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Asbestos Point - Zimmerman Point, AZ
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Asbestos Point - Zimmerman Point, AZ 
Asbestos Point - Zimmerman Point, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2020
Hiking10.72 Miles 2,868 AEG
Hiking10.72 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.37 mph
2,868 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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Asbestos Point and its mines is one of my favorite places to take people for some Arizona history. The views from the peak aren't bad either. I brought a couple friends to show them what's up there. I had never been on top of Zimmerman, so we added that in too.

I was here a year and a half ago and the Forest Service was working on the road. It's pretty smooth and clear to the gauging station. After that the road is in rough shape, but recent tire marks attest to its do-ability with the right truck. Trees had fallen over the road but were cut and cleared away recently. Good amount of snow and ice on the road in the early morning that turned to mud later in the day.

Didn't visit all of the mine adits, just the two I was interested in going in. Made it in farther than I have before, past where light from the outside is visible. Still a lot of asbestos veins in the rock wall that shine when flashed with a headlamp. Did our best not to kick up dust. Old timbers have been re-supported in interesting and unsettling ways.

Road goes most of the way to Zimmerman and then we followed the ridge up. Stayed west of the fence going up from point 6128 and that led to some scrambling. Not much of a bushwhack as there are more than several game trails criss-crossing the slopes.

Top is flat but there are some nice clear rock areas along the cliffs. Could see as far as the snow-topped Pinalenos and White Mountains. Didn't see any hikers or off-roaders all day, but there were more than a few cars going up and down the 288.

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