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Apr 20 2020
fdv75
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 Kent,wa
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2020
fdv75
Hiking7.38 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.62 mph
1,205 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Bulldog Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.19 Miles 941 AEG
Hiking7.19 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.10 mph
941 ft AEG      56 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Angela, aka tibber, which has recently changed to "The Tibbernator" :D invited us out to the Goldfields to see a natural arch formation known as "The Mask". One of the two arches comprising the mask has collapsed, so what we actually visited is now referred to as the "Cyclops". Loop shown in photoset.

Not three minutes after arrival at the Idaho Trailhead Johnlp pulled in next to us followed immediately by Kelly (trekking_gecko). We had never met either of these two HAZ regulars prior to this but recognized both of them from their logs we've been reading over the past year. Had no idea they were joining us because why would two ultra strong hikers want to do a measly 7 mile loop with a couple of people 15 months off the sofa? Possibly because tibber didn't want to endure the slow torture alone. :-k

All the others had hiked these trails before on numerous occasions but all day long we kept hearing "Oh...I don't remember seeing that before" or "look how pretty this view is". Hiking with the SloFolks has it's advantages. When we slow you down from a 3.50 mph pace to a sub 2.25mph pace you get to re-experience why we all do this in the first place. :roll:

Won't go into a lot of details about the hike as most members have been out here and the photos tell a better story than I can anyway. During the climb up we saw two hikers far below in the wash and exchanged waves. As we were leaving the Cyclops and were starting the descent the two hikers showed up at the top. One fellow was from Wyoming and the other from Canada. They both said "eh" a lot. Angela is from northern Montana originally so they chatted for a while on common knowledge.

John and Kelly had energy to burn so near the end of the loop they headed up a side canyon to investigate a possible arch/cave/alcove we had seen from above. From our vantage point we saw them cause a good sized Great Horned Owl to take flight from his daytime sleep. He flew at Mach 1 for several hundred yards to find a new bed. Kelly has a great photo of the displaced avian in her photoset. :) They didn't find another arch but did find a grinding hole in the alcove used by the Hohokam to get out of the sun.

It was really nice to meet Kelly and John. Very nice people as we thought they would be. Thanks to both of you for the good company and your patience on the trail! Afterwards we enjoyed a nice lunch with Angela at "Los Gringos" restaurant...and thanks again for the invite. :D
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Nov 14 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Top Hat and the Arches Ver 2, AZ 
Top Hat and the Arches Ver 2, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.10 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   6 Hrs   48 Mns   2.21 mph
2,250 ft AEG   1 Hour   46 Mns Break
 
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I had not been out to the Goldfields in a while, and decided to go out there and do a little exploring. I drove on FR 1356 to the Rock House, and parked there. I used some GPS tracks that @trekkin_gecko and @hikerdw were kind enough to provide, and off I went. I went to Top Hat Hill, Palo Verde Arch, Pedestal Arch, and Overlook Arch (or what is possibly Overlook Arch).

Top Hat Hill and Palo Verde Arch were easy to get to, and they are both worth seeing. I put a summit log book on Top Hat Hill back in February of this year, and only 3 people had signed it since then. So it is fair to say that this summit is off the beaten path.

From there I headed down Orohai Wash and then hooked up with a nice use trail that took me over toward Pedestal Arch. I then went on an off trail bushwhack over to Pedestal Arch, which is worth seeing.

Then I made another cross country bushwhack to connect to the route that @hikerdw took to get to Overlook Arch. It was a bit of a slog getting there, but I eventually made it. This arch wasn't the greatest in the world, so I would say that the effort/reward ratio was a bit unfavorable. That said, I am glad that I went over there, although a cooler day would have been a bit better. Nonetheless, it was a great day being out in the Goldfields. This area isn't what I'd call remote, but I never saw another person all day.
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Mar 09 2019
CannondaleKid
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Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,266 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.32 mph
1,266 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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The official route is a bit messed up for Route Scout use because much of it is doubled-back so we just made up our own route which ended up as a figure-eight.

It was crisp and clear, a perfect day for a hike.

Our only encounters were with two groups of equestrians and one couple in a stock Ford Explorer attempting to climb a very steep and loose slope on an illegal route created by rock crawlers. We recommended they not continue but they didn't seem about to listen to our advice. We saw them walk a ways to check it out and as we drove away from the Hackamore Gate it appeared they may have attempted it anyway.

