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Hope is Lost Trail - Goldfields, AZ

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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,223 feet
Elevation Gain -127 feet
Accumulated Gain 26 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.09
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Routes 525
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Trips 478 map ( 5,895 miles )
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Location Fountain Hills, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
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The Hope is Lost Trail is a connector trail that runs through Orohai Wash, just west of Top Hat Hill and Palo Verde Arch. The Hope is Lost Trail runs north-south, and it connects FR 1356 with the Horse with No Name Trail.

The starting point of this trail(33.49372, -111.51256) is just SW of Top Hat Hill, at the northernmost point of FR1356.

The trail initially follows an ATV road that leads into Orohai Wash. The trail runs for one mile until you get to a T-intersection with Horse with No Name Trail.

Along the way to Horse with No Name Trail, there is a good use trail to the east that goes 1/4 mile or so up to Palo Verde Arch, a prominent landmark in the Goldfields. From this use-trail, you could also go off-trail to the summit of Top Hat Hill.

The section of Hope is Lost Trail that goes through Orohai Wash is a bit sandy in some places, which will slow you down a bit. However, there is no vegetation to deal with in the wash, so the hiking is relatively easy.

Note that the name of the Hope is Lost Trail comes from the mountain biking community, which has come up with several colorful trail names in the Goldfields.

While this won't be the most memorable trail that you have ever hiked, it provides a good way to get up to either Palo Verde Arch or Top Hat Hill. The trail is also useful to connect to Horse with No Name Trail, which can be used as a springboard to get to arches, peaks, and other landmarks in the central Goldfields.

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2020-12-10 DixieFlyer

    One-Way Notice
    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.

    Permit $$
    Bulldog Canyon OHV permit
    The permit is free, but a $6 processing fee is required to obtain from (tap get permit)
    The permit is good for 6 months. Upon purchase, you'll be given the gate codes to get through the gate.
    FR1356 is sandy in some sections and is a bit rocky in other sections, so a 4WD vehicle will be needed to drive this road.

    Map Drive
    Strictly 4x4

    To hike
    The best way to get to the trailhead is to go to the Wolverine Gate for the Bulldog Canyon OHV roads. This is the Bulldog Canyon Gate on North Cactus Road in Apache Junction. GPS coordinates for the Wolverine Gate are: 33.46750, -111.53116.

    From here you have 2 choices to get to the Hope is Lost TH: 1) walk or FR1356 to the TH, 2) drive through the gate and take FR1356 to the TH.

    The first option will involve walking 3 miles or so on FR1356. Parking at the Wolverine Gate is free, and there is no fee for walking through the gate.

    The second option requires getting a Bulldog Canyon OHV permit.
    page created by DixieFlyer on Dec 10 2020 7:51 am
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