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Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway CynPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2015
rayhuston
Hiking8.97 Miles 1,467 AEG
Hiking8.97 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.32 mph
1,467 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Aside from Pass Mountain, I haven't hiked in the Goldfields. The route taken by Johnr1 and Tibber looked like a good introductory hike so I gave it a go. The route description is spot on.

After yesterday's Flatiron hike, I was glad to have a few miles of flat terrain before ascending to the high country via Gateway Cyn. The mesquite forecast near the Salt River was interesting, as was my first experience getting so close to the Salt River. I didn't realize there was so much water flowing through here.

The highlight of this route, though, was the hike up Gateway Canyon and the views up top. The Elephant Arch with the Salt River and Red Mountain in the background was very cool. From the elephant arch, I continued up the hill to a saddle, then made a short loop above the eastern side of the plateau before heading back down.

Very nice hike. The views from up top were awesome.
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