Massacre Grounds

#4 of 6 trails in Lost Dutchman State Park
Massacre Grounds is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Tortilla Flat, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until April.

6.0 miles Out & Back 800 feet
hiking views waterfall
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In 1848 Mexican miners of the Peralta family were taking gold from the area when Apaches pinned them down against a black rock wall and the miners died there at a place that came to be known as the Massacre Grounds. The Dutchman Jacob Waltz allegedly came upon their goldmine but took its location to his grave.

Wes Stecker

2 Completed1 Reviews

Nice easy hike out and back. Great for an October morning.

Stephanie Arnold Koppal

1 Completed1 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful back country. Trail was a bit difficult but considering I'm chubby and have bad knees, it wasn't too bad. The falls was dry, they really only flow after a rain storm. But was still interesting to see the cliffs. Took me about 5 hours round trip.

Jodey Shepherd

22 Completed20 Reviews

Great arizona views. I would rate this as moderate though due to the elevation is up and down so the reflected total gain is misleading as i bet it's 4 times that. Did this with my Nike sneakers and did fine.

Angie Dahms

9 Completed1 Reviews

A little difficult for this older person with artificial knees. Made it to the top and back in 4 hours including a side trip to the pools beneath the falls so my dog could jump in. Lots of up hill hiking with very little shade after the first couple miles. All in all an enjoyable hike.

Nicole Luckett

20 Completed1 Reviews

Easy fun hike, with two kids ages 7 and 11. Beautiful. There were lots of areas where the water was running off the rocks, Great views!

Mike Goulding

1 Completed1 Reviews

A fun hike! Easy enough and the views were nice. Not as interesting as some of the other nearby trails, but we still had a good time.

Danelle Eleson

27 Completed12 Reviews

Scenic hike on the back side of the Superstition Mountains. There has been enough rain recently that the waterfall was going pretty good. About 2.5 miles into the hike the trail becomes difficult to spot. We did the waterfalls and overlook. Quiet, peaceful, and beautiful trail. Neatly 6 miles all together.

Doug Neidholdt

513 Completed551 Reviews

Nice starter hike in the desert, not very long or strenuous. Nice features, rock formations.

May Gan

0 Completed1 Reviews

This place is amazing! Off the beaten path and alot of solitude...after the abandoned parking lot to the left is Mossy rocks..climb up to the caves!

Chris Ahearn

17 Completed6 Reviews

This trail is closed. There is no access to this trail from either the Crosscut trail head or First water trail head.