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Nov 28 2020
hikerdw
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61 male
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 Mesa,AZ
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2020
hikerdw
Hiking9.97 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.92 mph
1,391 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Figured it was time to get introduced to Rhyodacite Canyon.

Warmer than expected morning temps. To avoid the canopy covered walk by the river we enjoyed a off-trail stroll through the desert following a route we had used for previous hikes in the area.

The canyon did not disappoint, some awesome sights throughout the hike. Ran into one other group of three about midway up the canyon. The route is marked very well so travel was better than expected, although some route decision making was needed in a few spots. Hiked past the skeleton remains of a bighorn sheep at the base of a steep drop. Hiked up to a large drop-off that would have been more impressive with water, then backtracked and had lunch at a saddle before retracing our steps back out of the canyon.

Took a slightly different route back to the car. A combination of our walk in and walk out will become our default route into this worthy canyon in the future.
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Nov 21 2020
adilling
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 Mesa, AZ
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
adilling
Hiking9.40 Miles 1,735 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   6 Hrs      1.57 mph
1,735 ft AEG
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I was looking to hike up Gateway Canyon and see the arches before the Dec. 1 Eagle Breeding closure started, but while researching I came across the triplogs for Rhyodacite Canyon. I have been up on the Sky Island numerous times, but never ventured into Rhyodacite Canyon. The photos and triplogs really made this canyon intriguing.

I entered into the Phon D Sutton/Bulldog Canyon gate off Bush Highway and drove down about ½ mile. My plan was to take an unlisted road all the way down to the little cliff area that’s right before the river, but I noticed all the “AREA CLOSED” signs. Plus, there was a giant group of ATV folks camping right at the road I needed to access. So, I parked and started east.

I have done Sunrise Arch a few times and have been “up top” 4x, so I know this part of the hike. 2-3 miles of sandy “blah” hiking through the Haunted Horse Poop Forest and then trudging through the river rock/sandy. I thought about cutting direct towards the entrance of the canyon and just taking that all the way, but access to it was rough. All choked up with trees/shrubs. So, I opted to access the canyon via the route that @DixieFlyer posted. I skirted the edge of the canyon and it looks pretty nice in there, so next time, I will find a way to get into the canyon and take it all the way up.

Once I made it into the canyon, the scenery did not disappoint. I really enjoyed seeing this place. The formations were very beautiful for sure. There were not major obstacles to navigate and lots of cairned bypass routes as well. The sun abided and I was able to get some nice views of the canyon area. I hiked in about 2 miles and had some lunch. I contemplated going further, but I had things to attend to at home, so I started back down.

The Goldfields never cease to amaze me. This little canyon did not disappoint. I will be back and maybe bag a peak or two next time.

The hike back through the flat and ugly river bottom was not making me very happy, but I spotted a road on my map and decided to see how that looked. It’s the same road that starts at the little cliff before the river. So, I was able to bypass most of the sandy forest.

A nice day in the Goldfields/Lower Salt River!
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Jan 09 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Rhyodacite Canyon and Peak 2578, AZ 
Rhyodacite Canyon and Peak 2578, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,650 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   8 Hrs   20 Mns   1.96 mph
2,650 ft AEG   2 Hrs   7 Mns Break
 
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Rhyodacite Canyon in the Goldfields has been on my hike list for a while, so I talked Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, into going with me on this hike. I also was wanting to go up at least one of three peaks on the west side of the Canyon: Peak 2290, Peak 2662, and Peak 2578.

We began and ended the hike at the Bulldog Canyon OHV gate on Bush Highway, about 1/4 miles from where the bridge crosses over the Salt River. We hiked east along the Salt River for about 3 miles, and then took a use trail south toward Gateway Canyon. Instead of going up Gateway Canyon to the east, we continued south into Rhyodacite Canyon. It was a nice canyon to hike through -- we mostly stayed in the wash, although we got out of the wash a few times along the way. It was easy going for the most part, with not much vegetation to deal with. I scoped out some potential climbs up to Peaks 2290 and 2662 along the way, and there were some potential routes that looked doable, but I couldn't really tell how steep the climbs would be.

Along the way, we took one side trip off to the west and went to a saddle south of Peak 2662. Once at the saddle, there was a steep, near vertical drop-off to the west. While there, we did find a cool little arch that we went through while checking out the area.

