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2014-11-01  
Canes Spring and Canyon, AZ
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Canes Spring and Canyon, AZ 
Canes Spring and Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2014
topohiker
Hiking31.60 Miles 6,245 AEG
Hiking31.60 Miles   13 Hrs      2.87 mph
6,245 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I've seen the Cane Springs exit on the Bee-line and always wondered about it. I did some research and create a route.

I started at the nondescript exit for FR177 right by the Gold creek. I explored down the Gold creek and exited out to FR177. FR177 is washed out at Lion Canyon and Cane springs canyon. I bushwhacked through thick vegetation :yuck: to find Cane's Spring. Past Cane's Spring, FR177 is an abandoned road. There's seven bathtub style water tanks with an interconnected water line like the old thinnet cable. A black water tube follows the road and ended at Gold Tooth Smith spring. I tried to find the spring, but the vegetation was too thick with catsclaw. Much to my surprise, the road continued on to the power lines. I climb up to a high point and turned around. Even though you’re only about a 1/5 of mile from the bee-line, you still feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.

I returned to the FR177 / FR191 split. FR191 goes from a 4x4 road to an ATV road to a foot path to a Mazatzal trail in about 1.5 miles. There a road, but the vegetation has choked it down to a narrow foot path :yuck: . Once you break the 5,000 elevation mark, the path opens up again. FR191 crosses from Gold Creek canyon over to Cane Spring Canyon. There’s a mine near the start of Cane Spring Canyon. I found a road that’s not on any maps and it looks like it loops around Pine Butte. I didn't have the time to verify that.

Eventually FR191 ends at FR201. The original plan was to check out Mercuria Mine, but the wind was way too cold at this point. I returned back to the jeep. The half-moon made the hike back fun. I didn't have to use the flashlight until I hit the over growth area.

I'll be back another day to further explorer the mines in the area.
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