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May 27 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Willow Springs Loop, AZ 
Willow Springs Loop, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,985 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.98 mph
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Absolutely awesome weather for a hike close to home. While the temps were perfect, initially it was so cloudy and hazy I didn't figured it was worth hauling around my 'good' camera. So I took my old Canon PowerShot SX260 instead, expecting to take few photos.

We followed the faint equestrian trail horse north from the trailhead. Although a 'trail' Tracey wasn't too enthused about it due to the lack of use, which meant the fox-tails were downright nasty! Oh yeah, she wasn't a fan of the numerous steep descents and ascents through a seemingly unending series of drainages, featuring loose rock and/or pea-gravel.

Once we made the left turn and traversed the north slope of Peak 2348 both the terrain and the fox-tails would ease up steadily all the way to the main wash. We followed the wash until locating a few suitable rocks to stop and have a quick lunch. After the lunch we followed the wash only as far as the first corner, which we ignored, continuing straight ahead on a path which brought us to Willow Springs Basin Tank. We were blown away by the amount of water in the tank... we had never seen so much. Most trips I'd been able to walk right through the basin without having to avoid ANY water.

From the tank we pretty much wandered a bit before following a trail (not sure which) for a while until crossing a narrow drainage with a series of pour-offs. The trail went uphill which we didn't want to do so we took a chance dropping down the pour-offs, taking a short-cut down to the FR 12 wash. I was a bit worried near the end of the short-cut because it became a game track through dense fox-tails, but Tracey didn't say a word, just sat down in the sandy wash and cleaned the 'tails out of her shoes/socks

The rest of the trip we wandered a bit again, albeit avoiding any further fox-tails. Ultimately I took far more photos than expected and was pleasantly surprised by the results.
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Mar 26 2019
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 Tucson, Arizona
Lost Souls Loop, AZ 
Lost Souls Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2019
markthurman53
Hiking11.40 Miles 1,691 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.35 mph
1,691 ft AEG      51 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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On my last day before heading back to Tucson I had plans to hike an assortment of trails from the Willow Springs Canyon Trail Head on Hwy 88, Apache Trail at Mile post 204. I loaded my GPS with trails from HAZ and a couple I traced out from Google Earth. I was on a mission to log some of these trails that weren't documented. Got to the trail head before sunrise had my can of sardines, drank a bunch of water and turned my GPS on. WHAT THE HECK! My Garmin GPS erased all my routes, my tracks from the previous day were still there. This has never happened to me before. I know what caused it though, I was reading a post on HAZ Forum about someone with issues with their Garmin doing the same thing. My Garmin was sitting by the computer while I was reading these posts and my Garmin 650T thought that was neat and didn't realize it could do that so it decided to try it. Nothing I could do now so I decided to go ahead with the hike and try to find these trails with what I had in my memory from Google Earth. This worked fairly well but I did have to do some wandering around to cut the trails. When I got home I changed batteries and noticed that the SD card was not seated all the way and upon seating it all my routes showed back up. Should of been the first thing I checked when I had this issue.

I started out on the Lost Souls Trail that heads out right at the Trail Head. didn't see the trail at first but with a little wandering around I finally came across the trail. This is actually a horse trail but not heavily used. Once found it is fairly easy to follow. This trail follows along side the Willow Springs Canyon Trail but further to the east higher up on the hills and eventually crosses the two track to Bagley Tank. From this crossing the trail heads west to intersect Willow Springs Canyon just north of Willow Springs Basin. I lost the trail at the two track to Bagley Tank and never found it again so I just headed west cross country to Willow Springs Canyon. Turns out the trail follows the two track north for about 100 yards before heading west. This trail is an alternate route to Willow Springs Basin, it has a lot of ups and downs as it crosses multiple stream beds but the trail isn't a sandy stream bed like the Willow Springs Canyon Trail.

