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Sky Island - Goldfield - 4 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 25 2015
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
 Photos 2,835
 Triplogs 490

62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway CynPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2015
hikerdw
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,501 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   24 Mns   2.37 mph
1,501 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
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Our second annual Pre-Thanksgiving Goldfield Mountains hike. We both really enjoyed this hike as it has a lot to offer. Once we reached the "Hi Country" we set off to check out Delicate Arch, Precarious Arch, and then Sky Island. The views from Sky Island where drop the hiking stick stunning. As we were taking in the views and refueling, the gears in my head were spinning as I was thinking up new hike ideas around the surrounding area. Great day out on the trail.

Happy Thanksgiving to all HAZ members!
Fauna
Fauna
Tarantula
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Feb 07 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
 Photos 7,551
 Triplogs 2,882

60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles
1,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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johnlp
John suggested a 40 mile hike but I talked him into this one. :thanx: We did the long version to get the miles. We saw quite a few ducks and did a lot of sand walking on the way to our turn off. It was a nice little climb up to the arch and was pretty cool. The hike goes right through the arch. from there it was up to the Sky Island and on to do a little exploring. The views were great from up top. On the way back we saw the Delicate Arch before hitting the saddle and heading down the chute. We saw an Eagle along with few other birds and a few different flowers. It was a little warm on the way back and the sand walking wore me down :) . Great hike, weather and company. Thanks, LP!
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
Jan 09 2014
gmaclachlan
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 Routes 15
 Photos 535
 Triplogs 38

68 male
 Joined Apr 03 2011
 Mesa, Az
Rhyodacite Canyon-Goldfields, AZ 
Rhyodacite Canyon-Goldfields, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2014
gmaclachlan
Hiking10.00 Miles
Hiking10.00 Miles
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jameslcox44
We’re still looking for arches in the Goldfields, so set out to find “Overlook Arch” West of Golden Dome. We set out from “Blue point” area with six “Venture Out” hikers and headed up Gateway Canyon to its confluence with Rhyodacite Canyon and turned right. Now in Rhyodacite canyon we hiked south up the wash, some boulder hopping and lots of cat claw. We spotted a couple of arches along the way, but not Overlook arch. Reached the saddle looking down into Cougar Draw and stopped for lunch, then Jim (jameslcox44) went down the side hill to check out the route as it looked like it may cliff out. He found us a route down and we worked our way east toward Golden Dome. We found another arch which we originally thought was “Overlook” however after further research we decided it was unnamed. We then continued east to “Westward Arch” turned south and climbed to Gateway Pass, then down Gateway Canyon to the Salt River and back to the truck.
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Jan 14 2012
Hiking_Fool
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 Routes 11
 Photos 260
 Triplogs 423

60 male
 Joined Mar 12 2011
 Cave Creek, AZ
Sky Island - GoldfieldPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 14 2012
Hiking_Fool
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 1,785 AEG
Canyoneering5.00 Miles
1,785 ft AEG
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This we a great hike!
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Dec 05 2010
paulhubbard
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 Guides 6
 Routes 18
 Photos 2,902
 Triplogs 183

63 male
 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sky Island - GoldfieldPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 05 2010
paulhubbard
Canyoneering5.25 Miles 1,244 AEG
Canyoneering5.25 Miles   4 Hrs      1.31 mph
1,244 ft AEG
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kplumaz
Went back out to Gateway Canyon since it's so close to my house. Great hike, but we once again got too late a start to go all the way to the top. Gotta find a closer spot to cross the river, that mile+ trek to get to the mouth of the canyon is a pain!
Fauna
Fauna
Wild horse
Geology
Geology
Natural Arch
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Oct 24 2010
paulhubbard
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 Guides 6
 Routes 18
 Photos 2,902
 Triplogs 183

63 male
 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sky Island - GoldfieldPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2010
paulhubbard
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.00 mph
200 ft AEG
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kplumaz
Because we arrived at Blue Point at 1:30 in the afternoon, we didn't have time to make it to the top of the canyon. We found this hike thanks to Tibber's photoset and her directions http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=10429, thanks Tibber!

We were off-trailing trailing most the way until I spotted the bent cactus with the Wren in Tibber's photos http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=126160, which is unmistakable, then we found the trail. Moderately difficult to find the trail, but there's really only one way to go - up, and it's pretty clear walking. We only got "bit" by a couple of Chollas while oohing and aahing.

The toughest part of the hike is getting there! 1.5 miles of river rock and "mystical forest" along the river is kind of cool going in, but a pain in the butt returning to Blue Point.

We're definitely going back and getting an earlier start to make it to the top. A fun hike, very close to Mesa!
Fauna
Fauna
Queen Butterfly
Geology
Geology
Natural Arch
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Nov 05 2009
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 8,199
 Triplogs 1,944

70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Sky Island - GoldfieldPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 05 2009
AZLOT69
Canyoneering5.25 Miles 1,244 AEG
Canyoneering5.25 Miles   3 Hrs      1.75 mph
1,244 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
 
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A very enjoyable day in the seldom visited Goldfields.
Flora
Flora
Saguaro
Named place
Named place
Saguaro Lake
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average hiking speed 1.61 mph

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