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2881 Consensus Loop - Goldfield Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance Loop 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,272 feet
Elevation Gain 1,850 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,850 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.25
Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall, Seasonal Creek & Peak
Backpack No
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15  2021-02-16 Yoder
Author Yoder
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 29
Photos 1,456
Trips 121 map ( 1,033 miles )
Age 55 Male Gender
Location Chandler, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:37am - 7:27pm
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Peak 2881 - Horns Of Dilemma - Willow Creek Loop
by Yoder

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Overview
This hike combines three Goldfield hikes into a 7-mile loop covering a range of terrain from mountain peaks to stream beds.
Peak 2881
Horns of Dilemma
Willow Creek to Saguaro Lake


The route can be described in the following segments (in order)
1) Follow faint dirt road (0.7 miles)
2) Follow a faint trail to Peak 2881 (0.7 miles)
3) Ridgeline following Cairns to Gap (1.4 miles)
4) Traverse to Horns of Dilemma (0.7 miles)
5) Horns of Dilemma Trail to Willow Creek (0.8 miles)
6) Willow creek to car (2.7 miles)

Hike
Parking for this hike is on the east side of Highway 88 at a small dirt pull-out big enough for 2-3 cars

Dirt road (0.7 miles)
Cross the road and drop down into Willow Creek and follow a faint dirt road roughly following the creek bed going in the North-West direction. Eventually, the road parts way from the creek and heads more up-hill. Finally, the road disappears and is replaced with a trail. The trail continues up-slope and continues to thin-out and eventually disappears, but several cairns help lead the way.

Trail and Cairns to Peak 2281 (1.4 miles)
Continue up to Peak 2281, following what game trails and cairns you can find. I did re-enforce some cairns on this section and added more cairns at points of convergence of tracks.

Ridgeline to Gap (2.8 miles)
From Peak 2881, we are heading North-West (Mostly North) following the ridgeline until you come on a gap in the rock where you can look North East and see the Horns of dilemma. I did re-enforce some cairns on this section and added more cairns at points of convergence of tracks.

Traverse to Horns of Dilemma (3.5 miles)
From the gap in the rock, traverse North-East to the Horns of Dilemma, where you can pick up the Horns of Dilemma trail (Finally, a real trail).

Horns of Dilemma to Willow Creek (4.3 miles)
Follow the Horns of Dilemma trail to Willow Creek. There are a few variations of this trail that can be followed here to the creek.

Willow Creek to Car (7.0 miles)
Follow the creek for the remainder of this hike. This is a long slog (tough on the ankles) with a few sections with seasonal waterfalls and deep pools that must be traversed or gone around.

Compendium
Credit for this route, in no particular order, includes trekkin_gecko (2021-01-08), adilling (2021-01-16), and hikerdw (2014-11-26). All are excellent variations of the same loop.

I realized much of this loop would be off-trail, so I downloaded all three GPS tracks, flagged where most of these tracks converged, and figure these convergence points would represent a trail by consensus, thus the name 2881 Consensus Loop, rather than Peak 2881 - Horns Of Dilemma - Willow Creek Loop.

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2021-02-21 Yoder
    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.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    Follow SR88 from Apache Junction 2.1 miles past Weavers Needle Vista Viewpoint turn-off. Park in dirt pullout on east side of road.
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