More than one knife's edge
Off trail hike. Route finding skills necessary.
This Goldfield area off trail bushwhack heads up towards a feature that appears to be a mitten from a distance as seen from the Rough-N-Ready trail. Its appearance changes as you approach it and is caused by a series of hoodoos lined up just right. The feature that is most prominent as you approach the high point of this hike is a protuberance known as Razorback Knob. From the knob the 360 degree views of the area are spectacular. The hike can be done in either direction but starting in the morning, clockwise, as described here will keep the sun behind you.
The trailhead is marked by a single cairn on the Packsaddle trail about one hundred yards west of the Rough-N-Ready trail. Starting on the right side of an unnamed wash you quickly cross over to the left side in about three hundred yards. There is no exact trail. Simply take the path of least resistance. This is quite easy to do due to limited vegetation and animal paths. Looking ahead pick a spot to aim for and serpentine back and forth to ease the grade. You may head for the saddle on the left for a nice view of Packsaddle from above. Continue towards the north contouring around the next high point ahead. If you keep gaining elevation at this point you will cliff out and have to give back some elevation to continue contouring around the next high point. Working higher and higher towards the northwest you top out with a dark monolith ahead. Take a low contour maintaining your elevation as you work westerly around the left side of this structure. Looking up a gun sight appears with the dark monolith on the right and blonde colored hoodoos on the left. These blonde hoodoos are the mitten. Continue to work yourself along the base of the blonde hoodoos to a slick rock chute up to a saddle. On your right is Razorback Knob. Enjoy the views from the saddle and climb the knob. While easy to climb the blonde rock, the dark rock that makes up the knob is a different story. Its brittle and would require climbing skills to get up the last twenty feet. It's a sharp drop off from the knob on the north side. Incredible views are obtained from the top, or near top. Continue northwest over the next hill to another saddle with a canyon running off to the south. There is another dark monolith in front of you. Contour around the right side maintaining your elevation. You come to a ridge of dark rock and to the southwest is another, larger dark monolith. This is Razorback. From the ridge evaluate your next moves. Below is a wash. You are going to want to get down to that wash and travel the left side of it as you descend to the north or right. The best way to accomplish this is to take the ridge a hundred feet left or south for an easy crossing of that wash. Get on the left side and stay out of the wash and work your way down the fairly steep hill. Near the bottom the wash continues straight but another wash heads east. Take the east wash. Cross the wash you have been paralleling to the right side now and stay high as you now turn and parallel the wash headed east. Watch for an arch above on the right. There are many blonde slick rock outcroppings begging to be photographed in this area. Cross to the left side of this wash to avoid the thick vegetation. Soon you join the Black Glass Canyon trail. Although unless you are watching a GPS you might not notice as it is a bushwhack also. Ahead the canyon narrows with dark rock outcroppings eventually dumping into the Rough-N-Ready canyon. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Rough-N-Ready and Black Glass Canyon descriptions and routes to successfully complete this great adventure.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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