It may have been worth the price of admission if they got stuck where they could not turn around. And of course they probably had no idea just how much worse the descent would be on the other side of the ridge. If we weren't almost done with our hike we just may have stayed to watch.
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Dec 30 2018
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 Chandler, AZ
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2018
Yoder
Hiking4.90 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.75 mph
620 ft AEG      11 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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This one was a bit of a disappointment. about 2/3 of the "Hike" is on dirt roads/ATV trails. We can tell this is heavily used by ATV's, but started early enough (7am) that we only ran across one truck on one of the roads. We did this loop counter-clockwise. there was a nice little valley about 3/4 of the way through the hike with a number of birds. Not much for flowering plants in this area at this time of year, This in contrast to the Bronco trail we just did that had quite a few flowering plants.

I don't think I would recommend this hike, there are plenty of better ones out there.
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DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Top Hat and the Arches, AZ 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,375 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.37 mph
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I did a similar route to this last week, and decided to come back and find a couple of arches that I missed the last time.

This hike is the same name as a hike that trekkin-gecho did on 1/31/2016, and I used his GPS track as a model for this hike.

I started and ended the hike at the Bulldog Canyon OHV Gate on N. Cactus Road in AJ.

I began by taking Road #10 to the west out toward the Mask Arches. Along the way, I noticed Peak 2685 to north, and since it looked climbable I made my way to the summit. I headed cross country through the desert to a ridgeline on the east side of the peak, and took the ridgeline to the top. It was a fairly easy walk up and walk down. I did not see a survey marker at the summit, but there was a summit logbook. There were very few entries in the logbook, so Peak 2685 seems to be seldom climbed. There are some nice 360 degree views at the top, so I was glad that I climbed to the summit.

After descending Peak 2685, I continued on to the Mask Arches. From there I dropped down into a wash and went a short distance and stopped by Pyroclastic Cave. To me, this is more of an overhang than a cave. There is a small arch at one end of the cave. From there I got back into the wash, and largely followed it back to Road #1356, and took it to Top Hat.

I walked up to Top Hat from the north side -- it was a bit steep but I was on solid rock the entire way so it was an easy climb. There are some really nice 360 degree views atop Top Hat. I saw the survey marker but I did not see a summit logbook. I went around to the NW on the descent to make my way over to Palo Verde Arch. Actually I think that you could have walked on a ridgeline all the way over to the arch -- I will try that next time.

It was an easy descent from the arch back to the road, and I headed back and then went on an easy off-trail scramble to the Twin Arches -- Trumpet Arch and Echo Arch. After stopping there, I ventured through the open desert back to Road 1356 which took me back to Road #10 and back to the TH.

It was another nice day wandering around the beautiful and underrated Goldfields!


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Jan 08 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Arches & Top Hat via Hackamore, AZ 
Arches & Top Hat via Hackamore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2017
tibber
Hiking13.03 Miles 2,006 AEG
Hiking13.03 Miles   8 Hrs   35 Mns   1.72 mph
2,006 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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I can't think of much to add but I will.
It was a little windy/cool to start but after the unplanned summit of Top Hat, the sun pretty much stayed out and the breeze subsided. I'm glad we chose to summit Top Hat when we did as I doubt I would have toward the end. As summits go it really is pretty easy especially the way we took using the bedrock for traction for 1/2 of it. The views are surely worth the climb!

and then the ridge walk down to Palo Verde Arch was another unplanned bonus for "as long as we're up here". You can get some nice pictures through both sides of the arch. Now from here down to Weeks Wash was a whole other ball game. It is difficult between the rolly poly rocks and the downess of it. Kelly and I remembered that from one of our hikes we did previous in this area.

The rest of the hike toward Pedestal Arch was in and out and along some drainages with a path for some parts of it. We followed the track where you have to go alongside a wash (north), thru it and then back (south) as you go back toward the drainage and up it toward Pedestal. We didn't enjoy that part too much as you hate not going in a somewhat straight line. We ventured up the drainage and this is when I started to lose most of my energy and steam. We had started at 8:45 and it was now almost 1:00 PM without a break or snack. I usually need a break and/or snack around the 5 mile mark.

