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Sierra Ancha A to Z: Asbestos - Zimmerman, AZ
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Sierra Ancha A to Z: Asbestos - Zimmerman, AZ 
Sierra Ancha A to Z: Asbestos - Zimmerman, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.50 Miles 2,887 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   6 Hrs   25 Mns   2.05 mph
2,887 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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I figured that a good place for a social distancing hike was deep in the heart of @grasshopper and @Oregon_Hiker country, so I headed out to the Sierra Ancha to hike up to Asbestos Point and Zimmerman Benchmark on Zimmerman Point.

This hike only got on my radar screen when @LindaAnn posted a couple of triplogs over the last week.

I parked not far off of 288 on a turnout on FR 489. I could have easily driven up to Pocket Spring and parked there, but I was hoping to get a 12 mile/3,000' AEG hike, so I decided to park where I did. As it was, I came up a little short on the distance and elevation gain, but that was OK. I did not mind the extra walk up to the spring -- the grade was not bad, the tread was good, and there was plenty of water flowing in the creek, which was nice listening to.

Once past the spring, the grade got steeper, and the road was rutted out in some places. I doubt if too many stock trucks or SUV's would want to tackle the road past the spring.

I went up to the Zimmerman BM first. The off-trail hiking was fun, although it was a bit steep, rocky, and slippery in places. The views on top were really nice, and I located the benchmark and one reference mark. After having a snack while enjoying the views, I headed back down and made my way over to Asbestos Point.

To get to the summit of Asbestos Point, I went up an old logging road that looped around the east side of the summit and approached it from the north. The road had a lot of deadfall on it, and it wound up being more or less a bushwhack to get up there. I would have been better off to do what @LindaAnn did and just go off-trail up to the summit from the east. I did go back down that way though.

There were some cool views at the summit, and I ate lunch there while enjoying the views. While up top, I located both benchmarks -- one from 1934 and one from 1947.

On the way back I stopped and checked out some of the old asbestos mines.

I did not see any other hikers on this hike. On the way back down, I met 2 RAZR's that were going up the rough section of the road.

I really enjoyed this hike and it was one that I would do again!
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Asbestos
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There were a few isolated wildflowers -- mostly western wallflower, but a few lupine and Indian paintbrush.

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