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Lost Goldmine Trail #60Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2017
adilling
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles
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This trail is not steep or challenging, but it is so loaded with scenery it always draws me back to it. For summer hiking here in the Phoenix area, the trick is to start early and get done early. I thought this one would be perfect for getting in a hike and not killing me in the process. I am not a high temperature hiker like some I know. If it hits 100, I am not going out in that. So, I started early, even though I “slept in” this morning until 5am.

I hit the Carney Springs Trailhead about 6am. My goal was to hike out to Turks Head along the Lost Gold Mine Trail and maybe climb to the top, and then hike back to the trailhead. I wanted to visit the cool little balancing rock at the start of the ascent.

Only one car in the Carney Springs Trailhead today. Not the usual wall to wall, out on the street overflow of cooler temps. Pastor Mark from AJ was there taking a friend up to the Wave Cave.

The proximity to the Three Sisters outcrop is the draw on this side of the trail. Such a scenic formation. The spires and colors are so beautiful. Even with cloudless skies, the early morning light did not disappoint. I was also looking for some spots that I will eventually go out and take some night pictures as well. I have the gps marks down now.

Turks Head is a little butte that sits along the southern edge of the much larger Superstition massif. It’s a rocky little climb with nice views of Gold Canyon and the Peralta Road valley. When I climbed up to the balancing rock and took my pictures, I decided it was not in the cards to climb to the top today. So, I looked for a path down along the north side of the formation. A little bit of a bushwhack, but nothing serious as I made my way back to the Lost Gold Mine Trail.

I saw no other hikers today along the trail, but I came across a group of mountain bikers enjoying the sunshine.

All in all, a great way to spend the 4th of July!
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