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Twin Arches, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,266 feet
Elevation Gain 383 feet
Accumulated Gain 445 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.03
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32  2021-03-14
Goldfield Top Hat and Arches Loop
18  2020-02-18
Bull Dog Canyon Twin Arches
16  2020-02-17 adilling
35  2018-12-09 adilling
21  2018-11-18
Top Hat and the Arches
7  2016-12-30 hikerdw
18  2016-01-31
Top Hat and the Arches
8  2015-01-09 hikingaz2
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Author markthurman53
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Routes 718
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Trips 542 map ( 4,954 miles )
Age 67 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
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Dos Arches are cool
by markthurman53

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The Twin Arches are located on the southernmost cliffs of Yellow Rhyolite in the Goldfield Mountains. These cliffs extend intermittently from Dome Mountain to Top Hat Mountain and the Arches are located about half way between. Twin Arches consist of obviously two arches one facing west the other south. Because they are facing perpendicular to each other they are not typically viewed at the same time. While it might be possible from some angle I have not seen it.

This is a fairly easy destination from Rock House Trail or FR 1356. FR 1356 is only accessible by vehicle if you have the Bulldog Canyon Recreational pass that allows you to drive past the locked gates. Without the pass the trailheads are at either Dome Mountain, E Hackamore or Cottonwood Trailheads. This adds another 3 to 4 miles to the hike. The route described here is a western route up to the arches and a eastern route down from the arches. Either way the trail starts and ends on Rock House Trail or FR1356.

There is no trail on the western approach but from the Rock House Trail go up the ridge staying on the top of the ridge. Recommend referring to the GPS route. The wash that drains the cliffs of Twin Arches will be on the right (east). Once you are just below the cliffs head to the east to the arches. While still on the ridge you should be able to see the west facing arch. Once under the west facing arch you continue east then head uphill to the south facing arch. It is fairly easy to get up behind the south facing arch not sure if the same could be said for the west facing arch. While there is no trail it is fairly easy walking at least up the ridge a little more caution is required on the portion heading east under the arches. The route down is along the east side of the wash. This is a much easier route and there are signs of a faint trail complete with rock cairns. This trail ends on the Rock House Trail or FR 1356 just a couple hundred feet from the Blue Ridge Trail.

Equally if not more impressive are the views all along this hike. The Four Peaks and Top Hat are to the east and the Superstition Mountains to the south. I don’t think I would get tired of these views, just when you think you’ve seen it before the weather or conditions change and it is magnificent again.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2020-02-23 markthurman53

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    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    Apache Junction, Idaho Road North, turn right on McKellips, left on Wolverine Rd, Right on Tonto, left on Cactus Rd to Dome Mountain Trailhead. Take the Blue Ridge trail to FR 1356 or Rock House Trail. If you have a Bulldog Canyon Recreational pass that can be obtained on line you can pass through the locked gate and drive directly to the Twin Arches Trailhead along FR1356.
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