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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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Pedestal Arch
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Willow Spring Basin Meander
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Gold Eagles Nugget Trail
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Goldfields: Golden Dome and Peak 3141
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Golden Dome
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Author AZLOT69
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Trips 1,818 map ( 15,596 miles )
Age 68 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Summer to Early Spring
Sun  6:10am - 6:31pm
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by AZLOT69

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.

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.

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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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2009-12-03 AZLOT69

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Gold Eagles Nugget Trail
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    Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop
    I'd never done anything in the Goldfields before, so I PM'd The Gecko that Treks for some suggestions. She through out a few suggestions and I ended up putting a twist on one that she and LP had just finished.

    We started at the Willow Canyon TH at first light. None of the trails out here are signed, but most are in great shape. Temps. in the 30's forced a brisk pace to start. The sweet geology was painted in orange, with the rising sun.

    The first off trail section took us to what are no longer the Tanks that were camouflaged. This is an interesting area that has seen recent improvements. For the life of me, I can't figure out how the water gets from the Tanks to the higher in elevation trough.

    We worked our way downhill to my favorite part of the hike, Black Glass Canyon. Practicing Safety First, we worked our way through the many obstacles in this canyon getting to Willow Creek. From here it was a bit more than 2 miles to get to Saguaro Lake/Salt River. Almost to the lake, we ran into a couple of ladies coming in from the lake, that thought they'd discovered a new canyon. :lol:

    I had plans to do some additional off trail exploring from here, but the canyon walls did not cooperate. So we reversed direction and headed back up Willow Creek. Joe enjoyed this portion so much that for the next 3.5 miles all I head was Bla, Bla, Bla.

    Finally out of the creek bed and back on a trail it was smooth sailing back to the trailhead. Looks like there's plenty more areas to check out.

    Gold Eagles Nugget Trail
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    Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop
    Willow Canyon Trailhead
    6:37am Cold start, pants kept it bearable.

    Gold Eagles Nugget Trail
    Nice trail, great condition. I'm not sure if the trail is local or FS maintained... regardless, the FS would be smart to sign and designate official trails.

    Quartz Crystal Arroyo
    Course variation of @AZLOT69's description.The trail through here is impressively manicured and quick.

    Razorback Knob
    No matter how you slice it this is a fanciful orchestra of terrain! Hit it sunrise or sunset! We missed that light, 'twas dazzling in the previous two paragraphs. Like crackin' the whip on Breezin Lad early 90's this is a guaranteed winner.

    Camouflage Tanks
    The tanks have been replaced. As a result, they are not camouflaged anymore. We didn't follow @sventre's description route but it's cool to now know about the Cottonwood Spring access into the Goldfields! Worthy destination for the views alone.

    Black Glass Canyon - aka Obsidian
    Snazzy obstacle course canyon. Similar to the huge boulder entrance of Peter's Canyon with Fish Creek (upper bridge) accents. Slow going and just barely in my current ability range. Didn't know to look for the triple arch. The canyon is plenty to engage my attention.

    Willow Springs Canyon Lower
    Never ending sinking steps sand/gravel creek beds rate pure hell in my book. The view at shoreline is the inlet not the lake view desired. Met two friendly kayakers a tenth of a mile from the lake.

    Willow Springs Canyon to Willow Springs Basin Tank
    No thank you. Joe wake up, never do this again.

    Willow Springs Basin Tank to Willow Canyon Trailhead
    Back on trails, life is good.

    Hike to and through Black Glass Canyon is outstanding!

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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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