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Peak 3125 - GoldfieldsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2016
ddgrunning
Hiking1.80 Miles 1,251 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles
1,251 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Decided to explore a new (for me) trail from the Meridian TH. Without a lot of thought or research, I downloaded a route to Route Scout labeled the Ironwood Loop. Turned out to be more than I bargained for, for a quick morning hike in June.

I enjoyed the trail to the saddle below Peak 3125. After that the climb up the side of Peak 3125 was a semi-bushwhack with cairns all over the place. The route I downloaded eventually pealed off to the north, skirting the north side of the Peak, and meandered over to the saddle between Peaks 3125 and 3163. The views to the north along this section were beautiful. However, by that time, the route was basically a full-on bushwhack, with a lot of loose-footing/scree and catclaw. After making it to the saddle, the bushwhack route headed down the back side of the ridgeline, and lost all appeal for me. I decided to bail and turned up to mount the ridgeline as an alternate return route. Once on the ridgeline, I made my way to the summit of Peak 3125.

At that point, given the laborious hiking, the fact that I was solo, the oncoming heat of the day, and the non-specific details I had texted my wife about my plan, I decided to bail down a drainage and circle back to the actual trail. The bushwhack down was not particularly enjoyable, though I guess I should be grateful that I only had to pick one baby cholla out of my calf ;)

I was grateful once reconnected with an actual trail. After bushwhacking it, hiking on an established trail is like transitioning from sleeping on a rock, to sleeping on a nice, comfortable mattress. Aaaahhh!

I may try the ridgeline route again, at a more favorable time of the year, with long-pants/gaiters, gloves, and a hiking partner :-).
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