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Antelope Crk Rd to Old Sycamore Rd, BCT, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,073 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 375 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.65
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Author MEWhiteman
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Routes 93
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Trips 354 map ( 2,723 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:38am - 7:32pm
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Nearing the End
by MEWhiteman

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The Black Canyon Trail (BCT) is recognized as a National Recreational Trail and when complete, will meander 78 miles from Carefree Highway (AZ74) north to about 8 miles north of Mayer. There are a number of hike descriptions on this website covering various segments of this trail. This description covers the trail from Antelope Creek Road near Spring Valley north to where the trail crosses Old Sycamore Road north of SR69. The hike is a single track and maintains an elevation between 4,000 to 4,200 feet. It is rolling terrain with the trail following the contours of these hills making for easy hiking. The town of Spring Valley is near and visible for much of the hike as is SR69 as you approach and leave it. The vegetation is mostly grasses, low shrubs, prickly pear cactus, and juniper. It's a pleasant hike - pretty easy, not long, cooler than Phoenix.

At 0.00 miles (N34 20.517 W112 11.238) begin the hike at Antelope Creek Road heading roughly north. There is a sign at the road and some cairns further in. At 0.77 miles (N34 20.934 W112 10.951) cross under double power lines and over dirt service road (just a two-track). At 0.90 miles (N34 21.012 W112 10.855) go through a big green gate after crossing the gas pipeline and a wash. Notice the large cairn with bones scattered about just before the gate. At 1.13 miles you begin to get distant views of the town of Spring Valley to the SE. At 1.57 miles past a pile of rocks with a cross on the N side of the trail. I wonder what happened here? At 1.61 miles enjoy a view of Spring Valley and SR69. At 2.39 miles get a distant view of the rectangular tunnel under SR69 which is where the trail crosses. Look hard if you don't see it right away as it is partially hidden. At 2.45 miles begin paralleling a fence. At 2.53 miles (N34 21.709 W112 10.541) turn right to follow the wash just past the end of the fence. There were no signs or cairns here at the time I did this hike.

At 2.58 miles pass a sign on the right reading "Campamento Para Los Pastores" and also Spring Valley Orchards. It translates to "a camping place for shepherds" which is appropriate as the Black Canyon Trail was used to herd sheep between summer and winter grazing areas. This spot must have been one of the camping spots just south of SR69. Also, the fenced area is an old orchard that doesn't appear to be in use anymore. At 2.61 miles (N34 21.701 W112 10.460) turn left into a small wash leading to the tunnel under SR69 which you can't see from here. If you come to a round culvert under SR69 you've gone too far and should turn back to the small wash.

At 2.65 miles (N34 21.732 W112 10.470) enter a rectangular tunnel under SR69. It is 7 to 8 feet high and about as wide with room for the sheep that used to go through here. There are many bird nests along the junction of the walls and ceiling. You're GPS will lose signal here but should reacquire it at the other end. Continue in the wash after exiting the tunnel. At 2.76 miles (N34 21.792 W112 10.461) pass through a gate. At 3.39 miles (N34 22.210 W112 10.347) this segment ends at Old Sycamore Road. I did not see any signs or cairns at this point when I did the hike. The trail appears to cross and continue north but gets faint shortly after passing through another gate. There is parking about 0.16 miles SE on Old Sycamore Road (up the hill) where another dirt road goes right. There is a pull-off just after turning onto this other dirt road.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2011-05-19 MEWhiteman

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From I-17 Exit 259, Bloody Basin Road, head west toward Crown King. Road becomes unpaved quickly but is wide and well maintained. Drive 3.3 miles to stop sign at Cordes. Turn right onto Yavapai 74, also known as Antelope Creek Road, toward Mayer and SR 69. Drive another 2.9 miles and pass the intersection with Duffers Drive on the right. Shortly, you cross over a cattle guard and at .05 miles further come to FR9218B on the left where you can drive off Antelope Creek Road and park. The Black Canyon Trail crosses Antelope Creek Road .05 miles WNW of sign for FR9218B at N34 20.517 W112 11.238.

    Alternate directions: This route has less driving on a gravel road, is good for those coming from areas north of Cordes Junction, is a longer distance from Phoenix but takes about the same time due to better roads. From I-17 Exit 262, Cordes Junction, head west on SR69 toward Prescott. In about 2-1/2 miles turn left on Spring Lane toward the town of Spring Valley (there is a sign on SR69 for Spring Lane). Follow Spring Lane for .6 miles and turn right onto Duffers Drive which becomes gravel shortly. Drive 1.3 miles on Duffers Drive to a stop sign at Antelope Creek Road. Turn right and follow the directions above.
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