Jacobs Crosscut Trail, Lost Dutchman State Park, Phoenix - Scottsdale - Mesa, Arizona
Jacobs Crosscut Trail - 12.9 miles
Lost Dutchman State Park
|Round-Trip Length:||12.9 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||2,085' - 1,870' (2,229' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||-215' net elevation loss (+816' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Jacobs Crosscut Trail - 12.9 Miles Round-Trip
Jacob’s Crosscut Trail runs 6.45 miles along the base of Superstition Mountain in Lost Dutchman State Park. It passes through a vast bajada with diverse vegetation and views that include the Praying Hands, 4 Peaks Wilderness, Camelback Mountain and miles of open space.
Runners, mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers of all abilities will enjoy mild grades and connections with the Treasure Loop, Prospectors View Trail and Siphon Draw Trail.
The following description begins at the north trailhead just outside the Park and travels south to the Superstition Highlands neighborhood terminus:
The trail heads south on level track flanked by saguaro, mesquite and palo verde. Open grasses and sprawling cholla gardens are interspersed with thick brittlebush plots on this well manicured stretch.
It reaches the first of two connections for the Treasure Loop (1.1 miles : 2,156’) and runs quickly to the Prospectors View Trail (2.0 miles : 2,232’) and Siphon Draw Trail (2.1 miles : 2,216’) splits.
Views of the Flatiron and massive rock formations that comprise Superstition Mountain are particularly revealing from this point.
The trail gradually narrows, grows rocky and undulates more frequently beyond Siphon Draw. Still, conditions are mild and thinner crowds afford better wildlife viewing opportunities. Look for jackrabbit, quail, hummingbirds and snakes in this less-traveled section of Jacob’s Crosscut (3.0 miles : 2,244’).
Vegetation thickens on a shifting course that trends down through a notably large and healthy saguaro forest (3.9 miles : 2,208’) to a trail sign at 5.25 miles (2,190').
Here it drops quickly on a rocky, braided path to the the Lost Goldmine Trail (5.85 miles : 1,990')(1,990’) and south terminus (6.45 miles : 1,870’). This final leg is bumpy and anticlimatic, and there’s little reason to continue past the 5.25 mile trail sign unless looking for extra distance.
Interactive GPS Topo MapKey GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84
- N33 28.263 W111 28.174 — 0.0 miles : Jacob's Crosscut Trailhead (north)
- N33 27.792 W111 28.357 — .75 miles : Mild travel on groomed trail
- N33 27.586 W111 28.350 — 1.1 miles : Treasure Loop Trail split #1
- N33 27.521 W111 28.363 — 1.2 miles : Treasure Loop Trail split #2
- N33 27.043 W111 28.390 — 2.0 miles : Prospectors View Trail split
- N33 27.003 W111 28.451 — 2.1 miles : Siphon Draw Trail split
- N33 26.381 W111 28.450 — 3.0 miles : Trail narrows and grows more rugged
- N33 25.691 W111 28.170 — 4.0 miles : Variously level and undulating travel
- N33 25.295 W111 28.030 — 4.8 miles : Rolling travel in thick, diverse vegetation
- N33 25.038 W111 27.771 — 5.25 miles : Trail sign - good turnaround point
- N33 24.623 W111 28.033 — 5.9 miles : Lost Goldmine Trail split
- N33 24.474 W111 28.609 — 6.45 miles : Trail terminus (south end)
- You may alternatively access Jacob's Crosscut Trail from trailheads within Lost Dutchman State Park. There's a $7 fee to enter the park and begin travel from these trails (Treasure Loop and Siphon Draw).
- A number of social trails bisect the main trail. Be mindful of these subtle splits and remain on designated trails at all times.
- Mild grades and long, groomed sections make Jacob's Crosscut an exceptional running trail, epsecially with late afternoon light.
- The trail is named after Jacob Waltz (The Dutchman), the 1870s prospector whose purported goldmines are the source of much speculation and legend.
Directions to Trailhead
Jacob's Crosscut Trailhead is located just east of Apache Junction, on the north edge of Lost Dutchman State Park.
The trailhead is located 9.8 miles north of Highway 60 on Highway 88.
From Highway 60, take the 88 / North Idaho Road exit. Continue 2.2 miles to a fork and bear right. Continue past Lost Dutchman State Park (7.1 miles) to the First Water Trailhead turnoff on your right (7.3 miles). The trailhead is located on the right, immediately after the First Water Trailhead turnoff.
Lost Dutchman State Park
6109 N. Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85119