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Oct 19 2019
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On the drive in, prime Autumn foliage looked a week away. Neon lime Canyon grape, red Virginia creeper and scarlet Smooth Sumac dabbled a few pockets and ravines. Personally I think they are great accents. Also a tell tale sign weather has a good chance of being delightful. In my online experiences, inspiration comes from being liked and waterfalls should dwarf Havasu... we had a group cry.

Bruce's - Sierra Figure 8 Loop
We've enjoyed this classic Ancha tiptoe a few times. Typically in search of cooler temps when the Sonoran skillet is blazing.

Pants
Come prepared, do not wear shorts. It's not a bushwhack. It's not catclaw or locust. It's raspberry, blackberry and below the waist scratchies that torture shorts enthusiasts. Easy peasy if prepared.

Cienega Spring
You can hike this loop from multiple starting points. Believe Cienega Spring was in the middle of one of our forays. One year a deluge ripped a huge crater sized ravine blocking FR145 between spring proper and the trough. Our starting point for today.

FR410
We utilize the road to Reynolds TH and sneak over to Cienega Spring on FR235 because it has comfy parking. Now that Bruce has a ride with delicate tires our road sensors are on high alert. FR410 & FR235 are doable in factory featherweight side wall tires. That's if luck is on your side and you don't gash a tire on a rock. Karl joined and escorted so we moched the wannabe rocks in glee blasting Pantera... I might be mixing that part up with a Stiller hike.

Boogie
The hike begins backtracking FR235 then up FR410. If you're not a I-refuse-to-hike-roads snob it's a pretty forest hike along Reynolds Creek ( Thunder Trickle ).

Reynolds Creek Trail #150
Looked like a new sign on an old post for Reynolds #150. The first half mile of #150 is etched in my mind as semi torture in shorts. Wearing pants for the first time wouldn't you know it, looks like it was semi cleared a year ago. We did not see cuts but the raspberry definitely was not over the trail. Perhaps cows? Fear not, there was plenty of other foliage on the loop that made us grateful to be wearing pants. Nothing to fret nor dissuade this statistics sensible to terrain loop.

3.5 miles in, now past the waterfall Karl darted off into the woods. Bruce and I looked for a resting spot and encountered a memorable 5 minutes with an elk. It quickly became obvious this gal either had an injured family member nearby or injured herself as she would not leave.

Substantial foliage color in the half mile pocket leading up to Knoles Hole Spring. #150 has been on my Autumn todo list for twenty plus years. It's one of the best maple displays in Arizona I know about. I was ecstatic to experience the half mile of color bliss. I'd guestimate the widespread color scream is about 5 days away. It may never crest as the factors of time, cold nights and moisture might not dance.

Knoles Hole Spring
We looked around. Still haven't found the source. Notably due to lack of effort. Dirty water in the creek that I wouldn't bother filtering unless it was the only option.

Balance
The final ten miles are great if you enjoy a good hike.
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Haldi Ranch Murphy Ranch
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Substantial for a half mile. Majority of hike was light or isolated. This is serious maple tree country. Blood red leaf thrill seekers should be rewarded in 5-7 days IMHO.
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Hands down the most wildflowers I recall in October.
Large swaths of yellow daisies
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Loves me some Ancha

Reynolds Creek Trail #150
The beginning of this one was in better shape than the last time we were on this. I think the bovine in the area have helped. Karl and I took a short side trip to check out the scenic falls.

Just shy of the western intersection with the Center Mountain Trail, I heard a noise down in the creek bed. A cow elk became our guest for the next 5 or so minutes. She was somewhat distressed and confused. I said "Hey" and quickly ducked behind a tree to keep from getting trampled. She turned, and ran past Joe, almost running over him. We left the area, thinking she was either sick or protecting an unseen young-un'.

Video :next: [ youtube video ]

Past the intersection, the maple color started. It lasted pretty vividly for a mile or so up the canyon. It will probably peak this week.

We took advantage of the Flintstone recliners on Aztec, for a comfortable lunch.

Murphy Mountain Viewpoints

Next off to 7662' for upper views of the Murphy Ranch, Murphy Peak, and then the steep scamper back down to Reynolds Creek #150.

