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Goldfield 311 312, AZ
mini location map2021-07-24
9 by photographer avatarDarthStiller
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Goldfield 311 312, AZ 
Goldfield 311 312, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking5.79 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking5.79 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.27 mph
578 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I went out to this area again prepared to bail quickly at any point if lightning started. Most of the trails aren't too far from the trailhead, so I thought it would be a good idea to have the option for a fast bail if necessary. Fortunately it turned out not to be necessary as there was no lightning at all.

Lots of low lying clouds to start and cool by AZ standards. The humidity didn't even seem too bad. just over 2 miles in, the rain started. I was hoping it might only last about an hour and then die off. After an hour and a half, it was still going strong and getting stronger. The little washes began to run everywhere, making for some interesting scenery not usually seen in the desert.

I started hiking to the east and took the first singletrack that I hadn't done before. I marked more trail junctions of trails that I hadn't hiked yet to have a way to mark where they are to get back to them one day. There's one longer section of a trail east of all the others that I got onto and hiked all the way north up to FR3512. that trail was pretty rocky and descended into a valley before a steep climb out onto a ridge, then descended down to 3512.

Once I got to 3512, I was thoroughly drenched and ready to call it day. As soon as I got to the road, there was a Jeep with a couple and their infant in the back in a car seat. they asked me directions on how to get to FR1356, which they were pretty close to. The hike back on 3512 had a lot of water, puddles and streams all over the place. It was useful to get the mud off my boots from the trails.

Finished up with half of what I usually hike, but about what I expected (or more) with the dicey weather.
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