Peak 3004 Loop Day Hike; Goldfield Mountains, May 8, 2015  Route Map 

A cool day so late in the spring? We’ve got to go hiking! So Clara and I walked the Peak 3004 Loop, which I had done before but not this late in the spring. The day never did get hot, but it got cloudy.

The Bulldog Saddle Trail now extends to the natural garden on the north slope of Peak 3004. But then, approaching the arroyo, the routes divide with cairns all over the place. Clara and I chose some that led to a reasonable crossing, then we bushwhacked around the southeast side of hill 2290.

There we found a Gila monster. Amazingly, Clara saw another one later in the hike.

In the valley there’s a trail marked with cairns leading south toward the Pass. It connects with the ancestral Pass Mountain Trail and then the current Pass Mountain Trail.

After meeting only one hiker on our way up, there were at least a dozen on the way down to Meridian Trailhead.


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Buttes stand between the Pass and Peak 3004.
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Geronimo Head formation, on our approach to Bulldog Saddle.
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Clara and her father at Bulldog Saddle. [photo by Clara]
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Acacia gregii - catclaw.
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Lichens dissolve their way into the rhyolite.
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This is our boulder, thank you.
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Each color of lichen is a different species.
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Hook ’em, Horns!
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North Bulldog Ridge, Stewart Mountain and the distant Mazatzals, looking northeast from the Bulldog Saddle Trail.
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A good canyon to leave unclimbed, believe me.
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Clara finds the ideal camera angle.
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Field of dreams – well saguaros, anyway.
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Hill 2290.
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Saguaro, Dome Mountain, saguaros, Peak 3269, Peak 3075 – from south of hill 2290.
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Gila Monster.
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Chalcedony in rhyolite.
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Peak 3004 (background, center) and a cave, from the ancestral Pass Mountain Trail.
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Head ’em off at the Pass.

  More Hike Pictures updated May 9, 2015