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Carrie Nation Trail #78, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,874 feet
Elevation Gain 1,327 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 5.92
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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11  2018-04-24
Carrie Nation-Super Trail Loop
3  2017-05-19
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20  2015-10-22
Carrie Nation and Nature Trail Santa Rita Mts
18  2015-06-10
Old Baldy-Carrie Nation Loop
Author markthurman53
author avatar Guides 75
Routes 475
Photos 5,651
Trips 400 map ( 3,956 miles )
Age 66 Male Gender
Location Tucson, Arizona
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Sun  6:09am - 6:27pm
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by markthurman53

The Carrie Nation Trail is not currently listed as a Trail, but I found Write-ups that refer to it as Trail #78. The Trail is a short 1.5 miles long, starting at the Vault Mine Trail and ending at the Agua Caliente Trail. The Trail is steep as you approach Agua Caliente Trail and in places hard to locate. The Carrie Nation Trail can be used as one leg of a loop hike or a means of getting to Jack Mountain.

The point of interest is the Carrie Nation Mine. This Mine was operating around 1903 and mined mainly Copper with some Lead, Zinc and Molybdenum. The boiler used at the mine to provide steam power is still there and in fairly good condition in spite of someone using it for target practice (I guess if you’re not very good and there isn’t a broadside of a barn around this will do). The mine when I was there had water in it. If you like to visit old mines and old mining equipment then this is a good hike.

To get to this trail, take the Old Baldy trail for 0.3 miles, stay straight as the Old Baldy Trail exits left. You are now on the Vault Mine Trail. Stay on the Vault Mine Trail for about 0.5 miles where the Vault mine Trail will exit right and the Carrie Nation Trail continue on straight. There was no sign mentioning the Carrie Nation Trail. Follow the trail along the stream for about 0.3 miles, the trail will exit the stream to the west and do one switchback and follow above the stream along the West Bank. Continue for about 0.5 miles where the trail will cross the stream again and the Carrie nation Mine will be along the West bank.

From here the trail gets a little vague in places. If you watch closely you will find the trail as it crosses on either side of the stream. Follow the stream up for about 0.3 miles to an elevation of about 6800 feet and the trail (visible here) will do one switchback up along the west side of the creek to the ridge (Once on the ridge you will notice a route that heads straight down the ridge. This is the route some take instead of the creek and will lead down to the Carrie Nation mine). On the ridge you will see a well beaten route that has been used by others to get to the Agua Caliente Trail. It is steep and a good workout. From the Agua Caliente trail you will have to decide where you want to go, Left will take you to Josephine saddle, right to Agua Caliente Saddle. I will go left to Jack Mountain and some good views North and South.

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2017-03-31 markthurman53

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Carrie Nation Trail #78
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    Stopped by Madera Canyon for a short hike on the way home from
    Tubac, and chose Carrie Nation Mine as our destination. We started on Old Baldy Trail, and turned off onto Agua Caliente. I was surprised at how good of condition the trail was in. No problems at all following the trail, and it appeared to be somewhat maintained. Flowing water and small waterfalls accompanied us the entire length of the hike, and the forest floor was covered in greenery, made lush from summer rains. Just beautiful! We stopped at the Carrie Nation Mine to check out the old boiler and the mine tunnel, and then headed down. Just below the mine, I looked off to my left and thought "that stump looks like a bear's face. Oh, it's a bear!" Fifty feet from Shauna and I. I clapped and talked to it. The bear moved about 10 feet away and huffed at us. The bear just stood its ground after huffing, so we continued down the trail. I thought about the time Joe, Nick and I had a bear huff at us in the Pinalenos. Fun memory. Made it back down to the trailhead, and drove into Tucson for Mexican food. A thoroughly enjoyable hike and adventure, that had me wanting to do more Santa Rita hiking.
    Carrie Nation Trail #78
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    perfect day for this hike. got out of my car at relatively deserted roundup TH to the gobbles of the turkeys somewhere in the canyon. decided to go up carrie nation to the agua caliente trail (perhaps my 2 favorite santa rita trails?). found and watched a silent and beautiful trogon near the mine. this is probably now my 15th sighting or so, and i have gotten pretty good at figuring out a couple specific spots they like in particular over the years. hit up good old Jack mountain for my yearly visit (at a minimum). the route up there is getting more and more faint. enjoyed the fabulous agua caliente trail over to vault mine. had the pleasure of spotting and getting buzzed by a twin spotted rattlesnake on one of the rockfalls. i believe that is the third one of those i have seen in the santa ritas. quick and steep trip down the vault mine trail sealed the deal.

    as always this is a VERY high yield short hike in the santa ritas.
    Carrie Nation Trail #78
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    Carrie Nation
    Decided to hit this one up today, because I thought Sierra would think the old mine and machinery was cool. She definitely did. we also found another mine shaft higher up that i never knew was there, pretty deep straight down :o

    took them to my spot for spotting elegant trogons, and sure enough I was able to locate one to show them both on the way up, and again on the way down (saw 2 at the spot on the way down :y: :y: :y: )

    Permit $$
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    There are four specific day use areas that require a Coronado Recreational Pass or a National Pass/America the Beautiful Pass.
    1) Sabino Canyon - located on the Santa Catalina Ranger District (520)749-8700
    2) Madera Canyon - located on the Nogales Ranger District (520)281-2296
    3) Cave Creek - located on the Douglas Ranger District (520)364-3468
    4) Mt. Lemmon at 11 day use sites.

    Catalina State Park $6 per day. Sabino Canyon Tram is $10 extra.

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    Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Madera Canyon Trailhead
    From Tucson: I-19 south to exit 63 Continental. At the end of the exit take a left and follow brown signs to Madera Canyon. You'll be taking White House Canyon Road 13.2 miles to Madera Canyon.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 152 mi - about 2 hours 31 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 42.3 mi - about 55 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 295 mi - about 4 hours 37 mins
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