|Goldfield's Mystery Tour, AZ|| |
Goldfield's Mystery Tour, AZ
|2,817 ft AEG|
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|Let's see: It's late May(on Memorial Day no less) and the high temperature is in the mid-70's; so what else would I do but go hiking in the Goldfields!|
I had been wanting to go out to the Meridian Trailhead and post a couple of guides on this site for the Meridian Mystery Trail and the Bulldog Saddle Trail, and today was the perfect day for it.
I recorded 2 separate tracks on my GPS:
1) I went on the Meridian Mystery Trail from where it branches off from the Bulldog Saddle Trail until it peters out a couple of miles later. This trail is well-groomed and easy to follow for almost 2 miles. Then the trail gets more faint and difficult to follow until it essentially ends. Once the trail essentially ended, I continued east on a very easy bushwhack up to a ridge that was probably not much more than 0.25 miles from the Idaho Pass Trail. I then turned around and went back the way that I came. Along the way, I noticed a cave off to the north, so naturally I had to climb up to the cave. It turned out not to be much of a cave -- it went back maybe 10-12 feet -- and some moron had taken some blue spray paint and tainted the cave with graffiti. I doubt if I will make the trip to the cave again. I have used the Meridian Mystery Trail a few times as part of the Peak 3108 Loop Hike, but this was the first time that I have been to the end of the trail. I made my way back to the trailhead. My GPS recorded 5.1 miles with an AEG of 1,026' on this portion of the hike.
2) I did the Peak 3004 Loop Hike, but added sidetrips to Peak 3125 and Hill 2290. I had been up to Peak 3125 from Bulldog Saddle a couple of times, but route finding was easier this time -- someone has made an easy to follow use trail almost all the way to the top. This was the first time that I had been to Hill 2290. The views on Hill 2290 were much nicer than I expected, given its modest elevation and the fact that it is in a valley. There were nice 360 degree views -- particularly Bulldog Ridge, Dome Mountain, Panorama Peak, and Lone Mountain to the NW. While atop Hill 2290 I saw 6-7 javelinas in the valley down below. My GPS recorded 6.0 miles and an AEG of 1,791' on this portion of the hike.
To get the mileage and elevation gain for the hike I just added the 2 segments together.
It was a great day to be out in the beautiful and underrated Goldfields!
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|