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Apr 11 2021
azlaurie
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46 female
 Joined Mar 09 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Goldfield big ass loop, AZ 
Goldfield big ass loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2021
azlaurie
Hiking9.41 Miles 1,221 AEG
Hiking9.41 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   2.19 mph
1,221 ft AEG      46 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Feb 07 2021
rayhuston
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64 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Rough Eye Javelina LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
rayhuston
Hiking8.95 Miles 907 AEG
Hiking8.95 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.33 mph
907 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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I missed last week and haven't done much of anything for a couple of weeks so I was looking at something with a few miles but not too taxing. This was the ticket.

This was a nice long meander in the desert. Easy going throughout with some nice views along the way. I deviated slightly from this guide, adding Willow Springs Tank and the RnR Willow Springs Crossover trails to make a longer loop. I also added the Anniversary Arch Loop, which I had hiked with @CannondaleKid a few years ago, and which I found just as enjoyable on this trip.

I saw just four other hikers on the day, most near the trailhead. The weather was perfect while I was out there (12:30 to 4:30). This hike was most enjoyable and not difficult, but I underestimated the effect of 20,000 plus steps in a remote area. I was whooped at the end and sore the next day. Good day to be out though.
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Jan 14 2021
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Horse with No Name Loop, AZ 
Horse with No Name Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2021
markthurman53
Hiking9.84 Miles 1,208 AEG
Hiking9.84 Miles   6 Hrs   32 Mns   1.65 mph
1,208 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
On our second day at Apache Junction I took Ginny into the Heart of the Goldfield Mountains (If not the heart, damn close). I really liked the Horse With No Name Trail for its rock formations. We started out on the Javelina Mine Trail and then took the Cottonwood Spring trail to Cottonwood Spring in Cottonwood Creek. From there we took the Horse With No Name Trail (CCW). Rather than do the whole trail we went up over the hill and made a right in the wash to the other end of the Horse With No Name Trail (I have seen this shown as the north end of the Three Lesser Peaks Route). Once back in Cottonwood Creek we took the Anniversary Arch Rote to Anniversary Arch then headed back to our start point on the Rough and Ready Trail. This is a nice 10 mile loop with a good sampling of the Goldfield Mountains.

The trail between the Rough and Ready Trail and Frankie Goes to Hollywood is called the Willow Springs Connector Trail but the trail between Frankie and Cottonwood Spring is not named as far as I can tell. I am calling both these trails the Cottonwood Spring Trail. Not sure how the trail got named the Willow Spring Connector because it does connect to the Willow Spring Trail. Yes, I know I wrote the official guide for the Willow Spring Connector Trail but I got that name from somewhere.

There was water in Cottonwood Creek at Cottonwood Spring, disappears about 100 yards downstream. This would be the only water seen on this hike. We only saw 4 people on horseback around Anniversary Arch and Cottonwood Spring. We heard one say as we passed them “how did those people get way back in here, by helicopter?”. Probably out of state tourist, the other person was on her cell phone. I guess there is no law about texting and riding a horse. This is an ideal hike to take someone on that has a little experience with hiking to show them what the Goldfield Mountains are like.
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Jan 10 2021
adilling
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58 male
 Joined Dec 02 2014
 Mesa, AZ
Goldfield Arches and Explorations, AZ 
Goldfield Arches and Explorations, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
adilling
Hiking6.16 Miles 1,360 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles
1,360 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Back to the Goldfields to find some arches and explore this amazing area.

I had a couple of goals set and I managed 3 out of 4.

First up, Golden Eye Arches. I have attempted to find these elusive little guys in the past without success. I finally found them. Nothing special, but it was great to finally find them. The next “target” was Helmut Rock. I made it to the base and started losing traction before I even started. I looked at the steepness and decided I would admire this geology from afar rather than risk life and limb to get to the top. Maybe another time and day.

My next two destinations were a couple of arches that I have been to in the past. I am not sure what the first one is called – Anniversary Arch? But, I saw someone called it the Dragon Eye Arch too. I kinda like the latter. I first saw this one a couple years ago with @DarthStiller on another exploration of the Goldfields.

Next up – Checkmate Arch. I climbed up to this one years ago. The bushwhack was not too bad heading over to the base. This is a neat arch with the usual stacking. The trail I took down was overly cairned. I don’t remember any the last time I went up there. I heard someone refer to this as the IT Arch, but I can’t see that. Of course, I cannot see a checkmate either. Maybe I need to look beyond the stack of rocks before me to get a deeper meaning? 😉

My little loop was about 6 miles with some nice up and down and some thorny and rough bushwhacking added in for flavoring. So, a typical day for me in the Goldfields.

