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Gold Eagles Nugget Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,134 feet
Elevation Gain 82 feet
Accumulated Gain 82 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.67
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Summer to Early Spring
Sun  7:21am - 5:19pm
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Checkmate Arch
Checkmate Arch
0.4 mi away
0.5 mi
296 ft
Golden Eye Mine Trail
Golden Eye Mine Trail
0.4 mi away
0.8 mi
210 ft
Quartz Crystal Arroyo
Quartz Crystal Arroyo
0.4 mi away
1.0 mi
-162 ft
Willow Springs Basin
0.5 mi away
2.6 mi
-177 ft
Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield Mtns
0.7 mi away
7.0 mi
400 ft
Willow Springs Canyon to Bagley Tank
Willow Springs Canyon to Bagley Tank
0.7 mi away
7.4 mi
588 ft
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields Mtns
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields Mtns
0.7 mi away
7.0 mi
330 ft
Little Chance Canyon Loop
Little Chance Canyon Loop
0.7 mi away
3.0 mi
422 ft
Golden Eye Arches
Golden Eye Arches
0.7 mi away
0.5 mi
152 ft
Sunset Arch
Sunset Arch
0.8 mi away
1.4 mi
550 ft
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Overview
The Gold Eagles Nugget Trail is named for the mining claim it passes thru by the same name. The trail heads off in a westerly direction from the Little Chance Canyon Loop as a connector trail to the Javelina Mine Trail and the Golden Eye Mine Trail. This trail enables longer loops of the region starting or ending from the Willow Springs Trailhead.


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The trailhead is located by taking the Little Chance Canyon Loop in a clockwise direction. Eight tenths of a mile from the Willow Springs Trailhead, the Little Chance Canyon Loop Trail comes to a slick rock area where the trail crosses to the left side of the wash. In about a hundred yards there is a junction. Its easy to miss. You should see a cairn on your right here, stop look left for a large cairn. Go left here, this is your trailhead. There are several cairns thru this slick rock section guiding you off this ledge into the ravine ahead. Massive monoliths covered with lichen and accented with mature standing saguaro line the valley. The trail dips thru a wash then westerly towards the saddle ahead. Keep your eyes open for mining claim markers of interest. The trail crosses over to the right side of the wash as the grade starts towards the saddle. An open distant view of the Goldfields is yours at the saddle. There is a gate opening in a fence line that runs across the saddle. The trail now heads down into the valley ahead staying left of the ravine until it gets near the bottom where it crosses right. Soon you come to the unmarked Y with the Javelina Trail to your left and the Golden Eye Mine Trail to the right. Continue on your planned outing or return the way you came.

Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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    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.

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    To hike
    Apache trail Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 10 miles northeast to highway marker 204. Just before the marker turn left into parking area. A reference point is the Needle Vista viewpoint on the south of the highway. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pulloff area just before the 204 sign. Follow the trail directions for Little Chance Canyon in a clockwise diection. The trailhead for Gold Eagles Nugget Trail is .8 of a mile from highway 88 on the Little Chance Canyon Trail.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Dec 03 2009 5:01 pm
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