There was frost on the grass as nine noble Trailblazers set out
from Pine Trailhead to find fame and fortune in the fantastic fall
finery of Oak Spring Canyon.
With Sandy Dwyer as our hike leader, we found the mysterious crossing
of the Beeline Highway and set out westward on trails and primitive
roads for Bradshaw Tank and the temeritous trail 16 to Oak Spring.
It is also passage 26 of the Arizona Trail, well marked in this
region of mining and ranching.
The first of several cat trails takes us out of the valley and on
our long climb to a high point southeast of hill 6107.
From there it’s down, down, down, steeply in places until
switchbacks land us in the bottom of Oak Spring Canyon. Along the
way we enjoy fine views of Pine Ridge and Buckhead Mesa.
The canyon is our lunch stop.