I kept wanting to pullover for just a moment to refuel before finishing the ascent but that wasn't in the cards and just when I was ready to give up the ghost Kelly says from what looked to be a top area, "sit down for a moment and have a snack as you will want to have lunch at the Arch". She says, "you'll be sorry if you don't and you're so close". She and/or Ray were willing to carry my pack... but that wasn't the issue. I just needed a little fuel. Well Kelly hasn't steered me wrong yet so after a couple bites of my Payday and drinking some coconut water, up I went and there it was :y: . Whew!

Now that the drama for the day was over, we enjoyed the company, the views and the weather. Kelly ventured south over to the top of a little mountain side and I joined her. As I was peaking over the side and she was running from a bee, I noticed the terrain looked a lot better for our descent so we decided to give that a try. It was a good choice. I hope that made up for the whining earlier. We made our way down to the drainage and took a bit of a shortcut from earlier and headed over for the next waypoint I had marked as "Must See". We hiked up to what I dubbed the Squishing Boulder so Kelly could see how far she could go but she got chock-stoned so had to come back the way she had started. Next it was to the Tunnel and that was really cool. We spotted some grinding holes too.

We discussed following Mark's route to the south but because of time limitations and not knowing the area, we went back the way we came. We found the Figure 8 intersection up thru some bedrock but decided due to time once again to continue the way we came. It was a pretty hike back as the sun was lighting up the golden rock. We took a break below Top Hat before finishing off the hike with some great views toward the sun lighting up the Four Peaks, Weavers Needle and the Western Supes. We did have to pull aside for what seemed a mass exodus of ATVs. We were glad to be able to finally pull off the road.

At the TH we all had a beer and enjoyed watching the sunset change the colors of the sky on various views around us. Ray headed home and Kelly and I went to Mammoth Steakhouse for some burgers and coffee. FYI - My sirloin burger was good but the Mammoth burger is much better. The service was a little slow this time but I like the place and it's close and open until 8. We even got fiddled at. Thx for a great hike as always Kelly. You got me up another peak. This is my second hike with Ray and second peak.

1-13-2017 I only have one video up on youtube so far, two others are done in production with a few more to complete. I set out not wanting to film too much but alas, when it's so beautiful out there, it's hard not to. I also got carried away with the pictures but like Kelly says, I am a Documentarian... I'm thinking of changing it to Tibbernarian :lol: .

Thank goodness for the long weekend, here are the videos:
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Dec 30 2016
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 Mesa,AZ
Twin ArchesPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 30 2016
hikerdw
Hiking8.11 Miles 1,266 AEG
Hiking8.11 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.22 mph
1,266 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Nice hike out to the Twin Arches with the family. Lauren wanted a little off trail and Kelley wanted something moderate so this seemed to fit. Cool and breezy at the 9 AM start but it warmed up really quick. Lauren actually got some of the best shots of the arches on her phone. After a short break we headed back. Great Day!
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Great temps. Nice day.
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Dec 06 2015
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Bulldog SE Goldfield Loop, AZ 
Bulldog SE Goldfield Loop, AZ
 
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tibber
Hiking7.19 Miles 841 AEG
Hiking7.19 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.28 mph
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Ambika wanted to do a hike this Sunday and she said I could choose. So I picked this one as it was something new for Jack and a return to un-oops the last attempt at the Bulldog Canyon Loop in February. Using Route Manager I made a route combining this Loop (including The Mask) with some of the Blue Ridge playground Kelly and I had done in January.

We had a very windy start to the day and it stayed windy for most of the hike; except in the morning, that was chilly. We road-walked following FR10 up and over the hill and down to the little wash that takes you into Bulldog Canyon. I thot for some reason we would be hanging a right sooner than we did but instead you stay in this wash for almost 2 miles (including the side trip up to The Mask). The wash proved to be of interest as we continued north. There were bits of a trail here and there but you mostly stay in the wash. In the distance up on the hill in front of me I would see what I thot was the mask but it was just the shadows of the rock (you'll have to see the photo) so this would be dubbed the false mask once we got up to the real one.

You start heading east on a trail that comes around to the wash again and here are the cairns to guide you up to THE Mask. There is a claim just below it. I kept thinking we needed to hike to what I thot was the mask earlier but this path would not work for that. This is the second time ](*,) I would mistake something for what it was not on this Bulldog hike. Anyway, after the steep climb we finally arrived at our destination. I remarked to Ambika about the rock growing around the saguaro before quickly realizing the error in that statement :lol: ; nonetheless it is pretty cool.

