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Lookin' for gold - Western Supes, AZ
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Lookin' for gold - Western Supes, AZ 
Lookin' for gold - Western Supes, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2016
Hiking4.67 Miles 692 AEG
Hiking4.67 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.42 mph
692 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
1st trip
Jack put up a pic showing the brilliant brittle bush from the Goldfield Ghost Town so I thot I would stop by and see it for myself after my hike to Fremont Saddle from Peralta TH. I picked up some lunch at McDonalds on Hwy 60 and then ate my way toward my next stop. I thot there was a short cut to Mining Camp Restaurant that Jack took back in 2011 when he picked us up after our Ridgeline hike so I asked Kemosabe to take me there from Mountain View Dr. Well that didn't work as I ended up on the 88 ](*,) and would have ended up taking the regular entrance. Maybe that's the way Jack took us and I just forgot?

But I decided to get at that gold from the Lost Dutchman State Park side so I ended up taking First Water Road and pulled into the first parking area on the southside. I finished most of my food and then began to mount up. Another hiker with a very big knife strapped to his leg told me to make sure I had plenty of water. I thanked him and crossed thru the gate and on my way. I had never been on this trail before. It was a highway I tell ya. One of those hike and gawk trails that are so much fun; especially when you have great scenery to gawk at. It appears this is part of the trail that you can hike to the First Water TH per the trail sign that junctions up with the trail to what someone was calling the Apache Rd TH (that is the parking lot you see when you first pull off of First Water Road).

The cactus and trees along here were quite abundant as I made my way south with the northern part of the Nwestern Superstition Massif staring me down. I eventually came to the Jacob Crosscut/Treasure Loop and continued on Jacob's Trail. The brittle bush is mostly spent so last week was prime. Oh well. I debated which way to tackle this photo trip and decided to go to Siphon Draw Trail and then up and around. There weren't many people out on this part of the trail. However, once I got to Siphon Draw Trail the traffic picked up until I made my turn on the Palmer Mine Trail.

It was a really nice day and the last time I hiked the Palmer Mine Trail was at my birthday bash and that was in the shade. Today I was in full sun but it was a bit breezy up here so pleasant enough as I looked across toward Goldfield Ghost Town and the McDowells and Goldfields. I didn't look forward to that last bit of elevation on the Prospectors Trail but it was short. I decided to stop at the bench at the Jct with Treasure Loop and rest my laurels and finish off my apple snack. Of course the views from here are pretty nice so I did some zooming.

As I looked down on the Treasure Loop trail toward some rather large cholla trees I reflected that this was the only hike my mom did with me in the Supes, actually the only hike she did with me. It wasn't easy for her and we took our time with our friend Rose. I think this was back in my casual hiking days; I just found the picture, it was Mar 12, 2005. My mom loved those large cholla trees :) , I think there are only 3.

Anyway, it was getting later in the day and I still had shopping to do for Easter so I continued down the Treasure Loop Trail where I encountered a few hikers and somehow missed going by those cholla trees or they were further down. I almost hiked past the intersection with the connector trail as I thot it was further down too.

The hike back on this connector trail was real pretty; especially as the trail passes thru the thick cholla forest. I had to look back a couple times at the NWestern Superstitions Massif as the light was changing. Yep, it was a good day as I arrived back to Tonto Jr and quickly changed into my shoes. Two good hikes in the Superstitions on Good Friday... still wished I had brot a beer :lol: . Of course I have video but I'm just finishing up my Sedona videos so it will be a bit.
and six months later, here they are. Once again, this is the way Panasonic supposedly repaired my camera so the quality is not top notch. I did return the camera for them to repair their repair of which Panasonic said they didn't cause but my hiking did. Meanwhile, this is the Searchin for Gold series:
Crosscut, Jacob's Trails - ... 5IYg
Jacob's, Palmer Mine to Treasure Loop - ... cFQc
Treasure Loop to Crosscut - ... HfFs
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation None
waning brittle bush
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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