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Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield Mtns - 3 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 14 2021
markthurman53
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68 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 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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Dec 31 2020
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 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 04 2020
markthurman53
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 Tucson, Arizona
Top Hat Horse with No Name Loop, AZ 
Top Hat Horse with No Name Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
markthurman53
Hiking13.40 Miles 2,324 AEG
Hiking13.40 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   2.51 mph
2,324 ft AEG   1 Hour   44 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Took advantage of the sort of cool weather to do another couple days in the Goldfield Mountains. The first day I did a loop that included a portion of the Pack Saddle Trail (by Mistake), A portion of Rock House Trail, Top Hat, Horse With No Name and Cottonwood Wash. I think this is one of the more scenic hikes I have done in the Goldfields, much more than I expected. All the hiking was on trails with the exception of a part of the Top Hat. Drove in to within .4 miles of Cottonwood Wash along FR1356. I parked on top of a hill where it might require 4 WD to go further. I didn't feel like putting it in 4WD so I walked the rest of the way, after all this is suppose to be hiking not a test of my ability or the jeeps to maneuver steep rocky grades. The view from on top of the hill was good and also was a good place to eat breakfast and finish my coffee that I bought in Tucson.

I walked FR 1356 to the Cottonwood Wash crossing and checked my GPS as to which cross road to take. I headed out for about 15 minutes and checked my GPS because something didn't seam right, I took the Pack Saddle Trail (FR 3512) instead of the Rock House Trail. Back Tracked to the Rock House Trail (FR1356) and headed west. I guess I didn't have enough Coffee. Followed the Rock House Trail to Orohai Wash and then headed north to go to Top Hat Peak. There was water in pools along the the rocky sections of Orohai Wash and the dirt tank west of Top Hat. The hike up to what I believe is Palo Verde Arch was fairly easy and follows along a trail. I took the ridge from the arch to Top Hat but it appears there is a faint trail heading up to the peak from just below the arch on the west side (marked by a cairn). The faint trail is probably a more direct route because along the ridge you end up climbing a couple small peaks and heading back down a bit in between peaks, wasn't a big problem though. Great views from Top Hat.

From Top Hat I headed back down to Cottonwood Wash following a GPS route I down loaded. Didn't appear to be any trail but was easy enough. Once in Cottonwood Wash I headed down stream past Cottonwood Spring that had a trickle of water flowing. On my return trip past the spring I filled my canteen with water coming from a pipe. Wasn't very cool but it was wet. Gave my immune system something to work on, don't want it to forget what it's there for. I followed Cottonwood wash down to the the Horse With No Name Trail and went counterclockwise on the trail.

The Horse With No Name Trail in spite of the ridiculous name I thought was a fascinating trail. If I had to pick one trail that sums up the Goldfields I think it would be this one. Fairly easy trail through the Beige colored rocks and cliffs with the yellow tint from lichen and also sections through the dark volcanic rock that overlies the lighter Rhyolite. There are also magnificent stands of saguaros. This trail appears to have no destination at all, just goes in a couple of miles and then it's like the person who made the trail said far enough and returns along a wash to Cottonwood Wash. Maybe this trail should be called "a Trail with no destination". What ever you call it, it is scenic and well marked. No issues following this trail.

I took Cottonwood Wash back to where FR 3512 exits the wash (Pack Saddle Trail) and headed to FR 1356. Once at FR 1356 I decided to head down Cottonwood Wash to where the Pack Saddle Trail enters so I could Log the actual Cottonwood Wash route. It was still daylight and I wasn't anxious to get back to the jeep. I would like to write a guide for the Cottonwood Wash route and eventually the Pack Saddle Trail.