Once we got back in the canyon, we continued until we were just past Peak 2578. We ate lunch and spotted a chute on the south side of Peak 2578 that looked like it might take us to the top. We made our way up to where the chute was, and then went on a class 3 climb up to what turned out to be a false summit. We possibly could have made it from there to the summit, but it looked a bit iffy so we went back down to the base of the chute. Then I decided to go around to the SW corner of the Peak, and on the west side found a route that we took up to the summit. I guess that there was a bit of exposure on the climb, but I never felt like I was in any danger of falling. It was nice to be able to bag one peak on the day!

Peaks in the Goldfields aren't as high as the Supes or even the McDowells, but they are still challenging and fun to climb. There is no way to do a simple walk-up hike to Peak 2578 -- it's either a class 3 or a class 4 climb.

I am hoping to get back out there before too long and see if I can get up to Peak 2290 and/or Peak 2662.

While walking along the Salt River bottom land, we saw where some ATV's and motor cycles had been riding through there. I didn't see any of this when I was out there in mid-December, so the off-road activity is fairly recent.
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Mar 04 2017
hikingaz2
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 Mesa,Az
Trans GoldfieldPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
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Hiking16.27 Miles 2,601 AEG
Hiking16.27 Miles   11 Hrs   13 Mns   1.78 mph
2,601 ft AEG   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Started out to do a little Re-Con for a up coming hike that we've been eying for a couple of years. Which was the Trans Goldfield. Official Description very vague, and AZLOT69's triplog was only thing to go by. Got up to the top of Rhyodacite Canyon, stopped for a snack. I will say someone has trimmed and cairned this route, was so much nicer then 3 years ago. Thank you very much :) This is a beautiful Canyon and if you haven't been there, I would highly recommend this as go to hike. Lot of water running today :D :D Roger says we're this far, why don't we just head over to Route 88 :scared: :scared: :o :o All we had to do was get to the top of Goldfield Figure 8, and cruise down to the TH. ( Rog's famous last words ) we thought the top of the 8 was maybe 2 miles at the most. Called Iris -- Cel phone service :o :y: Changed our plans. Asked her to meet us at the Willow Springs TH at 5 to 5:30 at the latest. The route we wanted turned out not to be 2 miles but 4 miles of -- To quote AZLOT69 triplog --- "This will test your endurance and route finding skills" ---- : rambo : style. Amen !!! No Cel service, we had no actual route to follow, Now no way to contact anyone :sweat: new ETA 7 PM and Iris is waiting :sweat: :sweat: :scared: Glad she is :pray: very understanding. We had to go up thru a couple of saddles to check out the route from a higher view point, last saddle we went up got cliffed out , but looked below and found a ramp that took us back down to the wash. Be prepared for heavy brush and cats claw during your many crossings of the wash. This center 4 miles or so is the path of least resistance !!! You are in the sun most of the day, so plenty of water, rest and anything over 85 degrees I would think twice before attempting. Over all this was a great hike with views of the inner Goldfields seldom seen.
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Feb 05 2017
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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CannondaleKid
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,447 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   1.60 mph
2,447 ft AEG      18 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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I dragged Tracey along for a return trip with the goal of continuing until the canyon turned east, allowing for a shuttle hike.

We started at the Blue Point Bulldog gate and followed the same route as I did last week, at least as far as I went on that trip. From that point on it was a lot more work and route-finding skills became paramount... what with the thorny thickets and huge boulders to scale, it seemed like we were making constant side-trips along the way.

We stopped for lunch when we achieved our goal... we were able to see the point we reached from the east a few years ago. I had been afraid of a large pour-off or come other impassable obstacle but that was not the case.

Ok, goal achieved, time to hike back out. Although we had a better idea of the route, it was no easier on the return leg. After the large cave where the route was more obvious we picked up speed. Once out of the canyon it became a long slog back.

No wildlife this trip. :cry:
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Jan 28 2017
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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CannondaleKid
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,896 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   1.47 mph
1,896 ft AEG      13 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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I was last out this way in Feb 2014 so I figured it was about time for a return trip.

I began at the Bulldog Blue Point gate following my return route from the last time, which was as straight as possible without having to climb any steep slopes. I stayed high as I rounded the corner and headed in the direction of the Gateway. While traversing the slope I scared up a small javelina, which, as usual when shooting video, it would not move. As I moved forward it wheeled and shot away so the video very little action... so I merged it into a video with the next wildlife I encountered. (See below)

When I turned into Rhyodacite Canyon the route finding was pretty simple... it appeared someone had been there yesterday. I say that because where there was grass it very recently matted, which I first thought meant it happened today, but in some areas there was frost on it so it must have been yesterday.

Anyway, between the matted grass, footprints and cairns it was pretty easy going. A few times I had to bushwhack to avoid deeper pools (there was plenty of running water) until I reached the farthest point I had reached in 2014. Things slowed drastically from there as the tracks simply disappeared and the cairns became few and far between so I didn't go much farther before stopping for an already late lunch. Wouldn't you know it, the first spot I chose happened to be within 50 feet of a hives of bees in a mass of desert mistletoe in a Palo Verde, so I moved on another hundred yards or so.

After lunch I began the return leg, figuring it would be a breeze now that I knew the trouble spots to avoid. And of course, a couple detours presented other issues of their own, one of which is where I believe I picked up a hitch-hiker. (More about that later)

On previous trips I had visited three large caves, two of which had evidence of longer term human habitation but I didn't waste the time taking any side trips to visit them. (I took one zoom photo from across the canyon of the largest but that was it.)

As I approached the largest cave I caught a glimpse of something bushy zip behind a boulder, which reminded me of a gray fox encounter in the same area when I was out here last with Tracey. And whadda'ya know, here comes a gray fox around the boulder toward me! Which had me wondering if it could be the same one. Unlike the javelina, I was able to get a decent face-on photo along with some video. It couldn't seem to make up it's mind if it would move closer or turn and run, which is what it did. That would be the last 'action' of the hike.

Two videos:
0:58 - Trickling water in Rhyodacite Cayon
2:25 - Javelina and Gray Fox medley

Whoops... almost forgot to mention the unwanted hitch-hiker. Several hours after I got home I felt something on my neck. When I asked Tracey what it was she just about freaked out, It's a tick!
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Thankfully is was moving so it was easy to remove it post-haste. We had to wonder how it was still on me after a shower and change of clothes... maybe it had dropped off me when I came in the house, then maybe latched onto my shirt several hours later was when I was laying on the kitchen floor changing the water filter under the sink. Whatever... it's gone now.
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Feb 04 2016
gmaclachlan
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68 male
 Joined Apr 03 2011
 Mesa, Az
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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gmaclachlan
Hiking6.30 Miles 660 AEG
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Parked at Water Users lot and crossed the river (on the stones). We then walked the horse trail around to intersection of Gateway Canyon and Rhyodacite Canyon. Just past the big cave on the west side we hiked up to a saddle for lunch and a view of Fountain Hills and Phoenix. A quiet scenic hike with an elevated heart rate at the saddle :-)
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hikingaz2
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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,825 AEG
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River was down, so we decided to cross while we could. Wanted to head up to Sky Island and look around. Routed ourselves up and thru Sunrise Arch and up the chute to the top. Went over the cliffs and looked down ( Straight ) worked our way over to Delicate Arch and down Gateway Canyon to complete our loop, great hike will be going back to Sky Island again for more exploring.
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.20 Miles 1,188 AEG
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Great bushwhack hike, saw no one else, typical Goldfield style. Rugged area, found a tick on me when I got home, guess I was moving too slow.
As you leave Rhyodacite Canyon to the east, you enter the Crown Butte Arroyo hike.
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Feb 02 2014
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Rhyodacite CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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CannondaleKid
Hiking6.80 Miles 2,566 AEG
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Near 6 months since I bagged #12 of the 13 ranked peaks in the Stewart Mountain Quadrangle so I figured it was time to complete it. Although not the highest in the quad, so far #13, Peak 2662 has presented the biggest challenge. So far I've spent way more time planning it than any others including an aborted attempt a half-mile south of it 10 months ago at a spot where there simply weren't enough handholds to climb a 20 foot wall.

Last week I hoped to do more recon starting from the east but turned around over a mile away. So to at least get a closer look at it I decided to come in from the vicinity of Gateway Canyon following an unnamed canyon south to the base of 2662 and see what I found.

Plenty of boulder-hopping and thorny bush-whacking but all I had to do was follow the dry wash to the area below Peak 2662. From there I managed to choose the wrong way to the summit but at least I know the route to get here is best/only(?) way and I have one last possible route to the summit to try next trip.

While I didn't reach the summit, the views were awesome and I found many items of interest including numerous large caves, a dead Bighorn Sheep (appeared to be from a 100+ foot fall, and even a totally skinned headless carcass of what I think may be a coati but I'm still awaiting confirmation from AZGFD. Check the last two photos and let me know what you think it may be.

As usual it was a day of many photos... Only 115! so it was a job to whittle it to the manageable 40 I posted here on HAZ.
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