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Webber Mine Trail - Harcuvar, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 6.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,357 feet
Elevation Gain 1,145 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.5-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.23
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Author Ksorensen
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Trips 9 map ( 73 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Sun  6:21am - 6:32pm
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by Ksorensen

It's a long drive to get to this hike, but the peacefulness combined with the natural beauty of the trail are worth the effort. The trail begins at the Harcuvar Mountains Wilderness at Webber Canyon, near a wildlife spring. The trail follows an old mining road up to, you guessed it, Webber mine. The typical Sonoran Desert vegetation is somehow even more pleasant than that on the Harquahala trail on the other side of the valley. We saw many healthy saguaros of all sizes and ages, pincushion cactus, hedgehog cactus, and of course cholla. The vegetation sits in geology that is diverse, colorful, and interesting. Unfortunately, there is a fair amount of cat-claw on the trail but because the trail is an old road, it is relatively easy to get around most of it. The hike climbs 1,190 feet gradually over three miles and is never so steep as to be uncomfortable. It mostly follows a high ridge between two surprisingly large arroyos that deserve to be explored in their own right. After the first couple of miles sits the remnants of an old mining camp or homestead. Must have been a great view from the front porch. We wondered if the pile of rocks at the homestead hides an old grave site.


It took us only an hour and fifteen minutes to reach the old mine. There is a spooky old mineshaft sporting wooden beams and all that, we of course did not dare to enter. Nor did we bushwack up to the ridge above. Choosing the lazy approach to an afternoon of hiking, we stopped at the mine, made a makeshift bench out of old mining logs, and ate our lunch while enjoying the spectacular view of McMullen Valley and Harquahala Peak.

We saw only one squirrel, one hummingbird, and the remnants of a deer long dead. Other than these creatures, we had the place to ourselves. This trail obviously doesn't get much use.

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2004-01-19 Ksorensen
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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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Webber Mine Trail - Harcuvar
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A nice little exercise hike to Webber Mine took us past some interesting agaves and an unusual double split saguaro w/crest -- there's something you don't see every day! Nine mile drive to the trailhead along sandy roads is a piece of cake, and the road continues past the wilderness boundary to provide an easy access trail to the mine, which by all appearances, is well played out.
Webber Mine Trail - Harcuvar
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I've had this on my list for probably two years. I had planned to do Camp Bouse Peak today, but discovered the desert racers had an event this weekend, and much of their race takes place along Powerline Rd., thus blocking access to Camp Bouse Peak. I plan on doing the peak this upcoming Thursday, 1/14. If anyone is interested, it would be a first Haz ascent ( hikearizona.com/map ... &M=6 ).

Regarding the attached routes: One is for the drive in, the other for the hike itself. The hike route is the same as the official route, but with waymarks added for the various things I found. See the drive route description for the drive conditions. You will need at least AWD and a few inches extra clearance; cars are a no go. :stop:

Not that it will be needed, but there is plenty of water -- two nearly full metal boxes -- at the rain apron (marked "Guzzler" on MyTopo).

Lots of burro poo, but no burros sighted.

I checked out the hill behind the rain apron for petroglyphs, but did not spot anything. The "road" gets much rougher entering the wilderness area, very similar to creek walking. It's a steady, but not unpleasant climb, with multiple wash crossings. The views of 4,593 foot E C P Peak, and other nearby prominences, were gorgeous. If anyone ever wants to take a crack at E C P Peak, the wagon trail to Webber Mine would be the ideal start point, as it's only another 1000 feet to that summit.

There's not much left of the mining camp: One possible cabin / chicken coop area. (It actually looked more coop-like, and was too small for a corral.) Two metal tanks, one cylindrical, one round & flat. A cabin, with foundation. A series of mysterious wood posts, seemingly without purpose. The wood for the posts, and elsewhere in the camp, had to have been imported, as there are no trees within dozens of miles, of the thickness and length I saw. Maybe the lumber came from Prescott?

A quarter mile above the camp are the mine workings: A small adit, a shaft and a tailings pile.

The tailings are outside the shaft, which is above the adit. So, the tailings appear to have been hauled up & out of the shaft which is at least 100 feet deep. It is fenced off, but you can look over the edge. There was some very attractive blue highlights in some of the tailings, and some green as well. Probably azurite and malachite, as Webber Mine was a Cu-Ag mine. (Last operated in 1923.) The green in the tailings was of a different quality, more metallic, than the green I ocassionally saw in trail rocks below the camp. Those trail rocks were more of an olive green. Maybe peridot? :-k

The adit had a tight opening, due to collapse, but I knocked on the timbers, and they did not move, so in I went. There was a second collapse 10 feet in, which I cleared. Just beyond a third collapse, the tightest of all, was a small chamber. The area was a bit chalky, so rather than proceeding, I bailed. I low-crawled the whole time. : rambo :

After lunch and a "summit" brew, I headed back to my patient wife at the trailhead. :kf:

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Drive Video: https://youtu.be/cm ... d6S4
Hike Video: https://youtu.be/YA ... Az0M

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From Phoenix, drive through Wickenburg on Highway 60 to the town of Aguila. Drive around 13 miles west of Aguila and take a right turn on a dirt road between mile markers 71 and 72. Follow this dirt road for 2.8 miles and then turn left to the power transmission line. At the power lines, head west again for a half mile and then make a right turn (this should be the second right turn possible). Follow this road to the wildnerness boundary.
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