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Razorback - Goldfield Mountains - 3 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 30 2021
clayncallaway
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 Guides 1
 Routes 22
 Photos 123
 Triplogs 8

28 male
 Joined Aug 13 2017
 Tempe
Golden Dome, AZ 
Golden Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
clayncallaway
Hiking5.71 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking5.71 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.27 mph
2,200 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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The stats for this triplog (Distance, AEG, & Total Time) reflect one way and NOT out & back.

After reaching Razorback in the weeks prior, Golden Dome was on the to-do list. Following the official Razorback guide until you reach the water tanks was a good decision. After reach the water tanks, we followed the only other GPS route listed on-site to reach Golden Dome (Thank you to DixieFlyer for another Goldfields route).

The off-trail hiking from the water tanks to the NW face of Golden Dome can be categorized as steep but only moderately "bushwacky". We purposely veered off the GPS route in this section to explore other options, but quickly returned to the established route.

The Golden Dome structure is very impressive. The golden/yellow rock is scattered with purple rocks in a way that makes it appear like a strange chocolate chip cookie.

We took the NW approach but actually decided to ascend to the right of the previously mentioned chute (circled in red). I felt that an area just to the right of the mentioned chute felt better. I feel like there is always a level of personal preference when it comes to scrambling/flirting with actual climbing. The area to the right has one 12-15 ft section that requires 3 or 4 moves on rock. I would say this one section is on par with a more demanding move you might have to make on the Mummy Lode or Four Peaks Mother Lode.

After completing the mentioned section, you have access to the top. The views are fantastic. Golden Dome towers above the landscape. You have 360 degree views that include Saguaro Lake, Mt. Ord, Four Peaks, The Superstitions, Red Mountain, and the Mcdowells.

If there was a register on the top, I couldn't find it. I should have brought one.

Golden Dome is a gnarly one.

Hell of a day.
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Jan 28 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Guides 60
 Routes 585
 Photos 8,218
 Triplogs 522

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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Pedestal - Razorback - Black Glass, AZ 
Pedestal - Razorback - Black Glass, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,602 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.21 mph
2,602 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had not been to the Willow Springs TH in the Goldfields for a while, so I decided to take advantage of a nice day and once again hike to Pedestal Arch, the Razorback, and Black Glass Canyon.

From the TH I took a series of trails until coming to the junction with the Packsaddle Trail and the trail going to Rough and Ready Canyon. I went left on the Packsaddle Trail for a ways, and took a somewhat messy bushwhack to get to Pedestal Arch. I would have been a lot better off to take a direct route to Razorback and the Camo Tanks, and then take a relatively easy off-trail to get to Pedestal Arch. I have been that way before, and the off-trail is much easier than what I did on this hike.

Pedestal Arch is cool, and Razorback is fun to climb.

Both Black Glass Canyon and Rough and Ready Canyon were almost completely dry.

Unfortunately it looks like some a$$hats have discovered this area of the Goldfields: I saw more trash than I have ever seen and there were a few red spraypainted arrows in 3-4 places.
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I saw some chuparosa blooming in a few places, so perhaps there is some hope for the 2021 wildflower season.
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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Dec 12 2020
clayncallaway
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 Guides 1
 Routes 22
 Photos 123
 Triplogs 8

28 male
 Joined Aug 13 2017
 Tempe
Pedestal - Razorback - Triple Arch, AZ 
Pedestal - Razorback - Triple Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2020
clayncallaway
Hiking11.94 Miles 2,435 AEG
Hiking11.94 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   1.61 mph
2,435 ft AEG      56 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was my first real trip into the Goldfields (minus a short trip to the Horns of Dilemma in 2018). About 20 minutes in, I started asking myself why I hadn't come out here more often! The first section with a "trail" must have put me in a good mood. The "trail" quickly vanished and I felt that mix of excitement and anxiety that off-trail hikes provide.

In addition to Razorback, we decided to get Pedestal Arch and Triple Arch.

This hike is almost perfect. A mix off trail and off-trail, solitude, beautiful canyons, water tanks, a fantastic peak, and two magnificent arches. The only thing missing is a nice solar panel :D . Razorback was surprisingly easy to summit and the route finding was as straightforward as something like this can be (thanks hikerdw and dixieflyer for your gps routes).

Triple Arch was the highlight of the trip. Never seen anything like that before. Golden Dome is now on the to-do list. Happy to be in the Goldfields.
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Feb 01 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Guides 60
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 Photos 8,218
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Goldfields: Pedestal Razorback Triple Play, AZ 
Goldfields: Pedestal Razorback Triple Play, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,766 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   7 Hrs   19 Mns   2.14 mph
2,766 ft AEG   1 Hour   25 Mns Break
 
This is a repeat of a hike that I did back in November. I took a few people with me who had limited experience in the Goldfields -- not surprisingly, they loved it!

Starting at the Willow Springs TH, we did a CW lollipop loop, with the highlights being Pedestal Arch, the Razorback, and Triple Arch in Black Glass Canyon. Both arches are neat to see, as is climbing on the Pedestal that is next to Pedestal Arch. I enjoy the climb up to Razorback -- at the widest place up on Razorback it is probably 5' wide, and other places up on the spine of the Razorback are less wide than that. There are great views up there also. Looking at Razorback you'd think that it would be a difficult climb, but I used the route up there that @hikerdw posted, and it is a surprisingly easy climb.

This hike is a keeper in my book!
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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Nov 25 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Guides 60
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Goldfields: Pedestal Razorback Triple Play, AZ 
Goldfields: Pedestal Razorback Triple Play, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   8 Hrs   3 Mns   2.02 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour   36 Mns Break
 
This was another great day of hiking in the beautiful, rugged, mysterious, and underrated Goldfield Mountains. Tracie the Intrepid was unable to go today, so I managed to get two other suckersadventurous hikers to go with me.

Starting at the Willow Canyon TH, we did a lasso loop hike that took us to Pedestal Arch, the Razorback, and to Triple Arch. We started out on a series of "unofficial" trails culminating with the Packsaddle Trail; from there we went off-trail to Pedestal Arch, following a track that @chumley posted a while back. From Pedestal Arch, we went to the Camo Tanks using a track that @CannondaleKid did a couple of years ago. Just before getting to the Camo Tanks, we climbed up to Razorback following the track that @hikerdw posted a couple of days ago. The climb up to Razorback was a fun one, and the views were great up there. Once we dropped to the Camo Tanks, we headed toward the Triple Arch in Black Glass Canyon, following routes that @joebartels, @The_Eagle, and @trekkin_gecko had previously done, although I went a bit west of their routes. Once we left Black Glass Canyon, we were in a sandy wash for a bit, and then we went through Rough N Ready Canyon to make our way back to the TH.

After the rains last week, there was some water in both Black Glass Canyon and Rough N Ready Canyon -- the water was nice to see, although in a couple of places it was bit challenging to get around the water.

It was another great day to be in the Goldfields!
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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey
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Nov 23 2019
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Razorback Hike, AZ 
Razorback Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
hikerdw
Hiking9.52 Miles 2,063 AEG
Hiking9.52 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.94 mph
2,063 ft AEG      58 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I don't think anyone could have scripted a more perfect day to be outside than what this day offered. Awesome day and hike!! We did a circle around the Razorback with a quick climb to the top where we had lunch and enjoyed the views. Did a little exploring on the way back to the trailhead.
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