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Goldfield Arroyo and Window, AZ
mini location map2019-03-02
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Goldfield Arroyo and Window, AZ 
Goldfield Arroyo and Window, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
tibber
Hiking6.77 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking6.77 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   1.79 mph
1,033 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
I was on my wildflower search and maybe some water so this seemed a good idea. I mentioned in a comment on Sandy's FB page about the hike and she decided to come along. Jack was busy at the museum. Once again, I didn't want to go until later so that the poppies would have time to be wide open. Well....

I picked up Sandy and we parked at a very crowded recreational site at the Milepost by the Javelina Mine TH. We found the trail and headed into the Goldfields. It was a bit humid and the sky was threatening. I had a particular route in mind and we would have issues, well I, would have issues with that. Interestingly enough, we got the first intersection right but on one of the wash crossovers, we made the same mistake Kelly and I made. And as I was consulting RS, my leg and a tall prickly pear had a come to Jesus moment ](*,) , sheesh. Anyway, we got back on track. It looks like that trail would take you over to the Javelina Mine Trail as apparently at this point we want to stay on the Rough n Ready Cany Trail.

I was pointing out some of the flora to Sandy, she's a retired science teacher so she seems to like that stuff but my flora pics didn't turn out well. We discovered that sweet smell you can smell but can't figure out where it's coming from and to our surprise, it's the Mistletoe. I showed her how interesting the London Rocket weed is with a big lower leaf and smaller leafs at the top where it blooms. We discovered that Flat Top Buckwheat is susceptible to freeze which was interesting. We did have to pull over for about 10 minutes while a rain storm passed over us. It's funny, the last three times I've been out in the Goldfields we've had heavy overcast days and/or rain.

Once the rain lightened up we headed on our way enjoying the change of light. The Courtyard was very green and I showed Sandy where we would be once we got done at the arroyo. Of course, when you make that turn east that big wall of gold is before you and you get closer to it as you get nearer the Arroyo. There was a nice big pool full of tadpoles-to-be that Sandy took a closer look at. She was, of course, struck by the beauty of this area as we made our way up the arroyo. We hung around here for a little while before heading back to the courtyard.

I had a sense in my head and based on the route I drew up what path I wanted to take but RS did not import that part. I have to learn to merge my routes and then way point with a distance marker so that the whole route will import. Altho in review, it was totally operator error as I was way off on my route. It's a long story. But we ended up on what I call the horse trail to the saddle where two trails join including the one I wanted to get to first. Oh well. Anyway, the sun was out now so it was real pretty up here. We made our way south and had to turn around at one point as you're cliffed out. When I came back to the trail I could see where some rocks had been haphazardly laid across but I missed those. There is a real sharp turn here that's easy to miss.

Back on route again we topped out at a long galley area. You could see other trails here and there for this part of our journey. And putting Kelly and my route up with this one, Sandy and I actually ended up doing a slight variation up here. There is this one really cool area where you hike alongside a high area of rock before you eventually get to the Window Arch. We didn't go up into it but near there we took a break.

And now it was time to head down back to the Courtyard. There had been horses on this part of the trail which can be a little slippery at times. It seems like it takes longer to get down than it should. We saw someone across a gully. I should have zoomed in to see what was up as we had seen them from the top and thot they or a single person were in an odd spot. From the Courtyard we turned south and headed on home. We tried some of the other off-shoot trails that have sprung up; one seems newly built... maybe for the horse traffic.

We also noticed on our way up and down the wash three or four very long and white sycamore tree logs and wondered where they came from :-k let alone how high must that water have been running in this very narrow wash to drag them to this area. I have pictures and video of the area of which we speak. As we got closer to the TH we noticed how much green grass there was around and then the light on Weavers Needle caught our attention.

Anyway, a good day to be out in the beautiful Goldfields. They NEVER disappoint.

to the Arroyo [ youtube video ]
Arroyo [ youtube video ]
Window [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
a few poppies, mostly the champagne fluted version.
Scorpionweed, Owl Clover, Desert Hyacinth (Blue Dicks) at the higher elevation.
Flat Top Buckwheat. Texas Stork Bill. Desert Rue. Desert Trumpet. Peppergrass.
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