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Cane Spring Road Day Hike
Mazatzal Mountains
October 20, 2010
by Eileen Root
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It turned out to be only two people on this hike. It was posted too late and the weather report was not cooperating but Bill and I drove to Cane Springs.

We took off walking down the southern portion of the road. We had to cross over two creek beds where the road was washed out but other than that the trail was passable.

The old Jeep road that goes up the north side of Mt. Ord.
Eileen holds up a mighty rock.
O.K., Bill, which way is it?

Most of the time we were accompanied by a rubber hose that fed the three filled to the brim water tanks we passed along the way. Where were the cattle?

We got a great view of the Mt. Ord trail on the other side of 87 and several glimpses of the highway down below.

Where are the cattle?
We were never far from the Beeline Highway.
Flowers courtesy of Cane Spring.
    We then made it back to the car with enough time to explore the northern part of the road which was blocked with a huge sand pile. After walking over the sand pile and down the road a ways we discovered the road was washed out.

Spotting another road off of 87 that would get us to the other side of the wash, we headed back to the car and drove to the other well graded road (FR 177), traveling on it until we reached FR 191. I wanted to drive on this road and Bill wanted to hike it. Boy, am I glad I listened to him! It turned from a 4WD road to an ATV trail to a hiking trail quickly.

October 20 sunrise in Fountain Hills.

This trail would take us back 6 miles to a mine with scenery along the way.

Unfortunately the rain clouds started gathering after only about a third of the way in so we turned around and headed back.

This will be a great future hike for the club which Bill hopes to take us on in the spring!

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