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Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway CynPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2011
Charger55
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.23 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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My winter tour of the Goldfields continues as I finally get to explore the north side of the range and one of its best kept secrets - Delicate Arch. Also called Elephant Arch since it resembles two elephants touching trunks, it has to be the most adorable rock formation in the Southwest. But it's a chore to reach. The trail going up Gateway Canyon is overgrown with cactus and catclaw. My new hiking pants weren't as impermeable as I thought. Ouch!

The first part of the hike along the Salt River is much easier. Being a riparian habitat, it's a birding paradise. I spotted Cardinals, red-tail hawks, ducks and grebes. The grebes are cute, as they'll dive underwater when they see you and not resurface until they're a couple of hundred feet downstream.

Also, a can't miss part of the hike is the Great Blue Heron nesting site. There are dozens of these large creatures nesting in a tree high above the river. They make all sorts of weird grunts and croaks. They have the wingspan of a pterodactyl and the demeanor of a velociraptor. I was glad to be seperated from them by the river.
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