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Ripsey Spring / Mine / Ranch, AZ
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Ripsey Spring / Mine / Ranch, AZ 
Ripsey Spring / Mine / Ranch, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2015
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Hiking31.40 Miles 3,111 AEG
Hiking31.40 Miles   12 Hrs   40 Mns   2.97 mph
3,111 ft AEG   2 Hrs   5 Mns Break
 
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This was a Ripsey day. I parked in the Ripsey wash near the A Diamond ranch (sorry JJ it's still not for sale!). I hiked up the Ripsey wash to where it crosses the AZT. Then I went looking for the Ripsey spring. My first attempt was ended by a wall. My second attempt ended by fence line. I was about .15 miles from the spring ](*,) . I backtracked and got around the fence line. I didn't find the spring where my GPS said it was. I found it by following a wet drainage to where the wetness stopped. The waypoint is: N33 01.702 W110 58.734

Second on my agenda was the Ripsey Mine. Along the way I went by an un-named well site. The Ripsey mine is one of (or the) biggest mine sites I've seen. I spent close to an hour checking out the site. The main site had three levels and 3 holes. There was 2 smaller mines near the main site.

Next on the list was to check out a structure I saw on the satellite view. The structure was a water cache system for game.

Now for the last item on the agenda: the Ripsey ranch ruins. If you’re going to explore in this area, I highly suggest you use a GPS with a loaded route. None of the roads are signed. The only signed road/trail is the AZT. A lot of the roads don't appear on the topo maps. The best bet is to use the satellite view to draw up your route. I was following my HAZ track route when I came across a local rancher. We chatted for a minute and he told me a quicker way to return from the ranch. He was in process of converting the old ranch for his cattle. The only thing left at the old ranch was a foundation and a well/windmill. There's new cattle pens that the local rancher was talking about.

It was a fun hike with lots to see. The morning and night was cold, but the afternoon was a bit toasty. I might return to explore around the mine some more.
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