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Dec 15 2018
CannondaleKid
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Gold Canyon Loop, AZ 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,611 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.52 mph
1,611 ft AEG      20 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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The previous entrance I used to start from when biking the Gold Canyon Trail system is now blocked off due to excessive use by ATV's so we had to continue on to Cloudview. Not a big deal but for the fact most of my plan is now out the window. Oh well, all Tracey asked for was a 10-mile hike so we'll make it up as we go.

Our route took us on the following trails: Lost Goldmine, Transition, TD, Old Horse, unnamed new-to-me, K-Trail, Mohave, Gila Monster, 2GM, Cougar and finally Gold Canyon back to the TH.
We spotted a few other new trails so I'll have to return to do more exploring... which I'd like to do while biking. One more week and I very likely will get the ok to start biking again.

It was a blah day for photos so I took none... besides I have plenty of the area already.
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Dec 27 2016
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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
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Hiking11.00 Miles 1,476 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.54 mph
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The usual challenge... along with time constraints Tracey wanted something close, something new (to her) and about ten miles long.
:-k
But it turned out to be pretty easy... Gold Canyon Trail System from Kings Cross Road. A quick drive to the TH and we set off on the most winding hike ever. I had mapped a loop route which would take in as many trails as possible without ever crossing or re-tracing any part of it.

Although we may only travel as little as a few hundred feet on two trails, this was our route:
Old Horse, Holy Hill Bypass, Vortex Bailout, Vortex, Gila Monster, 2GM, Diamondback, Mohave, K-Trail, Tech, K-Trail, Phantom, Kikki, Secret, and Old Horse. The only duplication was the first/last half-mile from the trailhead.

Perfect? Almost... ](*,)
Tracey asked for 10 miles but got 11... and complained about it all along that extra mile.
:x
Sorry, not my fault... although I used the most current GPS routes, one tail had been re-routed and another appeared not to ever have existed where it was mapped, so the hike ended up a mile longer.

Not to worry... Tracey had a quick nap on the drive back and had recovered by time we got home.
:y:
Gold Canyon Trails caveat:
The Gold Canyon Trail System tracks I posted on 11/18/16 ('Old Horse Trail) are ~90% accurate. K-Trail = One section of the K-Trail is different (de-comm/re-route)
Mohave Trail = ALL of the Mohave Trail is different. (Not re-routed, the track I got from the mountain bikers is totally fictitious)
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Nov 25 2016
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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
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CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking14.30 Miles 1,768 AEG
Mtn Biking14.30 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   4.33 mph
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I had yet to ride the Diamondback, Phantom (newest trail) and the northern leg of Gila Monster so my plan was to make sure I hit them all sometime during the day and I managed to do just that.

I drove in from Peralta Road to point just west of Transition trail. I started the ride heading west along a road until connecting with Old Horse Trail and followed it all the way to the west end of the trails. From there I hit all the following: Cougar, 2GM, Gila Monster, Diamondback, K-Trail, TD, Transition, Old Horse, Phantom, Kikki, Old Horse, TD and back to start.

While riding Transition I met Darth Stiller and had the pleasure of meeting his family. Like me, they were enjoying the great hiking/biking weather as well. Great to see you again Chris!

Phantom was absolutely NASTY!!! :scared:
Fully SEVENTEEN wash crossings in one mile, at least half of which were VERY steep on both down and uphill side along with four straight drops of 4-6 feet, all of which I walked my bike around. I will never ride it again... At my age injuries take way too long to heal so I have no problem walking the gnarly stuff.

I was hoping to surpass my longest ride (24 miles) in the Gold Canyon Trail system but the Phantom Trail really took it our of me and had to settle for 10 miles less. At least I made it through the whole ride without any major incidents, and not one fall.
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Nov 25 2016
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Peralta FoothillsPhoenix, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking6.20 Miles 639 AEG
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Took the family out for a post turkey day hike close to home. In the spring before the weather got too hot, I did some hiking in this area on the western side, off of King's Ranch Road. I had a map of the western half of this trail system, but I soon discovered more trails that headed further east to Peralta Road. CannondaleKid noticed my triplogs at that time and was gracious enough to send me his mapped out tracks of the rest of those trails. They downloaded in RouteScout seamlessly and gave me a nice digital map of the area. CannondaleKid also split the tracks for each trail and added waypoints at each junction, which RouteScout then gives auditory warnings when you approach each junction.

