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Feb 01 2020
DixieFlyer
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 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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Nov 30 2019
toddak
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 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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1st trip
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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 25 2019
DixieFlyer
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 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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Nov 24 2019
Mr_Squishy
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 Kodiak, AK
Goldfields Meander, AZ 
Goldfields Meander, AZ
 
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Mr_Squishy
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A pleasant day of hiking on trails and washes in the vicinity of the Rte 88 MP 204 trailhead. Lots of water, saw one other hiker and one ORV.
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Nov 22 2019
Mr_Squishy
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 Kodiak, AK
Goldfields Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ 
Goldfields Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2019
Mr_Squishy
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1st trip
I'd had dixieflyer's GPS track in my "to do" folder for some time and Nov 22 was the day for it. I was on the trail before sunrise at 6:15 am and ended up taking twelve hours and returning to the trailhead at 6 pm in the dark. I like to take my time and look around and I move fairly deliberately when rock/boulder hopping. I chose to do the hike counterclockwise which probably was not a good decision. I think going clockwise is probably a bit easier in the long run. Due to the large amounts of water in Black Glass Canyon up from the Jeep wash, the going was slow as I had to go around areas one could normally hike in. The arches were spectacular, the summits had outstanding views, and route was difficult with some fun bushwhacking. It was nice to be on a trail when it got dark. Exactly 0.0 people and 0.0 ORVs were encountered on this hike. I will upload the gpx file soon, but it's pretty much identical to dixieflyer's. With the heavy rains earlier in the week, there was lots of water everywhere.
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Nov 19 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Triple Razorback & Brown Road Butte, AZ 
Triple Razorback & Brown Road Butte, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.10 Miles 2,704 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles
2,704 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I had been wanting to go out and do some exploring in the Goldfields from the Willow Canyon TH, and I was able to persuade Tracie, my favorite and intrepid hiking partner, to accompany me today. We wanted to check out Razorback Knob, and also climb up to the Triple Arch in Black Glass Canyon. I partly followed a GPS track that @hikerdw had posted, and one that @joebartels had posted.

From the TH, we went on a series of trails that were fairly easy to follow and were mostly well groomed. After a while, we went on an off-trail bushwhack to the Camouflage Tanks; the bushwhack was not too bad for the most part. We saw the Razorback, but we never found Razorback Knob -- I was not sure which rock formation Razorback Knob was. I will have to do more research when I head that way again -- I would like to climb it if I can figure out where it is. After leaving the Camo Tanks, we buxhwhacked our way down to Black Glass Canyon. We did not go too far in the canyon before coming to Triple Arch, and we climbed up into the arch, which was fun. I enjoyed the trip through Black Glass Canyon -- there was almost no water in it, although it seemed a bit more overgrown than it was when we were there last, back in February of this year. After leaving Black Glass Canyon, we went through Rough N Ready Canyon before making our way back to the TH, on the trails that we had gone out on.

It was another nice day in the Goldfields, even though we got rained on a bit in the last mile or so before getting to the TH.

On the way back from the Goldfields we stopped off to bag a peak that had been on my radar screen for a while: Brown Road Butte. This ascent is probably the pinnacle of my hiking career -- it is hard to compare it with any peak that I have ever bagged! After the ascent, Tracie was almost more excited than I have ever seen her!...lol

The stats above are the total for the 2 hikes:
Triple Razorback: 11.2 miles with an AEG of 2,415'
Brown Road Butte: 0.9 miles with an AEG of 289'
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Mar 19 2019
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Willow Spring Basin Meander, AZ 
Willow Spring Basin Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2019
markthurman53
Hiking8.26 Miles 969 AEG
Hiking8.26 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.59 mph
969 ft AEG      43 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
On my last day out hiking before heading back to Tucson I decided to head back to the Goldfield Mountains. This hike would be an exploratory hike, "Fly by the seat of the pants", "go which ever way the wind blows". In spite of researching names of trails I could not find much, HAZ had a lot of different routes with names but some were trails some were routes. There were no definite boundaries to the trail starts and ends. So this hike I would walk a few of the routes posted and see what happens. I also plotted a few routes from google earth that look like trails.

