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Lost Goat Pyramid, AZ
mini location map2019-03-21
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Lost Goat Pyramid, AZ 
Lost Goat Pyramid, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2019
Hiking8.86 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking8.86 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.53 mph
1,680 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Decided to hike in an unfamiliar area, first time at this trail head, area 620 a mysterious moniker. At arrival there were 2 fire trucks and 2 ambulances pulled up to the barricade, everyone standing around asking what’s happening, I said I don’t know I’ve never been here. Found out later they were rescuing an injured hiker that fell and had a head injury. Quite a bit of blood on Pyramid trail where it happened, hopefully she is ok. Senior moment after the first quarter mile requiring a return to the lot. Planned to do the Goat Hill via Pyramid Bursera Loop , when I reached the fork decided to take Pyramid first, was passed by another mature hiker named Cary sp? who hiked this weekly, he had only water while I had 12 pounds of unnecessary stuff ,at least that’s my excuse for not keeping up with his pace. I was disappointed with the wildflower display until about 2 miles up the Pyramid trail.Anyway I saw Cary turn around at the “lookout” on National Trail and when passing I mentioned my plan so he turned around and said he would hike with me down National a ways but wanted to turn off before the Bursera. When we passed by Goat Hill I decided to go up to check the view he decided to proceed on, he mentioned there wouldn’t be any sign at the Bursera trail intersection. I continued on the National trail after taking in the goats eye view. Being anxious not to miss the Bursera trail I was suspicious of any trails that went left in the direction of the parking lot. I noticed a well defined but steep trail but without a well defined intersection so I proceeded on but after a bit further on National Trail decided to retrace and take the faint connecting path to this well defined trail. Looks weren’t deceiving,it was steep, had to proceed slowly and focus on foot placement , after descending a bit the humming of the bees became alarmingly loud, but no aggressiveness glad I didn’t have to run down this trail. In a little ways further I notice an old stone ruin coming in to view , nice unexpected bonus , didn’t recall reading anything about this before.Thought I had perhaps “ discovered” a new loop route instead of the Bursera trail, apparently I should have done more homework, later after studying the map I put in search Lost Ranch ruin trail and only 500 plus triplogs show up :lol: If the Scouts are looking for a project perhaps placing some trail signs may be a worthy project. Found my way back to the parking lot uneventfully , nice day as temps stayed in the 60’s.One bonus to my shortcut was getting ahead of rush hour traffic, may come back here but was almost a 100 mile round trip .
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