Overview: The Quartz Crystal Arroyo Trail is a connector trail enabling a variety of loops and access into some very scenic parts of the Goldfields. While short in length this trail is long on scenery as it parallels the south side of Golden Eye monolith. The outrageous mixture of material making up the rock outcroppings lie as evidence to the turmoil that took place here in the Willow Springs Cauldron. Prominent throughout this canyon is the glitter from the generous amount of quartz crystal scattered about. The semi-precious quartz crystal glistens in the sun like diamonds.
Hike: Approaching from the Javelina Mine Trail, take the Golden Eye Trail to the left. In about one fifth of a mile the Golden Eye Mine Trail curves toward the north. Watch for a cairn on the left here. This is your trailhead. There is a faint trail as it starts toward the west on a sparsely vegetated smooth rock area. There are nice high views of the rugged Goldfields in front of you as you proceed west. In about a quarter mile you approach a rock outcropping. At this point you have an option. The trail bifurcates and you can take the high road or take the low road. If this is an out and back for you, go one way, return the other. You will notice a large cairn above you on the ledge. Go left here and work your way down into the arroyo. Once down go right. Like so many other Goldfield hikes, this trail would be a thrill in wet weather. Just follow the arroyo taking the path of least resistance. In a short time the arroyo makes a slight turn towards the north and passes by more unusual rock structures. Hopefully you can spend some time and explore the many features. The trail comes to a slick rock area filled with pools. Rough-N-Ready Canyon joins here entering from the left. Continuing straight the trail enters a grove of mesquite that supplies a nice canopy of shade for a break. This is the end of the Quartz Crystal Arroyo Trail and your turn around point unless you are connecting on a longer outing.
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5:20am - 7:40pm
Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 8 AM
Paved - Car Okay
Forest Tonto Pass is a forest wide permit for recreational sites and campgrounds. Typically not for trailheads.
To hike Starting at the Javelina Mine trailhead on the Apache trail, travel Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 9 miles northeast to just short of highway marker 203. Just before the marker turn right into parking area. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pulloff area just before the 203 sign and has parking for several dozens cars.
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