References: Goldfield Mountain Hikes
Peak 2662 from the slopes of peak 3097
“If you are seeking a mountaintop experience, climb peak 3097.”   (chapter 6)

My intention was to read everything ever published about the Goldfields. If you know of a publication about the Goldfield Mountains which I’ve overlooked, please notify me so I can include it in future editions.
  
Geology Natural History Cultural History Hiking
Geology
[Sko97] Skotnicki, Steven J., Leighty, Robert S, Geologic Map of the Stewart Mountain Quadrangle, Maricopa County, Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 97-12, Tucson, AZ, July, 1997.
   Bedrock geology of the spectacular high country of the Goldfields, most of which is on the Stewart Mountain quadrangle. Geologic map and report.
[Sko96] Skotnicki, Steven J., Ferguson, Charles A, Bedrock Geologic Map of the Apache Junction and Buckhorn Quadrangles, Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 96-8, Tucson, AZ, June, 1996 (revised August, 1997).
   The Apache Junction quadrangle includes most of the southern Goldfields, as described on a detailed geologic map and report.
[Fer97] Ferguson, Charles A, Gilbert, Wyatt G., Geology of the Mormon Flat Dam Quadrangle, Maricopa County, Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 97-14, Tucson, AZ, August, 1997 (revised February, 1999).
   The eastern Goldfields from Willow Springs Canyon to Canyon Lake are included on a geologic map and report.
[Sko95] Skotnicki, Steven J., Ferguson, Charles A., Geologic Map of the Goldfield Quadrangle and the Northern Part of the Superstition Mountains SW Quadrangles, Maricopa and Pinal Counties, Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 95-9, Tucson, AZ, August, 1995.
   Only the southeastern foothills of the Goldfields are on the Goldfield quadrangle. They are described on a detailed geologic map and report.
[Sca81] Scarborough, Robert B., Reconnaissance Geology: Goldfield and northern Superstition Mountain, Fieldnotes Vol. 11 #4, pp.6-10, Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology, Tucson, AZ, December, 1981.
   Reconnaissance geologic map of the Salt River country from Roosevelt Dam to Granite Reef Dam includes the Goldfield Mountains.
[Fod69] Fodor, R.V., Petrology and Petrography of the Volcanic Rocks in the Goldfield Mountains, Arizona, Master’s thesis, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 1969.
   Pioneering petrologic and geologic study of volcanic rocks in the Goldfield Mountains.
[Dur67] Durand, Harvey, Geology of the Saguaro Lake Area, Master’s thesis, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 1967.
   Insights into the geology of the northern Goldfields and the Saguaro Lake region.
[Mel93] Melchiorre, Erik B., Clemens, Drew M, Geology of the South-Central Goldfield Mountains, Arizona (geological map), Arizona Geological Survey, Tucson, AZ, 1993.
   Minerals, faults, strikes and dips from west of Dome Mountain Trailhead to the Razorback are shown on a large scale geological map.
[Wil97] Wilburn, John D., Goldfield Mining District Geology and Ore Deposits, General Business & Industrial Printing, Apache Junction, AZ, 1997.
   Maps, pictures, and a detailed analysis of the gold deposits that gave the Goldfield mining district and the mountains their name.
[Isa99] Isachsen, Clark E, et. al., U-Pb geochronologic data from zircons from eleven granitic rocks in central and western Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 99-5, Tucson, AZ, 1999.
   Single-grain U-Pb analysis of zircon crystals determined the ages of granite in the Goldfields and elsewhere in central and western Arizona.
[McI98] McIntosh, William C., Ferguson, Charles A, Sanadine, Single Crystal, Laser-fusion 40Ar/39Ar Geochronology Database for the Superstition Volcanic Field, Central Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 98-27, Tucson, AZ, December, 1998.
   The single-crystal sanadine technique was used to define the duration of volcanic sequences in the Superstition Volcanic Field, which includes the Goldfields.
[Tra96] Trapp, R. A, History of stratigraphic name usage for Tertiary rock units in the Superstition Mountains / Goldfield Mountains area, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 96-7, Tucson, AZ, March, 1996.
   Even geologists re-name things. This is a very helpful correlation of the names of rock strata used in various geological reports.
