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Name: Margarita Tank Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: No votes yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Easy 2WD/4WD)
Time: 2 - 3 hours Region: Southwest Arizona
Length: 3.75 miles total (through trip) Elevation gain/loss/change: ~ +629 ft / -703 / -74 ft (through trip)
Type: Through trail Avg Elevation: 4300 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Medium
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: October, 2015
Short Description: An easy 4WD trail to some old stone ruins and sections of an old drainage channel near Old Glory Mill and California Gulch
Geocaches: A few geocaches in the area:El Oro Cemetery; Rattlesnake Canyon; Montana Peak
References / Contact Information: Along the Ruby Road; Ghosttowns; Tucson Citizen; Arizona Buffalo Soldier Association; In Search of Old Glory Dam
Points of interest: Stone ruins, Brick Mine, stone drainage channel and dam, Margarita Tank, Blue Wing Mine, Old Glory Mill, ghost town of Ruby
Special Considerations:Trail is located in illegal immigrant and smuggler high traffic area, see page regarding warning (it's not as bad as it sounds).
How to get there: From Tucson, head south on I-19 until you get to the Arivaca exit (exit 48). Take Arivaca Road west to Arivaca (paved road about 24 miles). Take a left in "downtown" Arivaca toward Ruby. Stay on Ruby road for about five miles (it becomes dirt after a few miles) until you get to the California Gulch turnoff (Waypoint Waypoint001). Click Click here for details .

Trail Description

This is an easy trail in the Ruby / California Gulch area. The trail is typically very easy and is well maintained by the Border Patrol.

This adventure takes you past some old stone ruins and remnants of an old dam and drainage channel. The channel is different from others that I've seen and is quite interesting.

You will also go past Brick Mine near Ruby Road. There's a couple of old mines here with some steel headframes.

Margarita Tank is a big tank in the area and was very pretty when we went by it (sorry, I didn't get any photos).

General Information and History

See California Gulch adventure for history in the area.

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The Trail

From Ruby Road (FR32) at WPT001, turn south onto FR4160 and head down into the wash area. Park at the bottom and hike up to the Brick Mine (Waypoint 002) the short distance on the opposite side of the hill.

You will see a couple of mine shaft, typically filled with water, and an old steel headframe.

When you're done looking at Brick Mine, take a sharp right in the wash to stay on FR4160. The trail begins to climb out of the wash. Soon you'll come to a sharp left-hand switchback. Take it and continue to climb the hill.

After about 0.25 miles, you'll take a curve to the right. Continue on for about another mile until you reach the intersection at Waypoint 003 and FR4161.

Take a left to continue on to Blue Wing Mine and Margarita Tank. A right here will take you out to Warsaw Canyon Road. Take a left onto FR4161 and almost immediately you'll come to another intersection at Waypoint 004.

If you want to visit Blue Wing Mine (keep straight) to go onto FR4869, otherwise take a right to stay on FR4161.

Assuming you want to take the short trip to Blue Wing Mine, keep straight at Waypoint 004 and take FR4869. After about 0.4 miles, you'll come to the end of the road at Blue Wing Mine at Waypoint 005. When you're finished exploring the area, turn around and head back to Waypoint 004.

From Waypoint 004, take a left onto FR4161. Drive another 0.44 miles until you reach Waypoint 006. There are some stone ruins on your right.

Continue driving along FR4161 for about another 0.2 miles (past the trail on your left) until you reach Waypoint 007. Adjacent to the curve to the right there will be the rock dam and drainage ditch on your left.

When you're done exploring these, continue on FR4161 (keeping left at the intersection just ahead). You will pass Margarita Tank on your right less than 0.25 miles from Waypoint 007. Keep on the main road for about another mile until you reach Waypoint 008.

From here, you can go back the way you came in, take a left to go out to Ruby Road, keep straight to continue on California Gulch Road or take a right to visit Old Glory Mill and head out to Warsaw Canyon.

It doesn't matter which direction you choose, they are all awesome adventures.

Have fun and be safe!

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