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Ash Canyon - South Fork, AZ
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Ash Canyon - South Fork, AZ 
Ash Canyon - South Fork, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2017
rwstorm
Hiking2.80 Miles 1,108 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
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A year ago I went down to Ash Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains to visit an old mining site that I had not seen in about 25 years. There is a piece of mining equipment there that I wanted to get a photo of. It had been so long, and post Monument Fire flood action had changed things quite a bit and I was unable to find the spot. I passed close by to it on a hike in 2004, but didn't stop there then. So the purpose of this trip was to finally get back to that location.

I was able to drive in further than in the past, so I knew I was fairly close. I kind of remembered the way, but it was so overgrown and flood blasted that the walk to it on an easy to follow mine road (back then) was no more. Before I made an attempt to reach the spot, I checked out another road that topo maps showed went south of it and higher up before perhaps dropping back into the drainage. I gained quite a bit of elevation, but was pretty far above where I wanted to be, and the road sort of quit and it became an overgrown old pack trail that at one time went to a prospector's cabin. So, I backtracked and while I was taking a break at the truck before trying a more direct approach in the drainage, a fellow on an ATV drove up. He asked if I was hunting, and I said no, just looking for a spot near Morgan Spring where I had done some prospecting in the 1990-92 timeframe. He said he knew what I was looking for and he had some active claims there and would take me to it. We hiked across and above the main drainage a bit to avoid the thick vegetation and eventually dropped back down to where the old road was and before long we were there. I thanked him and had a really good conversation covering a a wide range of topics and places we had been. So, I would say that was a very fortuitous chance encounter out there! :D

The reason he came out with loppers that day was to cut vegetation and clear a route back to his claims through all the overgrowth. I must say I was impressed, because in the short time I spent taking photos he had really got a lot of cutting done. Basically he was cutting a direct path that followed the old blown out road to the site. He has done lots of hiking in the area over the years, plus is a pilot for Border Patrol, so he has the advantage of getting good looks at things from the air. :)

What was I searching for? An old piece of mining equipment with "Albert Steinfeld Tucson, Arizona" stamped on it. That is the name of a very prominent pioneer businessman in Tucson from way back in the day (like pre-1900). He had his hand in many ventures, including mining. So, needless to say, I was very happy to finally get back there and see that artifact again after all those years. :D
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