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Exploring Upper Cherry Creek, AZ
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Exploring Upper Cherry Creek, AZ 
Exploring Upper Cherry Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2014
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking5.80 Miles 762 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
762 ft AEG
 
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Grasshopper
We started this hike at Camp Grasshopper off FR203 in upper Cherry Creek Canyon. It was the fourth day of our camping trip. The plan was to hike up Cherry Creek roughly following an old mining road which goes up the bottom of the canyon and them climbs up the east side to the location of a prospect. Most of the road in the bottom of the canyon has washed away long ago but portions along side benches still exist. We wanted to check out the prospect and look for an old cabin/homestead site somewhere in Cherry Creek Canyon not far above the confluence of PB Creek with Cherry Creek.

It was a fairly easy hike with frequent creek crossings and some cats claw bushes to contend with. We found two old mining roads which go up the east side of the canyon - our destination was the second one. The road switched back up the hill to the location of the prospect. It was somewhat overgrown with cats claw bushes but the cattle had kept a trail open. About half way up the side of the canyon we reached a bench where the prospect was located. We found no mine shafts or other holes in the ground but there was evidence that a few feet of the ground surface had been bulldozed off for about a 100 yds revealing a layer of rock. Asbestos fibers, which must have been the target of the prospect, littered the ground in the excavated area. The asbestos find must not have been significant enough for mining. The mining road continues up and over the top of the ridge and descends into China Spring Canyon (based on our Garmin topo map and confirmed on Google Earth. We chose not to follow it further and returned to Cherry Creek to continue looking for the homestead site further up the creek. An interesting loop hike for a future trip would be to continue on to China Spring Canyon on this old mining road and then follow China Spring Creek back down to Cherry Creek not far from the Camp GH location.

We continued about 0.5 mile further up Cherry Creek searching for the homestead site but with no success. We had a tough hike planned for the next day and decided to turn around just short of a large bench on the west side which was just high enough to be out of the flood plain. I would determine later after our return with some research on GE and some input from RedRoxx44 that the probable location was only about a 180 yds past where we stopped. Darn. But that's better than finding out we walked right by it without seeing it which I had thought was a more likely scenario.
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