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Mar 03 2018
Lumberjill
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Lumberjill
Hiking7.40 Miles 810 AEG
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After procuring our Tonto Pass, we started out on a clear day, ready to go searching for Sunrise Arch. Following the Salt River wasn't bad, and it was interesting to see the mix of trees, grass, and cactus all co-existing with each other. At the point where you start climbing up into the mountains, a cairn points the way up. Up we went, not really following any established path much of the time. We found ourselves fighting with some cat claw a few times, and I definitely left a bit of blood out there. Other than the cat claw, the climb wasn't bad. It was definitely steep in a few parts, but not as unstable as I was expecting. We found the arch and had a lot of fun exploring the area. Two men were doing the same thing, with the intention of setting up some hammocks near the arch and hanging out for a while.

After exploring the area, we started back down the mountain, without bothering to even attempt to follow the track we'd made when we went up. We just kept going towards the Salt River and actually ended up finding the cairn that had directed us up. On our way back to the car, we stayed pretty close to the river and startled a family (?) of javelina. After the biggest one gave us a look that would have killed if possible, we backed away slowly without getting any photos. A great hike with perfect weather!
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DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking7.10 Miles 830 AEG
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This was a fun little hike to do. I started at the Blue Point/Phon D Sutton trailhead (https://www.google.com/maps/place/Phon+ ... 1783?hl=en) on Bush Highway.

Six of the seven miles were almost flat, with an elevation gain of around 325 feet over the six miles. The most difficult thing about this portion of the hike was dodging all of the horse poop that is out there. But where there is horse poop, there are horses -- and I saw 6 wild horses on the way back to my vehicle.

The climb up to the Arch was a bit steep, with an elevation gain of around 500 feet over 1/2 mile. It was off-trail, but it wasn't a bad climb, although in a few places it was somewhat steep with some loose gravel. Climbing through the arch at the top, and enjoying the views from the arch, made the climb worthwhile.

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Jul 26 2015
mhackett71
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 Chandler, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Headed out at 5am ish, caught an awesome sunrisehttps://scontent.xx.fb...

Heard a few coyotes before climbing down into river area, a little thorny, here and there nice area makes you think of sleepy hollow area.. caught 3 doe running out of the area in 2 different areas, a few areas of SAND/Powder type walking then on some river rocks, you can pretty much trailblaze through n up to the turn where you head up into the mountain. Excellent river areas, would've been great to bring a portable fishing rod.. hmmmm. The "trail" up wasnt as outlined as we normally see and was also grassy with the annoying "awns", mostly following different game trails up to the middle aiming towards where it looks like there would be an awesome waterfall if it was raining,, we hiked up to where it almost looked like there would be a pool up there, but none to see.. back down a little and my pal walked out on top of the arch, nice pics.. quenched our thirst and relaxed for about 5 minutes, took the grass "awns" out of socks for the time being.. Walked a litte ways west to find alternate route back, to find it got pretty steep around the bend and went back to the arch, and down at a slighly different Angle. We headed all the way down to the river n followed the river back to the trail n out.. took us about 4 hours, not too difficult of a hike, took lots of pics.. Here's Andy on top of the arch https://scontent.xx.fb... will play more in this area for sure, love hiking by water..
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Mar 05 2015
azfj60
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 Gilbert, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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azfj60
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,364 AEG
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FYI, was planning on taking some Boy Scouts here, and stumbled across this

fs.usda.gov/Interne ... .pdf

The arch is actually located in a Bald Eagle Closure area from Dec 1st to June 30th each year... :(

The closure notice is not linked to the Bulldog Canyon OHV recreation section of the Forest Service Website, rather it is just one of many listed on the "Alerts and Warnings" section of the Tonto FS website, so not too easy to find. Just thought I'd share.
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Feb 22 2015
hikingaz2
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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,825 AEG
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River was down, so we decided to cross while we could. Wanted to head up to Sky Island and look around. Routed ourselves up and thru Sunrise Arch and up the chute to the top. Went over the cliffs and looked down ( Straight ) worked our way over to Delicate Arch and down Gateway Canyon to complete our loop, great hike will be going back to Sky Island again for more exploring.
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Feb 07 2015
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.10 Miles 1,800 AEG
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This hike has been on my list for a few years. Denny suggested this over a hike I brought up, that's kinda long. We hit the road at 0630 and were hiking in the chilly morning air before long. After hiking the three plus miles to the turn off to the arch, I can see why people just wade the river as a shortcut instead.

