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Rough Eye Javelina Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 8.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,180 feet
Elevation Gain 450 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,156 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 14.03
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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A moderate Goldfield loop hike that is about 80 percent bushwhack. This route takes you out the Rough-N-Ready Trail to the Packsaddle junction in the wash, then return via the highground cat walk, golden ridge that runs along the Rough-N-Ready 100 feet northeast of the wash back to the Quartz Crystal Arroyo Trail. The views from the ridge are superb. Continue to the Golden Eye Mine Trail and finally joining the Javelina Mine Trail and back to the trailhead. See the individual hike descriptions for further details.

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    Rough Eye Javelina Loop
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    It didn't seem like we took that many breaks since we only sat down once for lunch. I guess it was the exploring and stopping to gawk, oh and of course, the blood trail we followed. Second, thx Kelly for co-navigating this one. It was a bit tricky because there are so many trails and options now. Third, we missed two of the areas from last time so I'll be heading back in the spring to find them.

    We met at the TH and headed across the road and up the Javelina Mine Trail before splitting left to catch up with the now trailed Rough n Ready Canyon Trail. You do have to be somewhat careful out here now as there are trails and they are unmarked so you better know where you're going. The scenery out here is very interesting and fun to investigate what catches your eye like a cave we saw above the trail. We climbed up to it and it is pretty big. We had Jack do the scat check before heading back down to the trail which at this point was high above the wash. Another note of caution is when you do end up going in the washes, watch for where the trail leaves the wash but then you have to be mindful if the trail you catch out is the right one. You have to know where you are going, that is if you have a specific route or destination you're looking for.

    Before the cave or about 1/2 hr after seeing the first blood we finally found the resolution to the significant blood spots we followed for almost a mile. We had hoped it wasn't a human being bleeding like that and thot maybe a horse and then Jack said maybe a hunter had nabbed something. The blood stains were very recent. Soon Jack looked up from the trail and saw the guts of the hunted deer. Mystery solved.

    We continued in and out of the wash and into the Canyon with expanded views of the lichen-covered rockery with layers of tuft waving through it. I have to say, it's much more beautiful when the sun shines on it though. I looked at my photo set from last time and was duly impressed with those and other pictures we had taken last time on a beautiful weather day. I was shocked I didn't take any video so I made up for it this time ;) .

    We saw a porthole in what I called the Tuff Wave Mountain. Kelly was intrigued and decided to go on up. She made pretty quick time of it and soon her head was peeking thru the port hole so we got pictures of her. Didn't know she got a pic of us too so that was pretty cool. We then followed the trail up from the wash and it headed to the right and behind the mountain, NOT the direction we wanted to go.

    It was here that I thot we had come up to on our way back so we made our way down this tricky area thru an opening between the rocks and by a little cave. As I was balancing myself across this steeper section I went to use the side wall only to have a huge chunk of it slide and bounce off my leg. That hurt! It's best if you want to take the short cut up to catch the backside of that mountain to do it UP, not down. And now, that's not even necessary as I see when we did it last time on the way back, we ended back in the wash again after going all around this narrow mountain.

    But we got back down to the wash and continued until the trail part ended. We decided to go up (SW) this wash/canyon for a bit before continuing on in the main wash looking for that turn around point from last time. This little side adventure was pretty cool scenery-wise. It looks like if you continue in that SW wash it veers to the south and you could possibly take it to Cottonwood Spring. Looking at the satellite vision, there may even be some trail to hook up with.

    We passed by the area we turned around at last time but I didn't even realize it as it doesn't look what I remembered. What a surprise? Anyway, we decided we would continue around one more corner... well an S curve actually. We didn't go far and then headed back a moment or two to end up eating what would be a quick lunch as it started to sprinkle so we were off again. For the rest of our hike it would rain on and off again. We headed back toward the trail that takes you up and around the wavy mountain but this trail wasn't veering to the right down to the Crystal Arroyo so we bushwhacked our way down to the Rough n Ready Canyon.

    Soon we came upon the Arroyo but it didn't have much water in it. However, the whole area along here is pretty cool :) . It started to rain a little harder so we didn't get to dally much. The rain stopped once we got to the top of the hill above the arroyo. This is a neat area too as you continue out of the canyon. The sights and views are still plentiful as we headed back toward the Javelina Mine Trail.

