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Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop - Goldfield Mtns, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 4.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,923 feet
Elevation Gain 1,185 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,683 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.22
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Author RickVincent
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Trips 611 map ( 2,836 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Overview
A challenging off-trail ridge line adventure with good approach trails on both ends, completing the 4.8 mile loop


Warning
The ridge line portion of this hike is not oft traveled and covers rough rocky terrain. Travel with company or make sure someone knows where you will be hiking.

Hike
This is a true loop hike that starts and finishes at the Meridian TH. For this description, travel was counter-clockwise (Ridge line from south to north).

Start by taking the trail that heads north towards Bulldog Saddle. Within about 500 feet a trail splits off to the east. Follow this trail until its terminus at the south end of the mountain. The trail ending is obvious, and so are the heavily placed cairns which lead up towards the ridge line.

Once on the ridge line, the route requires boulder hopping, scrambling and a few downclimbs. Exposure is minimal. The terrain very much resembles that of the nearby Pass Mountain ridge line. After passing the highest point on the ridge, Peak 3108, there is just one more saddle and slight climb to the final peak at the north end of the ridge.

From here, look down to the west at Boulder Saddle. Follow a cairned route down the north end to the saddle. Pick up the Boulder Saddle trail and follow back to the trailhead.

Camping
There is a nice camp spot in an open meadow at a saddle below the south end of the ridgeline. A large fire ring already exists and the area is secluded with great views.

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2013-12-27 RickVincent
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
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    Directions
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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
    page created by RickVincent on Dec 27 2013 10:05 pm
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