Unnamed Connector
This connector is/was a trail at one time. There is a sign at the southern intersection with Reynolds Creek #150, but it does not mention this trail. It's thin, but with a track loaded, no problem to follow. There are some good views off the rim on this one.

Center Mountain #142
A steady climb to more great views.

Luck Strike #144
Ditto on the views, the low sun and long shadows were a plus.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cienega Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Plenty of cool clear water

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Water pooled in the area. Not sure of exact location of the source
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After our first short three mile but :sweat: adventure this 7/19am [ photoset ] with a short rest stop back at Camp G/H - FR487, we headed out to the Reynold Creek area up FR410 to FR235 end to hike the 4WD Rim Mining Road to check-out the always great views of the huge Cherry Creek Drainage areas down from the Billy Lawrence Park/TH Start area for the Lucky Strike Tr #144 and along the ~.5ml one way Metate (asbestos) Mining Road to Rim End.

:D My very first Sierra Ancha Wilderness hike was on 6/24/06 with HAZ-topohiker (Ken). Over many years since, I have had some really superb memories hiking and remote camping trips within this huge area below and out from the Billy Lawrence TH :D
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The Sierra Ancha is a special place. If it were closer to home, I'd be here all the time. But then if it were closer to home it would be too over run with people. We saw no no hikers and only 3 occupied camp sites along the FR's during our hike.

We started at Cienega Spring and walked up FR 410 to the Reynolds Creek TH and Reynolds Creek Trail #150. A GPS will help get you through the overgrown sections and sections that have dead fall. Nothing too bad at all. The Falls were but a trickle but still a neat area. At the wilderness boundary it's a steady (steepish) climb towards the Old Murphy Ranch. There are 2 trails in the area that cut across directly to the rim here. One of these days I'll have to sample those. I'm not sure if they are named. This whole area is mixed conifer and deciduous trees, with plenty of Maple. There was no sign of the 2016 Juniper fire until you get up to the Ranch. The locust saplings seem to be what is going to take hold here.

At the old Murphy Ranch, we hit the FR's towards Aztec Peak and over to Peak 7662. Great views of the old Ranch from up here as well as an overview of the Ancha. This is a must do if you are in the area.

Next to Murphy. On top, we took a casual look for the Peak Marker with no luck. After reading the @FLYING_FLIVER triplog from last year just now, I'm glad we didn't spend any time REALLY looking.

Next up was the Center Mountain Trail #142. From the south this trail is thin in spots. Another one that a GPS with a track will help. You are basically following the ridgeline. It will obscurely drop to the saddle and then continue down the west side of the saddle. If you reached the intersection with the 2 crosscut trails (like we did) you went about 70 yds to far. Back up and look for the sign-less post for the turn. On this climb, you will be rewarded with some breathtaking views. A great place to catch your wind. The trail continues up, but along the edge of the cliffs making frequent stops mandatory. The trail gets thin in spots where new growth pine and dead fall has occurred. The top of Center Mountain is void of trees in one area, allowing for some pretty sweet views.

The drop towards the Lucky Strike Trail #144 is also rocky and steepish, but once again the views make up for it. We followed the old path/road along the rim to the North past the Metate Mine trail that @Oregon_Hiker has frequented, then dropped down to FR 145 for our return.

Another Great day in the Ancha
Video :next: [ youtube video ]

** Note ** For anyone planning on driving FR 145 to the Billy Lawrence TH in the near future.
This road is currently closed just past The Cienega Spring TH. The road is dug up and blocked off while they fix the Spring source that has eroded the road. As of 6/3/2017, there had been recent activity with the repair.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Cienega Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Go ahead, drink right out of the pipe

dry The Switchbacks Spring Dry Dry
Dry in the location on the TOPO Map. No moisture or sign of a spring in the location shown. Just go to nearby Reynolds Creek, anywhere on the climb towards Murphy Ranch to filter.
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Lots of wandering on this hike. Making good use of HAZ Tracks as well as taking photos and videos with the Galaxy S5.
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Up Lucky Strike #144 to Grapevine #135. Down #135 to FS203 and followed 203 back to start.

