Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway

1892 Route

The forest road has rejoined the grade at this point. To the lower right we see the grade merging with the road.

Farther up the grade and there was probably more rock that had to be carved out as the grade climbs along the hillside.

The grade continues to wind around the rocky hillside.

After a gentle bend to the west we move away from the rocky hillside.

It is time for the road to drop down off of the grade again to bypass another trestle site. A berm has been built up to prevent further travel down the grade and someone has dumped an old engine block on top.

A view of the grade beyond the berm.

The forest road drops down off the grade and then cuts right through the trestle site. This is a view to the south with the southern approach to the trestle just barely visible beyond the trees.

A view to the north with some rock work terraces for the various levels of the trestle bents. I would estimate that this trestle was about 350 feet in length.

Just beyond the trestle site, the road curves back to the north and runs parallel to the grade. Here we see the posts from a long curved trestle that was first built and then by passed by a long fill. The trestle curved out away from the hillside and then rejoined the grade through a cut. This trestle is visible in some of the early shots of Limestone Canyon.

This is the long tangent fill that replaced the curved trestle and still looks very intact after 100+ years. The formal north trestle approach can just be seen at the far right edge of this shot.

The grade starts to disappear off into the trees so that is about all the exploring that we can do from the road. The rest will require quite a bit of hiking.

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