Treasure Loop trail (#56), a moderate 2.4 mile long, well-maintained loop exploring some of the mountain’s more interesting geologic terrain. As with most of the desert trails, Treasure Loop 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. You will find that as you follow this trail that it has many wonderful rock formations and 5 benches are installed along the trail. The volcanic rock that makes up the Superstition Mountains erodes in such a dramatic fashion that the rocks make many figures for the active imagination. As the distance between you and the mountains changes, so does how the rock formations look. To put it simply the mountain looks dramatically different up close verses far away. This giant monolith, Superstition Mountain, rises to the height of 3,000 feet above the surrounding desert floor and dominates the eastern fringe of the Salt River Valley.
Our favorite hike at Lost Dutchman State Park is the Treasure Loop Trail.
Treasure Loop trail and the Superstition Wilderness includes a wide-range of fauna and flora that are native to the Sonoran Desert. Plants range from the giant Saguaro cactus to the feared jumping cactus Cholla. Mule deer, javelinas, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians live in this fragile desert eco-system. The diversity of living things in this region astonishes the visitor.