When I made it back to the trailhead parking there was a group of people with parrots and they were flying all over the place. At first, I thought it was a falcon, then I noticed the colors and thought – wow, that’s the biggest lovebird I have ever seen. But, as it approached, they were definitely parrots! There were about 6-7 of them flying all over the place. Very cool.
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The empty parking lot I started at was packed when I got back. Tis’ the season.
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Dec 31 2020
AugustWest
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47 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
Goldfield Mountains Wander, AZ 
Goldfield Mountains Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
AugustWest
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,004 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.84 mph
1,004 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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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.
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Mar 19 2020
SaguaroToSomo
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62 male
 Joined Oct 08 2016
 Mesa,AZ
Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2020
SaguaroToSomo
Hiking3.30 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
400 ft AEG
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Back to the Goldfields a week after the first rain/hail visit. It's amazing in there! What was also amazing on this trip was the unexpected mud that my son and daughter got to experience. On the rain trip the previous week, it had rained for three days in a row, but the trail (road) had almost no mud. This time, it had rained less a day or two before, and we got to slop through plenty of it. Famous hike-leader words: "I didn't think it would be like this. See, last week ..." But anyway, back to the amazing views, especially in the last part. We were thinking how awesome it would be to camp at the spot of the last photo, if only there were anything there but solid rock --just to see the sunset and sunrise there. The Goldfields are kind of funny, after hiking in places like the McDowells and now Skyline Regional -- there aren't trail signs everywhere in the Goldfields. There's just a small side trail branching off, and you think "Yeah, that should be Willow Connector" or something like that. Makes it more like a wilderness experience!
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Mar 14 2020
DarthStiller
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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
DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,145 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   11 Mns   1.95 mph
1,145 ft AEG
 
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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.
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toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
toddak
Hiking16.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.29 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Perfect day for my first visit to the Goldfields. Mostly followed the 3/5/17 loop posted by @tibber and @trekkin_gecko; went clockwise with a side loop into Willow Springs Basin. Lightly flowing water everywhere but very little mud, plus some nice views of the snow-dusted higher peaks. Surprisingly good trails, 4 stars overall for the loop. How come nobody told me the Goldfields were so great?!
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Nov 16 2019
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,012 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.87 mph
1,012 ft AEG
 
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I decided to back to this area that I just found last month. I figured Andy would be interested and he was. I downloaded a bunch of tracks posted by other HAZ members to give myself a map of the trails in the area, and kind of winged as we went along. It was basically a longer version of the loop I did last month, plus we did the short cutoff trail at the south end near the trailhead. the only off trail section was the washes at the north end of the loop, which were easy to walk, and had tire tracks in them anyway :-k . The nicest part was the northwest end of the loop before the washes and after where I hiked last time. The scenery out here is really nice, and the trails easy to follow and to hike.

The weather was really nice. Very cool the whole time, and cloudy. the clouds gave us a break from the sun and prevented the need to have my hood up to prevent sunburn. Only saw 2 other hikers the whole time. At some point I think the word will get out about this area and the trails will get more crowded here.
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markthurman53
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67 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Quartz Crystal Arroyo Loop, AZ 
Quartz Crystal Arroyo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2019
markthurman53
Hiking5.90 Miles 785 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.49 mph
785 ft AEG      16 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Nice loop for a sunset hike. Started out on the Javelina Trail went in 1.2 miles then headed west on a trail that leads to the Rough N Ready Trail. Took the Rough N Ready Trail to Quartz Crystal Trail and returned down the Javelina to the Rough N Ready and back to the start point. A search on the internet (MTBikeAZ.com) gave me some different names for these trails but I will stick with the ones given on HAZ. The MTBikeAZ site actually has all the trails in the Goldfields and is a pretty good reference. I was going to do descriptions of these trails by those names but I think it would add confusion. Some may think I was stepping on toes by changing names. Any way the site is there if you want to check out the various trails. (Not as much info as the HAZ site though)

On with the hike. Gotta love the Goldfield Mountains at sunset. They pack a lot of scenery for very little effort. Did see my second rattlesnake of the year on this hike, this one was living. Saw Checkmate Arch at just the right time while the sun was setting behind them. Wish I was a better photographer, couldn't get the right settings for the time allotted. Took a little longer to do this hike because I kept stopping to get pictures but then it got me to checkmate arch at just the right time. There was no one else on the trail probably because it was 88 degrees out.
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tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldfield Arroyo and Window, AZ 
Goldfield Arroyo and Window, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
tibber
Hiking6.77 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking6.77 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   1.79 mph
1,033 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
I was on my wildflower search and maybe some water so this seemed a good idea. I mentioned in a comment on Sandy's FB page about the hike and she decided to come along. Jack was busy at the museum. Once again, I didn't want to go until later so that the poppies would have time to be wide open. Well....

