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Goldfield Ovens LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2010
azdesertfather
Hiking12.20 Miles 1,780 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.76 mph
1,780 ft AEG
 
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Thanks to AZLOT69 for recently posting this hike. It way exceeded my expectations! Thanks to Tortoise Hiker & rally_toad for the company, a good morning out.

We did this hike as a figure 8, along with the Stewart Mountain Dam Petroglyphs hike, doing the Goldfield Ovens clockwise and the SMD Petroglyphs counterclockwise. I recommend this route, works pretty well.

We actually started at the Sunrise Arch TH, went up Bush Hwy. over the river and through the parking lot to the trailhead. The oven was pretty cool to see, amazed how big and tall it was! Would love to know the story behind it.

One of the greatest highlights was the abundance of wildflowers on the Goldfield Ovens trail, especially the northern half. By far the best display of wildflowers I've seen all year! Get out there if you can and enjoy them. On the eastern end of the trail was a good sized palm tree, which was kind of out of place and a surprise.

Instead of looping back west to make this the normal loop, we took the turn to the left to do the SMD Petroglyphs hike. Nice views of the lake, dam, and Salt River. Be forewarned, the eastern half of this hike (basically the half on the east side of Bush Highway) is GNAT CITY. Rally_toad swallowed a fly and we all probably took in a gnat or two. They're especially thick around the petroglyphs and just northwest of there. You'll want to keep up a good pace on this piece and get through it. It was worth it to see the glyphs though. Nothing breathtaking, but definitely some nice ones. I think I enjoyed the view of the dam more than anything else!

Saw a couple of tours from Saguaro Lake Ranch taking people out on horseback today on this trail.
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