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Lost Goldmine Trail East, AZ
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11 by photographer avatarmarkthurman53
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Lost Goldmine Trail East, AZ 
Lost Goldmine Trail East, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2018
markthurman53
Hiking11.80 Miles
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   2.89 mph
   1 Hour   1 Min Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Well don't get too excited or cancel plans to schedule this hike it isn't real exciting. Not that this was a terrible hike, there were great views of the Superstition Ridge from the south but it is no Peralta or Terrapin trail. This would be a great hike with the right weather conditions for the views of the Superstitions. This trail is a perimeter trail that along with the Jacob's Trail will take you from the Peralta Trail Head to the Lost Dutchman State Park along the south, west and north side of the Superstition Mountains.
I got a late start on this hike due to the fact that it was Wednesday and that is trash day so I had to wait until the trash came to take the trash cans in and then head from Tucson up to Apache Junction. I miss having someone at home to do this for me when I'm hiking (before I get jumped on as being a #@$!, This is just one of the little things I miss and never really thought about it before). This was the first day of two days of hiking. From the Don's Camp Ground near the Peralta Trail Head to the Hieroglyphic Trail Head is 5.9 miles of fairly level walking with never more than a 300 foot climb. This can be a little deceiving because there is a lot of gullies to cross meaning a lot of ups and downs. Views to the right are of the Superstitions and to the left are...well a lot of desert and how much desert depends on how clear it is. The return trip was better than the trip in because the sun was low and to my back, made for great pictures. This is a fairly easy hike but since the trail is in great condition your pace is faster and that can be hard on the feet and knees and therefor at the end you can feel a little bit beat.
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