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Trans Goldfield Mountains, AZ
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Trans Goldfield Mountains, AZ 
Trans Goldfield Mountains, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
Sonoranbob
Hiking14.20 Miles 2,525 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles
2,525 ft AEG
 
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We pieced this trans-Goldfield Mountain Hike together based on map 7 and notes in Ted Tenny’s book “Goldfield Mountain Hikes”. The hike starts at the Bulldog Canyon Gate that can be accessed from North Cactus Rd in Apache Junction. We took Meridian to McKellips and drove east then turned north on N. Wolverine Pass Rd to Tonto then east to N. Cactus where there is a small parking area. Earlier in the day we parked a second car at the Blue Point Trailhead just before the bridge on Bush highway.
The first part of the trail is 2 miles of Jeep roads then look for the trail path off to the right which winds between cholla up around some rock formations. The day use trail up to Dome Mountain is in good shape and is easy to follow. Some well-meaning hiker has marked sections of the trail with white spray paint to help hikers stay on track.
After enjoying the views from Dome Mountain we found our way down the left side and continued north where you will find a gap to follow on the right and a water-storage shed on the left. The rest of the hike is a relatively easy bushwack until you reach Gateway Canyon. We stayed high and followed ridgelines wherever it was practical and found many sections of game trail and tuff that make the hike easier. There are no trail markers so it is highly recommended that you use a gps and bring a compass & maps in case you head in the wrong direction. There are quite a few opportunities! Since there is so much off-trail hiking we decided to start early on a colder day to minimize snake encounters and were prepared with head lamps, first aid supplies and extra food.
This trail offers an amazing number of views to mountains and canyons in the Goldfields. Take the time to enjoy the views from Panorama Peak and Peak 3097. We stopped at the saddle just before Peak 3097 to enjoy a nice lunch on the tuff.
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