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2013-04-21  
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Mansfield Canyon, AZ
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Mansfield Canyon, AZ 
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It had been a long time (2003) since I was here, so I asked Paul who introduced me to this canyon and its mining artifacts, if he wanted to go back and check it out. Since our last visit, the passage of time and flash flooding has taken out some of the structures that were still standing a decade ago. There also was more water present back then, but we are having quite a run of dry years, so that isn't surprising.

To get to Mansfield Canyon you drive up FR72 from Patagonia for about 8 miles. Mansfield Canyon heads west at this point. When we did this hike back in 2003, we parked 7 miles in at the AZT trailhead, walked the road for about a mile then headed up the canyon. We stayed in the canyon all the way to the Hosey Mine, then exited the canyon on an old mine road to FR72A (Piper Gulch Road). From there we hiked to Juniper Flat (where the old cowboy line shack/hunter cabin is) before walking back down to Temporal Gulch on FR72A. This made it about a 12 mile trip. On this most recent visit we parked where Mansfield Canyon reaches FR72. This would have made for about a 10 mile hike, but since it was a pretty warm day and I wasn't doing very well, we turned around at the Hosey Mine and backtracked down the canyon.

The mining operations in the canyon date back to about 1880. The Mansfield group was worked periodically up until 1951, while the Hosey ceased production in 1936. Main metals extracted were lead, copper, pyrite, zinc, and gold, typical of mines in this region. One thing you will notice hiking here is the strong presence of sulfides and sulfosalts. There is a pretty strong smell of sulpher in places, and the creek bottom and water is pretty funky. Not the kind of place you would want to drink from. :lol:

A couple miles in there used to be a nice white cabin, but it is now gone. Paul and I wondered if maybe it had been removed by the owner for safety reasons, but other information I found online indicates it may have been destroyed by fire and/or flooding. We didn't notice any sign of fire and the terrace it was located on seemed like it was out of harms way from flash flooding.
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