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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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author avatar Guides 102
Routes 259
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Trips 761 map ( 7,004 miles )
Age 60 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred May, Sep, Oct, Aug
Sun  5:48am - 7:23pm
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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 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 are 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 catclaw, but can mostly be negotiated by following old footpaths/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.

    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 pavement segment on one of those fancy ranches, it is a 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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    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated

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