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Horse with No Name Loop, AZ
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Horse with No Name Loop, AZ 
Horse with No Name Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
markthurman53
Hiking9.84 Miles 1,208 AEG
Hiking9.84 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   1.65 mph
1,208 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
On our second day at Apache Junction I took Ginny into the Heart of the Goldfield Mountains (If not the heart, damn close). I really liked the Horse With No Name Trail for its rock formations. We started out on the Javelina Mine Trail and then took the Cottonwood Spring trail to Cottonwood Spring in Cottonwood Creek. From there we took the Horse With No Name Trail (CCW). Rather than do the whole trail we went up over the hill and made a right in the wash to the other end of the Horse With No Name Trail (I have seen this shown as the north end of the Three Lesser Peaks Route). Once back in Cottonwood Creek we took the Anniversary Arch Rote to Anniversary Arch then headed back to our start point on the Rough and Ready Trail. This is a nice 10 mile loop with a good sampling of the Goldfield Mountains.

The trail between the Rough and Ready Trail and Frankie Goes to Hollywood is called the Willow Springs Connector Trail but the trail between Frankie and Cottonwood Spring is not named as far as I can tell. I am calling both these trails the Cottonwood Spring Trail. Not sure how the trail got named the Willow Spring Connector because it does connect to the Willow Spring Trail. Yes, I know I wrote the official guide for the Willow Spring Connector Trail but I got that name from somewhere.

There was water in Cottonwood Creek at Cottonwood Spring, disappears about 100 yards downstream. This would be the only water seen on this hike. We only saw 4 people on horseback around Anniversary Arch and Cottonwood Spring. We heard one say as we passed them “how did those people get way back in here, by helicopter?”. Probably out of state tourist, the other person was on her cell phone. I guess there is no law about texting and riding a horse. This is an ideal hike to take someone on that has a little experience with hiking to show them what the Goldfield Mountains are like.
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