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Name: Reymert and The Sugar Shack Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet
Type: 4WD Difficulty: (Easy 4WD)
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: Central Arizona
Length: 3.6 miles (out and back) Elevation gain/loss/change: +387 / -387 ft / +0 ft (out and back)
Type: Out and back Avg Elevation: 2600 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: NA
Fitness rating: Low Educational Merit: Medium
Danger/fear rating: Low Scenic Beauty: Medium
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: November, 2014
Short Description: An off the beaten path to some old mining ruins and a unique shack called "The Sugar Shack"
Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. Mine your P's & Q's; Mineral Mtn Cache
References / Contact Information: Wikipedia; Ghosttowns
Points of interest: Ghost town of Reymert, Sugar Shack
Special Considerations: Lots of old mines in this area, stay away from open mine shafts and be careful of mine tailings.
How to get there: (2014 update: this Cottonwood Canyon Road has been gated off, see Box Canyon for possible bypass) You can access this trail either from the north (the easy way) off Mineral Mountain Road, from the west (easy, but not as easy as Mineral Mountain) off Cottownwood Canyon Road or from the south (the most difficult route, but fun route) through Box Canyon. Turn right on Reymert Road. Click here for directions

Trail Description

2014 Update: After almost 10 years, I recently went back to Reymert for a quick visit. The trail has seen significant improvements over the years. It is no longer "hard to follow or extremely brushy" as reported in 2005. Reymert has become well-known and often visited. The BLM has installed vehicle barriers at the site to keep vehicles off the buildings (which is a good thing). A new (to me) spur off this spur is the Sugar Shack, which is a super short trail to a half-buried one room shack. The shack is in pretty good shape, please keep it that way for all to enjoy.

You can see the following feature story Box Canyon Blunders for more information on our 2014 adventure here, updated photos and video.

General Information and History

Reymert contains the ruins of an old mining operation and town. In 1876, J.D. Reymert discovered a silver vein in the area now known as Reymert. The vein turned out to be rich and a town sprang up in the area. It was named after its founder and the Reymert Mining Company worked the vein and and off until the 1950s.

It's not know exactly how many people lived in Reymert during its peak, some estimates run as high as 5,000, but the 1890 census showed 254 people living in Reymert. After the silver ran out, the last of Reymert's residents left in the 1960s. Most of the buildings including the assay house, boarding houses, Wells, Fargo & Company station and the blacksmith shop were bulldozed in the 1970s. All that was left of the town (that I could find) are the foundations shown in the gallery.

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The Trail

The trail winds its way along Reymert road, which is a wash with small hills on either side. The trail is much easier to follow than when we originally visited in 2005. You can follow the waypoints along the wash if you want, but the trail is now easy to follow. It splits a few times in the wash, typically you can go either way depending on your experience (most are easy).

You will find the trail to the Sugar Shack heading off to the right at Waypoint WPT001. Continue straight to Reymert.

At Waypoint 008, you can either go left or keep straight. The easiest, and shortest, option is straight, then bear left of the small hill until you get to the parking area near Waypoint 009. If you go left, you will have a very sharp right turn after a short distance that is easy to miss. This leads up the hill, under some trees and back to Reymert (see YELLOW trail).

The map shows the road  continuing on to Highway 60, but I know people who have tried to do this and have run into a locked gate.

After exploring Reymert, you can backtrack until you reach Mineral Mountain Road or go explore the Sugar Shack.

Sugar Shack
From Waypoint WPT001, drive southeast for about 1/3 of a mile, staying on the main road, until you reach the Sugar Shack at Waypoint WPT002. The shack can be hard to see from a distance since it is partially buried (by design). There's a large parking area there and some other interesting mining ruins nearby that you can walk or drive to. I did not take any of the other roads in the area to see where they went.

Reymert and the Sugar Shack are special places (like all the others listed here). Please clean up after yourself and don't destroy the buildings or desert around them.

When you're done, head back the way you came in.

Have fun and be safe.

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Reymert or DeNoon?

June 27, 2012

Hi Matt my name is Phil, in the in 1970s I was working for Magma copper company in Superior. I used to go and explore the mines at Reymert quite often. (When I was there, they still had the hoist and ladders going into the mine). I'm not quite sure how to say this or don't want to sound like a know it all, but there is a conflict between Reymert and DeNoon, they dont know for sure which is which. The town of Reymert is over the hill to the north and they think that the smelter where you were at is actually DeNoon. There used to be an old lady who lived there with her many cats, and she called the town Reymert. And her sister lived in the last building standing at Silver King before everything was bulldozed. I haven't thought about Reymert in over 25 years.

Road beyond Reymert

July 18, 2013

Hi Matt, the road beyond the mine turnoff does not go all the way back to 60. There is a sand and gravel operation mining the far end of the Reymert vein and they have the road completely fenced off. If you start at the 60 and drive Reymert Road from that end, you run into the gate of the mine with lots of signage warning you not to enter.

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