Places in the Goldfield Mountains
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Bulldog Ridge from the hill south of Lone Mountain Trailhead.

The US Board on Geographic Names has named only a few places in the Goldfields. Yet hikers need place names, if only to tell each other where we have been. So hikers have named the places of interest which aren't otherwise marked on USGS topographic maps. Several naming principles were applied:

•   Place names which do appear on the USGS maps are used in this book.
Unnamed mountain peaks whose elevation is given on the map are identified by their elevation in feet, such as peak 3141. Dome Mountain is the only Goldfield peak actually named on a USGS topographic map.
Other places are named after something which describes them.
A person's name is used only if the place is historically associated with the person, such as Gonzales Needle.

In the table below, the added names are in italics.

GPS coordinates are given for all the places. Remember that GPS latitudes and longitudes are approximate, and that some places such as canyons cover a considerable area. But my GPS coordinates will get you close.

All of the GPS coordinates in this book refer to the 1927 North American datum. Set your receiver accordingly.

name description latitude
longitude
USGS quad hikes
Bagley
Tank
The Bagleys brought livestock to this region. 33°32.339'N
111°28.787'W
Mormon Flat Dam 7D 8A
Black Glass
Canyon
The black glass in the canyon is obsidian. 33°31.880'N
111°30.146'W
Stewart Mountain
Mormon Flat Dam
7B 7C
Blue Ridge The ridge is every color but blue. 33°27.928'N
111°31.006'W
Apache Junction 4A
Bulldog
Canyon
Begins near the Bulldog Mine. 33°29.072'N
111°31.938'W
Apache Junction
Stewart Mountain
3A 3B 3D2
4B
Bulldog
Gunsight
Pass
A gunsight between 3269 and Dome Mountain. 33°29.867'N
111°32.722'W
Apache Junction 6A 6C
Bulldog
Ridge
A volcanic dike parallels Bulldog Canyon. 33°28.997'N
111°34.231'W
Apache Junction
Stewart Mountain
3C 3D
Bulldog
Saddle
Approach to Bulldog Ridge from Meridian. 33°28.937'N
111°34.483'W
Apache Junction 2B 3C 3D
Camouflage
Tanks
Wildlife watering tanks south of Razorback. 33°31.394'N
111°30.568'W
Stewart Mountain 7B
Cottonwood
Spring
Cottonwood trees and a corral near the spring. 33°29.870'N
111°30.017'W
Apache Junction 4B
Coyote
Rock
Rock pinnacle like a howling coyote. 33°28.127'N
111°32.645'W
Apache Junction 3D3 3E
Disaster
Canyon
Disastrous shapes of rocks, cholla and catclaw. 33°32.968'N
111°29.644'W
Mormon Flat Dam
Stewart Mountain
7D
Disaster
Ridge
The rough ridge overlooks Disaster Canyon. 33°32.504'N
111°29.603'W
Mormon Flat Dam
Stewart Mountain
7D 7E
Do or Die Don't slip when you climb down the crag. 33°32.721'N
111°29.945'W
Mormon Flat Dam 7D 7E
Dome
Mountain
Highest point in the Goldfields, 3381'. 33°30.146'N
111°32.658'W
Stewart Mountain 6A 6C
Gateway
Canyon
Western gateway from river to high country. 33°32.433'N
111°32.479'W
Stewart Mountain 5A 5B 5D
6A 6B 6E
Golden Dome Golden volcanic tuff formation on ridgeline. 33°31.699'N
111°31.406'W
Stewart Mountain 6E
Golden Dome
Pass
Windswept pass north of the Golden Dome. 33°31.749'N
111°31.329'W
Stewart Mountain 6E
Gonzales
Needle
Historic landmark by Willow Springs Trailhead. 33°30.320'N
111°28.031'W
Mormon Flat Dam 6E 7A 7B
7C 7D 7E
7F 8A
Green
Thumb
Green landmark north of Hackamore Trailhead. 33°28.563'N
111°30.476'W
Apache Junction 4D1
Hat Top
Hill
Golden hill wears a hat at a jaunty angle. 33°29.748'N
111°30.529'W
Apache Junction 4E
Helmet
Rock
Like a fireman’s helmet, southeast of 2246. 33°30.629'N
111°29.082'W
Mormon Flat Dam 6E 7A 7B
7C 7F 7G
hill 2166 Brightly colored hill, halfway to Blue Point. 33°30.558'N
111°33.728'W
Stewart Mountain 3B 3C3
hill 2276 View of the century overlooks Canyon Lake. 33°32.833'N
111°26.471'W
Mormon Flat Dam 8C
hill 2290 Best view between Pass Mountain and 3004. 33°29.412'N
111°35.079'W
Apache Junction 2B 3C1
hill 2408 Go around this on north Bulldog Ridge. 33°30.284'N
111°34.128'W
Stewart Mountain 3C2
hill 2437 Colorful hill marking the end of a scenic ridge. 33°29.961'N
111°28.756'W
Goldfield 6D 7F
hill 2538 Volcanic plug looks like a sawed-off tree trunk. 33°29.975'N
111°33.998'W
Apache Junction 3C
hill 2685 Commanding view of the southern Goldfields. 33°28.819'N
111°32.338'W
Apache Junction 3F
hill 2726 Golden hill south of peak 3047 wears a hat. 33°29.758'N
111°31.082'W
Apache Junction 4D
Horns of a
