Magical Meridian Mystery Tour
The Meridian Mystery Trail meanders in an east-west direction for about 2 miles, and offers views of interesting rock formations as well as peaks and ridgelines in the southern Goldfields and the Superstitions.
Forest Service Maps once upon a time showed the Meridian Mystery Trail as Forest Road 3516.
To get to the Meridian Mystery Trail, from the Meridian Trailhead go north on the Bulldog Saddle Trail for 0.1 miles, and the unsigned Meridian Mystery Trail branches off to the east (make a right turn). Although there is no sign at the junction, the Meridian Mystery Trail is well groomed and easy to follow.
The mysterious thing about this trail is that it has no destination or end; instead, it simply peters out after a couple of miles. However, once the trail vanishes, a hiker could continue on an easy off-trail excursion for less than 1/2 mile and wind up on the Idaho Pass Trail, near Idaho Road.
A novice hiker might enjoy doing an out-and-back hike on this trail, especially in the springtime when wildflowers are blooming. More advanced hikers might find the trail useful as a springboard to access other areas in the Goldfield Mountains. For example, the author of this guide has hiked on a portion of the Meridian Mystery as part of the Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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.