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Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop - Goldfield Mtns
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Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
hikerdw
Hiking7.33 Miles 1,793 AEG
Hiking7.33 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   1.92 mph
1,793 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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We last did this fun ridgeline hike 4 years ago so time for a refresher. Our hike was done clockwise, where the guide description is written going counter clockwise. We also extended the loop east adding several extra miles.

Up to Bulldog Saddle. Windy start on this rocky trail but got the blood flowing.

Took a right on Bulldog Saddle taking a network of use trails up to the ridgeline. All the trails seems to interconnect as long as your basic direction is UP.

Right on the ridgeline and here we go. Although the route across the ridge has no trail the route is somewhat obvious as long as you pay close attention, looking for small rock stacks and human erosion. Nice views all along the way along with fun little scrambles.

At the lower saddle we took a left and headed east hiking a well defined use trail that traverses north of peak 2730, which connects with the Deer Tanks Trail, where we turned south for a bit, then located a newer trail that took us up to the saddle between peaks 2285 and 2478. Saw three deer as we headed up. From the saddle we followed a new trail west marked with pink markers down into what I refer to as the Ironwood Foothills, finally connecting to the well defined trail that takes you back to the trailhead, sometimes referenced as Meridian Mystery Trail.

Really enjoyed this extended version of this hike.
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