I picked up Sandy and we parked at a very crowded recreational site at the Milepost by the Javelina Mine TH. We found the trail and headed into the Goldfields. It was a bit humid and the sky was threatening. I had a particular route in mind and we would have issues, well I, would have issues with that. Interestingly enough, we got the first intersection right but on one of the wash crossovers, we made the same mistake Kelly and I made. And as I was consulting RS, my leg and a tall prickly pear had a come to Jesus moment ](*,) , sheesh. Anyway, we got back on track. It looks like that trail would take you over to the Javelina Mine Trail as apparently at this point we want to stay on the Rough n Ready Cany Trail.

I was pointing out some of the flora to Sandy, she's a retired science teacher so she seems to like that stuff but my flora pics didn't turn out well. We discovered that sweet smell you can smell but can't figure out where it's coming from and to our surprise, it's the Mistletoe. I showed her how interesting the London Rocket weed is with a big lower leaf and smaller leafs at the top where it blooms. We discovered that Flat Top Buckwheat is susceptible to freeze which was interesting. We did have to pull over for about 10 minutes while a rain storm passed over us. It's funny, the last three times I've been out in the Goldfields we've had heavy overcast days and/or rain.

Once the rain lightened up we headed on our way enjoying the change of light. The Courtyard was very green and I showed Sandy where we would be once we got done at the arroyo. Of course, when you make that turn east that big wall of gold is before you and you get closer to it as you get nearer the Arroyo. There was a nice big pool full of tadpoles-to-be that Sandy took a closer look at. She was, of course, struck by the beauty of this area as we made our way up the arroyo. We hung around here for a little while before heading back to the courtyard.

I had a sense in my head and based on the route I drew up what path I wanted to take but RS did not import that part. I have to learn to merge my routes and then way point with a distance marker so that the whole route will import. Altho in review, it was totally operator error as I was way off on my route. It's a long story. But we ended up on what I call the horse trail to the saddle where two trails join including the one I wanted to get to first. Oh well. Anyway, the sun was out now so it was real pretty up here. We made our way south and had to turn around at one point as you're cliffed out. When I came back to the trail I could see where some rocks had been haphazardly laid across but I missed those. There is a real sharp turn here that's easy to miss.

Back on route again we topped out at a long galley area. You could see other trails here and there for this part of our journey. And putting Kelly and my route up with this one, Sandy and I actually ended up doing a slight variation up here. There is this one really cool area where you hike alongside a high area of rock before you eventually get to the Window Arch. We didn't go up into it but near there we took a break.

And now it was time to head down back to the Courtyard. There had been horses on this part of the trail which can be a little slippery at times. It seems like it takes longer to get down than it should. We saw someone across a gully. I should have zoomed in to see what was up as we had seen them from the top and thot they or a single person were in an odd spot. From the Courtyard we turned south and headed on home. We tried some of the other off-shoot trails that have sprung up; one seems newly built... maybe for the horse traffic.

We also noticed on our way up and down the wash three or four very long and white sycamore tree logs and wondered where they came from :-k let alone how high must that water have been running in this very narrow wash to drag them to this area. I have pictures and video of the area of which we speak. As we got closer to the TH we noticed how much green grass there was around and then the light on Weavers Needle caught our attention.

