Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railway
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
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.