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Carr Reef, AZ
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Carr Reef, AZ 
Carr Reef, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 15 2013
rwstorm
Hiking0.80 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
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After a very windy night in the campground the plan was to hike up to Carr Peak. However the winds persisted after sunrise, so I figured it might not be too pleasant up there and decided instead to just do some exploring around camp before heading home. I come to this place a lot, but have only gone up to the edge of the Reef (also known as the Exposed Reef) one other time back around 1991. This is where the hang gliders launch from. There was extensive mining on the Reef (mostly quarry type) and the first mill was located just northeast of the campground where the road begins to descend, after the long thrilling climb up the mountainside. Rail lines and later roads were used to transport the ore to the mill. The Monument Fire of 2011 burned across the Reef, taking out much of the manzanita thickets that covered it. In so doing it exposed to view some things previously hidden. Also makes off trail hiking easier now. Originally I was going to just walk up the numbered road to the top of the Reef, but I was able to make out a faint track along another hill that headed for the mill. Guess that was an old rail line, so decided to follow it. Eventually it reached some tailing piles and basically rejoined the road in the main mining area. I first stopped at the primary hang glider launch spot at the edge with a great view down into lower Miller Canyon. Then I headed over to a more northerly point where the road ends at another precipitous drop off. The reward was some new views of the area. :) An automated rain gauge is up on the ridge, no doubt placed there post Monument Fire to help with flash flood forecasting in the burn zone. Walked the road back to camp. The wind was easing up and a few birders were starting to arrive. I had the place entirely to myself from the previous evening (a little stormy) until morning.
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