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Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway CynPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2012
chumley
Hiking8.78 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking8.78 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.95 mph
1,270 ft AEG
 
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We hiked along the river for a while, but turned up the canyon before we should have, resulting in some hellish bushwhacking. Finally we figured out where we should be and it made the climb a little easier. But the heat was more than I prefer. We tried to take a break in a shaded cave area, but I'm a lot more skittish about the smell of cat piss since my Aravaipa encounter, and there were some very well used game trails in the area. I'd be very surprised if there's not a lion that lives or hunts in this canyon.

We gave up a little bit before the saddle and headed back down to the river to cool off. Managed to interrupt two couples who were taking a break from tubing to get in touch with their, uh, natural selves, before making our way back to the car via a longer route than the way we had taken on the way in.

A hot day, but still nice to get out and the river makes for an easy cool off. Oh, and nice to know that I'm not the only one who jumps and lets out a startled scream when I almost step on a rattlesnake. :o
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