Meridian to Usery Pass; Goldfields, January 4, 2019 Trail Map

Thanks to my daughter Clara for hiking with me and taking wonderful pictures!

We started from Meridian Trailhead at 8:30 and did the West Goldfield Vista hike, going the other way. The day was cool and the air exceptionally clear, so we got lots of pictures.

We met plenty of people on all the trails, mostly hikers but some bicycle riders. All of them were friendly.


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Peak 3113 and Temptation Peak in the early morning.
Superstitions
The mighty Superstitions, from across Sand Canyon. [photo by Clara]
view
Yes, we’re going all the way up there.
spiny
Spiny star of the desert.
anteater
Well hi there, old friend. [photo by Clara]
rock
The Good Shepherd is watching over us.
saguaro
Saguaro has a lofty perch on the Pass Mountain Ridgeline.
view
Local high point east of Peak 3205.
tree
Gnarly tree welcomes us. [photo by Clara]
rock
Precambrian granite meets Miocene rhyolite. [Clara]
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Hikers climbing up to the pass. [photo by Clara]
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Switchback, where the Pass Mountain Trail turns away from Peak 3004.
rock
Almost there.  The pass is just ahead.
trail
The trail we hiked up on.
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Peak 3205, from the pass.
peaks
Four Peaks of Peril (center) and Panorama Peak (right). [photo by Clara]
peaks
Peak 3110 (left) foreshadows the Four Peaks (right).
Ted took a likin’ to the lichens!
lichen lichen
lichen lichen
moss
Moss and lichens like it here. [photo by Clara]
rocks
Looking up, we see Teddy Bears and a rocky butte.
cactus
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, stay right there. [photo by Clara]
birds
This hike is for the birds. [photo by Clara]
frost
Frost, in a place that doesn’t get sunshine this time of year.
yyy
The photographers’ saguaro.
butterfly butterfly
Butterflies brighten our passage. [photos by Clara]
granite
Granite has no preferred direction, so the boulders are smooth.
cactus
Oh, how the mighty have fallen! [photo by Clara]
view
Cacti and rocks beside the trail. [photo by Clara]
red
Red Mountain, and the hill south of Lone Mountain. [photo by Clara]
red
Fouquieria splendens - Ocotillo [Clara]
blue
Pholistoma auritum - Blue Fiestaflower [Clara]
white
Eriophyllum lanosum - Woolly Daisy
yellow
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana - California Poppy
saguaro
Saguaros in love. [photo by Clara]
Ted
Ted, on the Usery Pass Trail. [photo by Clara]

  More Hike Pictures updated January 5, 2019