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Lost Dutchman State Park Campground - 5 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 03 2018
rwstorm
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71 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rwstorm
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Trip up to Apache Junction for my first camping trip of 2018. On the way, I met AZLumberjack at the Handlebar Pub and Grill for some cold ones and to catch up on things and trade stories about doctors, health issues, etc. By the way, Jack was moving pretty good after the recent knee surgery. :D That doesn't surprise me one bit.
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Oct 15 2017
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   3.31 mph
1,156 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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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
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Oct 14 2017
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Jacob's Treasure Prospectors, AZ 
Jacob's Treasure Prospectors, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2017
tibber
Hiking3.68 Miles 666 AEG
Hiking3.68 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   2.25 mph
666 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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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Sep 08 2016
gummo
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Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2016
gummo
Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.17 mph
400 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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I took advantage of the morning weather to look for newborn snakes and volunteered my services to get their first baby pics. :D Some of the snakes did not appreciate my efforts, but they'll thank me later.

I hunting around Lost Dutchman SP. I saw hikers in the distance, and I assumed they were out doing the same thing I was doing, so I let them be. I saw 4 baby snakes. One was clearly not ready to be photographed. He just got done eating a large meal. He was so stuffed that he couldn't move or even rattle his tail. It looked like he tried to coil, but he probably couldn't strike anyway. He probably used all of his venom on the meal. I didn't want him to throw up just so he can pose properly for the photo, so I let him go.

My favorite snake was the lightly colored gopher snake, though she was a bit too anxiety for me to get decent photos, but it was the lightest colored gopher snake that I've even seen. She was not a newborn. She was at least a year old. A natural blond beauty, but not so good modeling for the camera.

The third snake was very small but had distinct markings. He appeared to be a rut.

The time, distance, and AEG is a guess. I saw 3 snake right away and within a few 100 yards of each other. The last snake, the fat diamondback, was spotted closer to the end of the hike. I think the only reason that I saw it was because it was too fat to move into a hole or take cover.
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Nov 29 2015
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SkyIslander18
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First time camping at Lost Dutchman SP.
We used the park as a base camp for 3 days.
We had site #54 for 2 nights, 11/29 & 11/30.
Nice campgrounds with great views of the Superstitions.
Days were warm, nights were very chilly.
Would camp at this park again!
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Nov 18 2015
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Good time.
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Oct 11 2015
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Palmer Mine Big Loop, AZ 
Palmer Mine Big Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2015
tibber
Hiking4.50 Miles 715 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.45 mph
715 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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
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Oct 11 2015
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Palmer Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.50 Miles 750 AEG
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750 ft AEG
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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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Mar 31 2015
rwstorm
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rwstorm
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The purpose of this one night camp was as a base before driving Forest Road 10 the next day. After picking up my Bulldog Canyon OHV Permit at the Mesa Ranger Station, it was back out to the park to relax and enjoy the desert setting. Very peaceful. :D
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Nov 23 2001
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Superstition Peak 5024 - Siphon DrawPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2001
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 2,898 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
2,898 ft AEG
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Good workout to say the least!
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