What an interesting morning this was. I hiked the Lost Goldmine Trail from the Cloudview TH going East towards the Peralta TH. At coordinates 33deg 23.436, 111deg 24.2004, I turned North in the wash going almost directly towards peak 5057. The sun at 9:00am does not light up the cave on the hill yet, so you can see a canyon entrance straight ahead and the cave is beyond that.
I didn't find any defined trails, although there were occasional cairns marking a way through the rocks and heavy brush. On my return, I found that it was a lot better if you guide along the West side of the flowage. The drainage itself is narrow, choked with brush and a lot of boulder hopping.
As I approached the entrance to the canyon, the scrambling got worse. The brush included lots of catsclaw and it has been recently sharpened to keep intruders out. But I could begin to hear the sounds of water trickling over and through the rocks so I pressed forward, ignoring the sounds of tearing Levi's.
Once around the corner, it kinda smoothed out so I removed my gear and enjoyed the sounds. It's hard for the sun to reach this corner due to the vertical cliffs so photo work is a little touch-n-go. I shot several photos of the blackened falls area that did have a slight flow going.
As I sat on a flat surface looking around the canyon, I noticed what appeared to be a cave entrance above and to my left (on the East side of the canyon wall). There was a large pointed rock that was trying it's darn best to hide the entrance, but I could see cave entrance on both sides of the pointy rock. I kept looking up at this formation and then I saw an extension ladder had been placed to try to gain entrance. It's hard to imagine that someone would go through all the work to lug a 15(?) foot extension ladder to this remote area, but, there it is (see photos).
On the opposite side of the canyon, is a gradual(?) incline that might lead to the cliff above the 60 foot (approx) falls and be the way to access the cave above. I was alone on this hike and preferred not to exceed my luck by taking too many chances in such a remote area.
It was at this point that I finished my exploration, made my turnaround and began working my way back to the Goldmine Trail. The downward trek was not as bad as the upward as you can find openings through the brush and boulders easier.
This sidetrip from the well posted Goldmine Trail has the potential to be very interesting and lots of fun. I don't know if there is access to the cliffs above, but it appears that there might be the potential. Bushwhacking ain't much fun, but if a trail was blazed the area could be more accessible, and who knows what's in that cave that the ladder leads to