We spent a good amount of time up here trying to get the perfect pictures of each other reflecting the mystique of The Mask. And then it was time for the somewhat short but steep and slippery climb down to the wash where we continued on. This was a fun wash to hike through and provided some pretty good views from time to time including a kestrel and various naked tree sculptures. We eventually started heading south in the Bulldog Wash to our next adventure on the Blue Ridge. Once again there is some road walking and we just about continued on the Bulldog Canyon Loop but quickly reversed course so as to gain access to the Orohai Loop.

I kept looking for the cairn that marks the western turn that Kelly and I found coming from the other direction. When I came upon it and Route Scout agreed, it didn't look the same but we began the gradual ascent after letting four horseback riders pass. As we hiked the ridge line we came across another trail; the one that Kelly and I had come up. That made me feel better knowing there were two ways up. The views really are spectacular up here :y: especially to the east and south. And then you come upon the Playground. I call it such as you could ding around in here for awhile just checking out rock formations and that alcove down in the center. I think I figured out a possible way to get to it but I'll have to waypoint it via satellite for next time.

We had our lunch using one of the longer rock formations as a wind barrier and a place for our backs to rest against. The hike down has a couple slippery sections so you have to hike gingerly. Once you're down, be sure to look back up at the Ridge as it's sure pretty. Walking back toward the trailhead you are treated to tall saguaros along the way. There is also signage to get you back to the parking lot that wasn't there the last time Kelly and I came this way. However, it seems you do have to hop over the surrounding pole fence. We didn't seen an opening in the barbed wire fence though there may be one down from the main gate. Speaking of the gate, it seemed new to me but I might be wrong.

A couple of the movies are already made but I have to make one or two more from the Yellowstone trip before I start back working on the videos of this hike. I think the video up at The Mask turned out pretty good. I'm still fighting the two spots on the lens issue... Anyway, it's a great little hike for the mileage. The sun seemed to be filtered today so we had good light throughout.

12-31-2019 Four years later, here are the videos. I didn't realize I hadn't posted them (my father had died 4 days after this hike) so I obviously plum forgot. The only reason I realized this is because @hikerdw put up a picture of the collapsed Mask and when I went to look at my pictures of the Mask, there weren't any :o .
Well now I have to re-do the movies because youtube doesn't stabilize anymore which means individually stabilizing each movie via Filmora. But it was a beautiful hike so worth the trouble!. I hadn't even finished editing the pictures and so I finished that as well and added them. There really was some beautiful scenery and we could see for so many miles in many directions. I think the last video has music by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks too.

To the Mask:
[ youtube video ]
[ youtube video ]

From the Mask to the Playground:
[ youtube video ]
[ youtube video ]
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Bulldog Canyon Trailhead Sampler, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 18 2015
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Hiking11.40 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   2.39 mph
1,450 ft AEG   2 Hrs   51 Mns Break
 
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angela and i have both been intrigued by the goldfield mountains
we decided on departing from the bulldog canyon ohv trailhead to sample some of the trails in this area
somewhat followed hikerdw's se goldfield loop, although we started up bulldog wash
hit all or part of the above trails
saw the rock house
saw a cool arch near top hat
went too far north in a wash to summit top hat :(
went up to the peak north of there and checked out an alcove
dropped down to cottonwood spring, where we stopped for lunch
my least favorite part was packsaddle trail, although still good views of the superstitions from it
checked out the green thumb :)
finished with the blue ridge trail, which was a lot of fun
perfect day for this
a nice sample of what the area offers, and a few things left for another time
quite a few vehicles, atvs, motorcycles and one group of horseback riders, but not enough traffic to affect the trip
angela put together a map of several trails in route manager (impressive ;) )
we navigated by comparing the haz track trail to the map - worked fine
had a good dinner at dos gringos afterwards
thanks for a fun day, angela
certainly more to do in this area, not to mention from the other trailheads
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SE Goldfield Loop with variation, AZ 
SE Goldfield Loop with variation, AZ
 
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tibber
Hiking11.33 Miles 1,442 AEG
Hiking11.33 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.21 mph
1,442 ft AEG   2 Hrs   32 Mns Break
 
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Love hiking Sundays with Kelly; especially if I have Monday off. Last Saturday Ambika and I were going to do Bulldog Canyon Loop but in my Rx I stumbled onto the Desert Safety and Survival class at the Superstition Museum so we did that instead. By the way, the course was great. We learned a lot and the instructor was entertaining as well. The thing that impressed us the most was how quickly he was able to get a fire started using lint. As Ambika says, she'll never look at her dryer lint the same way :lol: .

