Superstitions are the Backdrop for Guided Hikes and Other Events at Lost Dutchman State Park in October

October 5, 2016

PHOENIX - Please join us for interpretive ranger and volunteer naturalist guided hikes and family-oriented programs at Lost Dutchman State Park in October 2016. Fees for guided hikes and programs are included in the park entry fee of $7 per vehicle. Reservations are not required unless specified in the program description.

Wednesday, October 12: Getting to Know the Birds Around You, 9 a.m.: Meeting in the Saguaro Day Use area, there will be a brief discussion about how to tell one bird from another, then we'll be looking for resident birds (from hawks to hummingbirds) and for any late migrants stopping by on their way south. After birding the Saguaro Day use area, we'll look for birds as we walk up toward Jacob's Crosscut Trail. We'll make the short loop around and back to Saguaro Day Use lot, birding as we go. This is more of an "amble" than a hike as we let the birds come to us. Bring binoculars, water and wear sturdy trail shoes. No pets, please. Led by volunteer Birder Babs.

Friday, October 14: Full Moon Hike, 7-9 p.m.: There is a limit of 100 hikers, so please call in advance to reserve your space: 480 982-4485. Join us for a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob's Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. Hikers should dress appropriately and wear trail shoes or boots. Please bring a flashlight in case of cloudy conditions. Some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades (elevation gain: 120'). Participants should be in good health with no walking or night vision difficulties. Trail is NOT suitable for strollers or walkers. After the hike gather round the campfire for a marshmallow roast (marshmallows and sticks provided). All ages welcome. No pets, please. Parking in Cholla Day Use Area.

Saturday, October 15: Amazing Night Under the Skies, 7-9 p.m.: Join Dr. Sky, a radio/TV journalist based in Phoenix, for "An Amazing Night Under the Skies." What planets will we see in the dark desert sky? Dress warmly and be prepared to be amazed at the sightings. Palo Verde Day Use parking (weather permitting).

Wednesday, October 19: Treasure the Loop, 9 a.m.: Join us for a beginning of the season hike up and around the Treasure Loop trail. Starting at Saguaro Day Use, this two-mile moderate hike covers a lot of territory of different vegetation and elevations. Hikers should wear hiking shoes and carry ample water. A great hike for the beginning of the season with Hiker Barb. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area.

Saturday, October 22: Star Party, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Members of the Superstition Astronomical League will provide telescopic views of the night sky and will answer questions about astronomy and astronomical equipment. In short, this is an opportunity to see the moon, planets, star clusters, galaxies and other astronomical phenomena using sophisticated telescopes and talk with very knowledgeable and experienced local astronomers! What will be in the sky tonight? Saguaro Day Use area.

Wednesday, October 26: Photographing the Sunset Hike, 5:30 p.m.: Following the Treasure Loop trail to Jacobs Cross Cut and intersecting Siphon Draw Trail, hikers will marvel at the mountain and sky full of colors especially if there are a few clouds. This can be a photographer's delight! Local landscape, nature and astrophotographer Lee Mednick will be along to share guidelines on how to use basic digital photography! Beginners to intermediate photographers are encouraged to bring cameras (not phones). During this easy two-hour hike, you will be provided with instruction on how to improve your photography. Wear hiking shoes and carry water. Bring a flashlight for return to parking lot. Meet at Saguaro Day Use area. Led by volunteer hiking leader Barbara.

Friday, October 28: Star Talk, 7:30 p.m.: Learn about the night sky, constellations and planets with local astronomer Bill Dellinges. Parking and seating at campground amphitheater.

WHAT: Guided Hikes and other programs

WHERE: Lost Dutchman State Park - Located at 6109 N Apache Trail, Apache Junction.

WHEN: October 2016 - specific dates above or at Call (480) 982-4485 to make a reservation, where needed.

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