The off trail up to the arch wasn't bad so we decided to go up the ravine and explore up top. We made it up and over to the Sky Island which has outstanding views. We tried to descend to the NW in a couple spots but couldn't find a reasonable route off the cliffs. So we ended going back up and around to where we had first ascended, and headed back down.

We saw quite a few birds including a bald eagle. Wild flowers are starting to show! Poppies, blue dicks, fairy dusters, fiddlenecks...

Fun hike. Thanks Mr Turtle!
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Feb 07 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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John suggested a 40 mile hike but I talked him into this one. :thanx: We did the long version to get the miles. We saw quite a few ducks and did a lot of sand walking on the way to our turn off. It was a nice little climb up to the arch and was pretty cool. The hike goes right through the arch. from there it was up to the Sky Island and on to do a little exploring. The views were great from up top. On the way back we saw the Delicate Arch before hitting the saddle and heading down the chute. We saw an Eagle along with few other birds and a few different flowers. It was a little warm on the way back and the sand walking wore me down :) . Great hike, weather and company. Thanks, LP!
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Dec 18 2014
jameslcox44
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Sunrise/Precarious/Delicate Arch Loop, AZ 
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We drove to Water Users Parking area, crossed the river and hiked up to Sunrise Arch. The went through the slot east of the arch up to Sky Island and on to Precarious Arch and Delicate Arch, then down Gateway Canyon trail and back to the river. Fun hike on a wet day. No rain, but wet foliage and wet rocks.
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Dec 23 2013
bensondk
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 Florence, AZ
Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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bensondk
Hiking12.10 Miles 3,256 AEG
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Our group of mostly seniors, with a couple of visiting 20 year olds, decided to try to see the Sunrise Arch and then to the top of the mountains above the arch, then work our way around to find a way down by going to the southwest. Along the way from the trailhead and before we began any uphill portion, we encountered a pond with reeds along the side, and perfectly calm water, with ducks swimming. For at least a couple of minutes, this looked to be a perfect time to commune with nature. Then after I had taken a few pictures of the ducks, and the mountains reflecting on the water, two hunters walked out of the reeds, and began gathering the ducks, which turned out to be decoys. Pretty funny, as you will see if you look at the photos I will be submitting.
Although we had it available, we didn’t use the official GPS track for the inbound portion of the hike, except as a backup plan. We found the arch, and were impressed by its size. It was every bit as big as it was supposed to be. The work really started here, as we dropped down in the ravine just to the left of the arch, and made our way up the ravine to the top of the mountain. If you plan to try this route, be aware that you will need to use your hands as this involves a bit of scrambling. We explored a few miles around the top of the mountains, and stopped just short of finding the right way down, before we decided that we were short of daylight. We ended up coming back down the way we went up, and then used the official GPS track from HAZ to find our way back to the trailhead after dark.
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Saguaro Lake Stewart Mountain Dam
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Apr 06 2013
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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,364 AEG
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Hiked out to Sunrise Arch this morning. Still some wildflowers hanging around and some seeps in the alcoves behind the arch. After the arch, I headed up the draw - reminded me of the hike up to the Flatiron a little. Emerged on top and climbed up to an unnamed high point for a great view of the Salt River and the Goldfields.
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Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway CynPhoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
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Nice route variety - the easy meander along the bank, up and along the canyon side, then steep uphill to the "Hi Country". :sweat:
We had a little sleet, some rain in the morning but sunny PM.
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May 06 2011
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Pass Mountain Summit 3127Phoenix, AZ
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azdesertfather
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,747 AEG
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This whole day seemed like a "senior moment" for me...

