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Feb 17 2018
PrestonSands
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking3.25 Miles 709 AEG
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Late afternoon hike up to an abandoned mine below Silver King. Did a bit of panning in Comstock Wash on the way back. Found nothing of interest, but then again the novelty of panning wears off after about an hour for me. Capped off my adventure with a night hike to the Silver King Cemetery, which was a bit unsettling, but memorable. Camped out afterwards at my old favorite Superior overlook site.
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Feb 01 2018
jameslcox44
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 mesa,az
Silver king mine/stoneman grade, AZ 
Silver king mine/stoneman grade, AZ
 
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We were able to contact one of the owners of the Silver King Mine to get permission to enter the mine property and hike the Stoneman Grade. Several of our members have the book: When Silver Was King by Jack San Felice that is sold at the Superstition Museum. After reading the history of the mine, Picketpost, Pinal and Silver King, we wanted to hike the Stoneman Grade that was built by soldiers at Picketpost to pursue Apaches who were raiding and killing in the area. History of the mine goes back to Spaniards who first mined in the area.
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Mar 18 2017
PrestonSands
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 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Devils Canyon Bridge (Abandoned)Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2017
PrestonSands
Hiking3.50 Miles 623 AEG
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Jason and I met up for a short hike and swim adventure in Superior on a warm spring day, and started our route at the Silver King substation. Followed the Stoneman Trail into upper Devils Canyon, and then boulder hopped down the canyon. We found a shady grove of oak trees with a pool beside it, and stopped for lunch and a soak, which felt great in the chilly water. Devils Canyon was still flowing, despite a lack of recent rain. We continued our largely obstacle free boulder hop down the canyon, and arrived at the old Devils Canyon bridge, where we had parked my truck. I shuttled Jason back to his car, and then set off on a short side hike to try and find the site of an 1880's photo of riders on the Stoneman Trail. With a bit of bushwhacking, I was able to locate an overgrown section of the trail, finding an ancient horseshoe and the 1880's photo site. Great adventure with a lifelong friend!
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Feb 18 2017
PrestonSands
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,347 AEG
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After camping out above Superior along the Silver King Road and a morning visit to Boyce Thompson, the much hyped winter storm still had not reached the Pinal Mountains, so I opted for a follow up to the previous evening's Stoneman Trail hike.

This time I went west from the Silver King Substation, initially scrambling up a rocky hillside to the old jeep trail that follows the route of the Stoneman Trail toward Silver King. Strong, chilly winds and a misty drizzle accompanied the sweeping view of the Pinal Mountains and Oak Flat, and I was thankful for warm gear.

The route continued west along the jeep trail/power line service road over mountainous terrain covered in boulders, agaves, scrub oak brush and the occasional, brimming-full cattle pond. Skies were dark as I made the steep descent into Queen Creek Canyon and past Pump Station Spring to check out what little remained of the old bread oven site. Still some water flowing in upper Queen Creek below the imposing mountain slopes of Kings Crown Peak.

The return hike below the buzzing high voltage power lines in the steadily increasing rain and wind went quickly, and I was soon inside my warm truck. Three Stoneman Trail hikes completed, and a good stretch of the trail now explored.

Headed off to Globe for business afterward, and concluded my adventure weekend with a movie, dinner at Chalos, and a meeting with author Jack San Felice after a decade of correspondence on local history.

dry Pump Station Spring Dry Dry
Doesn't look like this spring flows anymore. Not that I could see anyway.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Queen Creek Canyon Light flow Light flow
Upper canyon near Pump Station Spring: moderate flow of clear water, small pools.
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Feb 17 2017
PrestonSands
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,403 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.00 mph
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I left work early on Friday and drove up to the Pinals for a weekend of adventure time, hoping to beat the impending winter storm's deluge. I parked at the Silver King Substation, and, despite a 5 pm start, was determined to get a good, second hike in on the Stoneman Trail (aka the Stoneman Grade). The scant clues from satellite imagery had proven true, and, to my surprise and excitement, I was able to follow the north branch of the Stoneman Trail down a side canyon to the east, along a definite, cairned path. Bits of vintage, broken china and bottles confirmed I was on a historic route.

