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Top Hat and the Arches Ver 2, AZ
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Top Hat and the Arches Ver 2, AZ 
Top Hat and the Arches Ver 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.10 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.21 mph
2,250 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break
 
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I had not been out to the Goldfields in a while, and decided to go out there and do a little exploring. I drove on FR 1356 to the Rock House, and parked there. I used some GPS tracks that @trekkin_gecko and @hikerdw were kind enough to provide, and off I went. I went to Top Hat Hill, Palo Verde Arch, Pedestal Arch, and Overlook Arch (or what is possibly Overlook Arch).

Top Hat Hill and Palo Verde Arch were easy to get to, and they are both worth seeing. I put a summit log book on Top Hat Hill back in February of this year, and only 3 people had signed it since then. So it is fair to say that this summit is off the beaten path.

From there I headed down Orohai Wash and then hooked up with a nice use trail that took me over toward Pedestal Arch. I then went on an off trail bushwhack over to Pedestal Arch, which is worth seeing.

Then I made another cross country bushwhack to connect to the route that @hikerdw took to get to Overlook Arch. It was a bit of a slog getting there, but I eventually made it. This arch wasn't the greatest in the world, so I would say that the effort/reward ratio was a bit unfavorable. That said, I am glad that I went over there, although a cooler day would have been a bit better. Nonetheless, it was a great day being out in the Goldfields. This area isn't what I'd call remote, but I never saw another person all day.
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