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Rock Creek Cabin - Sierra AnchaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2013
RedRoxx44
Hiking1.80 Miles 475 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles
475 ft AEG
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Visiting one of Brian's favorite places. He first came here about 15-20 years ago. He called it the site of the Red Cabin, and had done some exploring here. We drove the Toyota down and camped in the meadow of the mining area. There was only one obstacle a tree partly in the loose rocked last part of the mining road which we drove over the end of. We arrived late in the afternoon; some exploring elsewhere earlier in the day.
We went to the faded red cabin, up Clover a little, then over to the mine and crawled in, running out the leads and visiting the "digger" in the back of the main tunnel. Brian climbed up a manway which took him to another level that had the entrance off an upper road cut. We had a great evening enjoying the coolness of the canyon, amazing how much water in Rock Creek.
Next day up and out, locating an old and unused mining cut that contoured wonderfully above El Paso canyon; a side canyon of Rock Creek. Looked good looking down. Parked the Toyota on a scenic point surrounded by cliffs. Cable remains up here, found the break and started down; watching a small group of juvenile Coatimundi roaming around, going away from us and never saw or smelled us.
On down, I wore shorts , a huge mistake given the manzanita, catclaw and holly bushes.
Lower mine workings, old truck, the tunnel and shaft had a major fire in it destroying almost all timbering. Back had a seep, a small pool of water and about 12 frogs on the wall perched in the darkness.
Out, we went down to Rock Creek, and I soaked in some pools. We hiked up El Paso canyon, mostly dry, some slickrock and some dry falls to get around. We went up a break and walked to old road back to the car. Pretty warm by then.
Very nice area, old hat to Brian but new for me.
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