Once in Willow Springs Canyon I headed down stream to the junction with what I will call Rough N Ready Canyon and the Rough N Ready Trail. Probably the most interesting portion of the hike. The canyon gets narrow with high canyon walls of light colored Tuff and Black volcanic rock. Does not look like a very hospitable place in the summer. The Rough N Ready Trail heading up canyon is more of a rock scramble but no climbing. There was still water in pools along this portion of the canyon. I continue down the Rough N Ready to a Trail that cuts back to the east and over to Willow Springs Canyon and Willow Springs Basin. The problem was with out a route I wasn't sure where this occurred. I ended up going cross country until I cut the trail. Once on the trail I followed it back to Rough N Ready Trail then back tracked along the trail to Willow Springs Canyon. I call this trail the Rough N Ready Willow Springs Canyon Crossover. Really nice trail, no wonder it showed upon Google Earth so well.

From Willow Springs Canyon I follow a trail that is called the Willow Springs Tank Trail on some web sites. This trail will eventually head back to the Javelina Trail (portions of this trail are also Called the Golden Eye Trail). This trail crosses a 2 track near Willow Springs Tank and I take that down to the tank and continue south along what I am calling the Willow Spring Basin Trail. This trail will continue down to the Gold Eagles Nugget Trail (parts of this trail are referred to as the Little Chance Loop). I only follow this trail for .7 miles to a spur trail that heads down into Willow Springs Canyon. These trails are easy to follow and appear to be fairly heavily traveled. The .1 mile Spur trail down to the Willow Spring Canyon Wash is marked by a cairn but is not much of a trail but you can see your destination, just follow the steam bed.

Back in Willow Springs Canyon I follow the trail back but on this trip instead of following the trail which follows along a 2 track that occasionally leaves the wash, I stay in the wash. This is the way to go if you are on foot. The wash is much more interesting and you get to pass By Willow Springs. The canyon gets a little narrow near Willow Springs with a little rock hopping but no climbing. Just 20 feet before the Trail Head gate I came across the Lost Souls Trail. It is a little faint but it is there. I took that trail in to where I Connected up with it earlier in the day and then returned to finish this hike.

Great hike in spite of the issues with the GPS. I am tempted to write some trail descriptions with what I have learned about these trails and make some sense out of the seemingly senseless maze of trails. There is a web site I found that lists all the trails in this area but the names are a little different. mtbikeaz.com Nice map of all the trails. This is a mountain bike web site so their names are a little more colorful but the trails are there.
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Mr_Squishy
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 Kodiak, AK
Willow Basin - Cyn Lariat, AZ 
Willow Basin - Cyn Lariat, AZ
 
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Mr_Squishy
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I hiked the Willow Basin Loop for the first time - sorta. Hiked up the trail clockwise, but then dipped down and followed the canyon trail and route to rejoin the Basin Loop trail in the long, straight road/wash. I then turned back and hiked counterclockwise back to the trailhead with a slight variation.
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Feb 18 2018
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 phoenix, az
Goldfield Combo, AZ 
Goldfield Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.20 Miles 1,944 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   2.13 mph
1,944 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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one of the best things about haz is the ideas you get from other people
@hikerdw, @hikingaz2, @azlot69, and @cannondalekid have all posted triplogs, photosets and gps routes for two hikes i've been wanting to do
thought we could combine razorback knob and camouflage tanks with triple arch via black glass canyon
doing it this way would eliminate the nasty bushwhack down the exit wash, eliminate a duplicate approach, and give us a lot of bang for the buck
after my route manager skilz scared jj off, john and i set out around 0715 on dave's track, hooking up with a trail i belatedly realized i've been on before: rough n ready canyon
we found the point where the off trail began, and took the path of least resistance up to the base of razorback knob
neither of us were feeling the summit due to steep and sketchy terrain
great views from the base
headed off to the camo tanks, exploring the area and taking a snack break
bigger than i pictured, some animal paths leading toward it, interesting setup
i also had hikingaz2's route of black glass canyon, and it was a very simple matter to drop down to it
that was the piece i was missing, so perhaps my track can help the next person connect the two
nice to see triple arch, then continue into the canyon
boulder hopping and a little bit of finding the best way down
only one real drop that required a work around
beautiful in there and a fun descent
a few pools of water
came out in willow springs basin, and immediately saw a couple in a jeep doing some four-wheeling
a couple miles of walking in gravel, then took one of the horse trails back
some gratuitous aeg on this; would try the other trail another time
saw three groups of horseback riders along here
the entire hike was only 10.2 miles - i had thought it would be closer to 12
while i was a tiny bit disappointed not to summit the knob, i got to see four cool goldfield landmarks up close
thanks for being willing to come along, john
i always enjoy hiking and exploring with you

