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Goldfields Figure 8, AZ
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Goldfields Figure 8, AZ 
Goldfields Figure 8, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking16.02 Miles 2,022 AEG
Hiking16.02 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.03 mph
2,022 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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this hike has been in the works since we've seen tracks posted from @hikerdw, @hikingaz2 and @rtaylor3235
set out around 8:00 sunday morning
followed the route pretty well except for the actual crossover area that makes it a figure 8, staying on obvious horse trails and out of the washes
seems like any goldfields hike takes a couple miles to get interesting, but the vistas and greenery make up for it
took the left leg first, eventually dropping into a deep wash or shallow canyon
stayed left, and by that point we were into the more dramatic rock formations
nice climb up to a bedrock area with stellar views
started seeing poppies and other wildflowers
wound north and northwest on a horse trail
wasn't until i recognized a certain rock formation that i realized we'd gone this way on the pedestal arch hike
took the horse trail to where it curved around and had lunch on a rock outcropping, again with nice views and great scenery
the next segment went past crack-in-the-rock [ photo ] , the rock tunnel, a dense saguaro stand and an arch
dropped down to rough and ready canyon - there were actually a couple of paths for this, but we stuck to the posted track, and angela spotted another arch
angela knew of a use trail that cut over to quartz crystal arroyo, wanting to see if there was flowing water and check out a rock bench up above
pools of water but no flow, and we had a bit of a chase finding the rock bench, even heading down golden eye mine for several hundred yards
the bench also offered great views, especially of helmet rock :)
(shameless plug for my forum post: viewtopic.php?p=122923#p122923)
retraced our steps down the arroyo, back to rough & ready and back out
very nice loop, didn't quite get the middle of the 8
fun day exploring some new territory in the goldfields
angela couldn't enjoy her beer at the trailhead due to some annoying bugs, so we packed it in and hit la casita for dinner
thanks for doing this one with me, tibber
still so much more to see out there
posting more photos that usual, as the boys didn't take many and we both feel this hike is worth sharing
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