Easy & Scenic
Overview: From SR88 hike through upper Willow Springs Canyon following an old jeep road over to Bagley Tank. Return by the same route or make up your own off trail loop back to the trailhead.
I wondered what was north of the Apache Trail having driven by many times. I looked up the Goldfield Mountains on the computer and found a great deal of information about the area. For example there are very few actual trails and only some jeep trails to follow. Most of the great scenery is off trail. There are many natural arches in the area but all have to be reached by off trail hikes. I selected the Willow Springs Trailhead. As a reference point, Needle Vista viewpoint is on the south side of the highway. The trailhead is not marked but it's a clear pulloff area just before mile marker 204.
Hike: A locked iron fence blocks the road from vehicle use (maybe by permission but we are hikers) and once through it the jeep trail winds down into the Canyon to Willow Springs Well that looks to be quite deep with a cement frame around it. Our objective was Bagley Tank which is roughly 3.5 miles from the highway. We found some caves, pipe lashings, cement troughs and lots of evidence of years ago cattle areas.There also were many "waterholes" with lots of water. The dogs loved that. Much of the roadbed is sand and it makes for difficult walking. You pass some nice meadows and a grave with a beautiful cross. We wondered who and what and how. Once we left the creek bed-road bed we began to climb slightly more northerly toward the Bagley Tank. Once we arrived we were quite amazed at all the work that had once gone into that water catch. Some of my photos show how big a catch basin it is and how the berms have been built up around it with inlet and outlet trenches. So this is a tank out here! Interesting.
The terrain up and back is quite beautiful and really quite different from the stark, jagged Superstition range nearby. Even the color is varied in the cliffs and surface rocks. We went beyond the Bagley tank a few hundred yards and had a great lunch in a canyon. Although a bit rocky in places this is a fairly easy hike (except for the sand sections like walking on a beach). It opened me up to the Goldfield Mountains. Now I've arranged to go see some of the arches in the area. Over 10 have been identified but all are off trail.
It was a good day. A bit windy, however the temperatures were great! There was 4 of us and 2 dogs. Great fun for me as I did not have the fear of heavy steep climbing. Now I've discovered a new area nearby my home with some interesting terrain.
Directions to Willow Trailhead: Apache trail Northeast from Idaho Road in Apache Junction. About 10 miles northeast to highway marker 204. Just before the marker turn left into parking area. A reference point is the Needle Vista viewpoint on the south of the highway. The trailhead is not marked but is a clear pulloff area just before the 204 sign.
And here is a little about the Goldfield mountains and Willow Springs Canyon (part of the featured hike is the same as the trail we'll be hiking)
As always we will start this hike at 5:15am tomorrow, so be there a few minutes early. Call/Text or email me to let me know you're coming or with questions. firstname.lastname@example.org 480-216-4327
I seriously think I'm gonna start licking the computer screen if I stare at these pictures of cheesecake any longer..
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Wasn't that a frigging awesome post? yeah? I think you should comment and say something about how much you enjoyed it. Dont you? at 11:33 AM
|HA! I love how animated everyone is when we get together.|
I look like a laughing pig in between these two LOL
|not cool. I turned around so quick I think my eyes are |
looking in two different directions LOL
|Isn't Jamie so cute?|
|Tanja and Teresa you girls crack me up|
|Aundrea! we were so happy you could go out with us while you were here!|
Wasn't that a frigging awesome post? yeah? I think you should comment and say something about how much you enjoyed it. Dont you? at 5:24 PM
Heya chicky monkies. I reeeally should've done this last week, but oh well, I can mess up from time to time and it dont much matter. yes, I just said that. move on. ;) I figured that since I haven't posted all my other haikus I've written on my blog, I'd post them today, Haiku Wednesday, for you all to read and appreciate or not. Here you go- please comment and tell me which one you like the best and why :) Thanks peopolas! or peopolos. Me=Dork.
(A mother's haiku)
In a quiet place
Breathing deep, I find repose
Chilly toilet seat
Such a simple thing
Makes me smile and say ahhhhh
Empty inside now
Looking to fill myself up
Pass me the icecream
Why do we cry so?
Dont' we know it will be fine?
Smile- time will fly
Metaphors are nice
Turning People into things
Sadness into art
Music lifts my soul
Notes and chords to fill my whole
Sends thoughts heavenward
Sparkly things bring smiles
To my lips and eyes and heart
how shallow am i?
Pen and paper joined
Are man's most precious asset
Where are yours, my friend?
All these pictures, gold
Dont show blemish or worry
Look young and feel old
I'm a child again
Spirit rediscovered new
Scraped knees, mud on face
So much to distract
from all in life that matters
like what to write next
Old things ripped and cut
Beauty from the forgotten
Broke fashion design
UPDATE: Here and here are posts about two of the many different times we've done this hike- both have pics- one during mating season, apparently.