Five hikers left the meeting place shortly after 6 am and were at the
trailhead (end of FR25) at 7:30.
The first push to Z2 was up hill and completed in the cool of the morning.
We actually picked up the Arizona trail at TX244.
The trail was clear and mostly boulder free.
We experienced great valley and canyon view to the north and east from
the potato patch “Z3” to “Z4”.
Mt Peeley and Mt Ord were distant landmarks.
Deep greens of junipers and jack pine and the yellow-orange scrub oak
were offset by the light green oak.
At “TXSM” we left the Arizona Trail in search of the Story mine.
We followed the remnant of an easy gradual road winding down hill until
we got to what we though was a loading shoot (see group photo).
Eileen and Bill bushwhacked up the hill to find tracks leading to what
may have been a filled-in mine.