This is the parking lot at the trailhead.  I have never seen it so full before.
The trail is very easy to follow.
Most of the ocotillos have leaves now.
I hiked up to that saddle a few months ago.  Got some good pictures of storm clouds then.
Look closely and you can see some hikers on the trail ahead.
Here the trail descends to cross a wash.
This is the view looking upstream in the wash.
This is where the trail goes back up the other side.
The trail parallels the wash for a little ways.
The Superstition Mountains are visible in the distance to the east.
You won't get lost on this trail.
This is new growth on buckhorn cholla cactus.
The trail is very rocky in some places.
There are a lot of saguaros along this trail.
The views get better as the trail ascends.
This saguaro is putting out a lot of arms all at once.
Those are barrel cacti in the foreground.
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IMG_4185
IMG_4186
That's Pass Mountain to the west.
My objective is to be on top of those rocks to the right.
This large saguaro fell across the trail.
This is the first Mexican Gold Poppie I've seen this spring.
Here are some more Mexican gold poppies.
There's a large group of hikers on the other side of the trail.
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This barrier was built to reduce errosion.
Getting closer to my destination.
IMG_4195
There is something wrong with this barrel cactus.
This ocotillo has some flowers.  They are the red things on the ends of the stalks.
Somebody was burning something down there.  I could smell it.
I don't think it's a house fire.
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A view of the parking lot.  From here you can see that it is overflowing.
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That's Pass Mountain back there.
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Pass Mountain.  There are beautiful views in every direction.
Down there is the trail I'll take on the way down.  You can see several people on it if you look closely.
Zoomed in.  I'll be going between those two large rocks soon.
A lot of people bring their dogs with them on this trail.
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IMG_4212
IMG_4213
I think this is a scout troop.
I've reached the saddle.  The trail continues on and goes all the way around Pass Mountain.
Looking out over Bulldog Canyon OHV area.  I frequently go hiking out there.
There are people on the trail for perspective.
I think those mountains are pretty.  I love to hike over there.
That's Stewart Mountain back there.
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IMG_4228
Both sides of the trail can be seen in this picture.
That is Meridian road.
My house is right over there somewhere.
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IMG_4258
That's the saddle down there.  I've continued climbing for a better view.
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IMG_4267
I've started my descent.
IMG_4270
There's the two large rocks.
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The lighting is getting better for photographing these mountains.
The trail is just as easy to follow on the way down.
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IMG_4276
The Superstitions are coming back into view.
IMG_4281
IMG_4282
The trail that goes up to the other saddle can be seen in this picture.
There were a few lizards along the trail, sunning themselves on rocks.
IMG_4286_4_5
The trail snakes back and forth.
I went hiking early in the day because it was supposed to rain later.
This side of the trail is rocky in spots, too.
This plant is called fairy duster.
IMG_4294
The trail going up the other side of the wash.
Almost back to the parking lot.
A last look back at the mountains.
Meridian 7 Feb 2009
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2009-02-08 02:45 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 6.23 km
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There are a couple of trails that leave from the end of Meridian road and go up to saddles in the Goldfield Mountains. Today I hiked the trail that goes to the saddle on the west. The trail splits and then re-joins itself. I took one side up and the other side down.

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This is the parking lot at the trailhead. I have never seen it so full before.
IMG_4167
The trail is very easy to follow.
IMG_4168
Most of the ocotillos have leaves now.
IMG_4169
I hiked up to that saddle a few months ago. Got some good pictures of storm clouds then.
IMG_4170
Look closely and you can see some hikers on the trail ahead.
IMG_4171
Here the trail descends to cross a wash.
IMG_4172
This is the view looking upstream in the wash.
IMG_4173
This is where the trail goes back up the other side.
IMG_4174
The trail parallels the wash for a little ways.
IMG_4176
The Superstition Mountains are visible in the distance to the east.
IMG_4177
You won't get lost on this trail.
IMG_4178
This is new growth on buckhorn cholla cactus.
IMG_4179
The trail is very rocky in some places.
IMG_4180
There are a lot of saguaros along this trail.
IMG_4181
The views get better as the trail ascends.
IMG_4182
This saguaro is putting out a lot of arms all at once.
IMG_4183
Those are barrel cacti in the foreground.
IMG_4184
IMG_4185
IMG_4186
IMG_4187
That's Pass Mountain to the west.
IMG_4188
My objective is to be on top of those rocks to the right.
IMG_4189
This large saguaro fell across the trail.
IMG_4190
This is the first Mexican Gold Poppie I've seen this spring.
IMG_4191
Here are some more Mexican gold poppies.
IMG_2848
There's a large group of hikers on the other side of the trail.
IMG_4192
IMG_4193
This barrier was built to reduce errosion.
IMG_4194
Getting closer to my destination.
IMG_4195
IMG_4196
There is something wrong with this barrel cactus.
IMG_4197
This ocotillo has some flowers. They are the red things on the ends of the stalks.
IMG_2849
Somebody was burning something down there. I could smell it.
IMG_2850
I don't think it's a house fire.
IMG_4198
IMG_2851
A view of the parking lot. From here you can see that it is overflowing.
IMG_4199
IMG_4201
That's Pass Mountain back there.
IMG_4206_4_5
IMG_4207
Pass Mountain. There are beautiful views in every direction.
IMG_4208
Down there is the trail I'll take on the way down. You can see several people on it if you look closely.
IMG_4209
Zoomed in. I'll be going between those two large rocks soon.
IMG_4210
A lot of people bring their dogs with them on this trail.
IMG_4211
IMG_4212
IMG_4213
IMG_2852
I think this is a scout troop.
IMG_4214
I've reached the saddle. The trail continues on and goes all the way around Pass Mountain.
IMG_4217_5_6
Looking out over Bulldog Canyon OHV area. I frequently go hiking out there.
IMG_4218
There are people on the trail for perspective.
IMG_4221_19_20
I think those mountains are pretty. I love to hike over there.
IMG_4224_2_3
That's Stewart Mountain back there.
IMG_4230_28_29
IMG_4228
IMG_4233_1_2
Both sides of the trail can be seen in this picture.
IMG_4236_4_5
That is Meridian road.
IMG_4239_7_8
My house is right over there somewhere.
IMG_4242_0_1
IMG_4253
IMG_4258
IMG_4259
That's the saddle down there. I've continued climbing for a better view.
IMG_4262_0_1
IMG_4265_3_4
IMG_4267
IMG_4269
I've started my descent.
IMG_4270
IMG_4271
There's the two large rocks.
IMG_4272
IMG_4273
The lighting is getting better for photographing these mountains.
IMG_4274
The trail is just as easy to follow on the way down.
IMG_4275
IMG_4276
IMG_4280_78_79
The Superstitions are coming back into view.
IMG_4281
IMG_4282
IMG_4283
The trail that goes up to the other saddle can be seen in this picture.
IMG_2856
There were a few lizards along the trail, sunning themselves on rocks.
IMG_4286_4_5
IMG_4287
The trail snakes back and forth.
IMG_4291_89_90
I went hiking early in the day because it was supposed to rain later.
IMG_4292
This side of the trail is rocky in spots, too.
IMG_4293
This plant is called fairy duster.
IMG_4294
IMG_4297
The trail going up the other side of the wash.
IMG_4298
Almost back to the parking lot.
IMG_4299
A last look back at the mountains.
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