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Frankie Goes to Hollywood - 2 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 31 2020

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46 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Gilbert. AZ
Goldfield Mountains Wander, AZ 
Goldfield Mountains Wander, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,004 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.84 mph
1,004 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
1st trip
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My first real hike on this side of Apache Trail. The geological features were truly amazing. Every trail I traveled today was easy to follow, but I can see how exploring up some of the canyons and washes could be very rewarding.

Started out at Willow Springs TH at 7:30 AM with temps just above freezing. Didn't see anyone all day. Unfortunately had to walk a mile on the highway, but traffic was extremely light. So much opportunity for exploration in this area and so close to home. Will definitely be back again soon.
Wildflower seed in the sand and wind
May the four winds blow you home again
Dec 24 2020

 Guides 4
 Routes 99
 Photos 456
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37 male
 Joined Nov 30 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldfield explore, AZ 
Goldfield explore, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 24 2020
Run/Jog8.09 Miles 1,251 AEG
Run/Jog8.09 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   5.06 mph
1,251 ft AEG
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1st trip
Needed something close to town, and hadn't been in the Goldfields in a couple of years, so decided to check out an area I hadn't been yet. So I headed south at the first left turn from the Willow Springs TH access. Went until I hit jeep road, and then saw another trail that headed west. This turned into what's labeled on the MTB maps as "Willow Connector", which takes you to "Frankie Goes to Hollywood". First time I had been on this trail, and it was worthwhile.

Once at Cottonwood Wash, I decided to take the shortest way back, which happened to be "Over the Hill and Down the Hatch".

Dry out there, and only saw two other humans.
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Mar 14 2020

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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Horse with No Name TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,145 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   1.95 mph
1,145 ft AEG
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Every time I come back to this area, the scenery seems even better. Certainly the recent rains and clear weather helped alot. Right now I would say a lot these trails are on par with anything in the western Superstitions.

I started from what GoogleMaps now calls the Horse Trails TH and headed in on the Javelina Mine Trail, then took that to the Willow Connector Trail and headed over to the Horse with No Name Trail. I intended to do that entire loop, but somehow short circuited it and didn't to the westernmost part of the loop. I noticed the one junction of the trail as I got back onto the main trail, but that western tip of the loop looked fainter than the shortcut I was one. I suppose the vegetation may have contributed to that. The climb up to the cliffs and the views up there were the highlight of this trail. Really incredible scenery.

On the way back I opted to take Frankie Goes to Hollywood, as it looked like the most direct route back to the Willow Connector. both HWNN and FGTH were very rocky and at times would follow sections of the washes. the rocks slowed me down, I was stuck at 2mph the whole time. A couple time I lost the trails getting out of a wash or along other parts. Having the tracks was very helpful. It's also nice with the new feature on Route Scout to have nearby tracks available on the mapping if I hadn't loaded them, which was the case with FGTH.

Lots of water throughout the hike, and very green. Still early enough in the spring that it's not so overgrown to be a bushwhack. But the thistles are starting to grow.

Only saw 2 other people in over 5 hours, horse riders. Then on the way back, there was a line of 30+ cars waiting to get into Lost Dutchman park, they stretched out to the turning lane on Rt. 88 and a ranger was directing traffic. Still nice that the hordes don't know about this gem.
Feb 19 2020

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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Goldfield Mountains Loop, AZ 
Goldfield Mountains Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2020
Hiking13.90 Miles 2,194 AEG
Hiking13.90 Miles   8 Hrs   2 Mns   2.24 mph
2,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   49 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
1st trip
Goldfield Mountain Loop

I started this hike near the Cottonwood Canyon Trail Head at the Frankie Goes to Hollywood Trail (what kind of name is that for a trail). I then took Cottonwood Wash down to the route that takes you up into the Goldfield Mountains(Camouflage Tanks). Returned down Black Glass Canyon then to the Rough N Ready Trail then to the Willow connector back to where I started. Also did a side trip along the Anniversary Arch Trail.

