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Golden Eye Arches, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,924 feet
Elevation Gain 152 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.01
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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12  2011-01-16
Javelina Mine Trail
13  2009-12-10 AZLOT69
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  7:29am - 5:44pm
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Sure To Heal What Ails Ya
by AZLOT69

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History: Natural arches have meant different things to different people over the millennia. Many Indian cultures regarded them as religious shrines and if they did not feel they knew the appropriate words to appease the gods they would avoid them. Some civilizations thought it was a window to the next dimension and the departed would leave this way. Still others have felt that passing someone thru the arch could cure what ails you and simply passing thru the arch would leave you clean and healthy. Euro Americans have found natural arches something to be admired.

Overview: This hike is an off trail bushwhack to the arches and beyond taking in the peak of the monolith Golden Eye. Long sleeves and Long pants are a plus.

Hike: The trailhead is accessed off the Golden Eye Mine Trail and can be accessed from the east via the Gold Eagles Nugget Trail or Javelina Mine Trail. The trailhead is .4 mile west of the intersection Of Gold Eagles Nugget Trail and the Javelina Mine Trail. It is just east of a deep wash the Golden Eye Mine Trail passes thru which is the drainage for the V shaped canyon on the monolith Golden Eye. It can also be accessed from the west via the Willow Springs Basin Tank Trail. From the trailhead you can see what appears to be three arches on the left side of a V shaped canyon on the monolith Golden Eye. Stay east of the canyon wash, working your way thru the brush which is not bad. As you get tight to the mountain follow the contour around to the right eventually getting into the wash. There are plenty of alcoves, diggings and attractive rocks to distract you. Looking up you will see the arches are now out of sight. Follow the wash up the canyon. Eventually boulders will dictate going out of the wash on the right side. There is some pretty healthy brush to push thru but mainly jojoba, so they will let you pass. Soon the arches reappear and surprise there are four. It appears that in time these four will become one large arch. There is an interesting canyon on the north side the arch leading to a peak worthy of bagging. Back down at the arch continue up the canyon to the left. There are nice views of the arches now behind you. The top of this monolith is nothing like you would expect. Cubby holes abound, what a great place to hide out or play hide and seek. Mark your route exploring and return the way you came.

    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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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To canyon trip
    Apache trail, Highway 88 Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 10 miles northeast to highway marker 204. Just before the marker turn left into parking area. Follow Gold Eagles Nugget Trail to Golden Eye Mine Trail to trailhead. Alternate-Apache trail, Highway 88 Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 9 miles northeast to just short of highway marker 203. Just before the marker turn right into parking area. Follow Javelina Mine Trail to Golden Eye Mine Trail to trailhead.
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