|Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ|| || |
|Hiking||16.80 Miles|| 9 Hrs 33 Mns || ||2.17 mph|
|4,205 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 48 Mns Break||17 LBS Pack|| |
My Quest to see if any other trails still existed in the Horsehief Rec Area.
Based on Trail descriptions received from the Crown King General Store a few years back, I'd drawn up the supposed tracks using the HAZ-Route Manager for these and others up there. I first do a simple trace using the TOPO! Map and the track indicated on TOPO!. Then switch to the Satellite view to move/add to the track to where it is now-a-days. The problem with most of the tracks in the Bradshaw's, is that they have not seen much traffic since the fire back in 2008.
Our route was:
- Kentuck #217 to the Horsethief Lookout -
Nice little hike to the Lookout. Route is thin, GPS Track helpful
Views from the Lookout are top notch
- Coal Camp #203 to Jim Creek #235 - Nice little Connector to both Willow Springs and Jim Creek TH's from the Lookout. Route not bad, GPS Track helpful
- Jim Creek #235 to Milk Ranch ruins -
Hard to find the start of this trail. Track gets worse the farther South you go.
If you are lucky enough to be "On Trail", be careful not to trip on overgrown Cairns.
GPS Track "Extremely" helpful
- Willow Springs #236 to FR 696 (W/Side trip to South Fort Ruins)
From Milk Ranch a "Very Rough" 4 x 4 track until you get to Willow Spring. Willow Spring area is real Cool. The climb out of the Spring area gets thin in spots. (GPS Track very Helpful) Views of Lake Pleasant are sweet. The .5 mile RT side trip to the South Fort Ruins area are the highlight of this trail and hike for me. Not that the ruins are that spectacular, but the views are some of the best up there.
- FR696 to FR52 (Senator Highway)
Road walk back to the Start
As always, Dinner back at the Crown King Saloon / Brothel was "Interesting", but there is plenty of history hanging on the walls.
No wildlife seen on this hike, including Cows or Elephants, but that's not too unusual on hikes w/ Joe.
A big thanks to Joe for driving.
I'm glad John got to "Experience" Crown King". Thanks for joining us!
||Wildflowers Observation Light
||Quart per minute
|There was a 4' round 24" deep clear cool pool of water. There were two concrete troughs in the area that were dry and no longer operational. Look for the spring 30' North of the old 25' hand formed Trough.|
|“Celebrate your success and stand strong when adversity hits, for when the storm clouds come in, |
the Eagles soar while the small birds take cover.” Unknown