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Feb 18 2018
johnlp
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 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Goldfield Combo, AZ 
Goldfield Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
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Hiking10.20 Miles 1,944 AEG
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Another cool hike in the Goldfields with the gecko. Parts remind me of the Cave Trail in the Supes. Lots more to see out there. Recommended. Thanks Kelly! :)
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 Phoenix, AZ
Jack's Back 2014, AZ 
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Hiking9.80 Miles 940 AEG
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940 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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Kelly and I finally made our decision to cancel our Sedona double due to weather concerns. If I'm going to climb two mountains, I prefer near excellent conditions. So we scrambled to do this year's "Jack's Back" :DANCE: hike with the hopes of getting out in the Goldfields. And then we bugged Kathy to come join us and even Karl came. kingsnake couldn't make it; hopefully he'll make the last "Jack's Back" hike next fall.
It was a bit of a gloomy day weather-wise but we were all glad to be out; especially in a new area. I picked up K&K and we me the others at the designated parking area across from where we would start our hike. I am not sure how this triplog got so long for a 10 mile hike :sorrry:


And off we went soon sliding into the wash of Willow Springs Canyon. We all seemed to instantly like the area with the mixture of flora and rock and views of which the most prominent in front was Gonzales Needle (a historic landmark named after a grand nephew of the Peralta family. Gonzales Needle marks the northern limit of the Goldfield Mining District.) Off to our right it was fun to see the Little Four Peaks too.

Soon we would encounter the first of several troughs this day and then we would hike thru a section with beautiful non-native fountain grass; it's always so pretty and was on each side of us. Next we would pass what we assumed was a long narrow trough that once had a sign above it. We then saw the first of several trail sign 12 markers (Trail 12 is also FR12, didn't know that at the time).

Our first stop would be the caves which we checked out; it's quite an extensive system. Fortunately there was little to no trash around most of the area. We continued down the drainage and around the corner we encountered metate holes and another trough. This trough had quite a bit of water in it. A little further we found the community grinding center with at least two dozen metate holes below the west wall. You can also see the old pipe hung from it.

Next was the narrows section. Actually there were a couple of these. We came to this one area where the others had gingerly gotten down and decided surely it was easier to go up and around so Kathy and I decided to do some 'sploring. We went up (adding to our AEG ;)) only to discover we couldn't get down where we thot. So we had to contour this rather difficult landscape until we could find a place to get down and join the others. Well now that our little adventure was over we could move on to an area where we encountered yet another trough. This one was completely devoid of water and had dried mud at its bottom.

We continued on in the wash for about another 10 minutes; saw a place to come up and out but continued for a bit and decided to climb up and out the hard way. Now mind you, this was totally unnecessary but of course we didn't know that at the time (Kelly and Kathy went back to the easy walk up). Not sure why we opted out of the creek bed :-k . BUT it turned out to be quite the nice adventure as once we started going UP the road the views were terrific BUT then it started getting a lot steeper and pretty soon we were at what you might call a cul de sac. So as long as were up here, Karl climbed up Peak 2348 or Karl's Peak :D as it has now been designated. We got cool pics of him on top.

Once he was down we realized we should have made a left at the drainage that was draining to the Willow Creek Canyon we had left 1/2 hour previous. No big deal as we would get a little AEG for this one. And the views were superb. So back down the hill we went, caught the drainage and headed west back to Willow Springs Canyon. In this little drainage we came to a cool pour over cut into the landscape. This little drainage had lots of cool flora too. And to be truthful, you should just stay in the canyon but what's the fun in that.