I dropped into Devils Canyon at sunset, which was an inviting scene, with hoodoo rocks above, trees, and water flowing in the creek. The trail continued up the east rim of the canyon and onto a brushy mesa overlooking Iron Canyon and highway 60. At this point, the trail I had been following ended. The wise choice would have been to go back the same way, but I still had a half mile of Stoneman Trail route to cover, where it intersected the route of the modern highway. It was dark now, but the highway was so close!

I crawled, bushwhacked, and smashed my way through thick oak brush and endless catclaw down the steep canyon side, stumbling over loose rocks, but, amazingly, staying on the old Stoneman Trail. With headlamp on, I stumbled out of the bushes like a sasquatch onto the busy highway, bloody and filthy.

My plan had been to walk the highway back, but the narrow shoulder, close canyon walls, and endless, fast moving traffic now made this a bit of a difficult and rather dangerous option at times. With a broken highway reflector stuck on my pack for a semblance of safety, I squeezed along the guardrail and sometimes through the brush-choked creek bottom down Iron Canyon. A semi passed very close at one pint, and I was happy to come to the wide shoulders of the new Devils Canyon stretch of highway.

Thankful to leave highway 60 near Oak Flat, I turned north for a peaceful, starlit walk along forest road 342. A dead battery scare at my truck was a false alarm, and I drove back into Superior for a well earned turkey sub before camping out for the night on the road to Silver King. A satisfying adventure, and one that filled me with nostalgia for similar trips from years past. I felt connected to my younger self: the real
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Jan 02 2017
PrestonSands
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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PrestonSands
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,092 AEG
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On and off trail exploratory hike to the site of "Camp Supply" U.S. Cavalry camp from 1870-71, looking for the old stone bread oven. Every drainage was flowing on this post-storm, cold and overcast day. I gave up trying to keep my boots dry after the first few creek crossings, and just trudged through the water and mud. After a thorough exploration of the little flat where the old camp was located, I found nothing historic, but did locate a couple of prehistoric mortar holes among the oaks. Climbed a little ridge to have a look at the open pit mine before starting back. Checked out a faint trail on the way down, and finally found the old stone oven that the army had built in 1870, and which was used as a temporary prospector's tomb not long after it was abandoned. Right next to the oven was the old well casing that had provided the ghost town of Silver King with water in the 1880's. Found what remained of the pipeline as well. After a few minutes of excitement, I headed back to meet my dad and brothers at Los Hermanos for an early Mexican dinner. Did some research at home that night and learned that the oven bricks were indeed pre-1900. Fun day of history hiking!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Queen Creek Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Heavy runoff from a weekend of winter rains. Not flood stage though.
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Feb 29 2012
CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
Forest Road 342, AZ 
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4x4 Trip19.80 Miles 4,065 AEG
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After noting mike.d.smith's request for road conditions on FR342 I added it to my list to check out soon. Although I got a late start, soon turned out to be today.

I left the US60 across from Picketpost and headed up FR650 toward Roger's Trough TH. There were at least a dozen vehicle with ATV trailers by the side of the road so I figured I'd probably see a number of them along the way. I didn't need to worry as I saw no other vehicles at all on my drive to Oak Flat.

The Forest Service must have been doing quite a bit of maintenance since I was out that way some months back because FR 650 was in great shape. FR 342 was also in very good shape all the way to the quarry and a short distance past it.

That's when it got to be a bit tricky. The 'Public Access to FR342' bypass is not very friendly. It is very steep and rocky with some loose terrain so you'll want a very capable 4x4 with good clearance to tackle this part. But if you and your vehicle are up to it, I'd say go for it. After all, it's much shorter than driving all the way back out.

The last part of the route takes you past the electrical transformer/sub-station a short distance off the opposite side of the US60 from Oak Flat.

