The area was heavily burned in last years Horseshoe Two fire and evidence of high intensity burn are visible. While the hillsides are covered in grasses and new growth, little new growth at the base of the trees is apparent. The stream bed experienced significant down cutting with erosion channels up to 5 ft deep in places, a result of last years monsoon rains. With the loss of vegetation the geology and evidence of past inhabitants is visible across the landscape. The route along the old road is littered with artifacts from the development of the mine. Small donkey shoes, tools, and pieces of machinery were found along the stream bed as well as iron/iron ore and evidence of copper.
Granite is visible at the mine entrance and in the mine dump indicating the shafts reached through the overlying limestone into an intrusive granite zone that was probably the source of the copper ore which filtered along the contact zone resulting in mineralization. Although the mine was not successful it gave Paradise its start.
The hike covered 5.7 miles (including the detour up a side drainage) with an elevation change of 750'. Thirteen hikers and 4 dogs made the trip including the Gypsy Carpenters who were back in town for Portal Irish Music week. The map for this hike may be found at the following link.
|Hiking route to the Chiricahua mine above Paradise.|
|Building site at the Chiricahua mine.|
|Shaft at the Chiricahua mine|
|Oak tree above Paradise|