On my way out this morning while getting my son ready for school, I'm checking my hiking daypack list to make sure I have everything. Drop him off at school, make it to the trailhead and start my hike down the trail to Sunrise Arch and get halfway to the arch when I realize that my GPS is almost dead, and I forgot to bring any spare batteries :o This was not a trail to do without a GPS, there are so many trails meandering through this area that you can easily get off and not know it.

So I hike back out, drive all the way back into Mesa to a CVS, run in and grab a pack of Duracells, pay for them and rush back to the trailhead. Pop in the batteries and shoot off again. I get about a quarter mile into the hike the second time and my GPS beeps and says, "Battery low". What?! What's wrong with my GPS??!!

I bought rechargeables, and guess what, THEY WEREN'T CHARGED. ](*,) I would like to have just been able to chalk this all up to karma but I'm a Christ-follower and don't believe in that karma stuff, SOOOOOO that means I can only chalk all this up to stupidity. :whistle: :oops: :lol:

I ran into the Mesa CVS again and buy another set of batteries, but this time by the time I got out to the car I had to tell myself, enough is enough. So I just gave up, I wasn't going to have enough time to finish and be back to make an afternoon appointment, so I decided to head to Usery Park to do a jaunt up to Pass Mountain Summit.

Got to the park, there was only a self-pay envelope bin there and I open up my wallet, and I only have a $10 bill. In my second trip into the CVS, I could have checked that, but nooo. :-({|= So, all in all, I paid $20 in batteries (which I didn't end up needing) and $10 for a pass to basically hike up Pass Mountain. Expensive hike. :oplz:

Look forward to doing Sunrise Arch again, hopefully before I move to Tucson. One surprise was in my first attempt at Sunrise Arch this morning I ran into some free-roaming horses, which I admit surprised me a bit. Didn't know there would be any out there like that. They saw me and took off, but then starting coming back to snoop around and see what I was up to.

By the way, the hike now beyond Wind Cave to the summit is pretty well marked. There are red arrows painted on rocks and as long as you keep a close eye out for them, they'll get you to the top.

2:10 at Sunrise Arch, 1:45 at Pass Mountain Summit.
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Apr 13 2011
Charger55
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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking1.50 Miles 1,364 AEG
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With the Salt River being so low right now, I decided to start from Water Users Rec Area. It's way more convenient than starting at Blue Point. The only drawback being that you're forced to take a break after only five minutes of hiking to dry your feet. That gave me time to search out a route.

The arch is clearly evident in the morning sun, but it's tough to pinpoint the rest of the day. I guess that's why it's called Sunrise Arch. The ascent is steep but short and views are nice in all directions. Not much fauna other than a heron and some coots in the water. I did see a small snake dart past me at the arch. Probably a good reminder that I should put these off-trail hikes on hold now that it's getting warmer.
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Feb 08 2011
TheNaviG8R
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 Mesa, AZ
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Hiking8.80 Miles 1,364 AEG
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Fall colors and mild weather along the Salt River made this a very scenic hike and climb. The river was flowing enough that the Blue Point trailhead is mandatory although a canoe could be used at Water user's TH.

Finding the route from the river up to the arch was a bit of challenge :? but once we knew where we were going, it is easy to find the arch. There are a pair of large cairns at the turn point out of the river and almost directly opposite the water user parking lot.

This arch is deceptive as it looks like a cave from a distance and only when you get close is it an obvious arch. The climb to the top is a short scramble to a great view of the river, dam and lake.

