We spent five days earlier this month on the far eastern corner of the valley outside of Phoenix . Lost Dutchman State Park is nestled up against the Superstition Mountains and Tonto National Forest. One day we did a fun hike up to Siphon Draw and another day we traversed the face of the mountain below the cliffs.
The rocks here are volcanic- ash and basalt- and they are very eroded. It was a moist winter, so as spring approaches, everything is green. The Sonoran desert has a large variety of plant life and it was beginning to bloom during our short stay.
A rare sighting of us together@ the basin of Siphon Draw.
The view from the draw
We spent an afternoon driving along the Apache Trail in Tonto National Forest. We stopped occasionally to walk up the rocks and take photos but didn't hike as much as we could have. This area definitely deserves a second visit.
Puce colored lichen as
far as you can see.
(How often can you say that?)
All in all is was a great place to camp. We can't wait to get back and stay longer next time!!