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Peak 3125 - Goldfields, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,922 feet
Elevation Gain 1,247 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,251 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.97
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Overview: Meridian TH to the Peak of 3125'.

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2012-12-28

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    Peak 3125 - Goldfields
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    I did this hike as a combination of the Ridgeline 3108 Loop Hike and the Peak 3004 Loop Hike. We started from the Meridian Trailhead, went east for a around 1.5 miles on an easy-to-follow trail, and then began the ascent up to the Peak 3108 Ridgeline. On the easy-to-follow trail, we saw 6 deer, including a nice size buck who stood and stared at us for at least 10 minutes. As we began the ascent to the ridgeline, there were a number of cairns that guided the way for a while. Past that point, I used the gps track that I downloaded from HAZ. It was a lot of fun hiking the ridgeline, and it involved a good bit of rock climbing. The views are awesome on the ridgeline, particularly at the top of Peak 3108, Temptation Peak, and Peak 3125(Note that Tenny's book calls this one Peak 3113). We climbed up Temptation Peak on the south side, and it looked a bit iffy to descend down the north side, so we descended on the east side.

    When we descended down Peak 3125 down to Bulldog Saddle, instead of going south back to the trailhead, we picked up the Peak 3004 Loop hike by going north down to the valley below Peak 3004, looped around up to Pass Mountain Saddle, and then took the Pass Mountain trail to the south back to the trailhead.

    The Peak 3108 Ridgeline hike was cool and was a lot of fun. There was nothing special about the Peak 3004 Loop hike, but it did enable us to get in a couple of extra miles.

    I wonder why this is called the Peak 3108 Ridgeline? Peak 3108 is actually a bit off of the Ridgeline, and both Peak 3125 and Temptation Peak (3,195') are higher.
    Peak 3125 - Goldfields
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    Got the last parking spot at Meriden TH ( Seems like each year the THs are filling up more which is great to see ) Been up to the Saddle ( I've heard it called Wolverine Pass and Bulldog Saddle, does anyone know if it has a name ?? if not maybe we should christen it and give it a identity since so many people enjoy hiking it ?? ) so many times. Rick wanted to have a little challenge ( and I have never been up to the Peak, just looked at it and said someday ) so up we went to the Peak, was slippery in spots and we thought coming back down would be a little precarious. Got to the top and our GPS showed us at 3155, Rick was happy, but I pointed out that according to the official route we had to still go over to the next Peak. We decided that we were higher then 3125 which made us ok stopping at this point, and if the next peak was the true 3125 we would let the younger or more adventurous hikers make the trip across. The trip down was better then we thought with no trouble at all, we just had to watch where we were planting our foot for the next step... Great Hike :y:
    Peak 3125 - Goldfields
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    There are several routes heading up to the peak, we attempted to stay close to the official route. Cold and windy on top, but the sun came out on the trip back : app : and brightened spirits and warmed us up. Looks like this climb is rarely taken, but is well worth the effort for the 360 degree views of the East Valley. Weather: Temp-55 Degrees, Humidity-39%, Wind-9 mph on the saddle, more like 12 mph on top. Another great hike thanks to Bob !! :y:
    Peak 3125 - Goldfields
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    9L and I wanted to hike out the end of the year right so we headed out the Goldfields, I've never spent any time in this area and I'm simply smitten!!
    The big sheer yellow walls remind me of another oddly colored sheer cliff I loved so well all last summer :D

    I enjoyed the little off trail jaunt up to Peak 3125, there were some fun little Hippy-sized rck walls to play/climb on the way up, which 9L chose to ignore :lol:

    From this peak I looked over and locked eyed with a beautiful rocky beast stuck right in the center of 3125 and our next destination Peak 3195.

    I led John up to this center peak without even asking if he wanted to, once we reached the base of "peak 3163" I headed to it's south side and we climbed/crawled/scrambled up it's side in a sweet little semi-spiral
    At the tip top I begged and hoped this pretty thing didn't have a name...I hereby name this stubborn little beast as "Hippy Hill"!

    We slid down the east side of HH and continued on to Peak 3195, this was a sweet little trek too! It has a kickin' climb up which reminded me of Battleship in the Supes, loooove!!
    After we came down this beast we traversed to the north side where we walked up to some sweet little cave type things, filled to the brim with bat and rat poo, whoo!!

    We then headed back to the trailhead, took a quick break and headed out again along Pass Mtn Loop...
    Peak 3125 - Goldfields
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    Hippy and I went out to the Meridian and did a nice hike up to three peaks in the Goldfields. The first was 3125 and is fairly easy and straightforward to reach. We followed the hiking trail the first 1.5 miles to a saddle and then went off trail up a ridge. The off trail section was cairned and there is a decent use trail that leads the summit.

    From Peak 3125 we went to the north and bagged Peak 3163 which involved a fun scramble to the summit. The rock was loose and there was some scree but it wasn't too bad. From there we continued to the north to Peak 3195. This one involves some class four climbing similar to Battleship.

    Afterward we returned to the hiking trail and then returned to the jeep. We took a break and then made the Pass Mtn Loop. Great day to close out the year.

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    To Meridian Trailhead
    Meridian Trailhead is located at the north terminus of Meridian Road between Mesa and Apache Junction.

    US60 to Signal Butte. Take Signal Butte north to University. East (right) onto University to Meridian. North (left) onto Meridian to the terminus. There is a small TH.

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    Exit 202 Loop at Brown Road and travel east on Brown Road for about 3.5 miles. From Brown Road (Lost Dutchman Rd), travel North on Meridian for two miles to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 34.1mi - 44 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 119mi - 2hr 11mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 176mi - 2hr 56mins
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