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Apr 23 2018
Oregon_Hiker
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 Phoenix, AZ
Shack Tank Explore, AZ 
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Hiking1.10 Miles 96 AEG
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I decided to check out a couple of areas of interest along FR203A on my way home from a six day camping trip to the Sierra Ancha near Bull Canyon. This was the second area and the plan was to find what I call a Google Earth Point of Interest. That's something I've spotted on Google Earth that raises my curiosity. In this case it was a white object near the 4x4 road leading down to the old Sue Uranium mines in Bull Canyon. It also was not far from the Shack Tank and the remains of an old mining camp from the early 1950s. I parked near the tank and first decided to explore up a faint 4x4 track going up the bottom of a drainage past the tank. I spotted fresh tire tracks matching the type of tires on RedRoxx44's Jeep, probably from some exploring she did after leaving our camp the day before. I followed the old track about 0.2 miles up the drainage past the tank to where it faded away at a creek crossing. Back home studying old GE images I determined that this track at one time went all the way up the drainage to where it connected with the old FR203A near the intersection with the Coon Spring Trail #124. Another place to explore on another trip.

I then hiked to the location of the white object seen on GE. It turned out to be an old camper, the type that fits in the bed of a pickup and has a roof which can be raised and lowered a couple feet when parked. Perhaps it was used as a "cabin" by a prospector or hunter. There was a KMLE country radio sticker and a Play It Again Sports, Scottsdale sticker on the back window. KMLE went on air in April of 1980 and the Play it Again Sports in Scottsdale appears to no longer exist. So the camper had to have been placed there sometime after 1980. Looking back at old Google Earth images, the camper is visible back to the June 6, 2007 image. The GE images before 2007, 2003 and 1992, are in shades of gray and white with low resolution but there is a slightly brighter spot of white at that location in the 1992 image. On a previous April 9, 2013 hike in the area I found a mining claim for Bull Canyon #3 posted within about a 100 yds of the camper that was dated Oct 15, 2005. So there has been sporadic prospecting going on up here over the years even though, to the best of my knowledge, all mining at this location ended in the mid 1950s.

Having satisfied my curiosity about the white object but as usual still leaving unanswered the who, why and when, I headed back to the FJ and started the drive home.
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Apr 22 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Sue Uranium Mines & MoreGlobe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
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Hiking2.10 Miles 350 AEG
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My first interest in this area, which borders our southern Sierra Ancha Wilderness, recently came about when I was previously viewing on HAZ MapDEX- topo and satellite views, some possible vehicle camping locations for a new FR203A "Camp Grasshopper". At that time I didn't know this area was an active Uranium mining area back in the 1950's.

Oregon_Hiker and I were planning an April 18th to 24th (6nt/7day) camping/day hiking trip around the FR203A Bull Canyon TH. On my April 18th day drive out to choose a suitable campsite option, I first drove down this high clearance, rocky, steep downhill 4x4 access road [ photo ] where I had pegged a possible campsite area for our week stay. To make a long story short, I chose a different campsite option :) - :next: [ Camp Grasshopper - Sierra Ancha - FR203A ]

As it turns out, Oregon_Hiker had previously made a short visit to this Sue Uranium Mining area back in 2013 and later researched the interesting historical mining stats for this 1950's mining area (see hike description details). Based on this new interest area, I had planned to set one day aside of our now shortened 5nt/6day trip (due to wind, sun exposure/heat), for a day hike visit. The only problem was that on our previous days' hike to explore around the Bull Canyon Rim area, I lost my camera with three previous day hikes/camp pics on the SD Card :( so my enthusiasm for this last day hike on Sun-4/22 was waning.

I must be living right! During this Sunday morning breakfast & get-ready period, RedRoxx44 (Letty) who had joined us for 1nt/2days, walked up to me with her spare, extra nice Canon G15 camera which she offered to loan me to use until we were able to get together again :o .. So nice, Thank you Letty!

I really enjoyed visiting this new to me, very scenic and historic Sue Uranium Mining area and being able to now have pic memories to share :D

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Apr 09 2013
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Sue Mine Loop, AZ 
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Hiking2.50 Miles 315 AEG
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On a solo camping trip to explore the Bull Canyon area of the Sierra Ancha. Set up my car camp at the Nordhoff-Hope trailhead and took off on this loop hike to do some exploring. Found the recently renovated Shack Tank full of water. The remains of an old mining camp were near the Shack Tank - perhaps the origin of its name. The camp probably dates back to the early 1950s when uranium was mined here. The only part of the camp still standing was a 2-holer outhouse. It looked usable but probably not too comfortable because someone stole the toilet seats. The old road which leads down to this area from FR203A traverses the side of the canyon for about 0.3 miles leading to several abandoned but open mine shafts all part of the Sue Mine complex. Some great views of Bull Canyon from this mining road.

Returning to camp along the old mining road I encountered a mine claim with the paperwork stuffed in a bottle inverted over the top of a wood post. It was dated 2005 indicating prospecting is still going on up here long after active mining stopped in the mid-1950s.
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