The Frankie Goes to Hollywood trail follows an unnamed wash for about a quarter mile before connecting up with the Willow Connector. At this point the trail is well defined and continues on along the unnamed wash all the way to Cottonwood Wash. After heading up Cottonwood Wash for a short distance I realized I was headed in the wrong direction so I stopped, pulled my head out of my rear and continued on heading down stream this time. It is fairly easy walking in the creek, sometimes sandy sometimes rocky. After about 1.5 miles the route for the Goldfield loop exits to the west. There is no trail but finding a route isn’t difficult. The route just before the final saddle is a little slow going finding a steady footing and avoiding the cactus. I just followed the GPS route I downloaded and it lead me to all the places of interest. I thought Black Glass Canyon was the highlight of this hike. There was no water flow so the trech down was a bit easier than if there had been. There were a few pools of water along the lower canyon. I saw a couple arches along this route and other than Pedestal arch not sure what the names are.

It was an uneventful walk up Willow Springs Canyon then Cottonwood Wash on the Rough N Ready Trail (another bazaar name). Lower Cottonwood is more than just rocky it is bouldery, very large bouldery. When I got to the place where the Rough N Ready Trail leaves Cottonwood Wash I continued on up Cottonwood Wash to where I was earlier before exiting for the Goldfield Mountain Loop. Call it an OCD thing but I just couldn’t have this small half mile section of lower Cottonwood Wash that I hadn’t explored. Having rid the bee in my bonnet I headed back to the Rough and Ready Trail. Where the Quartz Crystal Arroyo Trail intersects the Rough N Ready Trail I filled my hat with water and doused my head it was close to 80 degrees and I’m sure hotter in the sun. At the junction of the Anniversary Arch Trail I took a side trip to see what this trail had to offer. Nice views looking west into Cottonwood Canyon and to the northwest of the Goldfield Mountains. The rest of the hike on the Rough N Ready and the Willow Connector was uneventful or so it seemed, maybe I was just tired and hot.

I got the Pass for the locked gates for Bull Dog Canyon Recreational area and I’m glad I did because it cut 2 to 4 miles off each days hiking, most of which was along 4WD roads. Great to be back in the Goldfields and I hope the weather cools off again before summer because there are a few more trails I want to do.
Named place
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Pedestal Arch - Stewart Mtn Quad
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Mar 05 2017

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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldfields Figure 8 Loop and Arroyo, AZ 
Goldfields Figure 8 Loop and Arroyo, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
Hiking15.43 Miles 1,972 AEG
Hiking15.43 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   1.95 mph
1,972 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
1st trip
We've had this on our TO DO list ever since we saw it posted and boy was it a winner. I think the previous hikers trip reports were holding out on us as to how beautiful this "keep on giving" figure 8/loop was as we were pleased with each corner we turned, each hill we crested, each valley we went thru and then to top it off, there were wildflowers, water in the arroyo, cool-shaped clouds, great temperatures and a really awesome arch. Other than the humidity, it couldn't have been a better day. Plus, after a little extra route finding, I was able to visit the bedrock bench that I was last at in 2010. So thanks Kelly for a great day in the Goldfields and thanks for dinner after.

Oh ya, the hike. Starting out on the road you eventually hang a left and head west altho we went a little further and Kelly took a look at RS to discover we SHOULD have taken that first turn. It was very green out already as we headed west for a bit before coming to another section to head west again as I wanted to do the Figure 8/Loop that way so we could hit the Arroyo on the way back if I felt up to it. You eventually come to a little canyon like area that you hike through so that was a pleasant surprise. You go up and down a little and have great views to the north. Eventually you end up doing a little road walk before heading north toward a gold faced mountain.

It was a little climb up to here where you get right below the rock face before heading up above it to the huge bedrock area that Kelly and I were anxious to see. It was so cool and the views :y: . The clouds were pretty awesome too and then as we topped the bedrock area we even got some wildflower action as we made our way down the back end. After crossing the wash which you could take toward Top Hat we continued north on familiar ground to the intersection with the top part of the loop. I didn't think there was anything of interest and thot we would have to bushwhack after crossing the wash but we decided as long as it looked like a good trail we would see where "the boys" went. Needless to say, sure glad we decided to proceed.

