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Paxton Place, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.77 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,607 feet
Elevation Gain 348 feet
Accumulated Gain 541 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.48
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Author kingsnake
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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More stabby than a dark alley on payday
by kingsnake

Likely In-Season!
I was looking for hikes east of Yarnell for summer 2015, and in the course of scanning FS Topo, noticed this location. I had planned to make a loop of this and nearby Camp Bird Mine, but off trail was extremely stabby, so I settled for doing this alone. Combining the two sites, plus checking various nearby springs, would make for a more satisfying distance and AEG.

I tried googling for info on who, or what, Paxton was, but Google was no help. If there is a historical record, it is buried in a dusty library archive.

The hike itself is about 2/3 on jeep trail, and 1/3 in a sandy wash. You could get up to Ridges Spring with 4WD, high clearance, and a bit of skill, but lacking that should hike in.

The last couple hundred yards up to Ridges Spring some rubber/plastic pipe is adjacent to the jeep trail. There are two spring boxes at Ridges Spring, one cement and one metal. The spring itself is amongst some reeds just a bit higher up, and there is a metal cap on it. There is some overburden next to the spring, so maybe someone dug down to the spring, more like a well? Kinda wierd seeing a spring on the side of a hill, instead of down low. It looks like a foot/horse trail continues out the back of the spring, which may connect over to Camp Bird Mine. (I did not proceed.)

You will want to avoid bushwhacking the short distance across the spur to Paxton Place. If you fail to heed this sage advice, I hope you bought a bag of plasma with you. Instead, return about .4 miles down the jeep trail, then turn right on a worse jeep trail down to the wash. Follow the wash about a half mile, until you start spotting the occasional bit of metal or rusted tin can. Paxton Place is just up on the left (north).

I spent a good bit of time, and haemoglobin, exploring around Paxton Place. There may be other stuff, but this is all I found: Two dry cement tanks, what looked like a mini mill wall, two foundations and some wall overlooking the wash (along with what looked like glass from a shattered window), and just a bit up hill, another bit of foundation, which was inlaid with decorative rocks. The two nearby mine features -- a shaft and an adit -- were collapsed almost to unrecognizability. There are tailings everywhere. I did not see any obvious minerals, but there was quite a bit of granite, many instances having shiney gold flecks (doubtless gold in color only). Still, there might be some interesting minerals about. Otherwise, time to head back to the TH.

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2015-05-22 kingsnake
    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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    Paxton Place
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    I'd never been down Wagoner Rd before, so was surprised to see more people living in there than I expected. The area around Wagoner, and the Hassayampa Bridge, is quite lush. There was actual flow in the river, maybe three feet wide and a couple of inches deep, not moving too fast. The Bridge is steel truss, with a wood plank surface. As with several other bridges on Wagoner Rd, it is single lane. There was no traffic on the road until mid-morning, long after I'd started hiking, but much of it is big pickups pulling horse trailers. Also, it is an open range. On the road, we encountered one cow, three elk, several bunny rabbits, several jack rabbits, and a squirrel. So, I took care with my driving.

    From the trailhead, Towers Mountain was plainly visible in the central Bradshaw Mountains, about nine miles northeast.

    I had planned to make a loop of Paxton Place, a half dozen springs, and Camp Bird Mine, but ended up just doing this due to the stabby nature of the bushwhacking: After checking out the mines above Paxton Place, I had been stabbed enough for one day. The cat claw is both healthy (very green) and quite vicious on these hills. :stretch: Many more attractive plants also thrive in the area: I have never seen so many New Mexico Thistle. Tall ones, too. They are everywhere: On top of hills, on hill sides, in washes. The Paxton Place wash had numerous Mexican Gold Poppy. :budrose: There were many other tiny flowers about whose names I have no clue, particularly a semi-fluted purple one with long yellow middle thingies. ("Thingy" is a technical botany term. :D)

    Since I finished a bit early, we decided to check out the Walnut Grove School and cemetery. The thing that stuck out to me was that the swingset would not pass safety-Nazi muster in today's litigous society. But I'm certain it was boatloads of fun for the kids. :y: The other thing was that the latrine building -- not an outhouse -- had flush toilets and running water. (I did not check functionality.) The school was locked. My wife spotted a wanted poster inside, so at least that part is similar to modern schools. :whistle:

    We weren't sure where the Walnut Grove Cemetery was, so we headed back into Peeples Valley for lunch at the T-Bird Cafe, their pizza being the main reason I hike in this area. :D


    Arizona Thistle, Mexican Gold Poppy, many other species.

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    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix, head up US 60 to Wickenburg. Take US 93 north out of Wickenburg, splitting right onto AZ 89. Pass through Congress, Yarnell and Peeples Valley. Just before Kirkland Junction, turn right onto Wagoner Rd. It is dirt for a few hundred yards, but then is paved for the next 11 miles. (The pavement ends at the Walnut Grove School.) The road passes by many ranches, and through two very fancy ranches. Other than a short segment of pavement on one of those fancy ranches, it is decent dirt road the next nine miles to the trailhead. A car can drive in dry, but there are several wash crossings, and obvious signs of flooding.
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