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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2013
bensondk
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,256 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   9 Hrs   32 Mns   1.27 mph
3,256 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Our group of mostly seniors, with a couple of visiting 20 year olds, decided to try to see the Sunrise Arch and then to the top of the mountains above the arch, then work our way around to find a way down by going to the southwest. Along the way from the trailhead and before we began any uphill portion, we encountered a pond with reeds along the side, and perfectly calm water, with ducks swimming. For at least a couple of minutes, this looked to be a perfect time to commune with nature. Then after I had taken a few pictures of the ducks, and the mountains reflecting on the water, two hunters walked out of the reeds, and began gathering the ducks, which turned out to be decoys. Pretty funny, as you will see if you look at the photos I will be submitting.
Although we had it available, we didn’t use the official GPS track for the inbound portion of the hike, except as a backup plan. We found the arch, and were impressed by its size. It was every bit as big as it was supposed to be. The work really started here, as we dropped down in the ravine just to the left of the arch, and made our way up the ravine to the top of the mountain. If you plan to try this route, be aware that you will need to use your hands as this involves a bit of scrambling. We explored a few miles around the top of the mountains, and stopped just short of finding the right way down, before we decided that we were short of daylight. We ended up coming back down the way we went up, and then used the official GPS track from HAZ to find our way back to the trailhead after dark.
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Natural Arch
Named place
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Saguaro Lake Stewart Mountain Dam
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Some orange trees noted along the Salt River
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