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West Silverbell Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,222 feet
Accumulated Gain 54 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.27
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Dec, Nov
Sun  7:15am - 5:21pm
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Likely In-Season!
Overview: The West Silverbell Mountains are seldom visited, except for the seasonal javelina hunter or rancher checking on cattle. These hills are low and not as impressive as the Silverbell Mountains, but the mining operation is taking over those bigger peaks. If you like being truly alone in the desert, this is a fine place, when the weather is cool. We saw no other vehicles all day. This short hike is along an old road which ends after a mile. Off trail hiking could easily be added, as the visibility of landmarks is easy. The vegetation is diverse and the javelina are healthy. We spotted a wolf on a drive around the hills. Check out the nearby Silverbell Cemetery. Watch your map, as this area borders on reservation lands.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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From I-10, exit west on Avra Valley Road. Drive 21.8 miles west, and turn left on well-signed Silverbell Road, just before main entrance to Silverbell mining operations. Follow this well-graded road for 7.3 miles, until you come to an 'intersection' with a small east / west road, which was an old street of Silverbell (GPS coordinates 32o 26.151'N, 111o 33.580'W). Drive approximately 1.6 more miles, staying to the left and following parallel to a wash which runs west-southwest. This road can be managed by a car if you are careful, but may have some small washouts at times. At approximately 1.6 miles look for a pull off to park. There are other dirt roads that can be used to access these hills, but this one has the shortest driving distance.
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