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Tonto Creek- Pittsburg mine, AZ
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Tonto Creek- Pittsburg mine, AZ 
Tonto Creek- Pittsburg mine, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2011
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Relatively easy access to a mellow part of Tonto Creek. Two roads take off within probably a mile of one another. Either will get you to the general area of the Pittsburg mine. You will need at least HC and maybe 4wd capability if wet or you want to drive all the way down to the creek.
One road you take out of Jake's Corner toward the 76 ranch. Very soon a low grade right presents itself near a corral and this is the one you take. It goes over hill and dale and through a gate, some washouts and a ton of prickly pear cactus to keep you company. It gains a ridge line and mellows out. Before you get to large rounded rocks in the roadbed and before it drops seriously to the creek is some nice level parking and car camping.
The road does go all the way down but is steep and eroded and there is not a good turn around spot. It really is a short walk. Nice views of Tonto Creek, north in a mellow open valley and to the south starting to rock up with short walls of volcanic rock.
The second road is right before the road cut heading south out of Jake's corner. It too is rough and eroded. It stops at a commanding view of the mine operation remains including remains of a tramway and a concrete collared shaft. A small turn around/level camp area is a good parking spot and right across from that is a pretty good trail down taking advantage of a wash. Nice views up and down the rocky creekbed here.

We drove both and camped at the former, walking down in and then down the canyon the short distance to the mine site. Exploring up on the hill side revealed several short tunnels and another shallow shaft. No significant workings remain. The water was a bit stagnant but we had to wade only a couple of pools, most of the time you could rock hop or use the bank. It's not a spectacular place but very pleasant and easy to get to. On down from the mine the pools are wall to wall before you pop out in the broad alluvial plane where the canyon is wide open to Roosevelt.
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Pittsburg Tonto Mine
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