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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

JACOB'S CROSSCUT

JACOB’S CROSSCUT TRAIL Tonto National Forest The rough-hewn silhouettes of the Superstition and Goldfield mountains make the perfect backdrop for the wildflower madness that occurs each spring. The Jacob’s Crosscut Trail # 58, which skirts Lost Dutchman State Park, is one of the best places to get your fill of blooms. Beginning as early as late January and running through April, millions of poppies, lupines, fairy dusters, chia, chicory and many other colorful buds line the well-defined route. LENGTH: 6.5 miles one-way RATING: easy ELEVATION RANGE: 1,880’ – 2,110’ GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, take Highway 60 east to the Idaho Road (Highway 88) exit. Continue east on Highway 88 past the Lost Dutchman State Park. Just past the park, turn right onto First Water Road (FR 78) and drive 1 mile to the signed Crosscut trailhead on the right.