We were going to go for a little hike after but the weather was tenuous and a bit nippy so we went over to the Goldfield Ghost Town. In the over 30 years I've been here and all the times I've driven by I had never been. We spent the rest of the day there. Ambika says it is quite improved and includes a lot more then when she was here last.


So the point of the above dissertation is that Kelly and I decided to do the same thing but add on some more trails. I originally wanted to do the eastern portion of hikerdw's loop but I didn't realize it started right where we parked. We headed out onto the Bulldog Canyon Trail thinking there would be a right hand turn but obviously not. So we continued on the eastern leg until hooking up with the Orohai Loop. We used the HAZtraks and my printed map to find our way many times this day. Kelly has a neat system of comparing the two to establish where we are. My Scout II refurbished is just not cooperating but that's a whole 'nother discussion :x (I will share on the forum).

The views were really quite wonderful. Kelly pointed out Dome Mountain as there are three in a row. Dome doesn't look the tallest but as Kelly says, it's set back so you can't quite see its full height. We hiked by the Rock House wondering what it was and a mile or so later realized we were on the Rock House Trail and that was the Rock House, sheesh :doh: ! As the Orohai (Kelly pronounced this several different ways during our hike) Loop veered toward Top Hat, it is such a cool mountain. We got to the 3-way intersection and determined we had to go north.

The tank below the mountain had quite a bit of water. We headed toward the wash and walked in it... but too long as we missed the turn east. We thot it was a bit further up and had planned on looking at HAZtraks in a bit but I think we were having so much fun hiking in the wash we just continued... until we saw a big rock face in front of us. We then got out the map and HAZtraks. We could have gone back but I suggested we climb south out of the wash to see what we could see. We saw a mountain (Peak 2509) that looked like it had a cave or large alcove and Kelly spotted a saddle. This was our day to explore the area and this was definitely that. I said let's do our wallymode and check out the alcove first before going to the saddle.

The alcove was pretty large and the views from there were pretty incredible. I caught my breath for a moment while Kelly did her scouting for the best way off the side of this peak. She decided that going down and then up to the saddle was NOT the preferred way so we headed east. I kind of contoured along the side while Kelly went up trying to find a route down for us. Nope that wouldn't work but I spotted a shelf as we headed down so Kelly went and looked over the side to see if the down was doable which it was. She started down but I veered to the right as this was a free for all. I noticed a hoof print and then later saw a horse shoe print which turned out to be a bit of a trail. It almost looks like it was built. The trail eventually disappeared (surely it would be pretty hard for a horse) and then you just had to keep finding your way. I spotted a fence line so we followed that down to the road we could see from above.

I spotted a wire corral and when I went around it to the road I saw some golden leaves fluttering. Of course they were attached to cottonwood trees and lo and behold, somehow we ended up EXACTLY :DANCE: where we would have if we hadn't missed that turn. We were so proud of ourselves we decided to have lunch there. The spring is full by the way. Back on the trail we were now on FR 3512. We admired the lush green grass below the trees and the wash area to our left that we walked in for just a moment.

We almost missed the direction we wanted to go at another 3-way intersection. We chose NOT to go up the hill to the east or west on 1356 but continued on FR 3512 (from the spring). During the earlier part of our hike we were on FR 1356. From here, if you take the 1356 east you end up on the Tomahawk Trail or the 1356 west takes you back to the 3-way intersection by Top Hat (where we were earlier). We continued south for quite a bit until the trail finally did a long u-turn and headed up toward the Green Thumb (very cool rock formation for sure and climbable according to Kelly, there is a rope there too). We watched one idiot on a motorbike as he tried to get out of the tree that he ran into. Every sentence he and his buddy uttered had the "f" word. Big boys they are.

From here you go just a bit west up the hill and then south. It's a little tricky to find that turn so you'll need to pay attention. Here again as we topped the hill we had great views all around us including the Goldfields to our north, Four Peaks to our east and the Superstitions to our south. Plus it's always cool to hike a ridgeline :y: . We came upon the playground of gold or lime green boulders where we spent a moment looking around as we spotted some kind of arch, cave or alcove below us. We also could see the trail we would eventually get on even though we blew a bit past it and Kelly made me hike back up the hill : rambo : but it wasn't too bad really.

