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Pass Mountain Loop
Goldfield Mountains
April 13, 2019
by Debbie Rowray
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Trailblazers on the way up. [photo by Tom]
first row: Rudy
second row:  Gary, Sally, Li, Mary, Carol, Heather, Chris, Bettye
third row: Carl, Lin, John, Biljana, Dave
fourth row: Ethan, Tonya, Debbie, Michael

This perfect morning started off with introductions and a fun question of what each hiker’s favorite animal is. We gained some new faces and a few not seen for a while. What an array of loved animals were mentioned!

Do you know about my favorite animal? [photo by Carl]

We ventured the trail counterclockwise to ascend the steeper side, crossing a large wash. In our wake an array of colorful wildflowers greeted us with colors so vibrant, they lead us throughout the entire trail, spreading into the desert as far as the eye can see.

What a fine day for hiking! [photo by Carl]
Climbing up to the Pass. [photo by John]
The Pass is by those buttes in the distance on the right. [photo by John]
Lots of brittlebush greeted us along the trail. [photo by John]
Made it to the Pass. [photo by Li]
John is having a good time. [photo by John]

We stopped at the saddle for a snack and varied conversation. The shade provided some relaxation prior to heading around the north side of the mountain and towards the decent. The views of the Mazatzals and Superstitions were superb. The Goldfields to our east were filled with radiating cliffs, jutting into the morning sky.

It is hard to find words for the scenery we engulf, surrounded by such extravagant cactuses, plants, and nature’s gracious gifts. As we strolled through this spectacular desert world, we continued around the mountain past Wind Cave Trailhead, and made our way back to our cars.

After the hike, some of us gathered at Red, White and Brew for great food, brews and conversation.

I’m such a pretty, pretty bee! [photo by Lin]
The trail has been re-routed on the east side of Pass Mountain. [photo by John]
Trailblazers on the northwest side of Pass Mountain. [photo by Debbie]
Purple mountain majesties: the Superstitions. [photo by Tom]
red Cactus Apple [photo by Carl] orange Buckhorn Cholla [photo by Carl]
Red, White and Brew. [photo by Debbie]
Red, White and Brew. [photo by Debbie]

I am partial to this hike, as well as the surrounding land, for it is a place for me to go for solitude and soothing thoughts. I am so blessed to have had eighteen hikers with me to share in the beauty and adventure! Thanks to each and every one of you who joined me for this hike!

8 miles, +-1200' elevation change.

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updated April 21, 2019