The Bulldogs, 2016
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Saguaro Ranch (Guest Ranch) on the Salt River. This area and east all the way to through the Superstition Mountains is a convoluted system of mountain, drainage and canyons. Extremely easy to get lost, die of thirst /heat stroke. Most of "today's" backpackers use solid maps, GPS and / or a combination of both to hike this area. And every now and then, there is a "gold seeker". A few years ago, Mary (my wife) and I were backpacking in the Sup's. We were two days in and setting up for a day and night in Boulder Canyon. When I say this hiker coming over the rise to the west of us. For the record, we were all on well signed and clear trails. As the hiker got closer, I saw he was dressed in all black, black felt gamblers hat, and black cowboy boots. Personally, I thought his boots were hilarious. His backpack was the old style tube, must have weighed fifty pounds or more. And sunburned white skin, like he had never been in the sun much. He stopped and asked if we knew where the C*y Trail was. I did know and told him he was literally standing at the beginning of the trail. I told him the trail was closed and hadn't been maintained for many years. I also told him it would be dangerous to hike the trail. That is when he pulled the treasure map from his pocket. He would not show me the map. I spent ten minutes trying to explain to him that the map and his quest were not a good idea. He made it about half way up the old trail before he started to drift away and then disappeared over the rise. I often wonder what happened to him. I've see all kinds of gold hunters in the Sup's. Helicopters make it easier to find them now, but some are never see or heard from again...