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Bulldog Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2015
AZLumberjack
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,001 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.03 mph
1,001 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
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Finding Rock Faces in the Goldfield Mountains

Angela (tibber) emailed me with the opportunity to join her and Ambika (desertgirl) on a Sunday hike into the (Trails with no names) Goldfield Mountains. It would be easy to fall in love with these mountains if (A) the trails had names that would relate to maps, and (B) the mountains had names. The tallest mountain in the area is 3,269 ft Dome Mountain and, by default, is therefore the only local landmark to guide you through the mazes of Jeep/ATV/Horse trails that seem to go everywhere. Occasionally you get distant views of Superstition Mountain and Weavers Needle as an aid to maintaining your orientation.

We departed the gated (that's an understatement)Trailhead to chilly morning temps and a fairly strong breeze and followed Angela on down the nameless trails. We had an Oops moment ](*,) as Angela spotted a face-in-the-rock landmark that turned out to be a false lead but we got lots of photos of it anyway. Soon she spotted a cairn that led us from the wash, up the steep hillside, following more cairns, until up at an unnamed saddle, was a rock ridge that had a window and an arch, some great views of Dome Mountain and more views of the surrounding Goldfields. The arch had a 12' Saguaro growing almost through the top of the arc :o (a very unusual and interesting formation). We burned lots of pixels hanging around there so it's well documented.

Then it was back down the steep slope to the wash where we continued following the Jeep/ATV/Horse trails. We found some interesting and colorful bedrock formations in the Bulldog Canyon Wash and came across some really 8) camping locations.... one with an impressive firepit with seating around it. The trails finally led us up some steep slopes to massive rock formations with deep canyons, caves and more rock faces where we took a super scenic lunch break :DANCE: Following lunch we had to work our way down some steep narrow trails with lots of loose ball bearing pebbles that led us back to the trailhead parking lot.

The day was much warmer now as we sat back and enjoyed a cold brew that Angela had packed along while packing away our gear and reminiscing the day's adventure. Maybe someday the Jeeps and ATV's will be banned because of the damage they do to the fragile desert environment and the trash they leave behind them but until that day, it's still a pleasant place to hike. Thanks Angela and Ambika for allowing me to tag along :y:
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There are no color producing trees in this mountain range.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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