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Camp Bird Mine, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,839 feet
Elevation Gain 385 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.25
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Historic
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34  2015-07-16 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 83
Routes 182
Photos 7,946
Trips 637 map ( 5,893 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Aug
Sun  6:14am - 6:35pm
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A Walk in the Sun
by kingsnake

Likely In-Season!
Camp Bird Mine was an underground Au-Ag-Pb ( gold silver lead ) mine in Yavapai County, between Wagoner and Minnehaha ... and that's all I can find out. Even does not have more info than the mineral listing. The mine 'complex' consists of an old cabin, a metal tank / dry well / collapsed windmill, a possible grave, and at least four adits (only two of which are marked on the topo).

The most recent graffiti in the cabin dates back to 1990. It looks like the most recent occupants were bees, and even they have abandoned it.

Two of the adits are collapsed and non-penetrable. A second might possibly be entered, but there is about seven feet of overburden in front of the entrance, and it did not look safe to drop over the side even for a peek up the tunnel. The final adit can be easily and safely entered, but only goes back about 10 feet before the remainder is collapsed. (I thought at first it was a cave, but timbers inside suggested otherwise.)

The hills are covered with stabby things, especially cat claw, but can mostly be negotiated by following old foot paths / animal trails. After checking out the adits, you can either double back to the trailhead, or side slope to Ridges Spring (which has an obvious trail out the back/east side), then down to Wagoner Rd., or cut across a relatively open saddle to Paxton Place, making a loop / fuller day.

The only shade on the hike is by Camp Bird Well and Adit #3 (the one you can safely enter). Otherwise it is completely exposed. On a hot day, the sun will be brutal. SPF recommended.

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2015-07-17 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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    Camp Bird Mine
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    My second of several currently planned trips into the central Bradshaws. I had intended to make this a loop with Paxton Place ( [ photoset ] ), but the brush was too stabby, so today I took the more direct route to Camp Bird.

    From Campbell's Flat, I headed south in a sandy wash. It was slow going. I got back on Wagoner Rd, until I got to the unnumbered, and rather old, jeep trail which serves as the official TH. Though uphill, it was so slight as to be barely noticeable.

    Camp Bird Well was dry and the windmill collapsed. There must be water underground still, though, as the trees by the well provided one of only two brief shady spots on an otherwise very exposed hike. The nearby cabin was still standing, but half roofless. It was filled with animal poo and graffiti, the most recent of which was 1990. I got a start when I saw hives on the ceiling :o , but thankfully they were as abandoned as the cabin. :sweat:

    I found adit #1 easily enough, but it was too collapsed to do anything more than stick my camera in for a random photo. Adit #2 took a bit of wandering to find, and while it had a decent opening, the opening was at the bottom of a loose 7 ft. high pile of over burden. I did not want to risk climbing down even to poke my camera in the opening. :stop: I found a fair amount of piping down-wash, some of which more resembled tin chimney pipe than iron liquid bearing pipe.

    While searching for an unnamed spring in a nearby wash, I found two more adits, neither of which are marked on the topo. I thought at first adit #3 was a cave, but upon crawling in, saw that it had timbers bracing a collapsed opening. A few yards away, adit #4 was barely recognizable: Hidden by dense brush, no opening remained, only timbers in the familiar bracing position. (The spring was dry.) This area was the only other shady area on the hike.

    I started working my way down wash towards Ridges Spring, but it started getting brushy, so I opted instead for side-sloping the spur on the north bank. It was fairly smooth sailing, and I found a saddle which would make for a relatively unstabby crossing to Paxton Place, as I originally intended two months ago. :-k When I got close to Ridges Spring, I could see the trail out the back/east side, so I crossed over.

    Rather than take FR 9244B (which had recently been scraped) back to Campell's Flat, as I had previously, I instead turned down an unmarked jeep / cattle trail to a large black tank. I had hoped it would provide some shade, but no such luck. (It was 82° when I started at 0830, but had since warmed up to 99°. :sweat: )


    Hike Video:

    (I shot several scenes five times; one eight times! :roll:)

    Some pretty orangish-red hairy berries, but otherwise nothing.

    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 / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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 10 miles to the trailhead. A car can drive in dry, but there are several wash crossings, and obvious signs of flooding. There is room for one vehicle to pull off the road, otherwise, park down at Campbell Flat, then hike the wash or Wagoner Rd uphill to the designated trailhead.
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