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Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ
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Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Dixie-Prospector-Windmill-Coachwhip - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,470 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.48 mph
1,470 ft AEG      15 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Jill, Linda, Marilyn, and Janet joined me for MMRP's Friday morning hike. We did a lasso hike starting from the parking area for the Dixie Mine Trail... out on Dixie Mine, visited the mine and petroglyphs, then onto Prospector, Bell Pass, Windmill, and Coachwhip. Back on Dixie Mine. (Marilyn and Janet did a shorter hike - out to the mine and back.)

As soon as we got onto the Dixie Mine Trail, we could tell that the recent rains had scoured the trail of dirt and smaller rocks. This made the trail rockier in spots. When we came to wash crossings, even small ones, we found significant erosion.

The beginning of the trail to the mine (from the road) is now about a foot and a half lower than it used to be. It now looks like a wash - you wouldn't guess that it's the trail into the mine and petroglyphs unless you knew about it in advance. Getting to the mine now involves ducking under vegetation. We didn't attempt to reach the gated mine entrance as there is now some deadfall in the way in addition to the tamarisk that was already becoming a problem.

The Prospector Trail is in surprisingly good condition as is the portion of the Bell Pass Trail that we hiked. Likewise, the Windmill Trail is in fairly good condition, though some of the wash crossings would be more challenging than they used to be if you attempted to ride them.

The southern section of Coachwhip has a bit more erosion / scouring.

We saw two deer while hiking the Coachwhip Trail. We saw a rattlesnake (western diamondback) as we hiked back on Dixie Mine.
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