Tip Top Mine

Total Miles
28.4

Elevation

1009.94 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

7

Difficult

Best Time

Summer, Fall

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Trail Overview

Primarily a silver-mining town, Tip Top had a post office from August 12, 1880, until February 14, 1895. The town was founded after Jack Moore and Bill Corning struck a significant load of silver in 1875. The nearby ghost town of Gillett was the original mill site for the ore from the Tip Top mine. Tip Top at its peak had over 500 residents and was one of the largest towns in Arizona at the time. The ruins shown here are purported to be an old brewery. A note about the rating on this trail: The road from I-17 to Tip Top Mine has a maximum difficulty rating of 5. The road westbound from Tiptop is very slow, rocky, and bumpy. It also has two steep and loose downhill stretches we are rating at 7. We were running quite late and did not take time to really analyze the hills so they may be only a strong 6. They would be more difficult if done uphill in an easterly direction. There is a 6-rated spur leading uphill to a headframe for the mine. There is one fairly difficult ledge on this road. The headframe appears to have rails that might have been used as rails to haul loads of ore to the surface. We could not figure out how they handled the ore at the surface. Also an old boiler at the same level. There is an old jeep pickup in the wash near the headrig. More remains along the main road in the valley.

Difficulty

Advanced

Technical Rating

7