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Name: Chimney Canyon FR4131 Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: No votes yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Easy 4WD)
Time: 1- 2 hours Region: SW Arizona
Length: 6.5 miles total (one way) Elevation gain/loss/change: ~ +570 ft / -335 / +235 ft (one way)
Type: Through Trip Avg Elevation: 4000 ft
Best time to go: fall, summer (after rains), spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: October, 2015
Short Description: An easy 4WD trail from Arivaca Lake (or close to it) to Ruby Road. This is a nice alternative to Ruby Road.
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area: El Oro Cemetery; Rattlesnake Canyon; Montana Peak
References / Contact Information: Arivaca Lake; Ruby
Points of interest: Chimney Canyon, Arivaca Lake, Ghost Town of Ruby
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 I-19, take the Arivaca exit and drive about 23 miles to Arivaca. Turn left (south) onto 5th Ave (Ruby road). Drive about 5 miles until you reach the turn off to Arivaca Lake, then proceed about a 100 yards or so to the turn off at Waypoint 001. This turn off and trail can be difficult to see. 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 and easy 4WD trail through the beautiful ranch lands of southern Arizona. The trail leads through Chimney Canyon from Arivaca Lake to Ruby Road. If you are going to Ruby or any of the other trails in the area (California Gulch and Warsaw Canyon), this trail can be a nice change of pace and be driven instead of Ruby Road. It will take you a little longer, but the scenery is nice and it can be more interesting than the main road. There are lots of trails and places to explore in the area including:

- Arivaca Adventure
- Arivaca Adobe Ruins
- California Gulch
- Warsaw Canyon
- Brouse Mine
- Carpenter's Well Ruins
- Coches Well Ruins

- Yellow Jacket Mine

General Information and History

I do not have any information on Chimney Canyon. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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The Trail

NOTE: I went on this trail in October, 2015 and am writing this report based on memory. The trail may have changed significantly since I visited it.

From Arivaca, head southeast on Ruby Road for about 5 miles until you reach the Arivaca Lake turnoff, then proceed about another 100 yards or so until you get to Waypoint 001 at FR4131. This turnoff and trail can be difficult to see as it's not used much.

You also may be able to reach it via Arivaca Lake Road (see BLUE trail on map), but I haven't tried this access yet. I can see a trail on Google Earth though.

Going on the RED trail, take a left at Waypoint 001 and drive about a mile until you reach Waypoint 002. Just before this, you will pass Tonkin Well. If it has rained recently, the wash next to this may be flowing as it was when we were down there. You may also see wonderful flowers as we did.

At Waypoint 002, take a right and head south. Keep driving for another 1.2 miles until you reach a corral on the right at Waypoint 003. Go through the gate and continue down FR4131 into Chimney Canyon.

From here on out, stay on the main trail. There are a few trails that lead off the main trail that are about as well traveled as FR4131, but don't go anywhere very interesting. We took a few of these and they ended up at dry tanks, etc.

Drive another 1.3 miles until you reach Waypoint 004. Keep straight past the trail on your left. After another 0.7 miles, do the same thing at Waypoint 005.

Drive another 0.6 miles until you reach Waypoint 006. Keep going straight past the trail on your left. Almost immediately after that, you will see Papago Tanks on your right.

During our visit, the tanks were full and a flock of ducks were swimming around. It was very beautiful.

After Papago Tanks, continue on the road for another 1.65 miles until you reach Waypoint 007 at Ruby Road. This section of the road has some nice scenic spots throught he canyon and if you hit it just right, you may see a small waterall in one section.

Once you're at Ruby Road, you can take a right and head back to Arivaca, a left to go to Ruby or whatever direction will take you to the next trail you'd like to take.

Have fun and be safe!

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