[Fer01] Ferguson, Charles A, Trapp, Richard A., Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Miocene Superstition Volcanic Field, Central Arizona, Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report 01-06, Tucson, AZ, April, 2001.
   Some units are named for the first time as the stratigraphic names from previous publications are brought into conformance with the Code of Stratigraphic Nomenclature.
[She78] Sheridan, Michael F., The Superstition Cauldron Complex, Guidebook to the Geology of Central Arizona, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 1978.
   Geologic structures around the Superstition Cauldron are described and illustrated on a map.
[Chr83] Chronic, Halka, Roadside Geology of Arizona, Mountain Press Publishing Co, Missoula, MT, 1983.
   Basic geological concepts, as seen from roads in Arizona.
Natural History
[Phi00] Phillips, Steven J., Comus, Patricia Wentworth, (editors) A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson, AZ, 2000.
   Thorough, highly readable compilation of the natural history of the Sonoran Desert, with descriptions of natural vegetation and wildlife.
Cultural History
[Swa90] Swanson, James A., Kollenborn, Thomas J., The History of Apache Junction, Arizona, Goldfield Press, Apache Junction, AZ, 1990.
   From Salado and Hohokam cultures to the 20th century, the colorful history of this mining town is brought to life.
[Ros53] Rosecrans, Ludwig G., Spanish Gold and the Lost Dutchman (2nd. ed.), Lofgreen Printing & Office Supply Co., Mesa, AZ, 1953.
   Fact is separated from fiction in this compilation of historical knowledge about the Peralta mines.
[Wil99] Wilburn, John D., Dutchman’s Lost Ledge of Gold (4th. ed.), General Business & Industrial Printing, Apache Junction, AZ, 1999.
   The discovery of gold led to the Goldfield Mines, which were never in the Superstitions. A ledge of gold marked the Bulldog Mine.
[SFe00] San Felice, Jack, Doctor Thorne’s Lost Ledge of Gold, Superstition Mountain Journal, Vol. 18, pp.38-44, Superstition Mountain Historical Society, Apache Junction, AZ, 2000.
   Dr. Abram Thorne’s lost ledge of gold was near the future site of the Bulldog Mine in the southern Goldfields.
[Bar88] Barnes, Will C., Arizona Place Names, University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 1988.
   A wealth of information on how various places in Arizona got their names.
[All71] Allen, Robert Joseph, The Story of Superstition Mountain and the Lost Dutchman Mine, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 1971.
   Highly readable account of the history and legends of the Superstitions. The mine was in the Goldfield mining district.
[Cra81] Cranmer, Allan, A Look at Goldfield, Superstition Mountain Journal, Vol. 1 #2, April, 1981, pp.6-8, Superstition Mountain Historical Society, Apache Junction, AZ, 1981.
   History and insights into mining in the Arizona town of Goldfield.
   Gonzales Needle is on the map on page 8.
[Shf97] Sheffer, H. Henry III, Alger, Sharyn R., Gold Is Where You Find It, Norseman Publications, Apache Junction, AZ, 1997.
   Brief history of Arizona’s Goldfield mining district, including maps of Goldfield and Youngsburg.
[Bro89] Brown, Hank, What We Found, Superstition Mountain Journal, Vol. 8, pp.2,27-28, Superstition Mountain Historical Society, Apache Junction, AZ, 1989.
   Hikers found artifacts in a cave in the northern Goldfields in 1958.
Hiking
[Gan79] Ganci, Dave, Desert Hiking, Wilderness Press, Berkeley, CA, 1979.
   Read this book before you go hiking in the desert.
[Woo91] Wood, Robert S., Dayhiker, Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1991.
   Excellent advice for successful day hiking.
[You77] Youngberg, Chuck, Leader’s Reference Book, (5th. ed.) Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter, 1977.
   Instructions for Sierra Club hike leaders, including the calorie system of hike ratings.
[Bea97] Superstition Wilderness, Arizona (topographic map), Beartooth Maps, Big Sky, MT, 1997.
   The eastern Goldfields are shown in a corner of the map.
[Can06] Canyon Echo (bi-monthly newsletter of the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, ISSN 0164-7024), Sierra Club, Phoenix, AZ, 2006.
   Upcoming hikes in Arizona, and articles on conservation and environmental issues.

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