From here we continued the descent from the ridgeline past some of these giant tuft boulders. It gets a bit slippery in a few sections as you make your way down. As we got closer to the bottom the clouds in the sky were creating these very cool waves. And to top it off, we were getting some of the sunshine on those golden rock faces plus the area had some beautiful cactus. Yep, this was a good preliminary hike in this part of the Goldfields. And even though there is a lot of road walking, that's not such a bad thing when you have good company and great views. Plus the scrambling is not so bad cuz you know it's clear sailing when you get back to this part of the trail.

We feel the road looked pretty drivable. I think it would be nice to drive out on part of it a little further so that you can spend more time exploring. Quite frankly we are surprised more people don't hike out here. Needless to say I've created a map in Route Manager of "Goldfield Possibilities" and there are a lot. John9L would particularly like this because there are so many trails to link ;) .

Lots of video (new area): I have to say that video 5 has some beautiful footage. They all turned out pretty good but the colors in the last video were so brilliant as was the sky.

Video 1 Bulldog Wash to Top Hat http://youtu.be/9xXHIZYW67Y
Video 2 Top Hat to Peak 2509 http://youtu.be/vu8sGYeD1mg
Video 3 Peak 2509 to Cottonwood Spring http://youtu.be/YGGG99pkgwk
Video 4 Spring to Green Thumb http://youtu.be/18Pj_zVbh8Y
Video 5 Thumb to up on the Blue Ridge and down to TH http://youtu.be/-yFAg-X_90A
Culture
Culture
Ghost?
Named place
Named place
Cottonwood Spring Thompson Peak

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cottonwood Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
natural (?) trough was full
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hikingaz2
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 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Twin ArchesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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hikingaz2
Hiking2.70 Miles 854 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   1.69 mph
854 ft AEG   3 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
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Decided to head out and find the Twin Arches, Trumpet and Echo, we have been spending this Hiking Season (fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015) exploring the Goldfields. What a Treat 8) Got out my trusted steed and off to the top of the loop of Orohai Trail, parked and headed up. Arches are hard to spot until your near them. We hiked out past them to check on a rather large cave ?, but couldn't or I guess didn't want to..... :scared: .. Love these Arches, can't wait to check others out. :thanx: HAZ and fellow hikers for down loading Routes with your Triplogs.
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TheNaviG8R
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 Mesa, AZ
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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TheNaviG8R
Hiking5.50 Miles 624 AEG
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Blue Ridge - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2012
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Hiking8.10 Miles 1,432 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   4 Hrs      2.03 mph
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Fun day, Saw no one else.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Feb 06 2012
AZLOT69
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Fine day in the Goldfields.
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Aug 13 2011
jochal
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 Mesa, AZ
Twin ArchesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.24 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Starting from Dome Mountain Trailhead, went over the Blue Ridge past the rock house to the Twin Arches (Trumpet Arch and Echo Arch), as planned. It was such a nice morning, I went South to the Keyhole Arch and the Green Thumb. After that, I meandered back to the trailhead. I'm still sorting out how I got place to place; there was a lot of off-trail exploration.

Saw a fox up on the hillside near the arches, and my off trail wandering paid off as I came across a whole family of javelinas including babies :D
Fauna
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Gray Fox Javelina
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Mike_Fels
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 Chandler, AZ
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Mike_Fels
Hiking9.71 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking9.71 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.24 mph
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After 40 years of living in the valley I figured it was finally time to check out the Goldfield Mountains. I entered from the Hackamore Road TH. The first mile was very disappointing as the entire area was completely torn up by off road vehicles. It really hurts to see the hills torn up with a spider web of tracks like this was.

After that hiking was on dirt roads, creek beds, game trails or bushwhacking. Stretched out the hike using a combination of these mediums heading pretty much north until about 4 miles in I crested a saddle heading down into a valley that was off my map. I figured it was time then to turn around.

The inner area of the mountains are pretty. Some great views from the hill tops. With the only trails being game trails, made by critters at least 4 feet shorter than me, it was tough going.

The only other person I saw was a guy on a motorcycle.
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rally_toad
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Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rally_toad
Hiking6.00 Miles 400 AEG
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This was a great hike, basically until the return portion on the packsaddle road, then you have to deal with the orv. Nice change from Pass Mtn and the Supes though. Love new scenery. I might have to start hiking the goldfields now.
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Oct 20 2009
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Orohai LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
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Nice day on the trail. Saw no one else.
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