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Goldfields Loop from FR1356, AZ
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Goldfields Loop from FR1356, AZ 
Goldfields Loop from FR1356, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2015
rayhuston
Hiking8.54 Miles 1,074 AEG
Hiking8.54 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   1.78 mph
1,074 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Mark and I headed out to the Goldfield Mountains on a nice loop hike, starting just east of the Tomahawk Mine off of FR1356, dropping into Rough and Ready Canyon, then looping back west and south on the Packhorse Trail (I think) for a bit, then following a wash parallel to Rough and Ready Cyn until we reached the Tomahawk trail.

This was a very enjoyable hike under clear blue skies. Although chilly in the shade, the bright sun kept us warm throughout. We took a side loop off of Rough and Ready Canyon up to the ridge and played around near an arch that we noticed on the way up. The arch was a perfect window frame to the Four Peaks.

After lunch, at the NW corner of our loop, we saw what we thought was another arch in the distance. We scrambled up to where we thought the arch was, but didn't find anything. Turns out the sun, shadows and a saguaro were playing tricks on us. Anyway, I found a geocache when I got to the top. Since there was no arch, I played around with the toy soldiers inside the ammo can, signed the log for Mark and I and we returned to our hike.

The last third of the hike wasn't as fun as the first two thirds, but still enjoyable. A good chunk of it was in and out of a wash. We joined up with the Tomahawk Trail, then back to the Jeep. For the finale, Mark took us down the forest road to Bulldog Canyon and we exited that way.

This was a very fun hike on a gorgeous day with great company. The weather was perfect. Bright sunshine on the yellow rock and bright green moss was simply striking. My photos will not do it justice. I need to come out here again. Mark, thanks for inviting me along. I had a great time!
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