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.


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

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