Charcoal Kiln Trail #303, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 0.66 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,395 feet
Elevation Gain 12 feet
Accumulated Gain 109 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5-1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.21
Backpack No
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Author cabel
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Photos 2,750
Trips 400 map ( 2,137 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Cave Creek, AZ
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Sun  5:37am - 7:35pm
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A piece of history
by cabel

Not a mega hike at all but a great place to get away for a quick walk. It is easy to combine this with several hikes in the area. It is hard to believe that this piece of history has lasted with houses all around it. Here is a description from Ronald H. Smith's book on Prescott trails. "The 1880s were a period of intense placer and hard rock gold and silver mining activity in the Walker area. During the early 1880s, a smelter was built in the vicinity of Walker by John Howell... A couple of entrepreneurs, Joe and Jake Carmichael, built a charcoal kiln from granite blocks and burned oak wood from the surrounding forest to produce the charcoal. They built the kiln from native granite and closely fit the stones without using mortar. The loose mortar you see today is from recent repair work and is probably what supplies with nutrients the plants that sprout miraculously from between these sterile stones. Although this 25-foot high kiln was one of the smallest in the region, it is the only one still standing."

A stone-lined path leads to the kiln. Since you don't see the kiln until almost at the site, it is almost startling to see this strangely misplaced landmark, almost as if it had sprung from the earth amongst a dense second-hand growth of young pines and oaks. There is no sign today of what must have been a very busy enterprise - one that within two or three years stripped the forest of all mature timber, thus ending this little business.

If you are in the area this is a great little jewel to check out.

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2010-09-26 cabel
    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.

    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
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Highway 69 towards Prescott. Turn at Walker road, the light at Costco. Drive south on Walker Road for an additional 6.5 miles to Walker townsite. Turn east on Big Bug Mesa Road (FR 670)for another .5 miles. Turn right on Charcoal Kiln Rd and follow the trail marker.
    page created by cabel on Sep 25 2010 1:28 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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