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Feb 24 2018
joebartels
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 Guides 213
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ 
Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
joebartels
Hiking14.35 Miles 2,298 AEG
Hiking14.35 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.97 mph
2,298 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Willow Canyon Trailhead
6:37am Cold start, pants kept it bearable.

Gold Eagles Nugget Trail
Nice trail, great condition. I'm not sure if the trail is local or FS maintained... regardless, the FS would be smart to sign and designate official trails.

Quartz Crystal Arroyo
Course variation of @AZLOT69's description.The trail through here is impressively manicured and quick.

Razorback Knob
No matter how you slice it this is a fanciful orchestra of terrain! Hit it sunrise or sunset! We missed that light, 'twas dazzling in the previous two paragraphs. Like crackin' the whip on Breezin Lad early 90's this is a guaranteed winner.

Camouflage Tanks
The tanks have been replaced. As a result, they are not camouflaged anymore. We didn't follow @sventre's description route but it's cool to now know about the Cottonwood Spring access into the Goldfields! Worthy destination for the views alone.

Black Glass Canyon - aka Obsidian
Snazzy obstacle course canyon. Similar to the huge boulder entrance of Peter's Canyon with Fish Creek (upper bridge) accents. Slow going and just barely in my current ability range. Didn't know to look for the triple arch. The canyon is plenty to engage my attention.

Willow Springs Canyon Lower
Never ending sinking steps sand/gravel creek beds rate pure hell in my book. The view at shoreline is the inlet not the lake view desired. Met two friendly kayakers a tenth of a mile from the lake.

Willow Springs Canyon to Willow Springs Basin Tank
No thank you. Joe wake up, never do this again.

Willow Springs Basin Tank to Willow Canyon Trailhead
Back on trails, life is good.

Synopsis
Hike to and through Black Glass Canyon is outstanding!
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Feb 24 2018
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
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 Photos 9,180
 Triplogs 1,081

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ 
Black Glass-Saguaro Lake-Willow Spgs Cyn Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking14.20 Miles 2,288 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   1.95 mph
2,288 ft AEG   1 Hour   23 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I'd never done anything in the Goldfields before, so I PM'd The Gecko that Treks for some suggestions. She through out a few suggestions and I ended up putting a twist on one that she and LP had just finished.

We started at the Willow Canyon TH at first light. None of the trails out here are signed, but most are in great shape. Temps. in the 30's forced a brisk pace to start. The sweet geology was painted in orange, with the rising sun.

The first off trail section took us to what are no longer the Tanks that were camouflaged. This is an interesting area that has seen recent improvements. For the life of me, I can't figure out how the water gets from the Tanks to the higher in elevation trough.

We worked our way downhill to my favorite part of the hike, Black Glass Canyon. Practicing Safety First, we worked our way through the many obstacles in this canyon getting to Willow Creek. From here it was a bit more than 2 miles to get to Saguaro Lake/Salt River. Almost to the lake, we ran into a couple of ladies coming in from the lake, that thought they'd discovered a new canyon. :lol:

I had plans to do some additional off trail exploring from here, but the canyon walls did not cooperate. So we reversed direction and headed back up Willow Creek. Joe enjoyed this portion so much that for the next 3.5 miles all I head was Bla, Bla, Bla.

Finally out of the creek bed and back on a trail it was smooth sailing back to the trailhead. Looks like there's plenty more areas to check out.


Culture
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Willow Springs Basin Tank

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Springs Basin Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Springs Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
No flow in the canyon, but the lake is right there
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Feb 18 2018
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 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
 
1st trip
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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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Goldfield Combo, AZ 
Goldfield Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2018
johnlp
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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1st trip
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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Willow Springs Basin Tank

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Willow Springs Basin Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
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Nov 05 2016
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Razorback KnobPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
hikerdw
Hiking9.14 Miles 1,943 AEG
Hiking9.14 Miles   5 Hrs   33 Mns   1.90 mph
1,943 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Hiked in from the Willow Springs trailhead. Saw lots of standing water on the way to Wishbone Junction from the recent rains. The off trail portion of the hike to the Knob and Camouflage Tanks wasn't that bad other than some loose granite which made it easy to slip (one good fall down the chute) and some areas with ankle buster sized rocks that we hiked through. Saw one deer two different times (my guess). Only saw a group of 4 horse back riders all day. Fantastic hike in the Goldfields.
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Jan 23 2015
hikingaz2
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76 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Razorback KnobPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2015
hikingaz2
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,551 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   7 Hrs   46 Mns   2.03 mph
1,551 ft AEG   3 Hrs   56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Headed out to Razorback Knob and decided we went right by the Top Hat Loop, so of course this was to good to pass up, two hikes in one day. Parked and headed up, they were right it is 75-80 % off trail, but wasn't to difficult to follow the route laid out by AZLOT69 (Thanks) Nice scenery, took some Pics and headed out to our 1st objective which was Razorback Knob. We had been up to the Triple Arch in Black Glass Canyon the previous Nov. and wanted to see what was up and around the wash to the left. Nice hike up to the saddle, thought about trying to get to the top of the Knob, but we'll leave that to the youngsters. More great scenery as usually, I think the Goldfields are a scenic Gem so close, but yet you can hikes for miles without seeing anyone.
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Nov 18 2010
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Triple Arch via Black Glass CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Nov 18 2010
AZLOT69
Canyoneering7.20 Miles 790 AEG
Canyoneering7.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.44 mph
790 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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The inner Goldfields are spectacular and this hike highlights some of the best. A great day of hiking without seeing anyone else.
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Mar 05 2010
AZLOT69
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68 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.
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Feb 19 2010
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Razorback KnobPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2010
AZLOT69
Hiking13.70 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking13.70 Miles   8 Hrs      1.71 mph
1,170 ft AEG
 
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A cool rainy day day led to a great day out bushwhacking. Saw no one else all day.
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