Anyway, a good day to be out in the beautiful Goldfields. They NEVER disappoint.

to the Arroyo [ youtube video ]
Arroyo [ youtube video ]
Window [ youtube video ]
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a few poppies, mostly the champagne fluted version.
Scorpionweed, Owl Clover, Desert Hyacinth (Blue Dicks) at the higher elevation.
Flat Top Buckwheat. Texas Stork Bill. Desert Rue. Desert Trumpet. Peppergrass.
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Nov 09 2018
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
An Overlooking Arch, AZ 
An Overlooking Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
hikerdw
Hiking13.23 Miles 2,101 AEG
Hiking13.23 Miles   6 Hrs   52 Mns   2.37 mph
2,101 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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The target today was to climb to an arch location we spotted on a previous trip in the Goldfield Mountains. The hike out was nice although a little windy. The climb to the arch was easier than expected. In hindsight we should have taken the same route down but instead descended down the back of the arch which lead us to some very loose gravel and into a very bad thicket area. Since we were done with the business part of the hike we chose to take the longer, scenic route back to the trailhead.

Could this arch be the infamous Overlook Arch Ted Tenny writes about in his Goldfield Mountain Hikes book? Maybe :D
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mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2018
mt98dew
Hiking7.71 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking7.71 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.77 mph
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Second hike of the daily double. Since I was in the area, I decided it was it was time to visit the Goldfields. Perhaps unwisely, I decided to remain in the parking spot that I used for Siphon's Draw. This involved hiking beside the road for close to 2 miles. I figured this was good for mileage and I was curious if I could see any user trails off to either side of the road. Not much luck in spying any trails, but I did come across the Bulldog Canyon staging area. This was shortly after mile marker 202 on the west side. Looks like it was designed more with ATV's in mind, but I'm guessing that some of the roads in this area would tie into the "Goldfield Trail System". Also came across some "relic-like foundations" from previous generations which made the walk a little more interesting. And I saw a lot of trash. ](*,)

The actually start to the trail is just as described just before mile marker 203. There is a nice parking area directly across the road with plenty of of room. Some one had actually set up a campground in one corner of the lot. (Also, there looked to be some user trails that went to the east...maybe worth revisiting). The entry trail quickly joined the old jeep road going under some power/telephone lines. The road doesn't look,lie it had seen any vehicle action in the recent past. I was being OCD and followed any off chute that I came across. All the road off chutes didn't go far and ended up being former campsites. One campsite looked like it had a trail leaving from it, but tree and cactus clippings had been strewn across it to discourage use. Followed the road to the top of the rise and down the other side. The road turned to the north and a nice looking trail took off to the west. It was very tempting having a nice looking trail in front of me (especially compared to the alternative...a rocky uphill road), but not being familiar with the area or the trail, I opted to stay with the planned hike. That being said, I did meander a little following the jeep road to the several dead ends that it lead to. Before following the Javelina Trail I went to the top of the hill that the jeep road climbed, passing the foundation of an old structure (trough/house?). Got a decent view of the local terrain, though distant views were obscured by higher mountains. The Javelina Trail was easy to follow and in decent shape. The flat sections were especially were especially nice and clear. The uphill parts were rocky and in some spots showing signs of erosion. Got some really nice views as the trail continued. I took the same pictures that I'm sure everyone takes. Noticed a trail that split off from the Javelina and headed to the east. This split occurred on the north side of a mountain that had a striking yellowish lichen covered cliff like face on the south side. I'm guessing that the trail might go to the top of this mountain, though the trail was faint. I continued to the claim, took an obligatory picture and headed back. As mentioned in the description, the Javelina Trail continues to the north, but I felt like this was a nice intro to the Goldfields. Besides, I still had a 2 mile hike along route 88 once I got back to the TH. :? Weather was nice and breezy. Though the early morning clouds had disappeared, but the time I started this hike, so I had the sun with me the entire hike. This hike is exposed with very little shade. Wildlife was minimal. A few lizards and a chipmunk.
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Jan 08 2017
hikingaz2
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77 male
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 Mesa,Az
Goldfield Horse Lasso, AZ 
Goldfield Horse Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2017
hikingaz2
Hiking10.34 Miles 1,692 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   1.65 mph
1,692 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Nice Lasso, making use of a lot of trails, I might have even missed some :o. Horse Trails were used as much as possible which probably accounted for at least 80%. Balance in easy washes. Messed around and had a great time, with a great friend of 45 years :D
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Dec 29 2016
hikingaz2
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 Mesa,Az
Goldfield Figure 8, AZ 
Goldfield Figure 8, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2016
hikingaz2
Hiking13.08 Miles 2,014 AEG
Hiking13.08 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.46 mph
2,014 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Back to hikerdw favorite area :D Forgot how much I enjoy the Goldfields, been several years, missed some Arches I need to review and get out to see. Met a couple spending a few days camping, other then that had the place to ourselves. Horses really have the trails defined :)
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Mar 27 2016
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 phoenix, az
Goldfields Rambling, AZ 
Goldfields Rambling, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2016
trekkin_gecko
Hiking12.59 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking12.59 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   2.74 mph
1,500 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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we had intended to follow hikerdw's figure 8, and started out clockwise on the bottom loop
got distracted by some of the peaks ahead of us, and contoured around to see if we could find a summit
ended up in rough-n-ready canyon, and headed north to the confluence with willow springs canyon
in between, went partway up a drainage to see what we could see up high
went back on the sandy road in willow springs canyon, then found a trail that cut over to rough-n-ready
accidently turned onto quartz crystal arroyo, which is a very nice trail, then finished sort of on javelina mine trail
so we didn't do the figure 8, and that can be revisited another time
explored some caves, saw some great scenery, saw a gila monster (3rd one for me but first photos) and an eastern collared lizard
saw six hikers and four horseback riders
more research is needed as i really don't know what the landmarks are out here or exactly all the trails we were on
intriguing area and some of the high points might be fun
thanks for the hike, john
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Mar 27 2016
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Goldfields Rambling, AZ 
Goldfields Rambling, AZ
 
