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Sunrise Arch - Bulldog Cliffs - Peak 3097, AZ
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Sunrise Arch - Bulldog Cliffs - Peak 3097, AZ 
Sunrise Arch - Bulldog Cliffs - Peak 3097, AZ
 
Hiking12.90 Miles 2,818 AEG
Hiking12.90 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.28 mph
2,818 ft AEG   2 Hrs   12 Mns Break
 
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I enjoy this hike, and since Sunrise Arch/Bulldog Cliffs High Point/Gateway Canyon are in the closure area for Bald Eagle Nesting that runs for 7 months starting on December 1, I figured that today was my chance for a while to do this hike. This is not a hike to do in the summertime, so it is effectively a 10-11 month closure.

We started ended the hike at the Blue Point gate for the Bulldog Canyon OHV area, on Bush Highway about 1/4 mile from the bridge over the Salt River. I have a pass to enter the area, but there was no need to do so for his hike. We walked more or less parallel to the river for about 3 miles, and then climbed up to Sunrise Arch. This is a cool arch, and it has great views of Saguaro Lake and Stewart Mountain Dam. We then headed east up through a chute to get up to the Goldfields High Country. The chute was a class 3 climb, but there was no exposure and it was a lot of fun.

We then went north to the Bulldog Cliffs High Point, and stopped for a bit for a snack and to enjoy the great views. Then we went south to Peak 3097 and stopped to see Precarious Arch and Delicate Arch along the way. It was a nice off-trail excursion, notwithstanding all the fox grass. I think that I need to get some gaiters!

The views on Peak 3097 are some of the best in the northern Goldfields, so this is a worthy peak to ascend. After hanging out there a bit, we made our way to Gateway Canyon and took a good use trail down to the Salt River Bottom Land, and back to our cars.

It was a fun day out in the rugged, seductive, and underrated Goldfields!
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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