Once out our mission continued as we headed down the canyon. We came upon a tree that had some sort of puffy flora growing up through it. We have no idea what it is of course. Reminded me a bit of Cliff Rose but it wasn't that. We passed by some interesting walls along the canyon and then veered slightly right back onto Trail 12 that we had been on and off of a couple times. None of us realized there was a trail number. We continued north on the road bed that was fairly wide but somewhat rocky. We passed by one of the most incredible Christmas cholla clusters I have ever seen.

The clouds were breaking up pretty seriously by this point providing a different view of the landscape we had been seeing :) including views to the NW of Dome Mountain. Once Karl locked his GPS onto Bagley Tank, he would update us as to our progress while HAZTrks would let us know how far we had come along with other statistics (you can hear her in the video even... by the way, I would prefer a male voice; can I get that changed or have it as an option? ;))

Finally we made our destination, Bagley Tank (END movieing). It was really pretty and was showing off its reflections. We went to the other side to have our lunch in the shade. It was a great place for lunch with lots of green grass on the berm below our feet. About 1/2 hour later it was up and at 'em to hit the trail back straight this time. After spotting a gila monster (I didn't see it) and trying to coax it into view with no luck, we continued including up a hill that provided a great photo op to the Superstition Ridgeline. We were getting views of the whole Ridgeline off and on during the day.

I showed Kathy the big bunch of Christmas Cholla I had seen earlier (the others were ahead) and then we passed back thru the remnants of a Chain Cholla forest. Heading more in a southernly direction now, the sand got a little deeper along the way. We were seeing the landscape with the sun rather than the filtered light of the morning. We hit the narrows and that one section Kathy and I had avoided this AM. It was a little tricky getting up it but we made it. There were some big pools of water here as well but they were hidden within the rock.

We got closer to the cave section which is the only shade along this route. We stopped just for a moment to enjoy it and look at the caves once again before completing our hike. The others ahead of us, Kathy and I at the back. We hit the parking lot and cracked open our beer. Kelly gave us the good news about the Cardinals :) . We observed a fellow reading his book over on the sidewalk in like the only place where there was no view. And then he started stretching :o or whatever that was. And as the HP drove by we hid our beer not knowing the rules of drinking in the parking lot.

Yep it was 2 o'clock and we had another hike in the books in a fun area with the most delightful people :y: . I took WAY too many pics but I like to do that when a group of us gets together, and after all "Jack's Back!"

Unfortunately, I had slipped my movie mode into AVCHD so the quality isn't nearly as good though I just read there shouldn't be any difference between that and mp4 HD. So now I'll have to run a comparison and see.

Video 1 to the caves - [ youtube video ]
Video 2 to Karl's Hill - [ youtube video ]
Video 3 pending upload to youtube tonite 11/4/2014 after dinner and finally some Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale 6.0% - Pecan Pie in a glass! at the Arizona Wilderness Brewery
11-5-14 wow is that beer awesome! now to Video 3 link from Karl's Hill to Bagley Tank - [ youtube video ]
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 Phoenix,AZ
Jack's Back III, AZ 
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slowandsteady
Hiking9.80 Miles 940 AEG
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I didn't need to be bugged too much to agree to this hike and meet Jack! I had never been to the Goldfield's and this was a great introduction.

I got to see a gila monster, a giant christmas cholla, I am now the proud owner of an Apache Tear and I had a great time!

Next up, Little Four Peaks, whose with me?!
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 Apache Junction,
Willow Springs BasinPhoenix, AZ
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AZLumberjack
Hiking10.00 Miles 305 AEG
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A very interesting hike would be an apt description for this day's trek. I have often been intrigued by the Goldfield Mountains but thought they were just running areas for ATV's and Jeeps, and as it turns out, I was right. But I parked my truck at the Weavers Needle Vista parking area along the Apache Trail just a short distance from First Water Road to explore the area.

