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Sep 25 2017

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69 male
 Joined Jun 27 2015
 Tucson, Arizona
Mile Wide Mine, AZ 
Mile Wide Mine, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2017
markthurman53Triplogs 662
Hiking3.40 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.49 mph
710 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Did this short hike after a longer hike earlier in the morning because I still had a little time left and I wasn't ready to go home yet. This trail is not an official park trail but well worth the trip if you like old mines and history. The trail head is at the King Canyon Trail Head along Kinney road. Take the King Canyon Trail .9 miles to the junction with the Sendero Esperanza Trail. This is where the fun begins. The route is along the old Mile Wide Mine Road that is pretty much non existent now but still kind of visible. The road is overgrown with all sorts of plants that will stick you but can still be navigated with out much effort. I don't think much route finding skills are required but I could be wrong after reading about some people who got lost at seven falls near Tucson (I didn't think that was possible). Once at the mine take some time to explore. Probably a good idea to read up on the history of the mine first, I found it quite interesting. I do want to mention that if you visit leave things as you found them so others can enjoy. This mine is left pretty much as it was minus the wood structures and there are a lot of opportunities to get injured so be careful, the best way for this place to be put off limits is if someone gets injured. There is a barbed wire fence around the mine shaft for a reason.
Feb 20 2015

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74 male
 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Hybrid Wasson Lasso, AZ 
Hybrid Wasson Lasso, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2015
rwstormTriplogs 992
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I recently committed myself to do a relatively difficult hike in the near future. This has forced me to get out there and do some hikes to prepare somewhat. The Wasson Loop has always been one of my favorites, but there has been a variation I have wanted to do for several years. Today would be the day. I actually had thought about doing it yesterday, but it was just to sunny and warm. As soon as I saw the dense cloud cover in the morning I knew it would be the right day.

Doing the hike counter-clockwise, there is a place after you come down Wasson on the Hugh Norris when you are going by Amole Peak, where you look right down the canyon and can see the Mile-Wide Mine and beyond to the Mam-A-Gah picnic area. I have wanted to depart the trail there and bushwhack to the mine. Once you get to the mine, there is a path along the old mine road that gets you back to the King Canyon Trail near the picnic area.

Since I was alone, I did the off trail part very carefully! It turned out to be a bit more difficult in the upper reaches than I expected, mostly because of the steep slope and constant vigilence to not slip/fall and to navigate between plentiful cactus. Once I finally got down off the slope and into the drainage things got a bit easier. Didn't run into any big obstacles; it was just slow going for safety.

When I got to the mine area I was on the other side of the wash from the old road, so I had to find a place to cross then climb up the steep tailings to reach it. I had been to the mine a couple other times over the years, so now my curiosity has been satisfied about what is above it. :D

The old road hasn't been used since at least the 1960's, so it is pretty overgrown and has been eroded by many heavy runoff events over time. But enough hikers go up to check out the mine from King Canyon that a path is evident. It looks like going to the mine by way of the wash might be better instead of following the old road, but either way works. This mine is not as well known because you can't see it from the trails (with the exception of high up on the Hugh Norris).
Fauna [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Honey Bee
Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Mine Shaft
Named place
Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ] Mile-Wide Mine
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
average hiking speed 2.49 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.


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