Started at the Willow Springs Canyon Trail Head and hiked up Willow Springs Canyon. This trail/4WD road is labeled as 12 which leads to at least Bagley Tank. I Took 12 (two track) to about half way to Bagley Tank and the wind blew in a different direction and I headed back to Willow Spring Canyon. There were some rock tanks along the creek to Bagley Tank that still had pools of water in them, otherwise the creek was dry. I followed Willow Spring Canyon up to where Willow Spring Basin Tank is. There is a 4WD road leaving the wash heading to the tank. Willow Spring Basin Tank was filled to the brim. From the tank I headed south along a trail I spotted on Google earth. Turns out this trail is what is called the Golden Eye Mine Trail. Really nice horse trail. This trail terminates along what appears to be the Quartz Crystal Canyon Trail near the junction with the Gold Eagles Nugget Trail.

Returned via the Gold Eagles Nugget Trail that I was on the night before. Wasn't long before the wind changed direction again and I took a trail that splits off to the north from Gold Eagles Nugget Trail. I spotted this trail on Google earth and it heads back to Willow Spring Basin Tank. This is another good trail and stays to the east of Golden Eye Mine Trail on the ridge west of Willow Spring Canyon. On HAZ a portion of this trail is listed under Little Chance Canyon loop. If I were naming trails I would call this the Willow Spring Basin Tank Trail that connects the Gold Eagles Nugget Trail to Willow Spring Basin Tank. I hiked this half way to where it drops down close to Willow Spring Wash and took that back to the Willow Spring Canyon Trail Head. Will have to finish this up on another hike.

Nice hike for a day after a long hike. Fairly easy walking with great scenery. It's nice sometimes to hike without a destination, just walk until you get tired. I have come up with some names for these trails that I was on that set well in my mind.

WILLOW SPRING CANYON TRAIL: Follows up Willow Spring Canyon
GOLDEN EYE MINE TRAIL: Willow Spring Basin Tank to Quartz Crystal Canyon Trail
GOLD EAGLES NUGGET TRAIL: Willow Spring Canyon Trail to Quartz Crystal Canyon Trail
WILLOW SPRING BASIN TANK TRAIL: From Gold Eagles Nugget Trail to Willow Springs Basin Tank
BAGLEY TANK TRAIL: 4WD route from Willow Spring Canyon to Bagley Tank
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Feb 06 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Goldfields: Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ 
Goldfields: Golden Dome and Peak 3141, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.70 Miles 3,309 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   10 Hrs   25 Mns   2.15 mph
3,309 ft AEG   4 Hrs   3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, had been wanting to go hike Black Glass Canyon, so we decided to go hike in the canyon and also check out a couple of peaks and a couple of arches.

I had seen a triplog and a GPS track that Chumley posted last month in which he climbed up Golden Dome and Peak 3141, so we decided to bag those as well. Along the way we also went to Pedestal Arch and viewed Triple Arch while in Black Glass Canyon.

We started and ended the hike at the Willow Canyon TH, which is at mile marker 204 on Highway 88. It was my first time to this TH.

The hike started out easy enough, but after 3 miles or so it became a total off-trail cross country bushwhack/scramble.

Our first stop was at Pedestal Arch, which was neat to see. We eventually made our way to Golden Dome, and climbed up it via the short chute that Chumley went up on the NW side of the Dome -- he picked a good route up. The views atop the Dome were really nice -- much better than being on Dome Mountain, the high point in the Goldfields. We descended the summit the same way that we came up, and then went over to Peak 3141. The climb up was easy, but the descent down the east side was steep and very slow going...but we eventually made our way down, and went over to Black Glass Canyon. I enjoyed the canyon, although there were a few tricky descents. While in the canyon we were able to see Triple Arch, although we didn't feel like climbing up to the arch. Once we got out of Black Glass Canyon, we started back in Rough-N-Rowdy Canyon and took a look at a few caves that were there.

After climbing these 2 peaks, I have now climbed atop 11 of the 17 highest peaks in the Goldfields. Maybe I will get the other 6 someday.

Before going up to Golden Dome, I briefly thought about checking out Tuff Dome. It might be a doable climb, but it looked pretty steep from a distance.

We didn't see any wildlife on the hike, but didn't see any other humans either. I guess that 1 out of 2 ain't bad!
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Jan 12 2019
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Golden Dome, AZ 
Golden Dome, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
chumley
Hiking12.85 Miles 2,806 AEG
Hiking12.85 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.06 mph
2,806 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Patrick has this itch to backpack the length of the Goldfields and has been doing recon hikes to make sure it can be done. One place he wasn't sure about was near Golden Dome. So his plan was to make a day trip out of it, bagging the dome along the way.

It was over 3 hours and 5.5 miles before I was informed that he had no idea whether or not Golden Dome was actually able to be climbed. ](*,) I got a signal on a high point and did a quick search on some summity peaky websites and came up empty. Oh well. We studied the terrain, looked for the best options, and headed to the west saddle to check out the north side of the dome since it was abundantly clear that the south slopes would not provide a route up.

