Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Wishbone Junction Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : November 11, 2017
  Trip Report: January 12, 2013
  Trip Report : January 4, 2003
where? Goldfield Mountains
the hike     Walk a pleasant loop through the range land of the southern Goldfields and return by Willow Springs Canyon. After crossing Prevention Gap, follow a streamside route to Wishbone Junction and beyond. Then head east over golden slickrock with views of the mountains on all sides. Return on horse trails with some amazing sights.
    Part of this hike is described on pages 106-108 of Goldfield Mountain Hikes by Ted Tenny, with a map on page 154.
distance 6.5 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-800' elevation change
elevations 1810' (Willow Springs Canyon) to 2240' (Prevention Gap)
type loop
starting at
Willow Springs Trailhead 33° 30.051' N, 111° 27.695' W  [NAD27]
on trail 75% — Forest Service roads, horse trails
dogs? no
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
cost When car-pooling, pay your share the cost of gas. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 8:00 AM at Red Mountain Park located at 7745 E. Brown Rd. in Mesa (south side of Brown Road just 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.
•  Go east on Brown Road to the Apache Trail highway, AZ 88.
Turn left and go northeast on the Apache Trail highway.
At milepost 204, turn left and park northwest of the road.
15 miles from Red Mountain Park to Willow Springs Trailhead (30 round trip).

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