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2015-04-27  
Echo Arch & Trumpet Arch - Goldfields, AZ
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Echo Arch & Trumpet Arch - Goldfields, AZ 
Echo Arch & Trumpet Arch - Goldfields, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.00 Miles 673 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.35 mph
673 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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After years of ignoring then finally knocking out Silly Mountain, what's next? Well let's see... I had Silly Mountain loaded on HAZ Tracks and nothing loaded on the GPS so I guess I'll let my mind wander while I'm driving and see where I end up.

Leaving Silly Mountain park I turned north onto Mountain View Road and continued until I hit Apache Trail. Still no particular thoughts so I'll keep going on Apache Trail. I did until I got behind a slow-moving pickup pulling a large (150 HP motor) fishing boat called 'Gone Fishin' which was right where I could turn off into the Bulldog OHV Area, so I did.

As I'm driving west along FR 1356 I'm racking my brain trying to come up with something interesting to check out... and suddenly I knew. Having missed Echo and Trumpet Arches by less than a hundred yards (unbeknownst to me at the time) last time out here I figured now is as good as any to locate them.

While I knew the general vicinity, I had nothing specific to go on, so I just parked and started climbing. I climbed until I found a viewpoint I thought just might steer me in the right direction. And whadda'ya know, I was in the perfect spot to see blue sky behind Trumpet Arch and there it was!
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I scanned the area for the best approach and set off along a game trail traversing the slope almost directly to the arches. It didn't take long and I was right there next to Echo Arch. I took a few photos of it and through it before seeking a route around to the other side. It took three separate attempts before I found a safe way around and back up to the other (south) side of Echo Arch. Trumpet Arch was higher than I cared to go so I just settled for a few closer shots and let it go at that.

Ok, now that I'm headed back down, is there a better (more direct) route up to the arches? Yes, there is! As I continued down I followed a series of rock cairns. Although there were plenty of them, some were very small and/or hidden by brush but I was able to stick to the general route. Eventually I lost track of the cairns completely, but then they weren't heading toward where I was parked so by now it made no difference.

Back to the Jeep I realized I hadn't brought anything to eat and by now my stomach was growling so that meant it's time to call it a day...
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