We slept in a bit and got a kind of a late start. The original plan was to park at the Carney Springs TH and enter the trail system off of the Lost Goldmine Trail. by the time we got there, the entire lot was filled and cars were parked several yards up and down Peralta Road. I decided to drive back southbound on Peralta Road to where some old jeep roads lead to the trails. It was a bit tricky at first finding the road and making a steep wash crossing, but after that it was great. The entire trail system was almost deserted the entire time. This seemed to be rather nice because after seeing how packed the Carney Springs lot was, I expected hikers and bikers galore. One of the only people we saw the entire time was in fact CannondaleKid himself. We caught up briefly on things and I thanked him very much for the tracks, which was making our hike very easy to negotiate.

Our hike was basically a big loop, taking the Outer Limits Trail to the Transition Trail, then eastbound on the Lost Goldmine Trail and south again on the Don't Fence Me In Trail, then back to the car. I expected cooler weather and we packed sweatshirts, but no one needed them. By the end, it was even a tad bit toasty, but still extremely comfortable weather the entire time. Looking forward to going back to doing at least one more hike in this area to finish off these trails and get them all mapped out in my computer.
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Jun 12 2016
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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
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Went back to this area again to finish off a couple more sections of trails I didn't get to do before. I took the Old Horse Trail eastward again and then got on the Vortex Trail up to do the upper end of the Mohave Trail that I hadn't done previously, and then over to do the Tech Loop. After that, I headed back down and did the connector trail over towards the Snowbird Trail and headed down the road to the Old Horse Trail again. I headed eastward again on the Old Horse Trail once it goes off the road and then headed back. On my way back, I hiked the Holy Hill Trail again. Once I was back on the dirt road, I had only done 8 miles, so I went back up the Old Horse again to get a bit more mileage before calling it a day.

The only part to do from this end of the system to do is the spurs I saw off of the Quartz Ridge trail, but I think I'll try to approach this from the east from the Carney Springs Trailhead next time to change it up a bit. I saw at least 3 red tailed hawks today, which there seem to be a lot of in this area. Also saw some cattle sitting in the shade trying to cool off. The weather was pretty nice, not very hot, and a few breezes every now and again made it very pleasant.
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Jun 09 2016
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Mtn Biking24.04 Miles 2,119 AEG
Mtn Biking24.04 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   5.11 mph
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Hip issues have been my nemesis on hikes lately but biking seems to be ok so I figured I'd try a longer ride. But where?

Well, it's been just over a year since I last biked in this area so after catching up on Darth Stiller's triplogs of hikes out here and not recognizing all the trail names I figured it was time to hit it up again.

Wow! What a difference a year makes. While I rode on some of the trails for the first time, almost every trail I had ridden last year has changed, some more so than others. Suffice to say, most have become more technical.

Hmmm... let's see if I can remember all the trails I biked on all or at least part of, in order:
- Old Horse (Relatively smooth, could get some speed)
- K Trail
- Kiki
- Secret (Tight, steep & rocky)
- Snow Bird
- TD
- Outer Limits
- Don't Fence Me In (Did this northbound, would have been more fun southbound)
- Lost Goldmine (Not being a bike trail as such, I did my share of hike-a-bike here)
- TD (Lots of tight turns, regularly picked up cholla balls when I couldn't turn tight enough)
- Coyote (Between TD & Transition is fast & easy. If I recall from last year, Coyote to Don't Fence Me In is more technical)
- Transition (Lots of tight turns and some ups-and-downs)
- TD
- Tech Loop (I didn't spend much time on it, the one-after-another steep & rocky ups-and-downs took tons of effort)
- Old Horse
- Vortex (Getting tired by now so I did a bit of hike-a-bike on the climb to the rocky peak)
- Gila Monster (Tight switch-backs were almost the death-of-me)
- Cougar (A virtual highway compared to the rest of the ride)

Back to the Jeep to refill the CamelBak... drank 20 oz before starting, drained 100 oz completely, added 64 oz,
drove the Jeep a little way into the State Trust Land then embarked on the last trail I had planned on trying out... Quartz Ridge.

It didn't last long... the steep climb with plenty of sharp, loose rocks was a bit much after already riding for 4 hours and almost 20 miles so I turned around halfway up... only to have a few good scares on the descent.

But I'm still not ready to quit, so now what? I followed a road over the ridge and took it all the way over to Peralta Road and back. Although I noted the temp of 105 on the return trip it felt much cooler than when I began almost 5 hours prior. 105° @10% humidity and a slight breeze feels MUCH better then 88° @38%, which is what it was when I started.

I feel great now some 6+ hours later, let's hope I feel ok tomorrow... and the next day.
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Jun 05 2016
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DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 800 AEG
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Continued this past Sunday on my exploration of the Gold Canyon Trail System. Got maybe my first hiking start before 6am that I can remember, only to be greeted very quickly by the sound of a barking coyote very nearby in the brush next to the dirt road. I never spotted him, but he kept barking the entire time I was in hearing range. I don't know if he was upset by me, but he did sound aggravated. Gave a couple quick howls along with the barks. Once I got past the gate, I didn't hear him anymore. Not long after that along the Old Horse Trail, I saw two bulls again like I saw last month along there.

