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Goldfield Arches & Canyons, AZ
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Goldfield Arches & Canyons, AZ 
Goldfield Arches & Canyons, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
Hiking12.61 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking12.61 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   1.51 mph
2,133 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
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I wanted to find the Pedestal Arch and then hike down Black Glass Canyon. I loaded up Chumley's GPS track from his Golden Dome hike from earlier this year and off I went. I have been in BGC before, but always going up (then down).

The track took me up and over the little saddle and then down the wash that runs across the backside of Dome Mountain. After a few miles, the track branched off up and over a ridge. I was looking at the topo map of the area and I think I spotted an easier (but longer) path to get to the arch next time. I did get a great first view of the Golden Dome and the Superstition Mountains/Weavers Needle from the first little saddle. Up and over I went and then down one more cool little wash area and I was at the bottom of the hill for the Arch. Up to his point, I was making good time.

I made it to the arch and was happy for it. The track sent straight up the wash to the saddle and I got a great view of the Golden Dome. I could see the drainage going down to Black Glass Canyon as well. It looked overgrown and nasty, but that's the nature of these washes. I will go up and visit the Golden Dome one day, but a solo hike in a new area (for me) did not sound like a wise idea. I opted to head down via different slopes and made really good time until I had a little mishap crossing over one of the several drainage points. My left foot got stuck in a rock/bush and I fell forward. Of course, I managed to land my knee directly on a large rock and did a little tuck and roll action on top of that. Needless to say, I could have done this hike without this tumble. My knee was throbbing and did not feel right. After a few moments to compose myself. I got up and started back down the Canyon.

Black Glass Canyon is a wonderful place to visit. Giant boulders, dry falls(lucky me), torturous routes, pools of water, soaring cliff, and an arch or two as well. I enjoyed going down this canyon rather than the usual up then down. I have been up to visit the Triple Arch before and with my knees aching, I just admired it as I hiked on by.

The only drag part of this hike was the last section along Willow Canyon Wash. Deep sand was about the last thing I wanted to hike in. I pushed through and made it back to the trail head. My knee is still bothering me, but I don't think I did anything serious to it.

I love the Goldfields and it was awesome to visit this section for sure!
"Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee." –Demetri Martin

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