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Boriana Mine day trip

Frankenhoe
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Saturday (02/06/21) we set out for Boriana Mine with a side trip to Copper World; the south side of I-40 in the area triangulated by Wikieup, Yucca and Kingman. We met in Wickenburg for a quick drivers' meeting, then headed north 75 miles on Rt 93 to Wikieup. Rt 93 is known as the Joshua Tree Highway, and those odd trees are everywhere. At the Chevron in Wikieup, we topped off and aired down, then headed west across E. Chicken Springs Road (CR-131) over the southern end of the Hualapai Mountains.

Chicken Springs Road has many interesting places to explore, and on its own creates a 50-mile loop. Usually we consider it merely access to greater attractions, but if you know where to look, you'll find this road has many treasures to discover, such as a crested Saguaro alongside a Joshua Tree, and 5052' Aubrey Peak. Chicken Springs Rd intersects Alamo Road (CR-15) at about 8 miles, and we headed north on this wide, graded, washboard road.

Alamo Road will take you into Yucca, which sits at a bend in I-40 about halfway between Kingman and Needles, CA. You'll come to Boriana Mine Road (CR-253) several miles before entering Yucca. Head east on Boriana Mine Road into the northern Hualapais; if you stay on this road, you cannot miss the mine. This is all pretty easy driving. The road passes through private property and a working ranch. Those folks offer up some classic trucks along the roadway, but please respect their willingness to share and don't trespass on their property.

If you're looking for something a little more difficult, watch for the turnoff to Copper World. This spur road is about 1.25 miles, but I wouldn't try this in a stock, two-wheel drive unless you have a lot of clearance. Slow and easy gets you to the mine. I'm not one to lead people into trouble, so if you want to know more about Copper World, research it and know what you're getting into. High above the mill at Copper World you'll find access to the mine shaft. These mines are known to emit toxic fumes, and although you can access the first 50 yards of this shaft, people in our group who entered the shaft reported headaches continuing into Sunday.

Crawling out of Copper World we continued east to Boriana Mine, which was a large tungsten mine during World War I. The mill is a pile of rubble but with care you can safely explore. Keep your eyes on kids and dogs, and each other for that matter. The area around this mine has lots of hidden treasures, like a spring-fed, gold fish pond! The size of this mill is quite impressive, the site expansive, and seeing it was worth every truck-rattling mile it took to get there.

Unless you are an experienced driver, I strongly encourage you to return the way you came. West on Boriana Mine Rd, south on Alamo Rd, east on Chicken Springs, south on Rt 93 (assuming you're in the Valley). If you think about taking Flag Mine Road because it looks like a short-cut back to Rt 93, you should definitely go back the way you came. 20 miles through this rugged mountain range is not the same as 50 miles on the graded roads you came in on. Going back the way you came will take an hour +/- to return to Wikieup.  Flag Mine Rd, with long, steep climbs and descents on a switchback shelf road, will take you 4 hours on a good day, much longer when there's snow and mud on the track, and you're still many miles north of Wikieup. Make good decisions and get home safe.

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Topic starter Posted : February 9, 2021 9:16 am
Kevin Allard
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I've been all over that area. There are hundreds of mines to explore. The variety of things to see between Wickenburg and Parker is amazing. 

We found this rock cabin at an unnamed mine I spotted on Google earth near Wikiup. One road takes you up and over the mountain into a hidden valley in the center of the range. There is a railroad incline coming down the mountain and several other mines in the area that I've wanted to check out. 

Have you been to the Bagdad area? That area is amazing too. Deep canyons, mesas, slot canyons, hidden abandoned mines, fun trails. 

 

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Posted : February 13, 2021 12:12 am
Frankenhoe
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@azbce I hadn't been up that way in about 20 years. I forgot how much stuff is out there. There's so much published info, that I haven't looked at Google Earth, yet, but now I want to find that mine you're talking about! Bagdad's on the list, too.

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Topic starter Posted : February 13, 2021 8:07 am
Kevin Allard
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I was with a friend who wasn't up for the hike, so we didn't get to look closely. The road up the mountain is wild. Tight switchbacks that require 3 point turns. And I mean TIGHT! @copper-jk and I had bumpers hanging off the cliff.

The incline is maybe 150- 200 yards long at about a 45-degree angle. It goes from the shaft halfway up the mountain to the bottom of the mountain where a mill used to be.

That whole area near Alamo Rd is unique. The world's largest deposit of manganese is right there in the Artillery Mountains. Arizona's largest bat colony is there. It's also one of the world's largest Metamorphic Complex where the earth's crust is exposed at the surface. If you like rock-hounding, you'll find petrified wood out there. I've collected so much opal that I've been giving it away to friends. 🤣

The mineral deposits in that area are part of our reserves. The Artillery Mountains are full of mineral deposits that our military used for explosives. They were all closed decades ago. Recently our lawmakers proposed to reopen the mines to lessen our dependence on foreign minerals.

Interesting stuff.

Yes, I'm thrilled by that area.🤣👍

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Posted : February 14, 2021 5:38 pm
copper jk
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  1. @azbce next time o will put the boots in the jeep but j&p 4 was a great place to find.
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Posted : February 20, 2021 8:10 am
Kevin Allard
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@copper-jk Have you been to the Boriana mine? It's been years since I've been there. We should make a trip!

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Posted : February 20, 2021 7:25 pm