From the saddle the easiest climb leads to a solitary saguaro, but I knew from the recon view that getting up from there wouldn't work. Just left of the saguaro chute was a parallel chute with a little brush that looked reasonably well protected. Or we considered looping the peak to the east nose to see what we would find there. I opted to head up the chute while the others decided to see how I did. :sweat:

With a couple of tricky moves I was able to get up a couple of layers and learned shortly thereafter that I would be able to make the summit from this way. I yelled to the others and Justin and Patrick headed up behind me. The others decided to swing around and check the east side.

Once on the summit I headed east to see if there was a route, and was happy to find an easy scramble with a single 8-foot pitch with some good holds. It was a little exposed but I decided that I would go down this way rather than the way I had gone up. The others came around and climbed up this way. On the downclimb, I went down first and then spotted the others as there were a couple of footholds that couldn't be seen from above.

Having done both, I think I would stick to the chute we ascended rather than the climb on the eastern nose next time. Though both are certainly doable.

From there we headed over to peak 3141 before dropping down into a beautiful canyon that headed back to Willow and the quick hike back to the truck.

For such a distinctive, good-looking peak, I was surprised not to see a HAZ ascent posted, though I believe that @CannondaleKid was here back in 2013.
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Mar 25 2017
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Goldfield Helmet Rock, AZ 
Goldfield Helmet Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2017
hikerdw
Hiking4.87 Miles 1,074 AEG
Hiking4.87 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   1.85 mph
1,074 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Had to work this morning and again this afternoon so only had time for a short hike today. Inspired by trekkin_gecko, we figured this would be a cool area to explore. I did see where gmaclachlan and a group had hiked the area in 2016 so I exchanged a PM with him, thanks for the quick response. Really neat area, the base is almost like a valley. Several ways to climb up the golden rock, we took two of them, one on each side of Helmet Rock. There was a cool tunnel like area on the second climb up. We weren't able to get to the top of Helmet Rock, the last push is pretty steep with lots of loose granite. Saw 1 Gila Monster, no snakes.
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 phoenix, az
Goldfields Figure 8, AZ 
Goldfields Figure 8, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
trekkin_gecko
Hiking16.02 Miles 2,022 AEG
Hiking16.02 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.03 mph
2,022 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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tibber
this hike has been in the works since we've seen tracks posted from @hikerdw, @hikingaz2 and @rtaylor3235
set out around 8:00 sunday morning
followed the route pretty well except for the actual crossover area that makes it a figure 8, staying on obvious horse trails and out of the washes
seems like any goldfields hike takes a couple miles to get interesting, but the vistas and greenery make up for it
took the left leg first, eventually dropping into a deep wash or shallow canyon
stayed left, and by that point we were into the more dramatic rock formations
nice climb up to a bedrock area with stellar views
started seeing poppies and other wildflowers
wound north and northwest on a horse trail
wasn't until i recognized a certain rock formation that i realized we'd gone this way on the pedestal arch hike
took the horse trail to where it curved around and had lunch on a rock outcropping, again with nice views and great scenery
the next segment went past crack-in-the-rock [ photo ] , the rock tunnel, a dense saguaro stand and an arch
dropped down to rough and ready canyon - there were actually a couple of paths for this, but we stuck to the posted track, and angela spotted another arch
angela knew of a use trail that cut over to quartz crystal arroyo, wanting to see if there was flowing water and check out a rock bench up above
pools of water but no flow, and we had a bit of a chase finding the rock bench, even heading down golden eye mine for several hundred yards
the bench also offered great views, especially of helmet rock :)
(shameless plug for my forum post: viewtopic.php?p=122923#p122923)
retraced our steps down the arroyo, back to rough & ready and back out
very nice loop, didn't quite get the middle of the 8
fun day exploring some new territory in the goldfields
angela couldn't enjoy her beer at the trailhead due to some annoying bugs, so we packed it in and hit la casita for dinner
thanks for doing this one with me, tibber
still so much more to see out there
posting more photos that usual, as the boys didn't take many and we both feel this hike is worth sharing
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Mar 05 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goldfields Figure 8 Loop and Arroyo, AZ 
Goldfields Figure 8 Loop and Arroyo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
tibber
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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scattered poppies and scorpion weed.
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Jan 08 2017
hikingaz2
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 Mesa,Az
Goldfield Horse Lasso, AZ 
Goldfield Horse Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2017
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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
 