The purpose of the hike was to tackle Grapevine #135. The upper 0.75 mile is in good condition. It is also the location of a grow site that appears abandoned a good year ago. The lower 1 mile, basically used as access to the old mines, is in pretty good condition.

About 2.25 miles in between is a bush-push. Typically 7 foot manzanita on one side greeting mountain mahogany or such from the other side. Some was entangled. More often just good solid momentum pushing and turning did the trick. Only a hint of locust and catclaw. We did this descending. Ascending without momentum against the grain would likely be miserable. For reference the manzanita was uncharacteristically slender and forgiving.

It has the potential to be a great trail if cleared. Trees canopy many sections. Great views when the canopy opens up. Two? of the four major drainages we crossed were flowing good.

Alex tried to get us all sick. We got him healthy instead. Chris searched for sanity in the sea of suburban drama. Wally ( the charcoal bandit ) still claims the Disney trips are for his daughter. Best of times.
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wallflowers, indian paintbrush

a few hills on the drive in were covered in poppies

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After 5.5 years and 45,000 miles, I finally decided it was time to get a new set of tires for the Stillermobile. I’ve been avoiding dirt roads for the last 6 months, and it was time to get back out to the wilderness. With the cooler winter weather, I’ve been hitting some local hikes doing trails that have been recently built. There are a couple trails at the higher elevations in the Sierra Anchas that I haven’t done yet, but I want to save those for when it’s too hot to hike around here. But the Grapevine Trail is down lower by Cherry Creek. And the last time we hiked there in August, it was brutal, so this is a good time of year to get that done. Wally, Joe and Alex were on board to join me for this one.

The ride in and back out was probably harder than the hike itself. From my house it’s over 85 miles to the end of the pavement, and then it takes 2 hours to travel 26 miles up FR203. The road isn’t really awful, but it is slow going after Devil’s Chasm. :scared:

We started our hike at the Lucky Strike Trail, and then hiked the Grapevine Trail south to north, and hiked back on FR203. At the Lucky Strike “trailhead”, we found Lee was overnight camping with a buddy of his. It was nice to finally meet Lee, as well as his dogs, Cup and Blanco, who are very friendly and like to play. Since we’re both Xterra owners, we discussed some issues about our vehicles (rear hatch struts, charcoal canister emissions issues, etc) and our same choice of tires. After talking for a bit, we had to move on since it was a long day just getting out and back home.

The hike up Lucky Strike was much easier than the last time we hiked it, since it was over 30 degrees cooler and we hadn’t already hiked over 5 miles. We found the Grapevine Trail junction easily and made our way north on that trail. It starts out very clear for a while, and one spot is really nice and shady as it goes thru a canyon with a stream and a nice canopy of shade. Within a mile, however, it does get overgrown. I honestly didn’t think this was all that bad. There was only 2 or 3 times I had to stop to figure out which way the trail was going, and at no time did it ever seem like the trail was gone, like what you see in a lot of the Mazatzal Wilderness trails. No catclaw to deal with really, just some brush to push out of the way, and some treefall here and there. In the middle of the trail, there was evidence that someone had been thru semi-recently and cut some of the manzanita bushes. Every canyon that the trail went thru had running water, which also made it a pleasant hike. Even with that, it was decided that taking FR203 back to the car would be the best bet for ease and saving time. The total actual hiking time was 5.5 hours, which was better than I expected. We almost spent more time than that on FR203.

At the south end of the Grapevine Trail just as it started to get overgrown, we found an odd campsite that looked like they were doing something illegal. Lots of black irrigation tubing, and a whole bunch of trash left under a tree. Wally and Joe checked it out, Alex and I didn’t get too close to in case something was booby trapped. Kind of sad to see something like that.

On the way out I tried to clear a rock on FR203 that was bigger than it looked (to me :oplz: ) and it hit the frame. Fortunately no damage was done and after I moved it, we were able to get home without incident.
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a hike with a sizable HAZ group. For this one it was me, Alex, Joe, Bruce and Wally. The Lucky Strike Trail is remote enough that not many people have done it. We did this one the opposite way of what would probably be the smarter way, starting at the top at the Billy Lawrence TH and hiking down to FR203 and then back up. Since my tires are over 5 years old and have significantly less tread than when I bought them, I decided it would be less of a risk to take FR410 and FR235.

