Milton Mine

Ajo, Arizona

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A day hike to the Milton Mine. The trail first traverses a rolling desert of arid hills. After crossing the first major arroyo, the track wanders amid a complicated maze of hillocks and draws, richly populated with saguaro, cholla, and organ pipe cacti. The second major wash marks the beginning of mining activity, although the first two shafts are difficult to spot when approached from the south. The trail then follows a third arroyo toward the western tail of the Puerto Blanco Mountains, crossing the bleak fringes of La Abra Plain along the way. Creosote and bursage rule the flats, while a sparse collection of cacti grows along the wash.

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"A day hike to the Milton Mine. The trail first traverses a rolling desert of arid hills. After crossing the first major arroyo, the track wanders amid a complicated maze of hillocks and draws, richly populated with saguaro, cholla, and organ pipe cacti.

The second major wash marks the beginning of mining activity, although the first two shafts are difficult to spot when approached from the south. The trail then follows a third arroyo toward the western tail of the Puerto Blanco Mountains, crossing the bleak fringes of La Abra Plain along the way. Creosote and bursage rule the flats, while a sparse collection of cacti grows along the wash."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ajo
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,550 feet
Top Elevation: 1,620 feet
Local Contacts: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
Driving Directions: Directions to Milton Mine

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May 2018