.. Surprise Sierra Ancha Views & Mining History ..
by Grasshopper & Oregon_Hiker
This scenic and historic 1950's Uranium Mining Adits area and Camp bordering the southern Sierra Ancha Wilderness, is a very interesting area to meander around. In my opinion, the scenic Sue Uranium Mines Road with viewable, large open Adits is worth the visit alone (views along this short mining road of the rugged Sierra Ancha "Lower Deep Creek and Bull Canyon" confluence area is exceptional!)
It is recommended to download and follow the posted "official" Gps Route for this out and back hike.
Oregon_Hiker's Historical Research of this Sue Uranium Mining area:
(MINERAL INVESTIGATION OF THE SIERRA ANCHA WILDERNESS
AND SALOME STUDY AREA, GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA 1985)
"The Sue Mine is located on the south side of Bull Canyon, in the SW 1/4
sec. 19, T. 5 N., R. 15 E. (unsurveyed), approximately 1/2 mile south of the
wilderness (plate i). The mine is accessible by about 1/2 mile of old road
which starts near the top of the Bull Canyon road.
The Sue claims were staked in 1954 by K. C. Heron for Arizona Globe
Uranium, Inc. Total workings on the property amount to about 1,700 feet
of drifts and crosscuts that connect two adits that bear S. 20 ° W. (figure
43). A third adit, started to the west of the main workings, extends 30
feet. Approximately 750 feet of the workings were financed by a Defense
Minerals Exploration Administration grant (Granger and Raup, 1969a, p. 129).
Ore produced from the Sue Mine totaled 450 tons averaging 0.21 percent U308
(Schwartz, 1957, p. 56). In 1978 the claims were held by a joint venture
agreement between Wyoming Minerals Corp. and B and B Mining Co."
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.