I took the Old Horse Trail out as far as it goes, along where it goes back onto a dirt road and picks up again going east. I passed the junction for the Snowbird Trail and continued going a little further east, expecting the trail to end at a dirt road, as my map indicates. instead, I found two more signed trail junctions, one is called the TD trail, the other one is called the Outer Limits Trail. I first hiked a bit on the Outer Limits Trail, finding that it soon turns south. I headed back to the junctions and then followed the TD trail a bit, which heads north. Then I went back to the Snowbird Trail, only to find that it soon junctions with a trail called the Transition Trail, which also heads north. I decided to double back again and take the Snowbird Trail, which finally headed west again back towards my car. I was already at the 5 mile mark at this point, so I didn't want to go much more than 10 miles with the heat of the day looming. the Snowbird trail was probably the highlight of the day since it gave some minor elevation gain for some better views along the flats there, at times allowing me to compare the trails and roads I could see with my map and my GPS tracks from previous hikes.

Once the Snowbird Trail got to a dirt road, I took that to the Old Horse Trail again and then took a section of the Mohave Trail, which went north and connected to the K Trail. I noticed a few more signs for different trail names, but they don't seem to necessarily have much rhyme or reason to them. For example, the Kiki trail intersects the Old Horse Trail, but it seems to be either a part of the Snowbird trail, or a connector trail from Old Horse to Snowbird. I also found a sign for the Secret Trail along the Snowbird Trail, but it seems to just direct you to follow the wash southward towards Old Horse. Nah.

Got my 10 miles in and got out before the heat got really bad. I have a few more mapped sections of trails I want to do (Tech Loop, upper half of the Mohave), and then I think it's best to explore the uncharted trails from the Carney Springs Trailhead.

Not many interesting opportunities for pictures today. Best chance I saw was while driving east on 60, the sun rising behind the smoke from the fires made it a very bright red color, but soft enough for a good pic. That was gone by the time I got to the trailhead, however.
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May 22 2016
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DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 752 AEG
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Went back to this area again to check out more of these trails that I've never hiked. I started from the same spot off of King's Ranch Road and took the dirt road in to the Old Horse Trail. From there, I took the junction with the K Trail and took that far up to almost the Lost Goldmine Trail. The northwest corner of that loop got a little confusing. There's an odd junction of trails up there that also kind of braid a little bit. There was a sign that said "Jodi' Dream - 2 miles" on one trail. I ended up on a trail that was heading directly east, probably to Peralta Road, and it wasn't on the map I have. I decided to head back to the junction and got on the Jodi's Dream trail, but heading west back to where I parked (I was already at the 5 mile mark and only wanted to hike about 10). I turns out that that is the K Trail on my map and it took me to the Diamondback Trail. From there I took that to the Gila Monster Trail and back to my car.

Saw glimpses of a couple of javelinas earlier on the K Trail. I heard their hooves at first but didn't pay attention because I didn't know what it was. They didn't stick around to let me take a picture of them which was fine with me.

Saw only bikers again on these trails, no hikers. The weather was very sunny but not too hot at all, nice and breezy even. Noticed more little signs and things along the trails that people have constructed, including a gnome at a rock table. Also a few wooden bridges going across washes and along steep hills to help out the bikers. Nice to hike in this area since even as far as bikers go, there aren't may people at all.
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May 08 2016
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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 08 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking10.50 Miles 960 AEG
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Last month when I took the family out to hike the Lost Goldmine Trail, we discovered this trail system as we hiked the Cougar Trail. I went online and found a map of the trails from a mountain biking website, which it turns out isn’t even a complete map of all the trails, as I found even more during my hike. I think this area is definitely underrated. Not that it’s spectacular, but for something that’s only a half hour drive from my house and has a bunch of trails that I’ve never hiked before, it’s pretty nice. I didn’t see any other hikers, only a few mountain bikers, and not really that many at that. Mother’s Day may have had an effect on that.

