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K Trail - Gold Canyon - 1 member in 8 triplogs has rated this an average 5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 03 2021
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Old Horse TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking9.59 Miles 733 AEG
Hiking9.59 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.36 mph
733 ft AEG
 
Trying to find legal places to hike with all the forest closures, just like everyone else. I haven't been out in this area for a few years, so it seemed like a good idea. Lots of parking, not too crowded. Weather was pretty humid, but the clouds kept the temperature down so it wasn't too bad. Only saw bikers, no other hikers until I was done and some arrived at the trailhead at the same time I did.

Started southbound on the Cougar Trail, then headed north towards the Lost Goldmine Trail, then south again to the Gila Monster, K, and other various trails. did a few sections of roads that I hadn't hiked before. Ended on the Old Horse Trail and hiked that back to the parking lot to complete the loop. When I got onto the Old Horse Trail, I saw a deer in the wash running away, didn't get a chance to get a pic.

Hiked one new section of single track I hadn't done before and some sections of dirt road. I was checking my old GPS tracks and official routes on HAZ for some trails south of the Old Horse Trail that I haven't done yet that look like some good options until the forests open.

Finished a little early and got out of the swelter.
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Dec 15 2018
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Gold Canyon Loop, AZ 
Gold Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2018
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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1st trip
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
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2016
CannondaleKid
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,476 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.54 mph
1,476 ft AEG      19 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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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
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 25 2016
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking14.30 Miles 1,768 AEG
Mtn Biking14.30 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   4.33 mph
1,768 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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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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Jun 09 2016
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
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Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ 
Gold Canyon Trail System, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking24.04 Miles 2,119 AEG
Mtn Biking24.04 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   5.11 mph
2,119 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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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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May 22 2016
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
K Trail - Gold CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2016
DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 752 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.38 mph
752 ft 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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Mar 11 2013
agmtb
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68 male
 Joined Jun 03 2008
 Tucson, AZ
K Trail - Gold CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2013
agmtb
Hiking11.00 Miles
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs      3.14 mph
      30 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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This may be the most fun mountain bike trail in Arizona. The trail crosses arroyos many times in swoopy paths thru dense Sonoran vegetation, a saguaro forest. Rainfall is increased here due to clouds stacking up against the close Superstitions making this a great wildflower location. Wolfberries and hackberries are tasty native treates as well as the saguaro fruits.
The parking lot was full but most are going to the petroglyphs so we hardly saw anyone on the trails even though we were a large group.
I'd suggest hikers go up hill as the bikes will be going the other way and easier to notice and avoid, haven't seen a hiker on this trail.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Mexican Gold Poppies, Parry Penstemon, chubarosa, phycelia, lupine, desert marigold, bluedicks, blackfoot daily, desert chicory, amsinkia, peppergrass bladderpod and several mustards, filaree, pygmy white daisy, brittlebush, wolfberries and jojoba in bloom
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Jan 08 2013
Charger55
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 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
K Trail - Gold CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2013
Charger55
Hiking6.00 Miles
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.18 mph
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1st trip
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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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average hiking speed 2.4 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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