We started just a little before 8am. The views at the top are really extraordinary. As you descend, you also get some really nice views of Center Mountain. Bruce was in charge of all the side trips and posting photos. :DANCE: The first one was a spring near the top. He and Wally did that while Joe, Alex and I continued down the main trail.

As is normally the case, Alex and Joe got ahead of me and would occasionally stop to wait up. At one of these wait up spots, as I arrived, Joe pointed towards an overgrown patch on the trail and said I could go first to help break up the brush since he didn’t wear long pants. We got several yards in and the trail didn’t seem to clear up much. In fact, it seemed to get worse. Finally someone decided to check a GPS and it turns we were no longer on the main trail, but on one of the side trips to a mine. Turns out Joe missed the switchback. ](*,) Or else he set me up on another bushwhack. : rambo : We immediately decided to abort that route and on our way back to the main trail, Bruce and Wally were already on their way out to mine. :DANCE:

The top 2 miles of this trail are fairly shady. After that, it begins to open up. The middle mile is very exposed and gets much rockier and steeper in spots. As it begins to level out, towards the bottom, lots of scrub brush and manzanita are prominent. It was at this point we found the junction to Grapevine Trail. There’s no forest service marker there, but the trail is easy to find and seems to be in decent shape for the 20’ or so I hiked it. This definitely seems like a plan for a future hike once I get some new tires. :wrt:

After that, the trail starts to climb again and even face west, giving some nice views of Center Mountain again, but also of how far you have to go back up. There are a couple more shady spots here. After the climb, it’s actually a pretty steep and rocky descent down to FR203. It was during this descent that I could feel my left big toe hurting. I would later find that there was a small hole in my sock that it peeked out of, making a nice blister and almost cutting off the circulation to the tip of my toe (see photo). :D

At the bottom, there was again no forest service marker to note the start of the trail. There also wasn’t any apparent space to park. :oplz: Just below the road it looked like a corral that Bruce was checking out. :DANCE: I knew it would be a long slog back up and I needed to conserve energy and water.

The first mile hiking up did feel like a deathmarch. :stretch: The forecast for the bottom was 86, but my thermometer said 96. While was steep hiking down, it seemed even steeper hiking up. I had to stop several times to catch my breath, which I normally don’t need to do. It was normally about the time that I stop for lunch, but I wasn’t feeling hungry at all. In fact, I felt a tad nauseous. I was feeling thirsty even with regular sips from my Camelbak and was beginning to have some real concerns about not having enough water to make it to the top. After an hour, we decided to stop in a shady spot and have lunch. I ate most of my usual Taco Bell lunch, drank a liter of water, and topped of my Camelbak again. From there, the rest of the hike was much easier for me. I hadn’t eaten in almost 8 hours at that point, and I think that had a lot to do with it, along with the heat at the bottom and the steep terrain. By the time we got to the junction of the Grapevine Trail again, the cloud cover increased, giving us some shady relief, and the breezes were more common. I checked my thermometer again and it read 86, which made a huge difference.

We got back to the top without incident and got home ok. It felt really good to get cleaned up after this hike. Topped the day off with baby back ribs on the grill and some beers. :y: :zzz:
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Chris took us back to the 80's rounding poorly paved roads in the formula one extera. Then onto the recently well graded FS410 & 235 ( high clearance still recommended ) he would have been passed by my Grandma cruising downtown showing off her hairdo.

Bruce and I hiked a short portion of the upper end of #144 two years ago. Which would be the equivalence of going to Disneyland, nudging ( know what I mean Alex ) Mickey on the shoulder then leaving.

