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Mar 24 2019
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Pedestal Arch, AZ 
Pedestal Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.10 Miles 2,051 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   6 Hrs   16 Mns   1.82 mph
2,051 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
1st trip
this hike was an attempt to summit golden dome, following routes posted by @chumley and @dixieflyer
two peaks, two arches and a trip down black glass canyon are featured
got an early start and enjoyed the trails to wishbone junction
(i just learned exactly where this is, according to tenny's gps coordinates)
a bit in the wash, then the off trail began
pretty good bushwhack uphill on loose rock, not terrible but time-consuming
vegetation seems a little more overgrown than usual this spring
finally made it to pedestal arch
there is definitely an easier way to get to this point
ray wasn't feeling the peaks, and he wanted to cut the route and meet us near black glass canyon
i wasn't comfortable at all with us splitting up, so we descended from there
upon further review, it might have been nice to cut over to black glass canyon
looks like there is a [ gps route ] for that option
after dropping back down we still had to get back to our trail, so we got to experience an off trail "shortcut" :)
nice day, good company, always fun to be out in the goldfields
i'm gradually learning some of the trail names and landmarks
ray treated us to lunch at the gecko grill in gilbert - thank you!
i had the grilled gecko :lol:
enjoyed meeting rhonda
we'll try again with a different route to pedestal arch, but maybe not this spring
golden dome will still be there
another thought is to take black glass canyon up to 3141, over to golden dome and return the same way
no need to see pedestal arch a third time
kudos to those who completed this loop; it's a good one
nice to be out with ray and john again
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Mar 24 2019
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 3,156
 Triplogs 403

61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Pedestal Arch, AZ 
Pedestal Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
rayhuston
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,998 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   6 Hrs   16 Mns   1.82 mph
1,998 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
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1st trip
I'm going to piggy back off of Kelly's trip log, which sums up our day very nicely. Thank you Kelly and John, again, for your patience and understanding. One of these days we'll get it right.

Despite not achieving our objective, it's always a great day when you're hiking in the Goldfields. I came back whooped and scratched, but those are minor inconveniences compared to great company and wonderful scenery.
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Mar 24 2019
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Pedestal Arch, AZ 
Pedestal Arch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
johnlp
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,098 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   6 Hrs   16 Mns   1.87 mph
2,098 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Another foray into the delightful Goldfields. I'm starting to recognize some of the places I've been before. Hiking off trail was looser and brushier than usual for this area. Got a little scratched up, but nothing worth wearing pants for.

Flowers are still looking good. The geology here is relentlessly interesting and great for hiking.

A 29 year old joined us, and a 79 year old left us. :lol: Always a pleasure to hike with Ray and Kelly. Rhonda joined us for lunch and reminded us how compassionate Ray is. Though the other half of the story is much more interesting.

Good times. Thanks you two. :)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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Feb 06 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Guides 15
 Routes 199
 Photos 2,475
 Triplogs 188

male
 Joined Jan 07 2017
 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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Mar 04 2017
hikingaz2
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76 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 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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Feb 15 2017
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2017
AZLOT69
Hiking7.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
330 ft AEG
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I was surprised when I found no other vehicles at the traihead. Made for a pleasant day.
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Jan 27 2017
hikingaz2
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76 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2017
hikingaz2
Hiking8.52 Miles 1,559 AEG
Hiking8.52 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.28 mph
1,559 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Roger's Son Brett was in town for a few days, and wanted a scenic Hike, say no more, Goldfields here we come. This is such a nice area to hike with so many variations it's unreal :y:
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Nov 05 2016
hikerdw
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 Routes 130
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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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Aug 31 2016
gummo
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male
 Joined Oct 23 2010
 mesa
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2016
gummo
Hiking7.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
330 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Unless I was at the wrong "trailhead" I like to change the description being trail finding skills to 5 out of 5 and 99% bushwhacking with a 1% margin of error. I pretty much gave up on the trail and did my own thing. It rained last night there, but didn't rain where I was at. The rain drew the snakes out, and I, like a good HAZ hiker, cashed in. :D My snake total is up to 261. I finally saw a baby dback locally.
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Mar 30 2016
coloradofoxtro
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69 female
 Joined Jul 09 2013
 Apache Junction,
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2016
coloradofoxtrot
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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This was a beautiful hike to finish off my winter season in Apache Junction. Beautiful views.
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Feb 19 2014
bensondk
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2014
bensondk
Hiking8.70 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.73 mph
761 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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I led a group of hikers from Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch hiking club, and had a very enjoyable hike. We did the loop counterclockwise in order to do the sand portion going downhill. The sand lasts for about 3 miles, and is much like walking on a beach - good exercise, but tiring. Once past the sand, and beginning the uphill portion at N33 31.870 W111 29.792, the route becomes more scenic, with rugged canyon walls. The caves at N33 31.748 W111 29.874 were definitely the highlight for the group.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
there were some flowers, but limited rain is leading to limited flowers.
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Dec 09 2013
bensondk
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 Photos 159
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68 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Florence, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2013
bensondk
Hiking7.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   1.04 mph
330 ft AEG
 
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We approached this hike expecting to do a lot of bushwhacking, and found it to be a hike with mostly easy terrain and fabulous scenery. We did the loop in a clockwise direction which put the best scenery in the first part. I will include a GPS track of this route in the route list, and also a set of photos under the same name. Most of the way is quite well defined trail worn in by horses. This first half mostly follows streambed, with some boulders, some water, and large caves worth exploring. The rugged walls to the valley just after Wishbone Junction are awesome viewing, but very difficult to capture the feeling with a camera. The second half of the loop is easy walking on a road/streambed with lots of sand, similar to walking on a beach. It would be nice to find an alternate route for the return to the trailhead, but there were no apparent good choices that I have seen yet, unless bushwhacking is your choice.
Both sets of caves, marked by waypoints included with the GPS track, are worth stopping and touring through them. The first set is particularly interesting because they are large and have more than one entrance. It is easy to imagine these caves may have been homes thousands of years ago.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
No autumn foliage seen.
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Jan 24 2011
sventre
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male
 Joined Nov 24 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2011
sventre
Hiking7.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
330 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
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Thought I would make an attempt to reach an "unnamed" set of structures which appear at 33 31'25.12"N 111 30'35.95"W on Google Earth. My plotted course didn't pan out and I will need to make another attempt to mount the ridge at some point north of the Junction. In the meanwhile I spent the morning exploring the heart of the Goldfields and Cottonwood Spring.
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Jan 02 2010
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2010
AZLOT69
Hiking10.00 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
780 ft AEG
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It doesn't get much better than this. Great day on the trail. Near the end ran into fellow Haz member and gave her a guided tour of Little Chance Canyon. Great time.
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Nov 02 2009
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2009
AZLOT69
Hiking7.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.33 mph
800 ft AEG
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Moonlight hike in the Goldfields. Great fun.
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Jan 18 2009
johnr1
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 Guides 4
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72 male
 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2009
johnr1
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,439 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,439 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Couldn resist climbin Helmet rock on the way. This is a suprisingly scenic wander along a wash in he Goldfields
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Mar 07 1993
mazatzal
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62 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
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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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