1st trip
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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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Rough N Ready CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69
Canyoneering6.25 Miles 770 AEG
Canyoneering6.25 Miles
770 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
 
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This trail has greatly matured from the bushwhack I originally wrote up. Combined with a couple other trails to make a lasso loop. Saw no other hikers.
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Jan 14 2012
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Triple Arch via Black Glass CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 14 2012
jochal
Canyoneering10.60 Miles 1,600 AEG
Canyoneering10.60 Miles   6 Hrs      2.02 mph
1,600 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
For the most part, we followed Sventre's GPS route for this hike, starting from the SR88. To get to Black Glass Canyon, we started from Willow Springs Canyon and went Southwest, up into the canyon. Then, when we rejoined with the nameless canyon to the East, rather than head North back to Willow Springs Canyon, we headed South (up the wash). Then we cut East over the yellow rock ridge, back to the road along Willow Springs Canyon.

The hike into the mouth of Black Glass Canyon was probably my favorite part. After getting into the canyon I was surprised to find someone else in the canyon, hiking around the cliffs opposite from the arch. We met him later and it turns out he spends a lot of time out here, looking for more arches. :)

The climb to the arch was fun. There was a beehive very close to the arch, but I didn't see too many bees.
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 Mesa, AZ
Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2011
Charger55
Hiking8.20 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.64 mph
450 ft AEG
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1st trip
This was the hike I intended to do last week but couldn't because I left all my route info at home. This time I made sure I was prepared with route descriptions and a carefully plotted topo map.

The Javelina Mine Trail is pretty straight-forward. The scenry doesn't really get good until you get near Checkmate Arch. There are well-defined trails leading up to the cave below the arch. Then it's a scramble up to the arch itself. Seeing it up close, it's bigger than I expected. Another quick scramble up to the summit will reward you with great 360-degree views. Particularly, I enjoyed the views of Little Four Peaks from an angle not often seen.

Near the junction of Javelina and Golden Eye Mine Trails there is a mine shaft on the right side of the trail. On this trip it was filled in with water. Not sure how deep it goes.

From there I took the Golden Eye Mine Trail until I spotted the Golden Eye Arches to the left. They don't look like much and getting to them is a tough bushwhack up a wash choked in vegetation and covered in scree. It was considerable work just to see very little. Next time I'll avoid this trail and get my eyeful of the arches from a distance.

Backtracking to the Golden Eye Mine Trail I continued on to Willow Springs Basin. There was still water in the basin tank from last week's rain. I wouldn't mind being in this area around dusk just to see what critters come out to drink from the tank.

After exploring the basin I headed cross country over the hillside on the left and dropped down into the Quartz Crystal Arroyo. This was by far the best part of the day. This is a beautiful hike down a wash with interesting rock colorations and plenty of pools of water to keep you on your toes. There is a faint trail to follow and but most of the time it's just hiking in the wash.

The Quartz Crystal Arroyo empties out right near what I think was the Golden Eye mining claim. There were two stakes in the ground that said "W. Golden Eye" and N. Golden Eye." However, I saw very little evidence of digging. From here the trails joins up with the Golden Eye Mine trail again and you head out the way you came.

Without a GPS it's tough to pinpoint how far I went, but I'm estimating this lasso loop hike with short side excurions was about 8.2 miles.
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Mar 05 2010
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Razorback KnobPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2010
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Hiking10.70 Miles 1,197 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   6 Hrs      1.78 mph
1,197 ft AEG
 
With a different approach on a sunny day. Great time. Saw no one else.
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Feb 06 2010
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Rough Eye Javelina LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2010
AZLOT69
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   6 Hrs      1.38 mph
1,156 ft AEG
 
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Our rough and rowdy group of five took off on a three hour tour of the Goldfields on this reportedly busy day on the trails. Six hours later we returned from a fun filled day as we leisurely enjoyed the solitude of the Goldfields and climbed many trailside features. We saw no one else the entire day, perhaps it was our hearty laughter that kept them away. A great hike topped only by the company I was with.
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Jan 11 2010
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Quartz Crystal ArroyoPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 735 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.17 mph
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Out and back on a nice hike for some pictures and to document the route. Perfect day.
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Dec 10 2009
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Golden Eye ArchesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Dec 10 2009
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Canyoneering6.50 Miles 152 AEG
Canyoneering6.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.17 mph
152 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
 
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Did this on a longer loop via linked trails for a great day in the Goldfields. Saw no one else on the trails.
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