Dutchmans Loop

Apache Junction, Arizona

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This popular loop through the western Superstitions takes in a lot of interesting country, following well-graded, easy trails. The hike is a good one for newcomers to the sport of backpacking. Hike east on the Dutchmans Trail over a low ridge. The trail loops around the base of Miners Needle, climbing to Miners Summit via a couple of switchbacks. It then descends northwest to Crystal Spring at the base of Bluff Springs Mountain. Turning northeast, the good trail descends Bluff Spring Canyon, passing the spur trail to Bluff Spring, and then turns more to the north and works its way down to La Barge Canyon and the junction with the Red Tanks Trail.

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"This popular loop through the western Superstitions takes in a lot of interesting country, following well-graded, easy trails. The hike is a good one for newcomers to the sport of backpacking. Hike east on the Dutchmans Trail over a low ridge.

The trail loops around the base of Miners Needle, climbing to Miners Summit via a couple of switchbacks. It then descends northwest to Crystal Spring at the base of Bluff Springs Mountain. Turning northeast, the good trail descends Bluff Spring Canyon, passing the spur trail to Bluff Spring, and then turns more to the north and works its way down to La Barge Canyon and the junction with the Red Tanks Trail."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 14.8
Elevation Gain: 1,340 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best October to March
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 3,800 feet
Local Contacts: Mesa Ranger Districts, Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Weavers Needle; USFS Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Dutchmans Loop

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May 2018