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Name: Big Lead Mine Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: No votes yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Moderate 4WD)
Time: 1- 2 hours Region: SW Arizona
Length: 6.2 miles total (roundtrip) Elevation gain/loss/change: ~ +678 ft / -678 / +0 ft (roundtrip)
Type: Out and back Avg Elevation: 4200 ft
Best time to go: fall, summer (after rains), spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Medium
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: January, 2015
Short Description: A little known trail to a mine rich with crystals, stone and adobe ruins and an old arrastra
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area: Guajalote Peak; Guajolote Flate; Ruby Challenge
References / Contact Information: None at this time
Points of interest: Mine with lots of interesting rocks, adobe and stone ruins, an old arrastra, Golden Rose Mine ruins, Paloma 4WD adventure
Special Considerations: Lots of old mines in this area, stay away from open mine shafts and be careful of mine tailings.Trail is located in illegal immigrant and smuggler high traffic area, see page regarding warning. I have heard this area has become more dangerous in the past few months (mid 2016). Use extreme caution when visiting this area.
How to get there: From highway 82, head east on Dusquesne Road for approximately 5 miles until you reach the turnoff on FR4662 at Waypoint 001. Take a left onto the trail. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

NOTE: Trail is located in illegal immigrant and smuggler high traffic area, see page regarding warning. I have heard this area has become more dangerous in the past few months (mid 2016). Use extreme caution when visiting this area.

This is a short 4WD trail to an old mine called the Big Lead Mine. There are lots of interesting rocks at the mine, many with some interesting crystal formations. Rock hounds may find this particularly fun. The kids who went with us had a great time looking through the rocks for the crystals. I'm not a rock hound, so not sure what kind they were, but it was a lot of fun.

In addition to the mine, there are quite a few ruins along this trail and in the area if you know where to look. I am not including exact coordinates for these, but they are not difficult to find. There is also a cool old arrastra nearby. It's a wonderful place to explore.

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The Trail

NOTE: I went on this trail in January, 2015 and am writing this report based on memory and my GPS coordinates. The trail may have changed significantly since I visited it. Be sure to keep an eye out for old ruins in the area!

From highway 82, head east on Dusquesne Road for approximately 5 miles until you reach the turnoff on FR4662 at Waypoint 001. Take a left onto the trail. If you miss this turnoff, you always keep driving another 1.4 miles to Waypoint 005 and take a left to head through Sycamore Canyon Wash.

If you take a left on FR4662, drive northeast for 1.18 miles until you reach Waypoint 002 at the intersection of FR4662 and Sycamore Canyon (the alternate road in).

From Waypoint 002, keep driving 0.95 miles on the trail until you reach the ruins at Golden Rose Mine, Waypoint 003. Take a left onto FR4663 to head to Big Lead Mine. The road gets a little worse from here to the mine.

Keep on FR4663 for another 0.95 miles until you reach the Big Lead Mine at Waypoint 004. This is a very nice drive through some interesting canyons.

You can go on the large tailing pile of the mine and hunt for some cool rocks.

When you're done, return the way you came in.

Have fun and be safe!

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