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Perlite Road Apache Tears, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Globe > Superior SW
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.78 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,810 feet
Elevation Gain 291 feet
Accumulated Gain 291 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.75
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic, Perennial Creek & Peak
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
10  2017-01-29
Picketpost Circumference
7  2013-10-18
Apache tear collecting
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Preferred   Feb, Mar, Nov, Jan
Sun  6:58am - 5:21pm
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Historical Pinal Cemetery
0.8 mi away
1.8 mi
220 ft
LOST - Urban Segment
1.0 mi away
Boyce Thompson
Boyce Thompson
1.0 mi away
2.3 mi
160 ft
Hill 3464 - Superior
Hill 3464 - Superior
1.7 mi away
6.8 mi
1,457 ft
White Rock 3012 - Telegraph Canyon
White Rock 3012 - Telegraph Canyon
1.7 mi away
2.0 mi
550 ft
Arnett Creek - Telegraph Canyon Loop
Arnett Creek - Telegraph Canyon Loop
1.8 mi away
7.4 mi
1,063 ft
Picketpost - Eastern Approach
Picketpost - Eastern Approach
1.8 mi away
2.5 mi
1,646 ft
Arnett Creek
Arnett Creek
1.8 mi away
7.4 mi
619 ft
Picketpost Mountain Summit
Picketpost Mountain Summit
2.1 mi away
4.4 mi
2,029 ft
LOST - Desert Segment
LOST - Desert Segment
2.1 mi away
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Meteorology Nearby
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Can drive will hike
by Lindykelley

Likely In-Season!
Notice: Anonymous reports the mine is active with no trespassing signs. Trespassing is illegal, do not enter legitimate posted areas.

Perlite Road leads up to the initial area. Then you take a right at the boulders and head in on a small trails or go past the boulders staying right for the breath taking views. Coming upon the caves which are spectacular.

Just about 100 yards in is a road on the right that says "Wagon Tracks". A good little side trip is to walk in and veer left. In the rock you will see wagon wheel tracks imbedded in the white rock. They go quite a distance. It's the trail that went to Tucson many years ago. They are maybe 6" deep.

Back to Perlite Road, keep on the road and you will come to a spring that runs all year across the road. It's a quite beautiful spot to stop and have a snack. Follow the road up until you reach boulders in the road. Now if you go right it's a trail that comes into the Apache Tears. There will be plenty on the road.

If you go past the boulders and go around you will get a great view of the town Superior, the air strip and mines. Veer right around the mountain and the breathtaking caves are on the right. There are Apache Tears all over the road. If you have small hammer or small pick you can pop them out. The main caves have a fence around of danger of collapse but there are plenty of spots including the ground to find them. They are dark rocks that when polished you can see thru them. There is a story that after a massacre the Apache Indians in this area cried this mountain or tears and this is why they are called Apache Tears.


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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Apache Junction go up 60 to Boyce aboratorium. Just 1/4 mile past there is a road on the right called Perlite Road which is ( apache tears ). You can drive in or park and bike or hike in.

    Notice: Anonymous reports the mine is active with no trespassing signs. Trespassing is illegal, do not enter legitimate posted areas.
    page created by Lindykelley on Oct 18 2013 8:51 am
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