This trail looks to be an old mining road that seemed impossible to build before hiking it. Now it seems pretty tame. There are a few intense pitches but nothing really bad. For reference the popular McDowell Tom's Thumb Trail has worse footing in my opinion. The middle is rocky at times. The upper portion of this trail is just heaven. Most notable are the robust pines and a stellar pano view looking back up at Center Mountain. A 3/4 mile stretch immediately below the Grapevine Trail #135 was my second favorite. The trail roller coasters through diminishing pine to oak canopies before the final steep mile descent. If you can lift your eyes up from the ground on the lowest mile you will notice the Hinton Creek drainage looks mighty interesting.

Great to see Chris after nearly two years. He storied out Alex's idiosyncrasy of physical communication. Fun it was, then Alex notched it up to hilarious throughout the hike. Good times, kudos to Alex for impeccable timing on several occasions.

Of course it wouldn't be a Stiller hike if I wasn't tarred and feathered by Chris for poor route finding. Bruce also convinced me Horse Camp Creek was Cooper Forks. I've been wrong so many times I'm just all outta fight.

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Fun journey out to the Sierra Anchas. Finished up the Lucky Strike trail and did a bit of 'splorin'. Weather was toasty at the bottom, but some clouds moved in and the wind picked up, to make it comfortable hiking up after the first mile or so.

The trail is a little overgrown in spots mainly in the lower 1/3, but not bad. Followed GHopper's / Oregon Hikers track for some side trips to mines, springs, and mining relics. The two trips to the south of Lucky Strike Trail were getting overgrown. The one to the north, just mainly has some deadfall. The seeing the old Mining Compressor contraption was worth the side trip. Next visit with more time and long pants / shirt, I'd like to try the Oregon Hiker loop to see some more stuff. http://hikearizona.com/gps=27050

It's been awhile, but great hiking with Alex (tap, tap) and Chris (The Tank) again. Joe and Wally always enjoyable to hike with. Thanks for driving Chris....

Video from up top :next: http://youtu.be/YsRWeXsYCDw
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We did the Center Mountain Trail from the Reynolds Creek TH and decided to go back on the forest roads 235 and 410 instead to make it a loop instead of an out-an-back. I also wanted to scope out FR235 to see what condition it's in to drive to the Billy Lawrence TH.

The Center Mtn. Trail is really very nice. :y: Starts out with ponderosa pines and then climbs to the top of Center Mtn, giving really nice views of Cherry Creek. We saw the trail to Murphy Ranch on the way to the top. Funny that there's a trail marker there and no trail is shown on any maps. Looks like a plan for a hike for another day. :wrt:

At the Billy Lawrence TH, we saw 2 guys who drove up to there and arrived at the same time we did. I asked them about the condition of FR235 and they told it was pretty brutal. Our hike down it gave us a very different impression. Still not sure if they were just being sarcastic with us. :-k

On the way back down FR235 to FR410, we decided to hike the one section of the Cienega Trail we didn't finish last summer on our McFadden Horse Trail Hike :bdh: . alex recognized a spot he was sure we walked thru. Once I got home and downloaded the track, we were 9 yards short of completing the whole trail :tt: ](*,) Oh well :oplz: . Close enough.

Finished up the hike by 3pm and got back home before 6pm. Long drive home :zzz: . temps were nice, hotter than the forecast, but still cooler than Phoenix. Shade and breezes helped out alot.
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 Tucson, AZ
Cherry Creek - Center Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Backpack36.15 Miles 4,929 AEG
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A wonderful three day adventure in the Sierra Ancha with my friend Alex. It was nice to be back!

Day 1: We parked at Devils Chasm about 9:30 AM and began the hike heading north for a couple miles along Cherry Creek Road until arriving at Lucky Strike Trail (#144). After a few hundred yards the trail became undefined and we ended up bush whacking north until hitting a fence which we followed back to a gate and the trail. After that no further problems, just the steady gain towards Center Mountain. We made a short exploratory foray down towards Lucky Strike mine. From this point the continued on Center Mountain Trail (#142) and made camp a half mile or so down after the summit. Offered sweeping views in most directions. Had a good time exploring the cliff face and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors off in the direction of Aztec Peak. Made camp a little after 4:00 PM. Some good Brats and S'mores!