    We did get off track once going up a hill. That trail actually takes you over to the Willow Springs Trail to the east and then you could hang a right and head for the highway but we chose to go back down and hang a left (right if you were coming from the west) at the intersection. That's one thing I still struggle with is which way to turn or keep going straight :? ?

    You walk between some of the lower mountains and up a bit and past Checkmate Arch which we decided was too much of a scramble and with impending weather; we kept on moving. It is very green through here as you wind between the hills and eventually to the road that takes you back to the TH across the highway. The rain started to get more serious by now and let go when we arrived at our vehicles so we loaded up quickly and headed for Los Gringos but not before Jack handed out Pat's cookies which Kelly ate on the way. I saved mine for later.

    On the photoset, I included some pics from our hike in 2010. Last, I didn't realize how much video I took and unfortunately, with the lower light I've really had to edit them to get the light up. I only have one done and two are in production but I have several more to finish. Anyway, it was a great day and fun to be back in the Goldfields.

    Part 1 to Rough N Ready Canyon ... bwfU
    Part 2 RnR Canyon ... H4uY including large alcove
    Part 3 RnR ... 35Hs
    (My Favorite of the videos) Part 4 RnR ... 0zm4 including Tuff Wave Mountain
    Part 5 RnR ... nzLg including Side Canyon
    Part 6 RnR to the end and heading back ... OMxU up, out and back in
    Part 7 Quartz Crystal Arroyo ... ajKw
    Part 8 Javelina Mine Trail ... jWNs
    Rough Eye Javelina Loop
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    3rd (or 4th) Annual "Jack's Back" Hike

    History: Back when I was spending my summers in Minnesota, Angela (Tibber) apparently needed an excuse to have a hike :D so, sometime after my return to Arizona, she would organize a group and we called it the "Jack's Back" hike. Now that I'm a full time resident of Arizona, this would be the final hike in that series so we wanted to do something a little different than another Superstitions hike and this is what Angela came up with.

    The Goldfields haven't been a favorite hiking destination of mine because of the ATV traffic and the mess that they leave behind them so I was cautiously optimistic before the start. We parked along the Apache Trail at a wide parking area just prior to mile post 203 and entered the Goldfields across the road. Initially there's lots of trails (hoarse and hikers, but, surprisingly, no ATV's) and lots of forks in the trails, so it pays to study the maps prior to the start of the hike.

    As soon as you're out of earshot of the highway traffic, the scenery improves drastically and what was reported to be a lot of bushwhacking, simply didn't happen, unless we made a wrong turn :o The golden expanses of Lichen covered mountains dominated the horizon all around us as we continued down the rocky trails, and it's unfortunate that the overcast day kept the mountains from further glistening in a bright Arizona sun.

    We saw one other person all day and he was peddling a mountain bike heading the opposite direction. At one point, we began seeing blood along the trail and soon there was lots of blood :o and eventually we came across a gut pile a short distance off the trail..... Whew! at least there wasn't a person lying there. We investigated a large boulder strewn alcove with, what looked like, bear scat littering the floor, but no identifying tracks could be found. Then we spotted a round hole (window) in the side of a mountain that Kelly had to check out further. It was just the right size for her to shinny in from the back side, and poke her head out facing us.... with a big grin on her face :D

    The clouds would part and the sun would brighten up our surroundings but just as quickly return and dim the scenery again. It was a cool but pleasant day and we were just hoping we could complete our hike and stay dry. Our turnaround point was in a series of narrow canyons that kept beckoning us to check out what's around the next corner :DANCE: but eventually we had to make the decision to begin our return.

    We broke for lunch in one of those narrow scenic canyons, sitting on outcroppings of slickrock and it wasn't too long before we felt the first of little raindrops :whistle: so we broke out the rain gear and began our trek out of the canyons. In our haste, we made a couple of wrong turns and had to backtrack or bust brush to get back on the right trail but the rain was light and not a concern. As we neared the highway, we could see the Superstitions getting "Dumped on" and that was the impetus we needed to quicken our steps lest we get caught in it too. As we made it to our parked vehicles, the clouds opened up and it began raining heavily :scared: but we made it just in the nick of time.....