Coming back we ran into a herd of about a dozen wild ? horses that wanted nothing to do with us. It also explained why trying to route find by following horse tracks is futile :oops:
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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,364 AEG
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Nice cool day for this trip. Awesome arch off the beaten path. Surprising how many different types of animal trails in the area yet I didn't see much wildlife until the end of the day. A pack of wild horses. I've heard for years they were in the Goldfields and or the Superstitions (Its all open range) but my first spotting. The packs enforcer, a snow white Stallion, (Of Pima Indian Legend? Google It ! ), who demonstrated he did not like my presence. Saw no one else all day.
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Nov 04 2008
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Sunrise Arch - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 1,364 AEG
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Just had to go back to the Sunrise Arch. One major reason is that the water level in the Salt now is very low. In October they cut back the flow. In the summer they let it loose for the tubers and boaters.

I read the chart where it said the current water flow from the dam was 8 to 10 cu. ft. sec. That seemed reasonable to cross. Otherwise you have to start from the Blue Point Trailhead and it ads quite a few miles.

This hike is a major uphill climb all the way to the arch. However from the Water Users trailhead to the arch is really only about one half mile. Please do not let this factor mislead you! Your first job is to cross the river. There are lots of very slippery rocks all covered with green slime. Step by step we selected a route and started across the 100 feet or so of river. Several places we were up to our knees in water for a few step. Certainly did not look that deep! So with boots wet and pants legs wet we reached the other side. This part of the hike was quite a bit harder that I thought it would be.

You will note in the photos that Ted Tenny, who joined our jaunt, was fighting his way through ferns and river growth. Dan and I selected another route that was a bit easier. However Andy blithely took off his boots and socks and waded across without water damage. To each his own. As I recall he also dances through fire coals but that may be a myth!

We then took off following a horse trail for awhile when I was leading, as a photo shows. From then on folks it is really up hill and Ted led the way-some trail remnants and some bushwhacking. Folks, it ain't easy!!! I had also completely forgotten that I had taken several medications and I was rather stupid to try such a climb. The water was pouring off me. I had been to the arch before and through it etc. so I stopped about 100 feet from it to try to regain my sapped strength from the meds. Ted, Dan and Andy went on into the arch and took photos. Some are mine and some are what Ted took.

Actually coming down is somewhat more of a challenge than going up. There is lots of scree and very little trail. I know I can only count this as a mile hike but you really have to put up with some elements of all types-including a king snake that crossed our path.

The arch is spectacular and even if you have to go the long way from the Blue Point Trailhead, you should go see it. It is the largest arch in the Goldfields. Very hard to see from the highway unless you know exactly where to look as it is backed by a rock cliff that blends in. There is a saguaro growing on top of the arch. So, your choice—either wade the river for the shorter way or go from Blue Point Trailhead but be sure not to miss this one. The hike says quite short but it is a definitely challenge. Oh, if you are really skilled and daring go through the arch, down into the first canyon and turn right and climb hand over hand to Sky Island. More than I can handle!!
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Smorgasborg
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,364 AEG
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This was a pleasant hike, follows the river for the majority then a steep climb to a really cool arch, where I stopped for a quick break.

The Goldfield Mountains are starting to grow on me.
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After reading about this arch that we never realized existed, we just had to check it out. We stopped on our way to Four Peaks a few days ago to scope it out. The river is barely a trickle right now so we decided to go a more direct route and cut out several miles of bushwhacking. We started at the Salt River Tubing drop off parking lot (don't forget your Tonto Pass!), and crossed the river. The water was 60 degrees and it was 70 outside so it really wasn't that cold. It was only ankle deep too! We changed into hiking boots and headed up! It took us about an hour and a half to make it to the arch. There are no trails and we are way out of shape so I think we did pretty good! Round trip to the arch and back to the car, only 2 miles!! From river level at 1392 elevation to the arch at about 1900+/- not a bad elevation gain either! The views are great and I highly recommend this hike!

For you geocachers, check out a geocache I hid in the area below the arch! Sunrise Arch/Salt River View!
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