn't done before. I started at the Crosscut Trail Head on the Jacob trail to the Broadway trail head and returned to the Prospector Trail then did the Treasure Loop trail loop (minus a small section completed on another trip) and returned to the Jacob Trail. Along the Jacob's Trail I noticed a trail heading south (didn't know where it went but I wanted to find out) and took that to where it terminated on the upper Treasure Loop Trail, turned around and then headed east (cross country) to the Praying Hands Trail. Took the Praying Hands Trail to just past the Massacre Rock where I turned around at a point where I had hiked before and returned back to the Crosscut Trail head.
None of these trails in themselves are anything to write home about but all together with the morning sun rising over the Flat Iron and setting sun over the Praying Hands area made this a memorable hike. The Jacob's trail is a fairly easy trail with the only real elevation change at the Broadway Trail head end and even that was not challenging. Ran into a trail crew working on the trail, a few small groups of people and two on horses. I did find a Garmin GPS on the trail still logging it's position, wasn't sure what to do with it, leave it for the owners to come back or take it to the trail head and hope I find the owner. I hesitated to leave it on the trail not knowing who would pick it up. I decided to try and back track a bit to the couple I saw on horse back and see if it was theirs. They were heading back my way looking for a lost GPS. I'm glad I found the owners (as they were to find the GPS) because those aren't cheap devices.
The only real elevation gains or losses are along the Prospector and Treasure Loop Trails and even these are short lived. These trails are not real challenging and in places you feel they need to install traffic lights but if you pick the right time of day the scenery makes it a great area to hike in, especially if you don't have a full day to hike but want to get out and stretch the legs.
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