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Bulldog Canyon - Blue Ridge Loop, AZ
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Bulldog Canyon - Blue Ridge Loop, AZ 
Bulldog Canyon - Blue Ridge Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
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Hiking6.50 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   1.90 mph
835 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I thot this would be a good introductory hike to the Goldfields for LosDosSloFolks. I texted Kelly to see if she might also be interested since we were going on a Sunday and she joined us; though I didn’t tell Cathy and Greg. And Kelly invited John which was a surprise to me. I knew it was going to be a good day!

First part of the hike is a road walk which is not so bad as the scenery, once you get past the campers, is nice and it is a great way to warm up while walking and gawking. I had way-pointed the entry wash as it’s easy to walk by; been there, done that. It’s a pretty wash to walk through and there are various points of interest along the way including some very full cholla and some nice-looking saguaros🌵. Today we even tried one of the trails that went up and off to the SW so we took that to see where it went which was just to a saddle with some nice views.

Next was through a small triangular pour over before encountering another trail that veered to the NW. Not sure where that one goes but you can see the FR in the distance. I imagine it follows the wash westerly. We, however, hang a bit of a right and as you meet up with the wash again you hang a left (west) and then a right (north) up to Cyclops, formerly the Mask :( . It’s a steep and rocky climb but short and the reward is certainly worth it. We paid our respects and then enjoyed mulling around this area taking pictures of one another.

A couple hikers we saw down in the wash had now made their way up there and were still taking pictures once we had hiked back to the wash and were headed east. The trail goes in and out and along this wash and it’s easy enough hiking either. I like the trail better as the sand gets annoying quickly. Kelly and John had ventured ahead and we got distracted by a little arch and alcove in a big boulder before catching up with them.

We stayed on the trail and they eventually joined us before we hiked in the wash for a while. They got ahead again and I saw a trail that veered up to the right and decided we would take that. It started veering a little too far to the right but I knew a road was not too far away so we just continued and then the trail straightened out after gaining some more elevation. I like it up here rather than in the wash as the views are much better :) .

Next, we hit the road and hiked on that for a bit before making a right (south) turn to head up to the Blue Ridge. There is a little elevation gain here and as you get higher the views become more intense. I think this is an old road that is pretty rugged now but not too bad. Once you gain the top the 300-degree views are impressive especially with the Western Supes to the east and south, the Four Peaks to the east and the Goldfield Mountains behind (north).

It definitely got windier on top. The group split here checking out different things; Kelly, the Creighton 🏀game. It’s fun to wander as you continue to veer left (east) to make your way around. You can continue straight and down the hill but we were parked at Bulldog Canyon TH so we headed west thru a little valley and then up and around and down the steep side going north. They have done some re-routing here as now instead of going straight down a very slippery part of the trail you zig/zag a tad down some bedrock.

Before we knew it Kelly and John were out of site again until we spotted them heading up the other side of the ravine toward the cave/alcove we had all seen earlier. They seemed so minuscule over there as they made quick work up the side. They scared up an owl that Kelly got a great picture of and I did my best putting the zoom feature to work. Hate to miss out on that kind of action. They were up and down fairly quickly and we met up with them at the bottom of the hill and finished off the hike as a group. Still lots of cool scenery to observe as we followed a very faint trail to the parking lot.

We finished off the festivities with a little beer🍺 before parting ways. It was a wonderful day for a hike with a decent temperature and a nice breeze for most of it. Can’t really ask for better other than a little less of the wind when we were atop things.

I just recently completed the videos from my hike of this loop in Dec 2015 as I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted the pictures either. Both are now up and it will be interesting to see what differences there are. I can guarantee you one thing, both videos and pictures from these hikes are with beautiful scenery and beautiful people.


Three part video - each contains music from our very own HAZ's LosDosSloFolks and some of the pictures from them and John and Kelly:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ]
Part 3 [ youtube video ]
PS Route Scout went kaflooey at about the 1/2 way point and I had to restart. So I pasted the two routes together.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
a few poppies and smattering of the usual suspects
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