Day 2: Broke camp around 9:00 AM after a breakfast of Pancakes and Bacon (bacon!). And headed towards Aztec by way of Trail #150 with a stop at Knoles Hole to top off on water. The forest was in full fall swing! Eventually we made our way along the Rim Trail (#139), breathtaking views of the Cherry Creek Canyons from above as well as spotting a bear! We made camp a short way along Moody Point Trail (#140) about 4:30 PM.

Day 3: Continued along Moody Point Trail about 9:30. This was by far the most difficult part of the trip as after the first two miles or so the path is little more than cairns and route finding is a must. It did have nice views most of the way down as well as several random finds (some old horse shoes, several rusted discarded spools of barbed wire, etc) and a cliff dwelling about 2 1/2 miles from Cherry Creek.
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Around Aztec Peak fall is certainly in full swing!

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Easy to along trail which crosses it several times.
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Lucky Strike - Metate Mine Trail Loop, AZ 
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It was the last day of a 6 day camping/hiking trip to the Sierra Ancha. I had been camped near the Billy Lawrence trail head for 5 nights with Grasshopper. Monday morning Grasshopper was occupied packing up his camp so I decided to search for the old Metate mining trail which was supposed to traverse the hillside at approximately 6200' elevation from below my campsite south east over to the end of the Lucky Strike mine spur road off of the Lucky Strike #144 trail. I had found the starting point for this old pack trail about 0.3 miles north of the BL trailhead on a previous visit to this area. I had a rough drawing of the trail and locations of Metate adits along the trail from the 1985 Bureau of Mines Mineral Investigation of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. The information in this report is actually from a 1978 survey of the mines.

First, a little history of the mines I've gleaned from the 1985 report and talking to an old timer who walked into my camp this week to say hello. There were three sets of mining claims made for asbestos deposits along the west side of Cherry Creek Canyon below the Billy Lawrence Trailhead. These were the Pueblo Group first claimed in 1923-24, the Lucky Strike group first claimed in 1917, and the Metate Group first claimed in 1943. The Pueblo and LS mines actively produced asbestos ore while the Metate Group was a series of 10 adits (mine shafts) exploring the potential for asbestos production but never actually produced any significant quantities. It's not clear from the reports I could find how long these mines were active. The report mentions ore being produced from the Lucky Strike and Pueblo mines from the mid 1920s through the 1940s. The Metate adits and tram date from the early 1950s. The old timer who walked in to my camp one day said he had driven his early 1970s FJ Land Cruiser down the mining road which is now the Lucky Strike #144 trail as far as the old mining campsite in the late 1970s. He said mining activity was no longer in progress at that time. Some of the buildings at the campsite still existed but were later burned down by the Forest Service. The camp consisted of bunk houses on the south side of the road and a mine managers house on the north side of the road. The Metate mining company had constructed a 1000 ft tramway down the hill side from a point near my campsite down to the old pack trail near one of their adits. Steel rods sunk into sandstone slabs and scattered asbestos ore at the top of the cliff mark the location of the tram. This was confirmed by my visitor. Remains of what were probably old mining shacks belonging to the Metate folks are scattered in the forest along the rim near the site of the tram.

I made quick progress on the beginning of the hike along the first 0.4 miles of the old trail because I'd been on this section before. Conveniently someone had preceded me down the trail within the last year with a pair of loppers and cleared out some of the brush. The first Metate Adit is near the upper end of the drainage for the Billy Lawrence creek. The trail gets cliffed out just past the adit and I had to scramble uphill a short distance to another trail which leads into the bottom of the drainage and out the other side. There are remains of an old mining campsite tucked in at the base of a cliff above this first adit. I followed the old trail which was at times easy to follow and at other times got lost in heavy overgrowth. When ever I lost the trail I looked for cut branches to lead the way. The guy with the loppers had done a good job of following the old trail but I lost his track near the end.

