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Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2011
sventre
Hiking4.80 Miles 337 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
337 ft AEG
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Decided to finally seek out the abandoned mine about which I had heard a number of times. From the horse trailer lot it is a relatively short direct 1.75 miles, but ordinarily one would incorporate the mine as a sidetrip along either the Garden Valley or Hackberry Spring loops. Today I took the direct route since finding the mine was my goal. It was a great morning for a short hike and despite that fact that this was an inter-holiday week, there were no crowds with which to contend. Crossing First Water I was surprised to see that water had accumulated so early in the winter. Though I had done the Garden Valley Loop no fewer than a couple of dozen times, today was the first time I ever took note of the cairn marking the beginning of the side trail leading directly to the mine. Perhaps the marker made up predominantly of cholla remnants is relatively new, or maybe I just never paid attention to it-- but there it was as clear as day. A short trek along the trail and you round a small hill overlooking the wash, there up ahead lay the tailings and mine entrance not previously visible.
The mine itself is unremarkable but it extends about 300 feet deep into the mountain. I have no idea what, if anything was mined, but it seems to me that this must be the mineshaft referred to in "Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" [p155] as one dug by Barry Storm. After exploring the mine it was a quick retreat back to the horselot.
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