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Hiking to the Roy Rogers Mine

Man’s quest for mineral wealth is ancient and predates historical records by thousands of years. Indeed, the paramount reason why pioneer explorers and miners came into Arizona in the 1800’s was the hope of finding riches.

The area east of Wickenburg, bounded by Constellation Road on the north and Buckhorn Road to the south, was the virtual center of the Black Rock Mining District and saw some intense mining activity between 1870 and 1940. This article describes a hiking route that will take you on an historic stage coach road past several old mines and settlements, ending at the Roy …

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A Celebration of Life: In Memory of David Lee Pearson

If you have been a long-time visitor to our web site, you will know that Lee Pearson has been a frequent contributor of articles on hiking in the area around Wickenburg for a number of years. Lee has served in volunteer civic capacities supporting community initiatives such as the Wickenburg Trails Committee, Wickenburg Clean and Beautiful, and others. Although he originally hailed from Washington, he and Sharon made their home in Wickenburg and became steadfast supporters of the cultural and civic events of our community.

Lee passed away on February 22nd 2009 after a twenty-year battle with prostate cancer.

Lee …

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Hiking the ATOS Loop Trail

by Lee Pearson and Allan Hall

Many of you may be familiar with the great book on horse and hiking trails written by Dana Burden titled “Hiking Out Wickenburg Way”. In his book, Dana documented trails that lead to the ATOS Mine and Balanced Rock, east of Wickenburg. This article ties these two trails together and links them to a third trail that passes from the Hassayampa River up Slim Jim Creek; creating what is essentially a closed-loop trail that is 4.72 miles in length.

We have little doubt that Dana knew about the Slim Jim Creek segment, but he …

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Group Hike Scheduled for Upper Hassayampa River Wilderness

Lee Pearson and I are scheduling a hike in the upper Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness Area on Saturday May 17th. The hike distance will be 2.7 miles from Williams Ranch to Buckskin Canyon, with the return leg following the same route.

This is a uniquely beautiful riparian habitat and mid-May promises another great show of flowers along the river banks. The migratory birds will be nesting in the river willows and there are always abundant signs of four-footed critters on this stretch of the river.

We hiked this area on April 12th to check out river conditions and spring growth. …

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Desert Clean-Up Volunteers Needed

The Wickenburg Conservation Foundation, recognizing the immense value of cleaning up the desert, recently assumed responsibility for the Wickenburg Clean and Beautiful program that was begun quite a number of years ago by Dana Burden (deceased), Tom Riggs, and John and Debi Main.

The help of groups and individuals is needed to continue improving our surrounding areas. If you can volunteer for desert clean-up activities, please submit your name, phone number, eMail address and preferred clean-up dates to Lee Pearson at WCF.WCB@GMAIL.COM, call 928-684-7473, or write to Wickenburg Conservation Foundation, Wickenburg Clean & Beautiful, P.O. Box 20008, Wickenburg AZ 85358.

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