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Gold Digger Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A moderate trail through an alpine forest. Typically taken as part of a loop with the Two-Spot Trail.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

7,679' 2,341 m

High

7,304' 2,226 m

Low

359' 109 m

Up

398' 121 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

The Gold Digger Trail is about 4 miles long. You can only access this trail from the Two-Spot Trail as it branches off and ascends and traverses the side of Woody Mountain but never comes near the summit. I used this as part of a loop hike with the Two-Spot Trail in a clockwise direction. The trail is easy to find and begins to gradually ascend as it crosses several forest service roads. There are trail markers only when it crosses a forest service road. After about two miles, you'll reach an aspen grove and a ramada with picnic table and water collection feature. This is a good place for lunch.

After the ramada, the trail climbs a hill crossing over another forest service road. As you top out on this hill, the trail appears to turn left with a single large cairn. This well-worn and traveled trail is the wrong way! It seems to be a mountain bike trail but I could not find any information about it. The trail that looks less traveled and turns slightly right and downhill is the Gold Digger Trail. There was no marker, and I went a bit out of the way until I realized I was going the wrong way and turned back. You can always use the Hiking Project mobile app to make sure you stay on the right track.

From that point, the trail has a gentle descent through an open forest. This is a prime area to encounter elk; however, I did not see any during my late afternoon hike.

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John Maurizi

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Photos

The Two-Spot Trail traverses a mixture of open grassland and forest.
Jul 7, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ
The Gold Digger Trail traverses similar forest to the Two-Spot Trail.
Jul 7, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ
This pleasant ramada stands along the Gold Digger Trail.
Jul 7, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ
Pass through this cattle gate to remain on the Two-Spot Trail.
Jul 7, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ
Keep an eye out for this trail junction of the Two-Spot Trail and Gold Digger Trail.
Jul 7, 2017 near Kachina…, AZ

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Nov 26, 2020
Justin Perket
Aug 9, 2020
Peter Wright
Very pleasant Loop with the two spot trail
Aug 8, 2020
Annette Jones
Aug 15, 2019
Ale Grajal
4mi
Aug 14, 2018
Jim H
Aug 12, 2018
Gang Li
Go 4mi
Aug 11, 2018
Rich F
Jul 14, 2018
Rich F