Lost Dutchman State Park
Ahhh... a nice week to unwind after all the fun at Quartzsite. You really can't beat this campground. A gorgeous site right at the base of the Superstition Mountains. One of our all-time favorites.
The weather was just perfect too. Well the first day was crazy windy, but the temperature was in the mid 70's all week. The campsites here are $30 for W/E or $20 for no hookups. Unfortunately we wouldn't be able to hike Flat Iron, but we did a couple hikes up around the base.
Jeff & Shelly
After a wonderful meal we finished our wine in the hot tub. A great relaxing evening! Thank you once again for such a great time!Four Peaks Brewery had some great beer, according to Steve and Curt. We had a nice early dinner.
Loved the full moon rising up over the mountains behind us.
Shelly and Jesse. Jesse had a blast hiking with us.
Looking back toward the trailhead parking.
I just love all the stacked rocks and views of the valleys below.
Weaver's Needle can be seen peeking over.
A close up of Weaver's Needle.
It was a great day hike. Thanks for the fun Shelly!
On the last day here we had some more Curt and Glenda time and they took us to do the Massacre Grounds hike off First Water. It's a 5.3 mile hike. Their is a waterfall at the end.
In 1848 Mexican miners of the Peralta family were taking gold from the area when Apaches pinned them down against a black rock wall and the miners died there. The place came to be known as Massacre Grounds. The Dutchman Jacob Waltz allegedly came upon their goldmine but took its location to his grave.
Curt and Steve showing off their compass tattoos.
It was another nice day. Here we go.
The guys exploring one of several caves/mines in the area.
I don't know what the name of this formation is but it made a beautiful backdrop for the hike. It was a fairly easy hike with some steeper parts. You also had to be careful for the slick spots. I think all of us slid a few times but luckily no falls.
We didn't quite make it to the end as the sun was starting to go down, so we headed back. This is 4 hikes in a row for me and it felt great to get in so many nice hikes. We'll be lucky if we get one or two in once we get to Surprise as we'll be busy with family arrangements.