|Geology/Weather Weekend, AZ|
|Geology/Weather Weekend, AZ|| |
Geology/Weather Weekend, AZ
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|Checking the weather forecast I had a backpack planned in an area of 80% chance of rain so I decided |
to postpone it. Not that rain bothers me but not much for photo chances in that area.
I headed out where there was a smaller chance of rain. I had an old mine I needed to see if was still
open that I had been in but nowhere finished exploring. Looking on Topo a nearby area seemed
interesting. I would go there first.
No knowledge of the road, open or closed, passable or not. Lots of muddy ground around, but this
road went up a mostly sandy wash, which due to the rains, was not too bad. It soon left the wash for
ridgelines, and I started paying attention to the odometer for the side road to the old mine area.
Headframe at an intersection. This wasn't it but checked out the dangerous looking shaft which
someone had left very poor rigging. Good way to get killed. Nice quartz crystals about, and nice
The sideroad was pretty good, a little 4wd needed. The mine appeared reclaimed, one tunnel, but oh
my gosh, the rocks around the cuts and shafts just gorgeous for a rock hound like me. In 40 feet from
the Toyota I saw 20 rocks I wanted. Got my eyes off the ground and hiked around, very big shafts,
some deep sounding with rock tosses. One tunnel pack rat and javelina scatted really badly.
The rocks were just incredible, covered in delicate crystals, geometric and bulbous forms and shapes.
I finally found some representation of one of the minerals this named mine was known for.
Drove the road out, hiked on an old trail, looked at some nice views. Located a car camp on a high
spot, with a wonderful sunset and 360 views. Night was great except it rained and I was a bit nervous
this far back in. Drive out was a loop, and again I had no way to know how good or bad it would be.
Tremendous rainbow with dark black and blue skies all around, threatening clouds.
Now to the main mine. I drove several short roads thinking a back way in. Nope. However one spur
ended at a huge tank not on the map and an awesome looking off trail hiking area. Back out to the
main road. Serious looking gate was unlocked. Road 4wd and HC, washed out, slow and short.
Parked at the tunnel entrance. Walked back, the tunnel long; and located the top of the Number 2
shaft. Looked to be in good shape and no trouble with access. The top of the manway ladder was
loose and I used some det cord to tie it up at the top to a solid pipe. I will be reaching out to a couple of
people to come back here with me. No way I would do this one solo, this shaft is around 800 feet deep,
the shoring looks really good but won't know till I am on it. Of course on the way out had to inspect
the ore, the rock with lots of embedded crystal formation; lots of vugs.
Drove out , and a great finale was pulling off the interstate to take a picture of a elongated sun dog or a
loose rainbow, great colorful prism of low clouds hugging some foot hills.
Great weekend, dramatic weather, new and old areas. I never run out of things to do!