Several adits are supposed to be strung out along this trail according to the drawing from the 1985 mining report. However it was soon obvious that the trail was above the row of cliffs with the layer of white and gray Mescal Limestone which contains the asbestos veins. There were some areas of mild exposure where the trail traversed steep loose dirt and rock hillsides above a 20 to 40 foot high cliff. My trekking poles helped out here but got in the way when crawling through brush and over boulders. As the trail neared the end of the Lucky Strike mine road I could see an old roadbed along the side of the cliff below me and was able to hike down to it in the bottom of a wash with no exposure. Backtracking to the north along this old road bed I found Metate Adits 7, 8, 9 and 10. All the adits were open and had old bed spring frames and other signs of habitation littering the floors. One adit even had the remains of a door at the entrance made from corrugated metal roofing. The road bed ended at adit 7 and from there a foot path on a narrow ledge led north along the cliff to at least 3 more adits. The ledge was only about 1 to 2 feet wide and looked like it was crumbling away in places so I didn't venture any further. I had reached my turn around time and was faced with the decision to either go back the way I had come (1 mile) or make a loop out of the hike taking the Lucky Strike mine spur road to trail #144 which would take me up to the Billy Lawrence Trailhead and my camp (3 miles). I opted for the 3 mile return loop which Grasshopper and I had hiked 3 days earlier.

I was moving at a fairly good pace along the LS spur nearing the location of an old Ingersoll Rand compressor, a fairly large piece of equipment with dark rusty brown steel wheels. I spotted a large roundish shape the same color as the old rusty wheels on the compressor on the trail ahead. My first thought was that it was an old fuel barrel laying in the road and wondered why Grasshopper and I hadn't seen it 3 days ago. Suddenly the back of a bear's head raised up from the round shape and turned to look at me. I had been looking at the large rump of a bear. He took one look at me and bounded down the road before I could get my camera out. That made two firsts for me on this 6 day trip: my first unplanned encounter with a HAZ member (JTaylor) who drove into my camp on Friday afternoon and my first sighting of a bear in Arizona. That made for a great ending to my 6 day trip. I got back to camp by 1:00 pm giving me plenty of time to drive home in time for dinner.
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Lucky Strike and Pueblo MinesGlobe, AZ
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This was the second day hike for Grasshopper and I on our 6 day car camping trip to the Sierra Ancha. We had both been on the Lucky Strike TR 144 before but had never looked for the old Lucky Strike and Pueblo asbestos mines which were accessed by the old mining road which is now TR 144. These old mines date back to the first half of the 20th century. It was a productive day with finding a number of old mining adits and two massive old compressors used to power the pneumatic drills and jack hammers used in the mines. We also found springs (most likely perennial) used to supply the mines and a mining camp with water and the remains of the old mining camp. See the hike description for historical background info and more detail on our findings.
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A very enjoyable and rewarding exploration hiking day in our Sierra Ancha Wilderness prowling for new to me, historic Asbestos Mining stuff.

My geocoded, captioned picset and posted GPS Route with all "key" way points shows and confirms our successful day out :D
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Sierra Ancha, AZ 
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Spent 3 days in Sierra Ancha and had a great time. There was tons of water everywhere and quite a bit of snow left over in places. Reynolds was really flowing and Workman Falls were the biggest I've seen them.

Day 1: We set up camp along FR 235 and then take a trip out to the end of 235 and explore a couple of old mining areas. Unfortunately, we didn't make it all the way down to Pueblo and Lucky Strike mines. Along a separate trail in the area we found a memorial to John Dalton Jr.

Day 2: Did the loop with 410 to Reynolds Creek Trail to Center Mtn trail, over Center Mtn and back down 235. I'm pretty sure I've worked out where the 'secret ruin' is so I'll have to come back and check that out. Near the top of the climb up Center Mtn the views into Cherry Creek and east to the rez really open up. Very nice.

