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Goldfield Arches and Explorations, AZ
mini location map2021-01-10
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Goldfield Arches and Explorations, AZ 
Goldfield Arches and Explorations, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
adilling
Hiking6.16 Miles 1,360 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles
1,360 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Back to the Goldfields to find some arches and explore this amazing area.

I had a couple of goals set and I managed 3 out of 4.

First up, Golden Eye Arches. I have attempted to find these elusive little guys in the past without success. I finally found them. Nothing special, but it was great to finally find them. The next “target” was Helmut Rock. I made it to the base and started losing traction before I even started. I looked at the steepness and decided I would admire this geology from afar rather than risk life and limb to get to the top. Maybe another time and day.

My next two destinations were a couple of arches that I have been to in the past. I am not sure what the first one is called – Anniversary Arch? But, I saw someone called it the Dragon Eye Arch too. I kinda like the latter. I first saw this one a couple years ago with @DarthStiller on another exploration of the Goldfields.

Next up – Checkmate Arch. I climbed up to this one years ago. The bushwhack was not too bad heading over to the base. This is a neat arch with the usual stacking. The trail I took down was overly cairned. I don’t remember any the last time I went up there. I heard someone refer to this as the IT Arch, but I can’t see that. Of course, I cannot see a checkmate either. Maybe I need to look beyond the stack of rocks before me to get a deeper meaning? 😉

My little loop was about 6 miles with some nice up and down and some thorny and rough bushwhacking added in for flavoring. So, a typical day for me in the Goldfields.

When I made it back to the trailhead parking there was a group of people with parrots and they were flying all over the place. At first, I thought it was a falcon, then I noticed the colors and thought – wow, that’s the biggest lovebird I have ever seen. But, as it approached, they were definitely parrots! There were about 6-7 of them flying all over the place. Very cool.
[ youtube video ]

The empty parking lot I started at was packed when I got back. Tis’ the season.
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