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Golden Dome, AZ
mini location map2019-01-12
12 by photographer avatarchumley
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Golden Dome, AZ 
Golden Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
chumley
Hiking12.85 Miles 2,806 AEG
Hiking12.85 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.06 mph
2,806 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Patrick has this itch to backpack the length of the Goldfields and has been doing recon hikes to make sure it can be done. One place he wasn't sure about was near Golden Dome. So his plan was to make a day trip out of it, bagging the dome along the way.

It was over 3 hours and 5.5 miles before I was informed that he had no idea whether or not Golden Dome was actually able to be climbed. ](*,) I got a signal on a high point and did a quick search on some summity peaky websites and came up empty. Oh well. We studied the terrain, looked for the best options, and headed to the west saddle to check out the north side of the dome since it was abundantly clear that the south slopes would not provide a route up.

From the saddle the easiest climb leads to a solitary saguaro, but I knew from the recon view that getting up from there wouldn't work. Just left of the saguaro chute was a parallel chute with a little brush that looked reasonably well protected. Or we considered looping the peak to the east nose to see what we would find there. I opted to head up the chute while the others decided to see how I did. :sweat:

With a couple of tricky moves I was able to get up a couple of layers and learned shortly thereafter that I would be able to make the summit from this way. I yelled to the others and Justin and Patrick headed up behind me. The others decided to swing around and check the east side.

Once on the summit I headed east to see if there was a route, and was happy to find an easy scramble with a single 8-foot pitch with some good holds. It was a little exposed but I decided that I would go down this way rather than the way I had gone up. The others came around and climbed up this way. On the downclimb, I went down first and then spotted the others as there were a couple of footholds that couldn't be seen from above.

Having done both, I think I would stick to the chute we ascended rather than the climb on the eastern nose next time. Though both are certainly doable.

From there we headed over to peak 3141 before dropping down into a beautiful canyon that headed back to Willow and the quick hike back to the truck.

For such a distinctive, good-looking peak, I was surprised not to see a HAZ ascent posted, though I believe that @CannondaleKid was here back in 2013.
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