Day 3: Aztec loop: Abbey's way up, down the road to Moody and Rim trail back. Had a few spots on Abbey's and the road where we were postholing in 2-3' drifts :sweat: We saw no wildlife until the drive home when we spotted one coyote and then lower down one of the group saw 4 javelina. Stopped at Los Hermanos on the way back :)
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Reynolds Creek Trail #150Globe, AZ
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Parked at the junction FR 410 and FR 235 and walked along 410 to Reynolds Creek Trail to Center Mtn trail, over Center Mtn and back down 235. On the ledges above Reynolds Creek saw a bobcat :o , reached for my camera but it was gone in 2 seconds. Great views into the Cherry Creek area and east to the rez.
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Reynolds - Center Mtn Loop, AZ 
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Loop from Upper Reynolds TH:

Reynolds Creek Trail #150
The hike started off in a forest that felt like bears must be breathing near. It goes up and up which typically I adore. Even at a cool 71 degrees in July, in Arizona, the humidity made this one a chore. Nevertheless I enjoyed the magnificent forest, rising above it and all it had to offer. Along the way we bombed out looking for Knoles Hole Spring. At the end we pondered the former Murphy Ranch parcel.

Center Mountain Trail #142
Not sure if this starts 1.3mi(according to topo) or 2.8mi up #150. We got on via some trail at the 2.8mi junction which skirts the upper western flank of 7677. Then it darts down to a saddle. The views off to the east are awesome. We worked up the edge and got it some more killer views. After we had enough wading through manzanita we headed back to the saddle.

Up #142 was a little push before topping out and a nice stroll along the top. Bruce saw an unidentified patch on satellite that appeared to be an old fire lookout or a helicopter pad. We went to check it out. Just before arriving Bruce says "I wonder if it's a tank". Sure enough he figured it out. Perplexing though as it's about the highest point and wouldn't seem to get runoff from any direction. Next we headed down to the 144 junction.

Lucky Strike Trail #144 (short portion of the upper end)
Bruce wanted to venture down 144 a short ways. I didn't see the point but tagged along. Hole e cow! A tenth of a mile really made the difference in views. Coming back I tried to check out some alcove above. It had a four foot rock pile to assist up a fourteen foot wall. I made it ten feet then chickened out. The hand holds are bomber for those interested.

We followed 144 a short distance to it's upper end.

Billy Lawrence TH to Cienega TH on FS #?
This was a stroll down to FS410. The 40% thunderstorm forecast tried to make good on it's name. Just wind we could hear but barely feel through the thick forest.

FS 410 back to start
This was the least desired leg of the loop. The building thunderstorm kept it interesting. Albeit a road the forest is quite nice. It started to rain just minutes before we completed the loop. Which I found refreshing!
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Reynolds - Center Mtn Loop, AZ 
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Hiking15.40 Miles 3,780 AEG
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I wish this area was a closer drive to my home. I'd be out here way more often.
For me a 3 hour drive. With a 40% change of rain, I was a bit concerned on getting out on FR410 in my 2 wheeled drive vehicle. It ended up being a non-issue.

This hike starts a steady 1,400' climb for the first 3 miles. We passed by Reynolds Creek Falls (Dry), through the thick lush maples, Pines, and Aspens surrounding the Knoles Hole area (not found) and took a break just outside the gate of the historic Murphy Ranch complex. I was surprised to find at least 4 buildings on the property. Three of of the buildings can be seen as you are hiking in on the far south end of the Reynolds 150 Trail.

Back the way we came to meet up with the the trail(33.82768 -110.911791)that goes next to 7677. A GPS Track is very helpful on this one, as it is thin in spots. Some great views once you get to the Rim and then the steep decent to the saddle. We took a bit of an off trail jaunt to check out the popular Grasshopper Lunch overlook spot and do some 'splorin.

Next off on the Center Mountain trail and another winner of a lunch spot on the edge of the rim. There were expansive views all along this trail, all the way until it met up with the Lucky Strike Trail. We took a short trek down the Lucky to see what kind of Views it afforded us. I was not disappointed... on the way back up the lucky, Joe checked out an alcove we spotted on the way down.

The final 4 miles was a Forest Road walk with a stop at Cienega Spring to take on some water.
The road walk was pleasant enough with the forest being thick and lush up there.

With 15 minutes to go we saw our first rain of the day, so carrying the Chrome Dome today was good insurance. Man I love it back in the Sierra Ancha.

The JBM was running around 7-8 early on and cooled down to 3-4 later
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Plenty of filterable Water in Concrete Trough. I filled bottle directly from hose that fills trough.

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Looked for spring in and around this location with no luck
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