An 8-minute video of the bypass is here:
http://changephoenix.com/jpserver/web/public/file.php?id=55
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Feb 26 2012
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 Tucson, AZ
Forest Road 342, AZ 
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The final part of my busy Sunday was the attempt to drive Forest Road 342 from near Wood Camp Canyon to US60 near the Oak Flat area, west of Top of the World. My curiosity about driving this road stemmed from seeing the turnoff along US60, plus a recent post on the HAZ Forum wondering about the road conditions. I was hoping to drive the entire way and provide some information. There is a big mine near Pump Station Spring and at that point maps show FR342 continuing east a ways, while FR2458 heads south to join US60, a short distance west of where FR342 intersects.

As I started out along the drive I talked with some folks on quads who were coming in the other direction, and asked if I could make it through in my truck. They said most likely, but that the mine had blocked off one of the roads and established a bypass that was steep and very rocky. So, based on what they said I kept going. I really liked the first couple of miles of the road as it climbed steeply up to the divide between Wood Camp and Haunted Canyons. Terrific views! :) Once up high the road meanders around near the eastern side of the ridge between Fortuna and Kings Crown Peaks. I would say I was about halfway through the drive when around a blind curve a white SUV appeared and stopped. I thought it was fortuitous indeed that we met at a spot where we could pass, since this was mostly a very narrow road. I couldn't believe my eyes as Ambika got out of the passenger side! A friend wanted to go out four wheeling and she knew I had talked about driving this road the day before on our flower shoot. She said they had reached the tough spot by the mine and decided no way they were going to try it and turned back. Since it was getting to be late in the day and based on what she said, I decided to quit there and caravan back out with them.

The part of the road I drove was pretty easy going for my 4x4 Tacoma. I will have to try going in from Oak Flat sometime to see the part I didn't get to drive (and check out that gnarly spot by the mine).

So, :thanx: Ambika for being out there and perhaps saving me some grief!

Thus ended a fun weekend with friends, flowers, and four wheeling! :D
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Oct 21 2011
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
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Hiking2.50 Miles 540 AEG
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Further exploration.
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Oct 27 2010
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
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Hiking4.10 Miles 525 AEG
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Nailing down access to this trail. Getting to the trailhead is a great 4 x 4 trip. The trail is so - so but if you appreciate the history of it you'll like it.
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Oct 25 2010
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
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Hiking11.20 Miles 1,923 AEG
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I had another opportunity to do this hike today. Jumped at the chance not because it is such a special hike, it is historical and I enjoy poking around an old historical area. Perfect cool day and saw no one else.
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Feb 18 2010
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Stoneman GradeGlobe, AZ
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This day had me finally make contact with persons representing the Silver King Mine, who agreed to a tour and access to Stoneman Grade. I was joined by a PR man from the Resolution Mine Co. They are the ones building the controversial mine by Oak Flats. They are working, in talks, with the Silver King people to restore not only this historic trail but the Bellamy and a couple other historic trails including the Pinal City area. We had a brief tour of the Silver King Property before hitting the Stoneman, reviewing old pictures. Then we hit the trail, which is not in too bad of shape. Up-up-up the grade topping at the saddle just north of Kings Crown Peak. Over the saddle is a silica mine and the road continues to Top-Of-The-World. Had a great time and on return we spent time further exploring the Silver King Property,(Still a working mine), and were treated to finding our own samples of gold, copper, and silver from some tailings piles. It must be noted that without permission no one is allowed on Silver King Mine property, they have dogs and armed security. There is a way to access Stoneman Grade without trespassing and I will post a GPS route once I get it documented. The area was devastated by a fire years ago and seems rather bland until you get to higher elevation. For me it was the historical significance that was meaningful. A fun filled day.
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Jan 15 2010
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Hiking10.20 Miles 1,923 AEG
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A tough day bushwhacking trying to nail down Stonemans Grade. I know we were on it some of the time. Lots of ups and downs in the shadow of Kings Crown Peak. The hastle is staying off of the property at the Silver King Mine. I've met some of their wacky gun happy security people in the past. Got a little more information and had a great outing. Found some old stone ruins and a few mines including the best protected old mine shaft I've seen, someone was very liability minded.
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