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Helmet Rock & Checkmate Arch, AZ
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Helmet Rock & Checkmate Arch, AZ 
Helmet Rock & Checkmate Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,875 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.96 mph
1,875 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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wanted to get out in the goldfields again, with several things i'd like to see
helmet rock was one of them
@hikerdw has posted a summit route, along with another route from the same trailhead that makes a visit to checkmate arch and a nice high point
john combined the two tracks into one and we even followed it at times :lol:
got going early - a little cool to start with but warming up soon enough
i've been in the goldfields several times, but can't tell you the trails we were on
some research is in order
followed a loop that went through quartz crystal arroyo (pretty sure) then summited helmet rock from the east
dropped back down, then took an off trail route to checkmate arch
in fact, most of the rest was off trail
went up on a butte with great views of the goldfields and superstitions
took a few wrong turns along the way but had fun exploring
finished up relatively early, and decided not to go further on a very busy 88 to do a couple other things
as it worked out, got a call from my brother on the drive back
ended up meeting him, his girlfriend and his daughters at the brass rail
can't go wrong with a big breakfast after a hike, inflicting more of my family on john :)
new territory, although i've seen some of it with @tibber, good company and a peak
lots more to do out there - golden dome is high on the list
*using john's mileage and my elevation gain
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