Dilemma
Volcanic tuff formation looks like stubby horns. 33°32.925'N
111°27.973'W
Mormon Flat Dam 8B
Junk Canyon Full of junk washed down from the highway. 33°32.796'N
111°27.135'W
Mormon Flat Dam 8B
Panorama
Peak
Fantastic 360° panorama from the top. 33°30.670'N
111°32.611'W
Stewart Mountain 6A
Pass
Mountain
Western limit of the Goldfield Mountains. 33°28.834'N
111°35.771'W
Apache Junction 2A 2C
peak 2290 Colorful peak in the northwestern Goldfields. 33°32.385'N
111°33.108'W
Stewart Mountain 5C
peak 2578 Rugged peak in the northwestern Goldfields. 33°31.790'N
111°32.988'W
Stewart Mountain 5C
peak 2881 Highest point in the eastern Goldfields. 33°31.818'N
111°28.040'W
Mormon Flat Dam 8A 8B
peak 3004 Like Mercedes-Benz®, a 3-pointed star. 33°29.063'N
111°34.911'W
Apache Junction 2B
peak 3010 Dark, rugged peak overlooks Bulldog Canyon. 33°31.013'N
111°33.443'W
Stewart Mountain 3B
peak 3075 Volcanic butte rising from Bulldog Ridge. 33°29.300'N
111°33.888'W
Apache Junction 3C
peak 3089 Panoramic view from southern Goldfield ridge. 33°29.813'N
111°31.508'W
Apache Junction 6D
peak 3097 Best view in the northwestern Goldfields. 33°31.813'N
111°32.302'W
Stewart Mountain 5B
peak 3108 Great view southeast of Bulldog Ridge V. 33°28.649'N
111°33.827'W
Apache Junction 3D
peak 3127 South peak of Pass Mountain, Wind Cave. 33°28.557'N
111°35.699'W
Apache Junction 2C
peak 3134 Scenic peak southeast of Dome Mountain. 33°29.847'N
111°31.878'W
Apache Junction 6D
peak 3141 Commanding view of the central Goldfields. 33°31.882'N
111°31.183'W
Stewart Mountain 7C
peak 3163 Dark, rugged peak near Bulldog Ridge V. 33°29.067'N
111°34.180'W
Apache Junction 3C
peak 3195
(northern)
Volcanic butte rising from Bulldog Ridge. 33°29.200'N
111°34.028'W
Apache Junction 3C
peak 3205 Central peak on Pass Mountain; photo ops. 33°28.964'N
111°35.801'W
Apache Junction 2C
peak 3269 Brilliant colors, arduous climb, awesome view. 33°29.771'N
111°32.832'W
Apache Junction 6C
peak 3312 Northern and highest peak on Pass Mountain. 33°29.152'N
111°35.785'W
Apache Junction 2C
Prevention
Gap
No, it never propagates if I set a "gap" or
prevention.
33°30.370'N
111°28.574'W
Mormon Flat Dam 6E 7A 7B
7C 7F 7G1
Pyroclastic
Cave
In a hillside of foliated rocks just north of
Bulldog Canyon.
33°29.192'N
111°32.813'W
Apache Junction 3A 3B 3D2
3E2 3E4 3F
Razorback Fin-shaped formation of Tertiary rhyolite. 33°31.502'N
111°30.609'W
Stewart Mountain 7B
Razorback
Knob
Golden rhyolite knob near the Razorback. 33°31.365'N
111°30.234'W
Stewart Mountain 6E 7B
Razorback
Pass
Pass near the Razorback where routes divide. 33°31.397'N
111°30.383'W
Stewart Mountain 6E 7B
Razorback
Point
Willow Springs Canyon meets Saguaro Lake. 33°33.366'N
111°30.551'W
Stewart Mountain 7E
Rhyodacite
Canyon
Boulders of rhyodacite line a rugged canyon. 33°31.704'N
111°32.857'W
Stewart Mountain 5B
Rock House Only the foundation remains. 33°29.044'N
111°31.288'W
Apache Junction 4B 4C 4D
4E
Sand
Canyon
Arroyo lined with sand, SE of Pass Mountain. 33°28.011'N
111°34.963'W
Apache Junction 2A 2B 2C
3C1
Sidewalk
Canyon
The canyon is smooth, like a sidewalk. 33°32.895'N
111°27.819'W
Mormon Flat Dam 8B
Sky Island Fantastic river and canyon overlook. 33°32.760'N
111°32.289'W
Stewart Mountain 5A 5D
Slickrock
Pass
Rhyolitic tuff, decorated with bright lichens. 33°30.363'N
111°29.565'W
Mormon Flat Dam 6D2 7F
Smith’s
Cove
Inlet where Disaster Canyon meets Saguaro Lake. 33°33.208'N
111°30.088'W
Stewart Mountain 7D
Temptation
Peak
Tempting to climb, but then it gets vertical. 33°28.834'N
111°34.078'W
Apache Junction 3D
Trans-
Goldfield
Divide
Divides the western Goldfield watersheds. 33°31.310'N
111°32.198'W
Stewart Mountain 6A
Tuff Dome Volcanic tuff formation west of Golden Dome. 33°31.644'N
111°31.602'W
Stewart Mountain 6E
Twin Peaks
Divide
Near the Twin Peaks; routes divide. 33°31.306'N
111°30.689'W
Stewart Mountain 6E 7B1
Western
Camouflage
Tanks
Wildlife watering tanks west of Dome Mountain. 33°30.265'N
111°32.852'W
Stewart Mountain 6A 6C
Willow
Creek
Flows through eastern Goldfields to the river. 33°32.405'N
111°27.590'W
Mormon Flat Dam 8C
Willow
Springs
Canyon
Central Goldfield route north to Saguaro Lake. 33°31.134'N
111°29.225'W
Mormon Flat Dam
Stewart Mountain
4B 6B 7A
7B 7C 7E
Wishbone
Junction
On the map it looks like a wishbone. 33°31.209'N
111°29.732'W
Mormon Flat Dam 4B 6B 6E
7A 7B 7C
7F 7G2
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