Victoria and Lost Cabin Mines

Ajo, Arizona

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This short trail runs to several historic mining ruins along the Sonoyta Mountains. From the southern end of the Campground Loop trail, the well-marked Victoria Mine route angles to the west. It wanders across well-drained hillocks where creosote bush and greasewood live sparsely amid a desert pavement of gravel and sun-baked sand. The path occasionally drops into small ravines as it crosses southward-running washes. In these swales, greater moisture allows the growth of mesquite and palo verde, and permits cacti to grow abundantly. Looking northward up the washes, travelers can see a gap in the hills revealing the distant crest of Pinkley Peak. To the south, the Sonoyta Valley is bounded by the rocky wall of the Sierra Cubabi, across the Mexican border. The trail approaches a low range of granite hills, whimsically named the Sonoita Mountains. This range appears to be little more than a rumpled collection of bluffs, but in fact it is the oldest mountain range in Organ Pipe National Monument.

Victoria and Lost Cabin Mines Professional Review and Guide

"This short trail runs to several historic mining ruins along the Sonoyta Mountains. From the southern end of the Campground Loop trail, the well-marked Victoria Mine route angles to the west. It wanders across well-drained hillocks where creosote bush and greasewood live sparsely amid a desert pavement of gravel and sun-baked sand. The path occasionally drops into small ravines as it crosses southward-running washes.

In these swales, greater moisture allows the growth of mesquite and palo verde, and permits cacti to grow abundantly. Looking northward up the washes, travelers can see a gap in the hills revealing the distant crest of Pinkley Peak. To the south, the Sonoyta Valley is bounded by the rocky wall of the Sierra Cubabi, across the Mexican border. The trail approaches a low range of granite hills, whimsically named the Sonoita Mountains. This range appears to be little more than a rumpled collection of bluffs, but in fact it is the oldest mountain range in Organ Pipe National Monument."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ajo
Distance: 7.6
Elevation Gain: 220 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 1,680 feet
Local Contacts: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
Driving Directions: Directions to Victoria and Lost Cabin Mines

Recent Trail Reviews

12/1/2009
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This is a pretty easy hike through rolling desert terrain. The payoff is the rather well-preserved mine store at Victoria Mine. Best hiking is in winter-spring.



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May 2018