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johnlp
Hiking12.59 Miles 1,500 AEG
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1,500 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
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Interesting hike with trekkin gecko through an area I hadn't been before. Lots of sign of ATVs but we didn't see or hear any. Saw a nice bit of wildlife. Owl, deer, kestrel, hawk, vultures, hummingbirds, gila monster, eastern collared lizard... Fun day. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Nov 15 2015
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Rough Eye Javelina LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.11 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking9.11 Miles
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angela and I have wanted to get out in the goldfields again
we also wanted to arrange a hike with jack since he is back in az for good
mary jo came along for the day, too
angela picked this loop she had done before
another good sampler with a variety of terrain and trails
started out on javelin mine trail, taking rough n ready canyon trail after a half mile
very nice when the canyon narrows, and we took a couple of exploratory side trips
this canyon eventually connects with willow springs canyon but we didn't go that far, just picked a spot to turn around and have some lunch
chose a slightly different path on the return, then back down the canyon to crystal quartz arroyo
this short trail was a highlight, good trail through some cool rock formations
connected with javelina mine trail again, which seemed the least scenic
got a few sprinkles at our lunch spot, enough rain to put on rain gear halfway back, and we finished just as the heavy stuff arrived
good timing
enjoyed the company and seeing all new trails
would like to see a map with all the trails on it
we went off on crossing trails a couple times, and didn't know where they went
would like tenny's book to be a little more user-friendly
i think the solution is to spend more time out in the goldfields :)
ambika hooked up with us at dos gringos for an early dinner
thank you for that, angela
thanks for the hike, y'all
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Rough Eye Javelina LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.31 Miles 1,039 AEG
Hiking9.31 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.17 mph
1,039 ft AEG   1 Hour   32 Mns Break
 
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JACK'S BACK IV - THE END
It didn't seem like we took that many breaks since we only sat down once for lunch. I guess it was the exploring and stopping to gawk, oh and of course, the blood trail we followed. Second, thx Kelly for co-navigating this one. It was a bit tricky because there are so many trails and options now. Third, we missed two of the areas from last time so I'll be heading back in the spring to find them.

We met at the TH and headed across the road and up the Javelina Mine Trail before splitting left to catch up with the now trailed Rough n Ready Canyon Trail. You do have to be somewhat careful out here now as there are trails and they are unmarked so you better know where you're going. The scenery out here is very interesting and fun to investigate what catches your eye like a cave we saw above the trail. We climbed up to it and it is pretty big. We had Jack do the scat check before heading back down to the trail which at this point was high above the wash. Another note of caution is when you do end up going in the washes, watch for where the trail leaves the wash but then you have to be mindful if the trail you catch out is the right one. You have to know where you are going, that is if you have a specific route or destination you're looking for.

Before the cave or about 1/2 hr after seeing the first blood we finally found the resolution to the significant blood spots we followed for almost a mile. We had hoped it wasn't a human being bleeding like that and thot maybe a horse and then Jack said maybe a hunter had nabbed something. The blood stains were very recent. Soon Jack looked up from the trail and saw the guts of the hunted deer. Mystery solved.

