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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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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 relatively 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 incredibly 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 essential 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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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

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    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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