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Jim Creek Trail #235, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,199 feet
Elevation Gain -1,435 feet
Accumulated Gain 111 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.37
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19  2012-03-17
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Those looking for a rugged wilderness hike will not be disappointed by Jim Creek Trail #235. Although the trail begins in ponderosa forest, it quickly loses elevation. Pines are replaced by chaparral studded with beargrass, cat-claw, and agave. As this trail follows the sharp ridgeline above Jim Creek, there are expansive views of Joe's Ridge and the surrounding country. Signs of human habitation and influence are strikingly absent. This adds to the landscape's profound sense of remoteness and offers backcountry travelers a unique experience of solitude. While it is unusual to encounter other hikers on the trail, run-ins with jackrabbits and mule deer are fairly common. Upturned rocks and rolled logs indicate that bears have passed through, foraging for grubs and other insects.

This trail is not for everyone. It is extremely rocky and steep, and there is little to no shade for most of its length. This trail, which ends abruptly at the National Forest boundary, must be hiked out and back.

This trail lies within the Castle Creek Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage--please, leave no trace. This trail is not recommended for horses. There is no water along the trail--come prepared.

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    Jim Creek Trail #235
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    Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236
    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!
    Jim Creek Trail #235
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    Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236
    Fourth trip into the upper Bradshaw range. Algonquin / Horsethief / 201 Loop remains my favorite. Not interested in doing this one again yet it had some nice moments. Most notably the stellar views of Lake Pleasant on the Willow Springs Trail #236 and the Willow Spring area.

    We lost the trail heading down Jim Creek #235 near the end. The bushwhacking slowed us down. Luckily it wasn't horrible cats claw, just undesirable dense whatnot. Found the trail at the bottom so it's probably much easier than we made it. Tore my shirt to smithereens.

    Lost the trail briefly heading up Willow 236. Luckily that was short lived and the trail got consistently better heading up. Cats claw is overgrown often on 236 yet no war wounds to heal.

    Water: carried 4 quarts, only consumed 2... overcast all day and breezy cool enjoyable

    Whistle Pitch: the difference in tones proved interesting. Opinions still differ yet I believe we can all agree we need more cow bell.

    Partners: Bruce seems to enjoy hiking without sleep now. John just doesn't complain enough for 50 consecutive days of hiking.

    Wildflowers: spotted Indian Paintbrush often and small verbena or such on occasion

    Locals: shiny happy people holding hands

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Map Drive
    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    The best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, especially in winter. From the Hwy 69/89 intersection, travel 15 miles on Hwy 69S to Hwy 169N. Continue on Hwy 69S 11.3 miles to Main Street, on the right. Turn onto Main Street and proceed to the junction with Antelope Creek Road (also CO 74). Turn left onto Antelope Creek Road and go approximately 7.2 miles to the community of Cordes. Continue straight as the road becomes FR 259. Continue on FR 259 for 20.4 miles, through Cleator, to Crown King. Travel another 0.6 miles to the junction with FR 52. Keep left and take FR 52 for 6 miles to the Horsethief Recreation Area. Continue 1.8 miles past Kentuck Campground to FR 696. Bear left onto FR 696 and travel 0.9 miles to the trail sign on the right. Parking is poor. The trailhead is located approximately 100 yards south of FR 696 at the Wilderness Boundary.

    Road conditions are dirt after leaving Hwy 69. High clearance and 4WD are recommended for the last stretch of FR 52 and FR 696.
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