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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