I got into my hiking gear, cleared the GPS and struck out, going North across Hwy 88 and into the dry wash. The immediate area was a series of horse trails, jeep/ATV tracks and some hikers boot prints. The wash was wide and ideal for walking with a mix of sand/gravel and stretches of solid rock. The Jeeps & ATV's seem to have little regard for the scenic area and are trying to climb every ledge and steep grade in sight (and it would only get worse further in) :gun: .

I decided to stay off the trails and stay in the wash, which proved to be the exciting part of the hike. Soon I was in a very narrow canyon area which had a white solid rock base, cut deep in places by the erosion effects of the water. Holes in this rock were filled with standing water from the last rains but were useful as steps to descend to the lower levels. A length of Galvanized pipe ran for a long distance along the West side of the wash that at one time carried water to Tanks further down the wash.

It wasn't long before the wash widened with a continuous sand/gravel base and a lot of dense green foliage dominated the sides. Further up, the mountains provided outstanding scenery with a lot of Saguaro and stands of Cholla dotting the sides. Slot canyons had been formed by the streams entering the wash and I investigated some of them and found them to be very interesting. One of these canyons had a drill rod stuck in the rock above a 15 foot falls.

As I continued on, the jeep/ATV trail joined and left the wash at several places, so there was a lot of traffic that ran the wash rather than the trails. I was beginning to see more plastic water bottles, plastic ATV parts, even a rider's glove littered the wash. At one place I came across some doggie poo in a zip-lock baggie (When dog poo will dry up in a couple of Arizona days, why would someone put it into a zip-lock bag to preserve it for a thousand years?) :yuck: .

I continued down the wash enjoying the quiet (the Jeeps & ATV's weren't running today) and the scenery. There were a lot of birds around and they seemed to pay little attention to my presence. At places the sides of the canyon closed in with cliffs towering high above making for some beautiful stretches of the hike. :)

When my GPS told me I reached the 5 mile mark, I had now overlapped the Willow Creek to Saguaro Lake posted hike. Along the West side of the wash, another canyon was showing itself and looked pretty tempting, but I was running low on time and put this in my memory banks for a future hike (coordinates 33-deg 32.448, 111-deg 28.948). So I reluctantly made an about face and headed back up the wash. :-({|=

When I got to the white rock area again, I had to climb up the rocks and in doing so, my new camera somehow slipped out if its bag and fell on the rocks, landing in the sand below. :o I can't repeat what I said then, :--: but after retrieving my camera, the lens cover had come off and the optional ND (neutral density) filter was cracked across its face ](*,) . Now I know why I bought a $25 screw in lens filter, that fracture could have been my $400 camera :doh: . Fortunately the camera still works and I was able to take some photos of fall foliage that still existed along the wash.

So I had an interesting day and an almost expensive lesson, but there's still hope for the regions within the Goldfield Mountains, if you can find the remote trails where the ATV's can't travel. :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Dec 27 2011
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AZLumberjack
Hiking10.00 Miles 305 AEG
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A very interesting hike would be an apt description for this day's trek. I have often been intrigued by the Goldfield Mountains but thought they were just running areas for ATV's and Jeeps, and as it turns out, I was right. I parked my truck at the Weavers Needle Vista parking area along the Apache Trail, just a short distance from First Water Road.

I got into my hiking gear, cleared the GPS and struck out, going North across Hwy 88 and into the dry wash. The immediate area was a series of horse trails, jeep/ATV tracks and some hikers boot prints. The wash was wide and ideal for walking with a mix of sand/gravel and stretches of solid rock. The Jeeps & ATV's seem to have little regard for the scenic area and are trying to climb every ledge and steep grade in sight (and it would only get worse further in) :o .

I decided to stay off the Jeep/ATV trails and stay in the wash, which proved to be the exciting part of the hike. Soon I was in a very narrow canyon area which had a white solid rock base, cut deep in places by the erosion effects of the water. Holes in this rock were filled with standing water from the last rains but were useful as steps to descend to the lower levels. A length of Galvanized pipe ran for a long distance along the West side of the wash that at one time carried water to Tanks further down the wash.

