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Lost Goldmine Ridgeline II, AZ
mini location map2021-03-15
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Lost Goldmine Ridgeline II, AZ 
Lost Goldmine Ridgeline II, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2021
vanman
Hiking11.95 Miles 2,494 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   10 Hrs   1 Min   1.41 mph
2,494 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
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This could also be called Balancing Rock to Wave Cave!

I decided I needed to give it another try right away after last week. Made it out to my turn around spot about 45 minutes faster than previously. Went farther to the bottom of the drainage but still didn't get down to where I wanted because it was too steep or too choked. Climbed up the other side and took a break because it was obvious things were gonna get rough.

East of Mushroom Rock the slick rock and game trails end and scrambling and catclaw take over! I don't think I was even going 1 mph!! I found some old climbers' trails but it still seemed like it took forever to turn the corner at the base of Three Sisters and head north to Wave Cave.

Of course it was busy! Took a picture and left! By the time I reached Lost Goldmine I was really wishing I had a shuttle but the long walk back gave me time to take some pictures of the ridgeline and have a shot of bourbon to celebrate!

I doubt I'll do this one again! I'll probably go back down to Ermahgerd and maybe the big funnel by Mushroom Rock but past that it was diminishing returns! I'm glad I was able to get it done once though!!
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