Wolverine-Bulldog Loop Day Hike; Goldfields, January 11, 2017 GPS Map

You never know what you’re going to get on a sunrise hike. Last time it was cloudy. This time there were a few clouds, and plenty of color.

Hikers were on the trail, and people walking their dogs. I met a fellow in Idaho Canyon who works for the Apache Junction Public Library. He still prefers to take pictures with a film camera. Some hikers on the Bulldog Canyon Trail asked me where they could see an arch.

Then there was a couple camped beside Forest Road 1356 at the top of Bulldog Wash. The guy was shooting at a target with his bow and arrow. He said they wanted to climb up to the cave on the south side of Peak 3134. I explained that there isn’t any trail up there, but they could get partway up walking on a dirt road.


Usually I start this hike from Idaho Access, but today I thought the sunrise would be better from Dome Mountain Trailhead. No big climbs, but a lot of little ups and downs. The bushwhacking in Bulldog Canyon is over solid rock.
distance: 5.38 miles
elevation change: +-382'
low: 2008' (Bulldog Canyon)
high: 2219' (FR 1356)

light
Pre-dawn light at Dome Mountain Trailhead.
saguaro
Wolverine Pass Trail goes through the hushed saguaro forest.
saguaro
Wake up, you sleepy saguaros!
San Tan
Colorful clouds over San Tan Mountain.
Superstitions
The sun is behind the Superstition Mountains.
trail
There’s enough light to see the trail now.
Musketeers
Three Musketeers.
Hat
Mexican Hat.
lichen
The trail passes by a lichen-covered boulder.
rocks
These rocks will look ordinary at mid-day.
Coyote
Coyote Rock has something to howl about.
Bulldog
The rugged skyline of south Bulldog Ridge.
Sonoran
Thriving Sonoran vegetation.
canyon
The Narrows of Idaho Canyon.
baby
Baby Turtle gives Mama a kiss.
rock
Layers of rock are turned every which way.
3269
Peak 3269.
Bulldog
There’s a way up those rocks on the right side.
up
The Great Stone Alligator says “Stay down below.”
cactus
Natural desert garden in Bulldog Canyon.

  More Hike Pictures updated January 12, 2017