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Fat Jack Mine, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Black Canyon
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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,733 feet
Elevation Gain 224 feet
Accumulated Gain 350 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.15
Backpack Possible & Connecting
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16  2015-05-28
Fat Jack and Lane
Author AZWanderingBear
author avatar Guides 27
Routes 62
Photos 2,620
Trips 700 map ( 4,689 miles )
Age 63 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:18am - 6:25pm
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The Glitter and the The Bitter
by AZWanderingBear

Likely In-Season!
Overview: Short hike to a small mine through pockets of pine forest and the aftermath of the Lane 2 Fire.

Warning: The drive from Crown King to the trailhead is on a seldom maintained dirt road and may be closed during winter months. 4-wheel drive is not required, but moderate clearance is a must.

History: The Lane 2 Fire of was begun by former National Park Service employee trying to help some lost hikers in June of 2008 near this hike. The man set fires attempting to signal a helicopter. He left hate fires unattended and nearly 10,000 acres of pristine pine and chaparral forests were consumed.

Hike: The hike begins at the intersection of Horse Thief Road and Forest 100 Trail. Follow the jeep trail south for about .7 miles. A closed road branches off right (west). You will see the gate. Follow this closed road up until it dead ends at the mine.

Along the hike you will often have verdant pine forests on one side of the trail and a forest of dead pine snags on the other. The forest floor under the living pines looks much like a park while low brush, mostly impassible briers choke the burned side. The stark contrast is bitter and drives home the long term destructive nature of wildfires and poor forest management.

The trail is made up of broken granite and lots of white quartzite. Abundant mica glitters reflects from almost the entire surface of the trail.

At the end of the trail is the Fat Jack Mine. Often the small mining operation is flooded. Some gear is scattered around the mine. There were once hundreds of mines operating in the Bradshaws, small and large. Now a few hobbyists keep the gold fever burning.

On the return a detour up to Watson Peak on Lane Mountain provides some excellent views.

Water Sources: I wouldn't drink from the water in the mine, but rumor has it cold drinks are available back in Crown King.

Camping: Nearby Hazlett Hollow Campground is open Spring through Fall. Multitudes of dispersed camping sites are available.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2015-06-02 AZWanderingBear
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Fat Jack Mine
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    Fat Jack and Lane
    Wanted a hike with some elevation and views on our third day of the Bradshaw trip. Parked at the start of the 100 trail and headed uphill. The jeep trail is a bit rocky for walking and exposed, but there was a decent breeze.

    Headed over to Fat Jack Mine first. The burned out areas are dramatic and sort of sad. I never saw this area before the Lane 2 Fire, but I sure wish I had. Working over all the dead fall made the hike up more of a challenge. The mine looks as if it has been worked in the last few years, but nor sure how they'd be getting any equipment up.

    Back tracked and then took the Lane Mountain alternate spur. Couple of good camp spots along the way. View at the end wasn't as good as I'd hoped for. So we headed on up to Watson Peak. That was provided the best part of the hike and some really killer views. Hung at the top for a while soaking it in. I mentioned Crown King was only a few miles away and there was burgers and beer. WE made good time back to the Jeep.

    While at the Saloon an hour later we met the owners. Turns out the live pretty close to us back down in the Valley. Gave us some local pointers for future trips. We will be back.

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Phoenix take I-17 north to the Bumble Bee Exit 248. Follow the Crown King dirt road 27.5 miles to Crown King. Continue through Crown King along the Senator Highway for .5 miles and turn left on Horse Thief Road. Follow Horse Thief Road 3.8 miles to Forest 100 Trail.
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