|Name: Reymert||Author's Rating:|
|Author: Matt Marine||Avg. User Rating: Not rated yet|
|Type: 4WD||Difficulty: (Easy 4WD)|
|Time: 1 - 2 hours||Region: Central Arizona|
|Length: 3.6 miles (out and back)||Elevation gain/loss/change: +387 / -387 ft / +0 ft (out and back)|
|Type: Out and back||Avg Elevation: 2600 ft|
|Best time to go: fall, spring, winter||Fees: NA|
|Fitness rating: Low||Educational Merit: Low|
|Danger/fear rating: Low||Scenic Beauty: Medium|
|Hours of Operation: NA||Last updated: October, 2005|
|Short Description: An off the beaten path to some old mining ruins|
|Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's just a few. Mine your P's & Q's; Mineral Mtn Cache|
|References / Contact Information: Wikipedia; Ghosttowns|
|Points of interest: Ghost town of Reymert|
|Special Considerations: Lots of old mines in this area, stay away from open mine shafts and be careful of mine tailings.|
|How to get there: You can access this trail either from the north (the easy way) off Mineral Mountain Road, from the west (easy, but not as easy as Mineral Mountain) off Cottownwood Canyon Road or from the south (the most difficult route, but fun route) through Box Canyon. If you haven’t done Box Canyon or Martinez Mine, I’d recommend coming up from the south. Remember, to start early. You’ll want to do some exploring and may not have time to do this spur if you get a late start. If you just want to do this trail, come in from the north or west. The road from here to pavement is easy and fast. If coming from the north, turn off Highway 60 at Waypoint MM1 and follow Mineral Mountain Road (Waypoints MM1 – MM5) until you reach Waypoint 001. Turn left here on Reymert Road. If coming from the west, turn off Highway 79 at Waypoint CW1 and follow Cottonwood Canyon Road (CW1 – CW7) until you reach Waypoint 001. Turn right on Reymert Road. If coming from the south, follow Box Canyon (using the Waypoints listed in the Box Canyon post) until you reach Waypoint 001. Turn right on Reymert Road. Click here for directions|
This is a short, mostly unknown spur trail off the Box Canyon / Martinez Mine trails near Florence, Arizona that leads to the old town site of Reymert This is fun offshoot of the main track and an interesting place to go explore (especially if you want to be alone).
The most difficult part of this trail is actually finding it and staying on it. It isn’t used much and is hard to follow at times. Recommend using a GPS. Trail is also extremely bushy. Expect a good amount of Arizona pin striping.
Reymert contains the ruins of an old mining operation and town. In 1876, J.D. Reymert discovered a silver vein in the area now known as Reymert. The vein turned out to be rich and a town sprang up in the area. It was named after its founder and the Reymert Mining Company worked the vein and and off until the 1950s.
It's not know exactly how many people lived in Reymert during its peak, some estimates run as high as 5,000, but the 1890 census showed 254 people living in Reymert. After the silver ran out, the last of Reymert's residents left in the 1960s. Most of the buildings including the assay house, boarding houses, Wells, Fargo & Company station and the blacksmith shop were bulldozed in the 1970s. All that was left of the town (that I could find) are the foundations shown in the gallery.
The trail winds its way through a wash and the small hills on either side. The trail can be difficult to follow and there are numerous spots where you can choose to stay in the wash or follow the road along the side of it. I found these typically joined back together a little further down the trail. Use your best judgment on which way is the best. You may have to backtrack a few times.
When we ran the trail, it was extremely brushy and we added some nice Arizona pin striping to our vehicles. Follow the Waypoints until you reach Reymert (approximately Waypoint 008). From here you can continue to explore the ruins and area around Reymert. The map shows the road continuing on to Highway 60, but I’m not sure if it really does. If anyone has run this, please let me know.
After exploring Reymert, backtrack until you reach Mineral Mountain Road again. From here you get to choose which way you’d like to take out.
Whatever you decide, have fun and be safe.
Reymert or DeNoon?
June 27, 2012
Hi Matt my name is Phil, in the in 1970s I was working for Magma copper company in Superior. I used to go and explore the mines at Reymert quite often. (When I was there, they still had the hoist and ladders going into the mine). I'm not quite sure how to say this or don't want to sound like a know it all, but there is a conflict between Reymert and DeNoon, they dont know for sure which is which. The town of Reymert is over the hill to the north and they think that the smelter where you were at is actually DeNoon. There used to be an old lady who lived there with her many cats, and she called the town Reymert. And her sister lived in the last building standing at Silver King before everything was bulldozed. I haven't thought about Reymert in over 25 years.