Close to the eastern edge of the Phoenix metropolis the Superstition Mountains provide some true untamed wilderness. The mountains are believed by many to be the site of the legendary Lost Dutchman mine, but although many have tried no one has found it. The wilderness is best explored by using one of the maintained trails accessible from Lost Dutchman State Park. There is a small day use fee but this provides good parking next to the trailheads, a visitor centre, restrooms and picnic facilities. There is also a small native plant trail close to the visitor centre. Although open year round the park is very quiet during the day in the warmer months as the sun is unrelenting.
The Treasure Loop Trail at 2.5 miles provides a good introduction and isn’t difficult. You’ll see plenty of desert vegetation, and get great views of the impressive Superstition Mountains as well as Phoenix in the distance.
The Siphon Draw Trail, is an out and back toute of 3.2 miles that leads into the base of a side canyon.
Whatever you do this landscape needs to be treated with respect at all times of year but stick to the trafficked trails and you’ll be fine.
The park is about 40 miles east of Phoenix. Take US 60 (Superstition Freeway) East, exit on Idaho Road North then right on Highway 88, Apache Trail. the park is signposted on the right.
The Park website provides good information about the facilities and maps http://azstateparks.com/parks/lodu/index.html