We continued in and out of the wash and into the Canyon with expanded views of the lichen-covered rockery with layers of tuft waving through it. I have to say, it's much more beautiful when the sun shines on it though. I looked at my photo set from last time and was duly impressed with those and other pictures we had taken last time on a beautiful weather day. I was shocked I didn't take any video so I made up for it this time ;) .

We saw a porthole in what I called the Tuff Wave Mountain. Kelly was intrigued and decided to go on up. She made pretty quick time of it and soon her head was peeking thru the port hole so we got pictures of her. Didn't know she got a pic of us too so that was pretty cool. We then followed the trail up from the wash and it headed to the right and behind the mountain, NOT the direction we wanted to go.

It was here that I thot we had come up to on our way back so we made our way down this tricky area thru an opening between the rocks and by a little cave. As I was balancing myself across this steeper section I went to use the side wall only to have a huge chunk of it slide and bounce off my leg. That hurt! It's best if you want to take the short cut up to catch the backside of that mountain to do it UP, not down. And now, that's not even necessary as I see when we did it last time on the way back, we ended back in the wash again after going all around this narrow mountain.

But we got back down to the wash and continued until the trail part ended. We decided to go up (SW) this wash/canyon for a bit before continuing on in the main wash looking for that turn around point from last time. This little side adventure was pretty cool scenery-wise. It looks like if you continue in that SW wash it veers to the south and you could possibly take it to Cottonwood Spring. Looking at the satellite vision, there may even be some trail to hook up with.

We passed by the area we turned around at last time but I didn't even realize it as it doesn't look what I remembered. What a surprise? Anyway, we decided we would continue around one more corner... well an S curve actually. We didn't go far and then headed back a moment or two to end up eating what would be a quick lunch as it started to sprinkle so we were off again. For the rest of our hike it would rain on and off again. We headed back toward the trail that takes you up and around the wavy mountain but this trail wasn't veering to the right down to the Crystal Arroyo so we bushwhacked our way down to the Rough n Ready Canyon.

Soon we came upon the Arroyo but it didn't have much water in it. However, the whole area along here is pretty cool :) . It started to rain a little harder so we didn't get to dally much. The rain stopped once we got to the top of the hill above the arroyo. This is a neat area too as you continue out of the canyon. The sights and views are still plentiful as we headed back toward the Javelina Mine Trail.

We did get off track once going up a hill. That trail actually takes you over to the Willow Springs Trail to the east and then you could hang a right and head for the highway but we chose to go back down and hang a left (right if you were coming from the west) at the intersection. That's one thing I still struggle with is which way to turn or keep going straight :? ?

You walk between some of the lower mountains and up a bit and past Checkmate Arch which we decided was too much of a scramble and with impending weather; we kept on moving. It is very green through here as you wind between the hills and eventually to the road that takes you back to the TH across the highway. The rain started to get more serious by now and let go when we arrived at our vehicles so we loaded up quickly and headed for Los Gringos but not before Jack handed out Pat's cookies which Kelly ate on the way. I saved mine for later.

On the photoset, I included some pics from our hike in 2010. Last, I didn't realize how much video I took and unfortunately, with the lower light I've really had to edit them to get the light up. I only have one done and two are in production but I have several more to finish. Anyway, it was a great day and fun to be back in the Goldfields.

Part 1 to Rough N Ready Canyon https://youtu.be/Wz ... bwfU
Part 2 RnR Canyon https://youtu.be/TC ... H4uY including large alcove
Part 3 RnR https://youtu.be/nf ... 35Hs
(My Favorite of the videos) Part 4 RnR https://youtu.be/fX ... 0zm4 including Tuff Wave Mountain
Part 5 RnR https://youtu.be/c_ ... nzLg including Side Canyon
Part 6 RnR to the end and heading back https://youtu.be/2A ... OMxU up, out and back in
Part 7 Quartz Crystal Arroyo https://youtu.be/1S ... ajKw
Part 8 Javelina Mine Trail https://youtu.be/C9 ... jWNs
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Checkmate ArchPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.80 Miles 755 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   1.70 mph
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Headed out to make a loop out past Checkmate or IQ Arch, wanted to bushwhack as much as possible and stay off the trails to see what we could see that was different. We were happy we followed game, horse and of course human trails. Found an old mine dug into the wash, which looked like it wasn't worked to long ago, seen Gold Miners working a wash, an area where someone mined years ago, spotted a nice cave tucked away where no one would notice unless you were right on it. Worked our way over to the Willow Springs Basin Loop Trail and headed back to the TH. Great little hike with a lot to see.
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