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Lost Goldmine Trail #60Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
adilling
Hiking3.50 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.63 mph
806 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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My son and I decided to head out on the Lost Goldmine Trail and go visit the Mushroom Rock. We started out from the Lost Goldmine TH off Peralta Rd.

Tons of hikers out on the trails. Judging by the craziness at the Carney Spring TH and the number of hikers we encountered on the first part of our trail, it must have been SRO up at the Wave Cave. That’s a neat little hike, but I cannot understand the fuss about that hike. Especially when there are so many other hikes close by that are more scenic and better. Oh well, stay at there masses, that makes the other trails less crowded. We only saw one hiker after we passed the Carney junction. A fellow that was hiking the entire length of the Lost Goldmine from the Broadway TH to the Lost Goldmine TH.

I really like this trail for the scenery. I love the way the Three Sister changes as you progress along the hike. It looks so different from each angle. We made really good time before we set off the find the mushroom.

I did not have a GPS track to follow, but I knew where it was. So, we veered off the trail and started heading up the slope. It was the typical bushwhack until we hit one of the nastiest cholla patches I have ever seen. Slow going through there, but we made it to the base of the slope where the formation was. We saw a semblance of a trail going up, but we never did fine any kind of trail.

The mushroom was awesome. Larger than I expected. It also look pretty precarious on the stem. I wonder how long this will be standing?

After a brief stop and some addition cholla needle removals from our boots from the hike up, we set off to find the trail and get back to the truck. Looking at the lay of the land, we decided to swing west and then down rather than run the cholla guantlet. After a ways down and stuck in the middle of a brambly nasty thicket, we longed for the cholla patch. We eventually made back to the Lost Goldmine Trail and back to the trailhead.

A nice hike with #3 son.
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