Apache Canyon - Member Hike

Hike Name: Apache Canyon
Country: United States
State: Arizona
Nearby Town: Dos Cabezas
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Take AZ-186 South from Willcox for 14.75 miles. Once you enter Dos Cabezas, proceed slowly and look for South Hurtado Ranch Road on your left immediately upon exiting Dos Cabezas. Turn East (left) on Hurtado Ranch Road, and proceed approx. 4 miles to the turnaround at the Gold Prince Mine. Park and start walking East up the canyon.
Total Hike Distance: 10.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Difficult
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Turnaround at Gold Prince Mine.
Trails Used: There are no marked trails. All hiking is done on old mining roads and game trails.
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Springs
Management: Bureau of Land Management
Contact Information: Bureau of Land Management
New Mexico BLM Office
Best Season: Winter, Spring, Fall
Users: Hikers, Bikers, Dogs, Horses, ATVs
Road Conditions: Secondary Paved Roads, Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This is a very interesting hike running up Apache Canyon through an old mining area. It can be backtrack hiked, but its more fun to head South from the canyon head and drop off of the ridgeline back into the valley below, and it will also give you an opportunity to see several other mines and processing areas. The Gold Prince Mine is still active, and impossible to miss for parking purposes. About 2 miles from where you park, you will find the remains of a ranchhouse from the 1970's, built on the remains of a mine building from the late 1800's. Tailing piles and shafts line the raod on both sides. Simply follow the raod until you are finished walking and looking, and then head straight South until you reach the ridgeline. The views are quite spectacular, as you can see 90 miles from the ridge. Deer are common, and several of the mines are flooded, giving you a water supply if you've brought along a filter.



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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Apache Canyon - October 14, 2005 October 14, 2005 4 stars 17 hours Oshow


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