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Rhyodacite Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,591 feet
Elevation Gain 498 feet
Accumulated Gain 660 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.8
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
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13  2019-01-09
Rhyodacite Canyon and Peak 2578
25  2017-03-04
Trans Goldfield
34  2017-02-05 CannondaleKid
46  2017-01-28 CannondaleKid
12  2016-02-04 gmaclachlan
21  2015-02-22
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield Mtns
41  2014-02-02 CannondaleKid
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Familiarize yourself with Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway Canyon, AZ.

The turnoff for this trail is approximately 2.75 miles into the Gateway Canyon hike. You will see the canyon open up for you on the right at this point bushwhack your way down into the wash and follow it to your hearts content. You can return the way you came or connect to one of many other routes.

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    Rhyodacite Canyon
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    I dragged Tracey along for a return trip with the goal of continuing until the canyon turned east, allowing for a shuttle hike.

    We started at the Blue Point Bulldog gate and followed the same route as I did last week, at least as far as I went on that trip. From that point on it was a lot more work and route-finding skills became paramount... what with the thorny thickets and huge boulders to scale, it seemed like we were making constant side-trips along the way.

    We stopped for lunch when we achieved our goal... we were able to see the point we reached from the east a few years ago. I had been afraid of a large pour-off or come other impassable obstacle but that was not the case.

    Ok, goal achieved, time to hike back out. Although we had a better idea of the route, it was no easier on the return leg. After the large cave where the route was more obvious we picked up speed. Once out of the canyon it became a long slog back.

    No wildlife this trip. :cry:
    Rhyodacite Canyon
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    I was last out this way in Feb 2014 so I figured it was about time for a return trip.

    I began at the Bulldog Blue Point gate following my return route from the last time, which was as straight as possible without having to climb any steep slopes. I stayed high as I rounded the corner and headed in the direction of the Gateway. While traversing the slope I scared up a small javelina, which, as usual when shooting video, it would not move. As I moved forward it wheeled and shot away so the video very little action... so I merged it into a video with the next wildlife I encountered. (See below)

    When I turned into Rhyodacite Canyon the route finding was pretty simple... it appeared someone had been there yesterday. I say that because where there was grass it very recently matted, which I first thought meant it happened today, but in some areas there was frost on it so it must have been yesterday.

    Anyway, between the matted grass, footprints and cairns it was pretty easy going. A few times I had to bushwhack to avoid deeper pools (there was plenty of running water) until I reached the farthest point I had reached in 2014. Things slowed drastically from there as the tracks simply disappeared and the cairns became few and far between so I didn't go much farther before stopping for an already late lunch. Wouldn't you know it, the first spot I chose happened to be within 50 feet of a hives of bees in a mass of desert mistletoe in a Palo Verde, so I moved on another hundred yards or so.

    After lunch I began the return leg, figuring it would be a breeze now that I knew the trouble spots to avoid. And of course, a couple detours presented other issues of their own, one of which is where I believe I picked up a hitch-hiker. (More about that later)

    On previous trips I had visited three large caves, two of which had evidence of longer term human habitation but I didn't waste the time taking any side trips to visit them. (I took one zoom photo from across the canyon of the largest but that was it.)

    As I approached the largest cave I caught a glimpse of something bushy zip behind a boulder, which reminded me of a gray fox encounter in the same area when I was out here last with Tracey. And whadda'ya know, here comes a gray fox around the boulder toward me! Which had me wondering if it could be the same one. Unlike the javelina, I was able to get a decent face-on photo along with some video. It couldn't seem to make up it's mind if it would move closer or turn and run, which is what it did. That would be the last 'action' of the hike.

    Two videos:
    0:58 - Trickling water in Rhyodacite Cayon
    2:25 - Javelina and Gray Fox medley

    Whoops... almost forgot to mention the unwanted hitch-hiker. Several hours after I got home I felt something on my neck. When I asked Tracey what it was she just about freaked out, It's a tick!
    Thankfully is was moving so it was easy to remove it post-haste. We had to wonder how it was still on me after a shower and change of clothes... maybe it had dropped off me when I came in the house, then maybe latched onto my shirt several hours later was when I was laying on the kitchen floor changing the water filter under the sink. Whatever... it's gone now.
    Rhyodacite Canyon
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    Near 6 months since I bagged #12 of the 13 ranked peaks in the Stewart Mountain Quadrangle so I figured it was time to complete it. Although not the highest in the quad, so far #13, Peak 2662 has presented the biggest challenge. So far I've spent way more time planning it than any others including an aborted attempt a half-mile south of it 10 months ago at a spot where there simply weren't enough handholds to climb a 20 foot wall.

    Last week I hoped to do more recon starting from the east but turned around over a mile away. So to at least get a closer look at it I decided to come in from the vicinity of Gateway Canyon following an unnamed canyon south to the base of 2662 and see what I found.

    Plenty of boulder-hopping and thorny bush-whacking but all I had to do was follow the dry wash to the area below Peak 2662. From there I managed to choose the wrong way to the summit but at least I know the route to get here is best/only(?) way and I have one last possible route to the summit to try next trip.

    While I didn't reach the summit, the views were awesome and I found many items of interest including numerous large caves, a dead Bighorn Sheep (appeared to be from a 100+ foot fall, and even a totally skinned headless carcass of what I think may be a coati but I'm still awaiting confirmation from AZGFD. Check the last two photos and let me know what you think it may be.

    As usual it was a day of many photos... Only 115! so it was a job to whittle it to the manageable 40 I posted here on HAZ.

    The full set of 115 photos are here:

    A video from the canyon floor as well as 200 feet above is here:

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

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    Take Bush highway east from Thomas or Usery to trail head just west of Blue Point Bridge or take Bush highway from Saguaro lake West to just accross the Bridge. Multi car parking in small lot just off the highway
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