Treasure Vault Mine
This trail provides access to the upper slopes of Mt. Hopkins, the second most prominent peak in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson. The trail leaves the end of Madera Canyon Road, branching off the more popular Old Baldy Trail, and earned its descriptive name from the fact that it climbs 1,400 feet in a distance of a little over one half mile. This heart-thumping climb leads to the vicinity of Agua Caliente Saddle, passing the Vault Mine. This mine is a former underground Cu-Zn-Ag-Pb mine located in the upper part of Agua Caliente Canyon at an elevation of about 6,650 feet, on National Forest land. It was discovered in 1899 and is owned by the Santa Rita Mining Co., of Tucson (1970). We had a great workout on this shady trail with Phoebe excelling in her rock agility.
Jan 29, 2012