It wasn't long before the wash widened with a continuous sand/gravel base and a lot of dense green foliage dominated the sides. Further up, the mountains provided outstanding scenery with a lot of Saguaro and stands of Cholla dotting the sides. Slot canyons had been formed by the streams entering the wash and I investigated some of them and found them to be very interesting. One of these canyons had a drill rod stuck in the rock above a 15 foot falls.

As I continued on, the jeep/ATV trail joined and left the wash at several places, so there was a lot of traffic that ran the wash rather than the trails. I was beginning to see more plastic water bottles, plastic ATV parts, even a rider's glove littered the wash. At one place I came across some doggie poo in a zip-lock baggie (When dog poo will dry up in a couple of Arizona days, why would someone put it into a zip-lock bag to preserve it for a thousand years?) :yuck: .

I continued down the wash enjoying the quiet (the Jeeps & ATV's weren't running today) and the scenery. There were a lot of birds around and they seemed to pay little attention to my presence. At places the sides of the canyon closed in with cliffs towering high above making for some beautiful stretches of the hike.

When my GPS told me I reached the 5 mile mark, I had now overlapped the Willow Creek to Saguaro Lake posted hike. Along the West side of the wash, another canyon was showing itself and looked pretty tempting, but I was running low on time and put this in my memory banks for a future hike (coordinates 33-deg 32.448, 111-deg 28.948) :) . So I reluctantly made an about face and headed back up the wash.

When I got to the white rock area again, I had to climb up the rocks and in doing so, my new camera somehow slipped out if its bag and fell on the rocks, landing in the sand below. :o I can't repeat what I said then, :--: but after retrieving my camera, the lens cover had come off and the optional ND (neutral density) filter was cracked across its face. ](*,) Now I know why I bought a $25 screw in lens filter, that fracture could have been my $400 camera's lens. Fortunately the camera still works and I was able to take some photos of fall foliage that still existed along the wash. :FG:

So I had an interesting day and an almost expensive lesson, but there's still hope for the regions within the Goldfield Mountains, if you can find the remote trails where the ATV's can't travel. :y:
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Nov 04 2011
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Out for some exercise and adventure! My friend and I took a few spur Jeep trails just exploring. Went up and up and up one just to find out it dead ended! Ha ha! Oh well! It's always good to get out and explore!
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175 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
Set up a car camp as a hub for a series of hikes. Great company, great campfire, guitar entertainment, a mostly full moon, and a killer camp site made for a wonderful time. Hiking by moonlight was a bonus.
Flora
Flora
Desert Broom
Fauna
Fauna
Canyon Tree Frog
Culture
Culture
HAZ Rides
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It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
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Jul 03 2010
TheNaviG8R
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 Guides 1
 Routes 37
 Photos 2,911
 Triplogs 452

51 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Willow Springs BasinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2010
TheNaviG8R
Hiking3.80 Miles 177 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
177 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Great short little hike.
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Mar 05 2010
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 8,199
 Triplogs 1,944

70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Razorback KnobPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2010
AZLOT69
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.
Geology
Geology
Natural Arch
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Jan 08 2010
AZLOT69
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 Guides 175
 Routes 247
 Photos 8,199
 Triplogs 1,944

70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Willow Springs Canyon to Bagley TankPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2010
AZLOT69
Hiking11.00 Miles 580 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.20 mph
580 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
This and beyond unlocking secrets.
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It's best for a man to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open his mouth and remove all doubt.
--Mark Twain
Mar 07 1993
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Willow Springs Canyon to Bagley TankPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 1993
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
700 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
We left from Willow Springs Canyon TH (not an official TH in 93 afaik). We cut over a ridge after a couple of miles and then took a tributary back to WSC and continued towards the lake. We turned around at a pour off and headed back.
[Near the start after you have done the climb up and back down, we met two teenagers each carrying rifles and shotguns. It was a little disconcerting because they looked so young and no one else with them... :scared: ]
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average hiking speed 2.14 mph

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