    To finish off the final Jack's Back hike, we stopped at Los Gringos in Apache Junction, where we met Ambika and relived our day's adventure with a beverage of choice. Thanks Angela, Kelly and MJ, it was a fun day in some scenic Goldfield Mountains and a great group to hike with.... Gotta get back there again one of these days. :y:

    Only minor color could be found on the foliage.
    Rough Eye Javelina Loop
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    angela and I have wanted to get out in the goldfields again
    we also wanted to arrange a hike with jack since he is back in az for good
    mary jo came along for the day, too
    angela picked this loop she had done before
    another good sampler with a variety of terrain and trails
    started out on javelin mine trail, taking rough n ready canyon trail after a half mile
    very nice when the canyon narrows, and we took a couple of exploratory side trips
    this canyon eventually connects with willow springs canyon but we didn't go that far, just picked a spot to turn around and have some lunch
    chose a slightly different path on the return, then back down the canyon to crystal quartz arroyo
    this short trail was a highlight, good trail through some cool rock formations
    connected with javelina mine trail again, which seemed the least scenic
    got a few sprinkles at our lunch spot, enough rain to put on rain gear halfway back, and we finished just as the heavy stuff arrived
    good timing
    enjoyed the company and seeing all new trails
    would like to see a map with all the trails on it
    we went off on crossing trails a couple times, and didn't know where they went
    would like tenny's book to be a little more user-friendly
    i think the solution is to spend more time out in the goldfields :)
    ambika hooked up with us at dos gringos for an early dinner
    thank you for that, angela
    thanks for the hike, y'all
    Rough Eye Javelina Loop
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    I took my son on this one and 5 minutes into it, he finally got to see his first rattlesnake. He wasn't as impressed as I thought he would be, but it was less than 3 feet long and not very aggressive. Those are the best kind. There wasn't any water out there, except a few stagnant pools. Somebody has put up some homemade signs that I don't recall seeing when I was there 4 years ago. Who am I kidding... I don't recall ANYTHING from 4 years ago! Well... yes I do. Last time there were people shooting at us, but it seems that the shooters and their trash targets have been relocated.

    The scenery is pretty good, once you get back in there, and the trail is mostly just dirt, so it's a nice break from walking on rocks in the Supes. Saw 2 groups of horse riders, but no hikers. You can't ask for more solitude than that this time of year.
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    Went back to one of my favorite areas in the Goldfields. Weather was perfect, and we saw no one else all day. We were going to hit Black Class Canyon, but once again started out too late (blaming our late start an a squirrel party the night before.) After heading down the canyon past the Quartz Crystal Arroyo, we headed east and off-trailed it to the Willow Springs Basin Tank trail, then back by the Javelina Mine and out. Beside no people, we saw NO critters today, not even any lizards...

    Interesting that the old wrecked truck at the start of the hike has been removed.
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    Having scoped out Rough & Ready yesterday, I was "Rough & Ready" to do the loop. We did this counter-clockwise, going to Javelina Mine first. Heading towards Quartz Crystal Arroyo we missed the left turn and ended up going about a mile down towards Willow Springs Basin. But that little side trip was totally worth it, beautiful scenery! I'm so glad we did turn around and find the trail to the Arroyo, that was the high point of the hike. Heading down into the Arroyo is simply gorgeous! Once we met the Rough & Ready Canyon, we headed back.

    I definitely want to go further down the Rough & Ready Canyon. Next time!
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    I just realized I hadn't done my triplog for this yet. Time includes a lunch break, claim inspections, lounging on the Katwalk and later on the elongated rock bench/hill off of the Golden Eye Mine Trail.

    Snakemarks "Kat" came up with this "loop" idea based on AZLOT's "Bruce" routes so this was our hike of the week. Desertgirl "Ambika" said she didn't have anything going on so she signed on for this Katventure. Kat PMed Bruce to see if he wanted to go along with 3 crazy photo-taking female hikers and he agreed :) . Then I PMed John who also came as his other hiking plans were canceled.

    So off we went at 8AM from the TH. It was good Bruce was along as first of all, we would have taken the Javelina Mine Tr first and done the loop that way. Bruce, being mindful of us crazy photo-taking women thot for the best light : king : , we should take the Rough n Ready Cany first. Well as you come up near the top of the jeep road, you need to take a quick left (west) to make your way down to the wash that runs kind of north/south. We knew right away that we would have missed that abrupt turn. Bruce said you could also catch the wash at an intersection/swale further up on the jeep road.

    This hike keeps getting better and better as you make your way north through the wash, passing a couple small cascade drop offs, eventually turning east across a bedrock area with pools of water (Ambika called it a sculpted rock water course) where high above you can see the Golden Eye arch and then intersecting with the Quartz Crystal Arroyo and the Spire. From here you continue along the wash bed where you come to a bend. To your right is a rock outcrop that has a mine claim on top (Bruce investigated & we would investigate on the way back) along with some nicely placed saguaros. In front of you is the mesquite grove as you look west.

