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Goldfield Horse Trails, AZ
mini location map2021-03-21
5 by photographer avatarDarthStiller
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Goldfield Horse Trails, AZ 
Goldfield Horse Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking4.61 Miles 321 AEG
Hiking4.61 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.29 mph
321 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I was able to round up the family for another Sunday morning hike close to home while the weather is still nice. The kids are teenagers now and have an increasingly low tolerance for pre-8am wake up calls. The bribe of a take out lunch used to be an easy way to make things good, now it's a minimum. Only after a mile or so into the hike do their moods improve.

We started from the ATV trailhead that's east of the Bulldog TH, off of Hackamore Road. Getting to the trailhead along this road is always a little bit of an adventure since it's full of surprisingly deep divots. We started up the main road from the trailhead past the big bowl shaped depression, which Radmila has named "the human sacrifice pit". On our way past that we past what appeared to be somewhat fresh ashes from a bonfire, and a broken bottle of Jack Daniels.

Once we got past the pit (which was only about a quarter mile or so), we reached one of many horse trails in this area. They all have numbers in the 300s, this one is 310. We followed that one, which headed north and then east, then south. At this point there was a junction with another trail that headed east, so we to that one. That went north and looped back to one of the dirt roads. We took that road south back to 310 and back to the junction again and headed south. Further south we encountered more markers with the number 311, 312, and 313. Saw several more junctions without markers. With the amount of trails here, it would be very easy to spend an entire morning meandering about without have to hike on the dirt roads much at all. i made sure we didn't veer too far away from the parking area and once we were over 4 miles, we headed back. The last half mile or so we were one a dirt road. Along that section we paralleled another dirt road on the other side of the forest service rails where there were 2 vehicles. One was a Jeep, the other was a UHaul Chevy Pickup that got stuck in a huge washout in that road. Several bad decisions were made. The 20-somethings involved were trying to solve their problem trying to get the UHaul out. I wasn't sure where to start with the jokes.

Saw one mountain biker the entire time. Not even many ATVers on the dirt roads nearby. Must have been a heavy night a partying that they were all sleeping off. Overall this looks like a nice area to go back to and check out the several horse trails and maybe try piece a map together of what's what.
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