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Cougar Trail - Gold CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking5.00 Miles 501 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   2.21 mph
501 ft AEG
 
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Two weeks ago while doing Chuparosa Canyon, I saw a spur off of the Lost Goldmine Trail that headed southeast. Today I took the family out for a quick morning hike and decided to do some exploring to see where it goes. It quickly turns south and then parallels a fence and goes all the way down to the Old Horse Trail. Along the way down there is another spur to east that connects to the Cougar Trail. Along the Cougar Trail there is another trail segment that connects it to the Lost Goldmine Trail. We did all these new trail segments that I haven't ever hiked before, then took the Lost Goldmine Trail back to the trailhead.

Right where we got back on to the Lost Goldmine Trail there was another junction there that headed north up into Chuparosa Canyon. That might be an interesting hike to see if it meets up with the other trail I did last week that fades away as it also heads up into that canyon.

A quarter mile in, Natasha noticed a gila monster in dried grass that I had just walked right by. I got one semi-ok pick before he ducked into a bush. A few miles later we spotted the second one of the day right on the Cougar Trail. Lucky enough to see 2 in one day again. I think 2 years ago in Lost Dutchman park we saw 2 on the same hike. Don't think I've ever seen one on a hike that wasn't in April.

Saw a few other hikers but it wasn't too bad until we got back to the trailhead and the hordes were headed up to Hieroglyphic Canyon as usual. Weather is starting to get warmer, but still not bad. Saw a white Xterra in the parking lot parked next to might that also had a hikearizona.com sticker on the back. Ended the morning with lunch at Rudy's BBQ.
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