Pass Mountain Loop from Meridian; Goldfields, March 3, 2014  Trail Map 

By leaving early I got to Meridian Trailhead at sunrise. Saturday’s rain had cleared the air, settled the dust, and left a few little puddles along the Pass Mountain Trail. There was already one hiker's car at Meridian when I arrived, then another one showed up as I was getting ready to go.

Met a hundred people at least, but only one organized group. A lady hiking with two companions recognized me. Since they were going the other way, I got out three Goldfield Mountain cards to give them when they passed me again, which they did. Other folks, I told about the scenery at the place where they passed me.


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Pass Mountain Ridgeline basks in the early morning light.
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Peak 3127.
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Peak 3205.
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Peak 3312, third highest in the Goldfields.
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Peak 3004.
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Peak 3127 again, a little farther down the trail.
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Rotten granite? Don’t mention it to the moss.
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Yum! Lichens find the boulder tasty.
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Heterotheca subaxillaris - Camphorweed
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Lupinus bicolor - Miniature Lupine
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Eriogonum fasciculatum - Mojave Buckwheat
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Rafinesquia neomexicana - Desert Chicory
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Eriogonum fasciculatum - Mojave Buckwheat
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Eschscholzia californica - California Poppy
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Precambrian granite meets Miocene rhyolite.
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What? You didn’t run away until after I took the picture.
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Goldfields foreshadow the Four Peaks of Peril.
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Purple mountain majesties, the Superstitions loom up behind Bulldog Ridge.

More Hike Pictures updated March 5, 2014