We had lunch on top of some folded bedrock with views in all directions. It was still overcast so everything seemed extra colorful. In fact, I'm having to tone down the colors in my pictures as the camera seemed to photograph in such a saturated way. After lunch we walked thru one of those interesting areas where the ground is somewhat void of vegetation and there are little rocks and some lava-looking boulders scattered about. Luckily the trail went the whole way as I don't think we crossed over the deepest part of the wash. Kelly went and took a picture of her cracked boulder and we checked out the tunnel we think is so cool before continuing our way around this little mountain. We saw a cave above and I zoomed in and we also saw a little arch.

As we were hiking ahead of us to the left we could see a great stand of saguaros on the hillside. Little did we know we would get to hike right next to them. That's the second time when we saw something cool from a distance and then found ourselves hiking next to it (the huge bedrock face of the mountain earlier and now this). Once again we would cross over a wash and alongside another mountain. It seemed like we would go up about two mountains and then down into these little valleys. It was a constant blitz of really cool stuff to see :y: . In fact, when I talked to two horseback riders, they made the same comment. I do wonder if the horses wear different shoes to hold onto that bedrock, especially when they're going down it? Just before meeting up with them we saw the middle line of the 8 but opted to continue on our loop since we still wanted to go see the Arroyo.

The horses went one way and we went the other way. I think their way was the short cut but once again, glad we went the day we did as we got to see the Window Arch. Kelly had walked right by. I think I had it marked on RS who was barking at me. So we had a little fun in that. We saw the inch worm earlier. After making a bit of a turn to the east and around we reached a wash and intersection where I thot there was a trail over to the Crystal Arroyo so we proceeded over there. It did have water in it but not as much as I had hoped. We took a short break here; it was really nice. The next goal was to find the long bedrock bench I had been on back in 2010 with Kat, Bruce, Ambika and johnr1. We just had such a wonderful time there so I wanted to re-live that moment for a moment.

At the end of the Crystal Arroyo trail I felt we should go off trail to the bench but just wasn't sure; after all, it's been seven years. We ended up on the Golden Eye Trail as we went south and then east getting further away from the Waypoint I had marked. We backtracked UP hill and came to the area where we cross over to the bench with a slight detour to check out a possible route to Helmet Rock. I said to Kelly, "today?!" and she said "yes if it looked like we could make it easily from here". We went north to an edge and easy was definitely not to be. So we headed back toward the bench. We sat for awhile but since it got chilly we left and headed back to the Arroyo.

We got to the intersection we had been at earlier and then continued southish on part of the trail we had been on before when we were out here. It was a fairly quick couple of miles when we were "hiking for beer". The sun started to come out by this point but it never got warm. I never took off my outer shirt the entire way and though the time doesn't show it, Kelly kept up a pretty good pace; mostly so I wouldn't dally with my camera too long :lol: and as you all know, that's a tall task.

I think this ended up being my longest hike since August 2014 when I did some AZT that was around 15 miles. So that's two weekends in a row of long hikes this year... then again, the elevation and trail conditions made that very doable. I'm still working on the many, many photos I took and it's been fun editing them as it was a beautiful hike. The videos could be awhile as usual. I can't wait to see them myself.

Part 1 from the road [ youtube video ]
Part 2 to the Keyhole [ youtube video ]
Part 3 to the Wash [ youtube video ]
Part 4 to top of Loop [ youtube video ]
Part 5 east side of loop [ youtube video ]
Part 6 east side continued to middle of the 8 [ youtube video ]
Part 7 to junction with Rough n Ready, side trip toward Arroyo [ youtube video ]
Part 8 Crystal Quartz Arroyo, search for Bench and back to TH [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Light
scattered poppies and scorpion weed.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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average hiking speed 2.24 mph

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