Great hike and not real strenuous. Weather is getting a bit warm but the slight breeze at times made it bearable. The flowers are in bloom (the usual ones) but I wouldn't say they were over abundant. Don't rush out here to see a magnificent display of flowers, at least not yet spring isn't even here yet.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
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hikingaz2
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 Mesa,Az
Trans GoldfieldPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
hikingaz2
Hiking16.27 Miles 2,601 AEG
Hiking16.27 Miles   11 Hrs   13 Mns   1.78 mph
2,601 ft AEG   2 Hrs   4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Started out to do a little Re-Con for a up coming hike that we've been eying for a couple of years. Which was the Trans Goldfield. Official Description very vague, and AZLOT69's triplog was only thing to go by. Got up to the top of Rhyodacite Canyon, stopped for a snack. I will say someone has trimmed and cairned this route, was so much nicer then 3 years ago. Thank you very much :) This is a beautiful Canyon and if you haven't been there, I would highly recommend this as go to hike. Lot of water running today :D :D Roger says we're this far, why don't we just head over to Route 88 :scared: :scared: :o :o All we had to do was get to the top of Goldfield Figure 8, and cruise down to the TH. ( Rog's famous last words ) we thought the top of the 8 was maybe 2 miles at the most. Called Iris -- Cel phone service :o :y: Changed our plans. Asked her to meet us at the Willow Springs TH at 5 to 5:30 at the latest. The route we wanted turned out not to be 2 miles but 4 miles of -- To quote AZLOT69 triplog --- "This will test your endurance and route finding skills" ---- : rambo : style. Amen !!! No Cel service, we had no actual route to follow, Now no way to contact anyone :sweat: new ETA 7 PM and Iris is waiting :sweat: :sweat: :scared: Glad she is :pray: very understanding. We had to go up thru a couple of saddles to check out the route from a higher view point, last saddle we went up got cliffed out , but looked below and found a ramp that took us back down to the wash. Be prepared for heavy brush and cats claw during your many crossings of the wash. This center 4 miles or so is the path of least resistance !!! You are in the sun most of the day, so plenty of water, rest and anything over 85 degrees I would think twice before attempting. Over all this was a great hike with views of the inner Goldfields seldom seen.
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hikingaz2
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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
 
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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Nov 26 2016
hikerdw
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 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2016
hikerdw
Hiking7.29 Miles 1,854 AEG
Hiking7.29 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.39 mph
1,854 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Kelley joined our hike today so we kept it on the shorter side, a lasso loop to Cottonwood Spring in the Goldfield's. While exploring around Cottonwood Spring we found a decapitated falcon. The body was in perfect condition but no head :o Not sure what happened there. Did manage to add in a short stretch of off trail hiking which Kelley even enjoyed. Nice overcast day today.
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Cottonwood Spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Tank was almost full but water was pretty nasty looking.
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 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69
Hiking7.00 Miles 400 AEG
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Cool morning, no one else around.
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Jan 27 2013
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 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Packsaddle TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking7.00 Miles 180 AEG
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 Mesa, AZ
Packsaddle TrailPhoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,326 AEG
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Nice sunny day. Started from the Packsaddle trailhead. Packsaddle road (FS 3512) was dull but once North of the intersection with FS 1356 the hike rocked. Plenty of water at Cottonwood Spring, and the wash from here on was nice and green. After the Spring, I did what AZLOT69 has as the Cottonwood Spring Loop. I cut over back to Packsaddle Road a little farther South than that route.

Plenty of hunters out, although I didn't see much wildlife. Tried to make up for the lack of wildlife with shots of planes.
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Cottonwood Spring
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Mar 15 2011
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 Mesa, AZ
Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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sventre
Hiking7.00 Miles 400 AEG
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I've done the loop about Cottonwood Spring, where the spring is the eastern boundary of the loop, a number of times. So this morning I made an early start on this loop (with the Spring serving as the western bound of the loop). I opted to begin the loop about 1/2 mile south of the starting point of the GPS route posted by; and, as it turned out, this worked out just fine for me. This initial 1/2 mile through the Spring provided an unusually green and grassy trek and one would not imagine that the "desert" was only a few feet away. In fact, I would recommend, for the "Packsaddle" portion of this route, that the hiker remain within the Spring at all times and avoid the jeep trail, availing you of the opportunity to enjoy the scenery. Unfortunately, both paths are becoming subject to more frequent use by motorized vehicles and the accompanying morons who seem to feel that the desert is their personal trash bin. It never ceases to amaze me that there are those self-centered individuals who "appreciate" the outdoors and yet care nothing for its continued enjoyment by others.

