Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Idaho Pass Day Hike
when Trip Report : November 24, 2018
  Trip Report : February 13, 2010
  Trip Report : February 11, 2006
where Goldfield Mountains
the hike     Intricate rock formations and expansive wilderness views await you on this easy walk through the southern Goldfields. Approach Idaho Pass from the Tonto National Forest in a region of rugged peaks with thriving vegetation and wildlife. The desert colors will amaze you. Bright golden rhyolite and tuff, juxtaposed with quartz and Precambrian granite in subtle hues, stand out amid the varied Sonoran vegetation.
    The Idaho Pass route to Bulldog Canyon is just inside the Tonto National Forest boundary. The trail goes in and out of washes on the north side of McDowell Road, giving you close-up views of colorful rock formations while avoiding the residential district on the other side. West of the Idaho Access, it’s all wilderness.
    Those who prefer a longer hike with some bushwhacking can go west of hill 2315 and climb the rocks in Bulldog Canyon. Or you can stay with me, take a trail up and over the pass, and see the Idaho-Bulldog Arch.
distance 5 miles
time 3-4 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 2004' (Idaho arroyo) to 2236' (Horse Trail pass)
type loop
starting at
Idaho Access 33° 27.934' N,  111° 32.721' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Deer Tanks, Bulldog Canyon, Wolverine Pass, and Horse Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 7:00 AM at Red Mountain Park located at 7745 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa (south side of Brown Road east of Power Road).
Directions from the Red Mountain Freeway (Loop 202):
•  Exit 26 (Brown Road).
Go west on Brown a half mile to the light at Sterling Dr.
Turn left (south) at Sterling into the park. Then take the first left into the Palo Brea parking lot.

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