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West Sawmill Canyon-Santa Rita, AZ
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West Sawmill Canyon-Santa Rita, AZ 
West Sawmill Canyon-Santa Rita, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Sep 07 2019
rwstorm
4x4 Trip6.80 Miles
4x4 Trip6.80 Miles
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Lots of Grass and Fairy Dusters

Oh, and plenty of cattle too. I drove by this a few days back on my way to the Chiricahua Mountains and decided it was time for a visit. I had been in here to hike two other times, last in 2003. This is the canyon between Florida and Melendrez Pass. A fair number of people out there today. In the past I had gone a little past Sawmill Canyon Well (windmill) and parked by a side road that drops down into the main drainage. This is where I hiked upstream, even coming across an old miners cabin. Don't know if it is still there, but when it cools off perhaps I'll go back and see. This time, I continued on up the road, which becomes very narrow along a shelf as it steeply climbs to its end by an old prospect. I finally reached a switchback near where it tops out on the ridge dividing Florida and West Sawmill Canyons, where I was able to turn around. Knowing there were others out and about, I didn't want to meet anyone on that stretch, so I got back down to wider track as quick as I could. Fortunately, there were no encounters. :sweat:

AllTrails lists this road (FR 4037) as 6.8 miles from the the turnoff from Box Canyon Road (FR 62) to its end. There are lots of ups and downs along the way, with plenty of erosion, so this one is strictly 4WD. You need that extra low gear in places, so an AWD SUV, such as my RAV, probably would have trouble in spots. It was fun going back in there after all these years! :D
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Fairy Dusters gone wild :lol:
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