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The Superstitions Mountains are full of history and many legends. The Full Moon Hike of February 2019 was mysterious and enchanting. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for the next Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman State Park.
Bring a flashlight (no headlamps). We brought many sizes and color lights for the hike. I recommend a red light. It keeps your eyes adjusted. When someone in front of us turned on their white light, it would blind us. We also brought a black light to see scorpions but it must have been too cold because we did not see any. The trail is NOT suitable for strollers or walkers. No pets.
Depending on the time of year, hikers should dress appropriately and wear trail shoes or hiking boots. Parts of the trail are rocky and uneven with occasional steep grades (elevation gain: 120 feet).
There was a check-in area where we received our wrist bands. The Park Rangers introduced themselves and discussed emergency procedures should something happen. One Park Ranger walked in the front of the group and one Park Ranger was at the end of line making sure no one was left behind. The hike was a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the Superstition Mountains.
There were multiple breaks on the walk when the park ranger will share the history of the park, the legends of the Lost Dutchman and the legend of the Superstition Mountains, just to name a few.
After the hike, we gathered around the campfire to roast marshmallows. The marshmallows and sticks were provided.
The next Full Moon Hike at Lost Dutchman State Park is on March 18, 19, 20, 2019. There is a limit of 100 hikers per night. There is a fee of $3 per person when you call to register. For more information visit: Lost Dutchman Full Moon Hikes 2019
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Have you been on a night hike during a full moon?