Asbestos Mine

5/5 (11 reviews)
This iconic 4x4 trail to Asbestos Mine, on the southern edge of the Sierra Anche Mountains, climbs a difficult trail along Pocket Creek. Those who are familiar with the region will recognize Asbestos Point by its white mine tailings. They look like giant white angel wings from Highway 288. The ...Read More
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Highlights of Asbestos Mine

Camping Category IconCamping
Forest Category IconForest
Mine Category IconMine
Rock Category IconRock
Scenic Category IconScenic
Highest Elevation
6350 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
489 Asbestos Mine
Nearest Town
Globe
Nearest Services
Globe
Management Agency
Tonto National Forest
District
Mesa Ranger District

Overview

This iconic 4x4 trail to Asbestos Mine, on the southern edge of the Sierra Anche Mountains, climbs a difficult trail along Pocket Creek. Those who are familiar with the region will recognize Asbestos Point by its white mine tailings. They look like giant white angel wings from Highway 288. The mine began operating in 1915 but is now abandoned. While you're exploring the large site, there are spectacular views of the Tonto Basin thousands of feet below. You can hike out the shelf road right on top of the white mine tailings and take pictures of the really old excavator. There are a couple of nice campsites with fire pits to enjoy incredible star gazing.

Asbestos Mine is quite a challenge for slightly modified vehicles, but the views when you finally reach the top almost take your breath away.

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26 Trail Photos
5 Trail Concerns
11 Community Reviews
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