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Perlite Road Apache Tears, AZ

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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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Apache tear collecting
Author Lindykelley
author avatar Guides 2
Routes 0
Photos 21
Trips 2 map ( 6 miles )
Age 68 Female Gender
Location Apache jct. AZ
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Sun  5:32am - 7:29pm
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Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2021 Telegraph Fire266.7 mi**

Can drive will hike
by Lindykelley

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 trail or go past the boulders staying right for the breathtaking views and coming upon the spectacular caves.

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 embedded 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 airstrip, 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 a 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 of tears, and this is why they are called Apache Tears.

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2013-10-18 Lindykelley

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Apache Junction go up 60 to Boyce Arboretum. 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
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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