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Barry Goldwater Peak, AZ
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11 by photographer avatarAugustWest
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Barry Goldwater Peak, AZ 
Barry Goldwater Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2020
AugustWest
Hiking16.17 Miles 3,270 AEG
Hiking16.17 Miles   7 Hrs   14 Mns   2.32 mph
3,270 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Since moving to Arizona the views for me have mostly been from the east with the White Tanks as bookends to the valley to the west. Its easy to miss out and skip this stretch of mountains, but I think this is a mistake. The canyons, creekbeds and peaks hold enough beauty to keep me coming back and exploring more in this direction.

The real start to the day was in Ford Canyon which is a rugged, currently dry waterway that is defined by the uniquely beautiful white granite that could easily be mistaken for Central Texas limestone. The geological formations up and down the canyon really hold some treasures that would be worth checking out after a good rainfall.

The path up Goat Tank Trail was enjoyable, but the rewards were the views to the East. Seeing the McDowell's, Supe's, Mazzie's, Camelback, PHX Mt. Preserve and the valley from the West gave new appreciation for these mountains. At the summit of Barry Goldwater Peak my eyes were really opened.

There are a lot of different mountain chains and standalone pinnacles in Arizona! The views from the summit are eye opening. Placing names for all the geography would be impossible for me, but the realm of possibility to explore was widened today in ways that are hard to describe. We are very lucky to live in this state and the 360 degree perspective from the apex shows off Arizona in its glory.

Willow Spring and the shepherd ruins in that area was the real highlight of the day. The dry waterfall had a Barnhardt feel to it and to see it running in its full glory would be amazing.

These were easy miles on well maintained trails, in fantastic mountains. We didn't see too many people and those we did see were friendly and happy to be out on a day that few are lucky to experience in early December like we get here in Arizona.
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Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
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