Treasure Loop Trail via Jacob's Crosscut Trail Quick Guide
• Distance: 3.7
• Type of hike: Lollipop loop
• Difficulty: Easy moderate
• Trailhead GPS: (33.4677153, -111.4773431) Approximately
• Fee: None when accessed at the Massacre Grounds trail head • Dogs Allowed: Yes, on a leash and waste carried out.
• Shade: None
• Family Friendly: Yes, all ages
Treasure Loop Trail via Jacob's Crosscut Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features a stroll in the Sonoran Desert and is rated as easy to moderate. Due to lack of shade this trail is best when visiting between late October- April.
We intended to hike the flatiron via the Siphon Draw Trail, but when we arrived at the Lost Dutchman state park it was drizzling. With a fifty percent chance of rain later in the afternoon I decided that hiking up the flatiron would be unsafe. We left the park drove down the road to the Forest road 78 and acceded Jacobs cross-cut.
The trail begins across a wash from Forest Road (FR) 78 and travels south along the western side of the Superstition Mountains. For a short distance the trail follows a barbed wire fence and goes through a cholla forest. After about 1.3 mile we reached the junction with of the Treasure Loop Trail 56. The grade gradually becomes steeper and follows a ridge overlooking two washes. After a mile the Treasure Loop Trail junctions with Prospector’s Trail 57. The trail then starts down a series of steps and switchbacks around very large boulders. It then quickly descends to intersect again with Jacob’s Trail making an easy lollipop loop.
Common hazards found on the trail are falls, snakes, bugs, exposure, and extreme heat during the summer. This is an easy hike ;however, I recommend trekking poles to assist with climbing. Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. You are only as strong as the weakest person in your group. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water, more than what you need. Make an itinerary with your plan(s) and leave it with someone you trust. Our hiking guides are not a replacement for common sense.
⚠️When you visit remember to leave no trace. Leave this beautiful place better than you found it. Treat this natural treasure with the care it deserves and you will have plenty of reasons to come back. ⚠️
I would urge caution and stay on the trail because you may become a casualty of the jumping cactus. They are attracted to static so if you don't see one on the ground and happen to walk by, they will “jump“ on you. Thankfully I had a multi tool in my pack because Tristan had one stick to his hand, and everyone had a little bit of cholla on our shoes.
Have fun and stay safe!
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