|Dome Mountain Plus Peaks 3269 and 3239, AZ|
|Dome Mountain Plus Peaks 3269 and 3239, AZ|| |
Dome Mountain Plus Peaks 3269 and 3239, AZ
|Hiking||4.86 Miles|| 6 Hrs 28 Mns ||1.64 mph|
|1,837 ft AEG|| 3 Hrs 30 Mns Break|
|Dome Mountain, at 3,381 Ft, is the highest point in the Goldfield Mountains.
Peak 3269 is 1/2 mile to the south of Dome, across a high saddle, so since I made the effort for Dome, I climbed up Pk 3269 also.
Actually, I also went up a third peak - Pk 3239.
Pk 3239 Is just 300 yards south of Pk 3269 and separated from it by another, smaller saddle.
I parked inside Bulldog Canyon and started the hike from the road. This knocked off 3 miles (round trip) of ‘road walking’ from the Bulldog Canyon locked gate area.
There are many ways to hike up Dome Mtn, and most hikes start by hiking northwest, through a large valley, as my hike did. It’s all off trail, so choosing a good track is up to the hiker.
When I left the valley, I chose to stay high and actually hike along the lower side of Pk 3269, then angle north to that high saddle. This avoided a few drainages, and reduced the time in a scree field. It had rained the day before the hike, and this kept the scree (just prior to the saddle) from bothering me too much. From the saddle, it’s very evident on how to proceed up Dome Mountain.
Early TOPO maps display a benchmark symbol on Dome, but the symbol is not on current maps. I’m less than 50-50 in locating benchmarks that are ‘only’ on older maps. I looked all over and came up empty. Bring up a metal detector if you go, and let me know what you find.
There’s a huge rock cairn on Dome. Find the summit log and log-in. It dates back to the 1980s.
While literally wandering to all parts of the top of Dome, I found alot of ‘white paint lines’ that were coming up the mountain. It wasn’t near my track up, but it obviously marks the way of a different way up. Maybe the ‘painter’ is a relative of the Flatiron painter……
After Dome, I went down to the saddle, then up Pk 3269. From that peak, I went over to Pk 3239 and had lunch. My lunch entertainment was a bald eagle soaring above me, riding the wind currents, and expending almost zero energy, except moving its head left and right while looking toward the ground. I’m assuming he/she was looking for lunch.
After the bald eagle show, I retraced back to the previous peak, then to the high saddle, then down to the valley, and took a different track through the valley back to the car.
It’s a fun hike, especially if you don’t have to do the ‘road walk’ from the Bull Canyon locked gate.
One thing I noticed about all three peaks was, they took on a totally different look once I got to the high saddle, as opposed to how they look from the valley.
From the valley, the peaks look very majestic, almost regal. From higher up, the three peaks look rather normal. Maybe it’s due to the light colored tuff rock walls that is so visually prevalent from the valley. The tuff really gives the whole range a cool look.
|Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost|