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Sep 21 2019
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Hippy Hill 3163Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
chumley
Hiking7.73 Miles 2,197 AEG
Hiking7.73 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   1.96 mph
2,197 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Hippy's a fun one! :) Managed an 0600 start and about 3 hours of shaded hiking. The last couple of miles got warm and it was 86 at the trailhead at the end. Made a quick attempt at 3195. Every hold came loose so I decided climbing it would be stupid.

Traversed north of 3195 then north on the ridge before dropping down and heading back in the drainage toward the 3004 loop for some easy trail miles back to the car.

Still a little warm for my preference, but I'm sick of driving places.
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May 27 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Goldfield's Mystery Tour, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 27 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.10 Miles 2,817 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles
2,817 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Let's see: It's late May(on Memorial Day no less) and the high temperature is in the mid-70's; so what else would I do but go hiking in the Goldfields!

I had been wanting to go out to the Meridian Trailhead and post a couple of guides on this site for the Meridian Mystery Trail and the Bulldog Saddle Trail, and today was the perfect day for it.

I recorded 2 separate tracks on my GPS:
1) I went on the Meridian Mystery Trail from where it branches off from the Bulldog Saddle Trail until it peters out a couple of miles later. This trail is well-groomed and easy to follow for almost 2 miles. Then the trail gets more faint and difficult to follow until it essentially ends. Once the trail essentially ended, I continued east on a very easy bushwhack up to a ridge that was probably not much more than 0.25 miles from the Idaho Pass Trail. I then turned around and went back the way that I came. Along the way, I noticed a cave off to the north, so naturally I had to climb up to the cave. It turned out not to be much of a cave -- it went back maybe 10-12 feet -- and some moron had taken some blue spray paint and tainted the cave with graffiti. I doubt if I will make the trip to the cave again. I have used the Meridian Mystery Trail a few times as part of the Peak 3108 Loop Hike, but this was the first time that I have been to the end of the trail. I made my way back to the trailhead. My GPS recorded 5.1 miles with an AEG of 1,026' on this portion of the hike.
2) I did the Peak 3004 Loop Hike, but added sidetrips to Peak 3125 and Hill 2290. I had been up to Peak 3125 from Bulldog Saddle a couple of times, but route finding was easier this time -- someone has made an easy to follow use trail almost all the way to the top. This was the first time that I had been to Hill 2290. The views on Hill 2290 were much nicer than I expected, given its modest elevation and the fact that it is in a valley. There were nice 360 degree views -- particularly Bulldog Ridge, Dome Mountain, Panorama Peak, and Lone Mountain to the NW. While atop Hill 2290 I saw 6-7 javelinas in the valley down below. My GPS recorded 6.0 miles and an AEG of 1,791' on this portion of the hike.

To get the mileage and elevation gain for the hike I just added the 2 segments together.

It was a great day to be out in the beautiful and underrated Goldfields!
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Apr 12 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 3108 Ridgeline Plus, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 12 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,555 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   8 Hrs      2.03 mph
2,555 ft AEG   3 Hrs   58 Mns Break
 
1st trip
This was a fun hike in the underrated Goldfield Mountains that started and ended at the Meridian TH, at the north end of Meridian Road in Mesa/Apache Junction.

The hike consisted of 3 parts: The Peak 3108 Ridgeline; the South Bulldog Ridgeline; and the Peak 3004 Ridgeline. Most of the hike was totally off-trail and it included a bit of bushwhacking.

From the TH, I went north a short distance on the Bulldog Saddle Trail; but instead of going to Bulldog Saddle, I took a right and went east for almost 1.5 miles on the unsigned Meridian Mystery Trail. Then I went off-trail on a well-cairned use trail, heading north up toward the Peak 3108 Ridgeline. I made my way to a saddle on the Ridgeline, and then went NW along the top of the ridgeline. I enjoy hiking on this ridgeline -- the views are super, and are much better than the views on the Pass Mountain Ridgeline imho. I made to the summit of Peak 3108, and then went up to Temptation Peak (3,195'). It was an easy ascent on the south side of Temptation Peak, but the northside had some verticality to it so I descended on the east side and looped around to the north side, and then made my way up to Peak 3125 (fwiw, T. Tenny refers to this peak as Peak 3113). To get up Peak 3125 I did a little class 3 climbing up a chute, but it wasn't a bad climb.

After enjoying the views atop Peak 3125, I dropped down to the north and went to Peak 3163, aka Hippy Hill, on South Bulldog Ridge. My intention was to climb up the 3 peaks on the Ridge: Peak 3163, North Peak 3195 ( [ Peak 3195 Goldfield Mountains ] ), and Peak 3075.

Peak 3163 looked a bit daunting, but once there it was a short, easy class 3 climb to the top. I had set my hiking poles down before climbing up, so I had to descend the same way that I went up; otherwise I would have descended to the north going toward Peak 3195. After circling the east side of Hippy Hill, I made my way over to Peak 3195. There was only one obvious way to climb up Peak 3195, but I was out there by myself and the first part of the climb was a tad sketchy. Thus, with discretion being the better part of valor, I decided to wimp out and come back another day to climb up to Peak 3195. I wasn't too worried about the climb up, but I didn't really want to have to deal with finding footholds on the descent when I was there by myself.

I started to go over to Peak 3075, but time was getting away from me, so I decided to make my way over to the Peak 3004 Ridgeline and hike up to Peak 3004. This is the ridgeline that runs between Bulldog Saddle and Pass Mountain Saddle. From the base of Peak 3195, I could see a fairly easy route up to Peak 3004, so I did an off-trail bushwhack through a couple of canyons and made my way to the trail that loops around Peak 3004, and then did the off-trail climb up to Peak 3004. This was not a difficult way to get up there, although there was a bit of class 3 climbing near the summit. On the descent, I headed west over to Pass Mountain Saddle. There was a bit more up-and-down getting to Pass Mountain Saddle than I had envisioned; in retrospect, it would have been easier to go back the way that I came and go to Bulldog Saddle.

From the Pass Mountain saddle I just took that Pass Mountain Loop Trail back to the trailhead.

This was another great day of hiking in the Goldfield's. I will come back out another day and hopefully do the other 2 ascents on South Bulldog Ridge.
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There were quite a few flowers blooming, including: brittlebush, creosote bush, fairy duster, ocotillo, hedgehog cactus, buckhorn cholla, globemallow, and lupine
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