I started off of King’s Ranch Road a little south of the Hieroglyphic Trailhead, before you get way back in there. There’s basically just a pull off on the side of the road, but there’s also a little road past that with a secluded spot with enough room for about 3 vehicles. From that point, you have the follow the dirt road to the east for about a mile before you get to the actual trails. The first one I encountered that’s labeled is the Old Horse Trail. Along the dirt road there were 3 huge bulls that were grazing. There were fortunately mellow and docile, but still intimidating. :scared:

I took the Old Horse Trail to the east. It takes you out to another dirt road that it follows until it picks up again further east (according to the map I have). Along this second section of dirt road I encountered a guy in a Jeep Patriot who asked me the way out. He said he drove there from the Peralta TH following the dirt roads. I showed him my map and where we were and told him his best bet was to try to go back the way he came, heading east on the dirt roads. First time I’ve even encountered a lost 4WDer while hiking. :-k

Along the dirt road, the eastern end of the Quartz Ridge Trail picks up, so I took that trail and headed up to the ridge. It started to rain for a few minutes at this point, which I didn’t mind at all. In fact, the weather was cooler than normal, with a lot of clouds in the sky throughout the whole morning. As I ascended to the ridge, I spotted a few more bulls below. On the ridge, the views are really nice. Good views of the basin below and Superstition Mt. to the north, and also nice views to the south all the way down to Tucson. :DANCE:

On the north side of the ridge I spotted a nest in a saguaro. I stopped to look and inside I saw two little fuzzy white heads. I zoomed in with my camera and good some decent pictures. During this time, I could hear the mama screeching at me from the top of another saguaro a hundred feet or so over.

The map that I have shows the Quartz Ridge Trail ending at a dirt road and then following that road back to the north and connecting again with the Old Horse Trail. But along the trail there are markers that label the Quartz Ridge Trail going away from that road and heading directly north to the Old Horse Trail. Once it connects, there’s another marker that says “exit QR”, so it seems like that’s the real trail. I found three other junctions along the Quartz Ridge, the first one heading further east along the ridge, another one going further south as the ridge descends, and the last one heading to the west towards the dirt road. Reason to return and explore more, I suppose.

From the Old Horse Trail, I did loops of portions of the Vortex, Gila Monster, GM connector trail, and the Holy Hill Trail until I had about 10 miles done, at which point I called it a day and headed to meet up with the wife and kids for a Mother’s Day lunch. The Gila Monster Trail has some interesting decorations along it, one is a stick figure that almost looks like a grave marker. The Holy Hill Trail has a cross at the top of the hill, as well as a cow bell complete with a sign to mark it. Very nice area to hike once you get away from the dirt roads.
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Always bring a camera. That's what I learned today while cruising around the Gold Canyon Trail System. A Harris Hawk circled overhead for five minutes before landing on a cactus fifteen feet from me. Completely fearless, we had a staredown for several minutes. My megazoom would've loved him. Then he spread his wings to show off his wingspan and took off to join his partner on a saguaro 50 yards away. Wildlife encounters always make a hike worthwhile.
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Jan 07 2013
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My State Trust Land permit expires at the end of the month. I probably won't get a new one until later in the year so I went cruising around the Gold Canyon Trail System today. From Apacheland I did the Old Horse Trail and the Quartz Ridge Trail. It was a quiet day. The only signs of life out there were longhorn cattle and mountain bikers.
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Dec 10 2012
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Old Horse - Gold Camp Loop.
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Nov 12 2012
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Hiking4.00 Miles 288 AEG
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This was my first hike in three weeks. I came back from my Painted Desert excursion with some really bad blisters. After giving them time to heal and getting new insoles it was time to hit the trails again. Gold Canyon has some nice easy trails on State Trust Land in the Superstition Foothills. I took the Old Horse to the Vortex to the top of Holy Hill. Then it was on to the Gila Monster Trail. This trail is designed for bicycles. There's lots of twists, turns, ups and downs. It sounds exciting but it's not when you're not on a bike. It's long, boring and it never really goes anywhere. They should have called it the Heaven's Gate trail... From there I looped back to the Apacheland trailhead on an old jeep road. No wildlife out there except cattle; big Texas longhorns with horn spans around five feet.
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Oct 08 2012
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Lots of ruts in the trail, heavy rains have rearranged things a bit.
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Jul 10 2012
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Hiking4.00 Miles 288 AEG
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I started at the Apacheland movie set. This might be private property. There's a "For Sale" sign out front so I assume that it is, but there's no signs regarding trespassing. All the movie sets are long gone. You can see what's left at the Superstition Mountain Museum. The only interesting thing I found was an unmarked grave with a pair of boots placed at the foot. I'm not sure if it was a real grave or a movie prop. Maybe someone who knows local history can verify if anyone is actually buried there. From Apacheland I crossed over on to State Trust Land and did the Old Horse and Vortex Trails. I saw my first diamondback rattlesnake in forever sleeping in a wash. Not much else out there...
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Mar 16 2012
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Got into some more challenging sections today. Saw no one else.
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Exploring the new trail system.
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It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
--Mark Twain
average hiking speed 2.21 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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