Shortly after the turn south and up into the unnamed wash that will begin the return portion of this loop, I noticed a "hole" up in the slick rock south of the wash. There was a red ribbon tied to a tree at this point [approx. 33.51948N, 111.49602W] and it caused me to investigate. So, I climbed the slick rock, explored the "hole" and continued up to the top of the mesa that extended from this point. Crossing the small mesa brought me back toward the wash, and I thought the detour to have been worthwhile.

After continuing south there came the point on the GPS route where it was necessary to turn westerly and climb the northern ridge of Peak 2446. Though filled with loose rock and dirt, the trek up toward the saddle was not particularly troublesome; but, the descent down the other side was another story. It seemed to me that the steepness of the grade coupled with even more loose rock could only mean that I was off the designated route. Yet my GPS indicated to the contrary. So I continued to make my way down, weaving back and forth across the terrain to find better footing, and finally reaching the bed of yet another unnamed was that fed into Cottonwood Spring. At this point the GPS route required the climbing of another saddle and a descent which would presumably place me back on Packsaddle.

I decided to opt for a different route and headed south along the wash until I came to a lower saddle more directly parallel to my own initial starting point. There I was able to bushwhack east back to the vehicle. Continuing a bit further south along the wash would have placed me onto FR 1356 and an easy return to the intersection with FR 3512 (close to where I had begun).

I was glad that I had begun early and would recommend that this loop be completed in a counter-clockwise direction if you intend to be out when the temperatures exceed 85 degrees. The eastern border of this loop provides little to no shade.

Today the Spring sported numerous pools of water and a few spots where flowing water could still be found. The desert showed signs of blooming vegetation I and didn't encounter anyone until passing through the Forest Service vehicle gate at Hackamore Road.
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 Gold Canyon, AZ
Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69
Hiking8.00 Miles 840 AEG
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Another day out in the Goldfields collecting data and getting a good solid feel for the area. As usual this is the place to be if you do not want to see others. Great wilderness experience.
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Oct 15 2009
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Cottonwood Spring - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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AZLOT69
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,083 AEG
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Glad I got an early start. There is no relief from the sun on this trip. Great day.
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Feb 07 2007
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Hiking7.00 Miles 2,083 AEG
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Did this as a loop hike. To arrive at Cottonwood Spring we took Hackamore Road off SR 88 to the Bull Dog Canyon OHV area. As you approach it a gate is in place. If you have an off road vehicle and have the necessary permit(free of Charge) from the Tonto National Forest you will have the gate combination and can continue 2.6 miles to Cottonwood Spring. This is where our trip began and ended. Starting at Cottonwood Spring, be observant, we have spotted frogs-toads-turtles-deer-javalina-diamondback rattlesnakes-a variety of lizards, and big cat footprints. We proceeded north in the wash. There really is no trail although it starts out with an atv trail which continues for about a mile fading away. There are no cairns on this entire journey, not one was spotted or placed, its not necessary as long as you have a GPS just stay in the wash. At about a mile north of Cottonwood there are some spectacular cave like formations. The wash makes a turn toward the northeast-then north , then northeast again offering some beautiful canyon beauty. Evidence of propectors activity is everywhere. Some small mines can also be located. A right turn at the first major wash is the route we took now heading in a southeasterly direction. The canyons and rocks are very colorful in this area and we note there are no physical signs of any others being in this canyon other than the rock damage created by prospectors long ago. Mixed up geology is noted with unusual rock types. We found some Obsidian, Crystal, Quartz, and other rock collector pieces worthy of display. We continued on meandering in the wash generally in a southern direction. It was a warm day and we wore shorts. The washes are open from vegitation for the most part and very little cat claw was noted. Finally we came to a wash which generally headed back in a southwest direction toward Cottonwood Spring. When the GPS showed we were adjacent to our vehicle we began a bushwhack out of the wash and across three mountains to our vehicle. A fantastic day, and the area begs our return for future exploration. We did not see another person the entire day.

Total elevation gained 2083 feet almost entirely with the final bushwhack
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