    We stayed down in the wash around the bend while Bruce went down the northside of the mineclaim hill. You continue on where you will eventually come to one of those golden cliffs in front of you that looks like the Wave of Fish Creek. On top is the Kat walk, although we did the top part on the way back, and stayed along side the Wave to our lunch spot just past the intersection with the PackSaddle Route. Along the way we caught a glimpse of a golden rock above the horizon, lost sight of it, and then saw it again. We call it Mitten "south" in honor of the Mitten in Sedona. I thot it looked more like the feathers on top of a rooster's head.

    Our return trip was full of fun and adventure as well as we took the secret passageway :-$ up the north side of the Wave where it opens into a flat area. As you move along side the east ridge of the Wave, Kat found a way up to the middle section where she found a Katwalk with a bucket seat in the center. After goofing around here, Bruce suggested we keep walking south to see if we could merge back down to the wash bed and with no difficulty at all, that's exactly what we did. Now if we had been in the Supes we would have cliffed out, ran into a mountain or would have to do : rambo : major bushwhacking.

    You can continue in the wash bed and in some cases you can get on a little higher ground. We all decided to go up the backside (north)of the mining claim Bruce had investigated earlier on our route. John found the tag for the claim. After checking it out and admiring the great view once again, we headed toward the intersection with the Quartz Crystal Arroyo where we made our way south and then east along this very interesting part of the scenery. There were little pools of running water here and there along the way.

    Bruce took a detour out of the Arroyo where we ended up on part of the Golden Eye Mine trail. We made our way to a bench-like rock outcropping that gave you a view of Helmet Rock to the NW and other monoliths to the east. It was so nice just to lay on this long bench and enjoy the view, the weather and the camaraderie :DANCE: .

    We concluded on the Javelina Mine Trail with glances back at the northern Goldfield terrain. The weather turned cooler but having target shooters in the distance :scared: , especially when I heard something hit the dirt, made for a quick little jaunt to meet up with the main access trail. I think we all had an absolutely FABulous day. :y:
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    We had the Goldfields all to ourselves on this fabulously fun outing. With Bruce as our wise and wonderful tour guide, we were free to play without worry of where the heck we were. It was a relaxed day of exploring the landscape. We scrambled up every interesting rock feature like curious kids and were never disappointed by our find. There is so much more to be seen further into this place than a simple drive-by would suggest. Our turn-around point on the Rough-n-Ready trail where we stopped for a lunch break just begged us to continue with the promise of even bigger treats. It was hard to turn back here. Another visit is a must.

    We couldn't have asked for better weather that day. On our last break, we sat up on a high ridge looking out over everything and watching the storm roll in. We made it to our vehicles just as the first raindrops were felt.

    We didn't see anyone else all day until we were about 15 minutes from the parking area. There was a group of rowdy shooters in a pick-up truck. We could hear the gunshots for quite a distance and as we got closer, that became increasingly unnerving. The trail would take us across an open area and right through the middle of their target zone, as there was shot-up trash all around us. Even after seeing us approach, another shot was fired and that put us all a bit on edge. We shouted at them to let us pass and we did so quickly and in silence... except for the sound of their laughter and the comments we couldn't quite hear. Idiots.

    It was a relief when we were out of their sight and they were immediately forgotten, as the entire day was a huge success. A fun hike with terrific company!
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    A delightful loop in the Goldfields that took the 5 of us into the heart of this beautiful area. The great weather and the abundant water made this a paradise -- beautiful formations, interesting geology, great views and historical mines made for great hike. The area is getting ready for spring :y: The guided hike by Bruce made for a worry free off trail experience. Thanks Bruce. There is so much more to see in this area.
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    Our rough and rowdy group of five took off on a three hour tour of the Goldfields on this reportedly busy day on the trails. Six hours later we returned from a fun filled day as we leisurely enjoyed the solitude of the Goldfields and climbed many trailside features. We saw no one else the entire day, perhaps it was our hearty laughter that kept them away. A great hike topped only by the company I was with.

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    Apache trail 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. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pulloff area just before the 203 sign and has parking for several dozens cars. Take the Javelina Mine Trail one half mile west to the Rough-N-Ready Trailhead.
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