Idaho Pass Loop; Goldfield Mountains, September 25, 2017 GPS Map

Starting at first light, I was hoping to make Idaho Pass by sunrise. Made it. Although I had a headlamp with me, my night vision was enough. Slow going, down through the first arroyo and then the descent into the Idaho Canyon arroyo.

There’s a hill at Idaho Pass with boulders to sit on or use for a tripod.

Forest Road 10 has washouts, as does the Wolverine Pass Trail. The northern half of the trail is hard to find – worst, inexplicably, where it crosses the power line. Fortunately I had been there before.

My car thermometer read 59° when I got to Idaho Access, warming up to 75° after the hike. Yet despite the beautifully cool and clear morning, I had the wilderness to myself.

Thanks to God for watching over me, providing a lovely day, and letting me get to Idaho Pass before sunrise.


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Lights of Apache Junction
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Superstition Mountains before dawn.
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I started walking as soon as there was enough light to see the trail.
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Same scene, at the end of the hike.
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A big bird watches me from Idaho Canyon in the pre-dawn light.
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The Deer Tanks Trail tops out at Idaho Pass.
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Now who says I’m snooty?
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Ants go about their business.
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Bulldog Ridge catches the first rays.
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Northern Peak 3195.
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Temptation Peak is also 3195'.
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Peak 3108.
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Peak 3163.
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Peak 3075.
Miocene
Miocene volcanism, 18½ million years ago, formed Bulldog Ridge.

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Baby Turtle gives Mama Turtle a kiss.
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Peak 3269 from Forest Road 10.
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Opuntia fulgida - Chain Fruit Cholla
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The northern half of the Wolverine Pass Trail is hard to follow – but I’ve been there before.
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Lichens adorn a boulder by the trail.

  More Hike Pictures updated September 25, 2017