HIKE- Dreamy Draw (Mineshaft Route)

Between the rains, I hope we have time for this moderate loop around dreamy draw’s southern valley with stops at ruins of mercury mineshafts of the early twentieth century. The trip will cover about 4 miles with a couple 350 ft. elevation changes.

Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last about 3 hours.

Here are links to photos from our previous hikes to this area:



or slide show:




or slide show:


For the asking, I will have handouts discussing geology of the area, and plant and animals we’ll likely encounter. Also I bring reference books for after the hike.

Here are links to many of those handouts and references:

Piestewa Peak & Dreamy Draw Parks (overview with nature) .. .



Review of mercury mining…


geology of area…






Distance: about 3-4 miles

Time: less than 3 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Trail: gravel and rocky

Elevation: 1400 ft. – 1760 ft.

change: about 360 ft.

Parking: large lot with restrooms

Entry fees: none

Dogs: OK on leash


Always carry and drink plenty of water!

Sunscreen is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions

Hike at your own risk

How to find us: We’ll meet at the picnic tables alongside the Dreamy Draw parking lot easily reached by driving east on Northern Blvd. from freeway 51…. If lost or late, my cell is[masked] .

To get there: Take Northern Avenue from freeway 51 and travel a short distance east to parking lot (maybe 3/8 mile).


Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post on this announcement page comments.

Following the hike, perhaps we’ll reconvene at SunUp Brewing Company, 322 E Camelback, for rehydration etc.

Here is a link to the restaurant:


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  • Scott R.

    Had fun today. Might have even talked my buddy into a hike she was sure she wasn't going on. ;)

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Al T.

    very little drizzle and nice temperatures

    January 27, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    It was a longer and wetter hike than expected, but we had a great time exploring and getting rained on. :-)

    January 27, 2013

  • David S

    What a great hike, cloudy and a bit drizzly, but just perfect for wandering around the peaks.

    January 27, 2013

  • Al T.

    good news . .. weather report says no chance of rain til noon

    January 27, 2013

  • Tyger G.

    Countdown in progress . . . stay tuned for the latest news on the launch's liftoff status (or not).

    January 26, 2013

  • Tyger G.

    This has had all the drama of a Space Shuttle launch trying to beat the closing of a window in the weather. :-) Hopefully, we won't just get (to) the (mine)shaft and have the weather start soaking us. That would dampen our spirits (and Al's beer, too). No joke.

    January 26, 2013

  • Al T.

    All right... got lots of feedback .... we'll start at 8:30 am sharp

    January 26, 2013

  • Al T.

    as of 7 pm hike is still on

    I'd like to start earlier to minimize chances of rain

    but I'd need to hear from more of you to actually change the start time


    if we do not start early we will definitely start right on time

    January 26, 2013

    • Jack S.

      It's 8PM and finally looked like it stopped. I'm OK with moving the time up.

      January 26, 2013

    • Cathy

      I'd like to start at the projected time of 9:30.

      January 26, 2013

  • Al T.

    as of 5 pm I am assuming we will hike... however we may start earlier

    keep watching these comments for any changes or cancellation

    January 26, 2013

  • Al T.

    as of Saturday 3pm, I am still assuming we may be able to hike tomorrow.

    Hourly forecasts suggest only clouds til about 10 am and then 30% chance of showers the rest of day.

    so I'm hoping for a delay of the next cell to arrive so maybe we can hike

    I'll keep watching forecasts to see if they change and post changes here and by email.

    January 26, 2013

  • Jim

    rain is like being baptized from above...

    January 26, 2013

  • Al T.

    as of Saturday morning I'm still hoping for a break in the weather long enough for us to get this hike in.

    January 26, 2013

  • Jim

    Prescott-Jim will be there and I posted this hike on the Prescott Freethinker's site:


    January 25, 2013

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