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Goldfields: Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ
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Goldfields: Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ 
Goldfields: Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.70 Miles 3,309 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   10 Hrs   25 Mns   2.15 mph
3,309 ft AEG   4 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, had been wanting to go hike Black Glass Canyon, so we decided to go hike in the canyon and also check out a couple of peaks and a couple of arches.

I had seen a triplog and a GPS track that Chumley posted last month in which he climbed up Golden Dome and Peak 3141, so we decided to bag those as well. Along the way we also went to Pedestal Arch and viewed Triple Arch while in Black Glass Canyon.

We started and ended the hike at the Willow Canyon TH, which is at mile marker 204 on Highway 88. It was my first time to this TH.

The hike started out easy enough, but after 3 miles or so it became a total off-trail cross country bushwhack/scramble.

Our first stop was at Pedestal Arch, which was neat to see. We eventually made our way to Golden Dome, and climbed up it via the short chute that Chumley went up on the NW side of the Dome -- he picked a good route up. The views atop the Dome were really nice -- much better than being on Dome Mountain, the high point in the Goldfields. We descended the summit the same way that we came up, and then went over to Peak 3141. The climb up was easy, but the descent down the east side was steep and very slow going...but we eventually made our way down, and went over to Black Glass Canyon. I enjoyed the canyon, although there were a few tricky descents. While in the canyon we were able to see Triple Arch, although we didn't feel like climbing up to the arch. Once we got out of Black Glass Canyon, we started back in Rough-N-Rowdy Canyon and took a look at a few caves that were there.

After climbing these 2 peaks, I have now climbed atop 11 of the 17 highest peaks in the Goldfields. Maybe I will get the other 6 someday.

Before going up to Golden Dome, I briefly thought about checking out Tuff Dome. It might be a doable climb, but it looked pretty steep from a distance.

We didn't see any wildlife on the hike, but didn't see any other humans either. I guess that 1 out of 2 ain't bad!
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