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3 R canyon and mines, AZ
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3 R canyon and mines, AZ 
3 R canyon and mines, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
HikerWill
Hiking3.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.27 mph
1,200 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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3R Canyon.
The mining area here has been “cleaned up”. I’m glad we were out there a year ago to compare before and after views. Back then we picked up some cool mineral samples and pyrite. Now…. There is nothing interesting to bring back. Even the pictures are blah.

Head out of Nogales on SR 82 for 13 miles. Circle Z ranch will be on the North and the access road will be on the opposite side of the road. There are horses and they can be sneaky so you have to be aware when opening and shutting the gate across the cattle guard.
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Follow this road for 2.5 miles past the abandoned bunkhouse. The road is blocked off by some strategically placed boulders. It’s a very steep quarter of a mile to the main mine shaft. We found it was easier to walk on the drainage tiles than the road. The only reason we checked this out was because the road was in such good shape.
There is a small turnaround near the end.
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The planned hike of the day was a little before where the road ended.
After doing a 20 point turn near the boulders we headed up the next road that broke off to the North. The plan was to park at the intersection but the road looked decent so we went about a hundred yards and gave up and parked in a switchback.
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From where we parked it was 1450 feet from the truck to the highest shaft at the end of the road. (beeline) After 15 switchbacks it was closer to 4500 feet to the shaft. I don’t know what kind of vehicle would have made that trip. It is insanely steep and narrow and some of the switchbacks are hairpins.
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We took a quick breather at each spot of shade and checked out several tailings along the way. It took us about an hour to cover about a mile.
From the mine we could see Atascosa, Nogales Airport, Patagonia Lake. If it hadn’t been so hazy, I thought Kitt peak would have been in view.
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The rest of the day we drove around back roads and took a few short walks. Found a broekd waterline that was pouring out water. Up o the hill was a well with a big tank. Not sure if they were draining the tank or didn’t know it was broken. No idea who to report it to and the only ranch house we found was empty. Ended up having dinner above Guajolote flats with a most excellent view of San Rafael valley.
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No moon. Lots of stars.
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