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Prospectors Trail #42 - Bradshaw Mountains, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 2.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,979 feet
Elevation Gain 426 feet
Accumulated Gain 715 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.73
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Prospector Loop
Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 241
Routes 829
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Trips 4,849 map ( 24,809 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Nov
Sun  5:17am - 7:45pm
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Peaceful easy OHV feeling
by joebartels

Prospectors Trail #42 has no trailhead. Access via

All except #93 have a trailhead

OHV - Tread
Like many Bradshaw trails, this is an OHV trail that some hikers avoid. Off-highway vehicles may not exceed 50 inches in width. This wide trail is catclaw and brush-free. The footing in many stretches is loaded with small rocks dubbed ankle-busters. Ascending is typically safer for hikers; I hiked both directions without any issues.

From the Northwest
Since the northwest access is the only access from a single trail and the footing is better ascending, this guide reads northwest to south.

Heading up, the only claim I spotted was within a few strides. White Horse Tank Trail #354 turns left at 0.15-miles. A possible area to explore is at 0.4-miles. By 0.75-mi/220 ft vegetation increases.

The most iconic view is looking back at Granite Mountain just 15 miles away. The trail drops 140 ft then up 170 ft and you pass through a gate at 1.3-mi just before a junction with Red Mountain Trail #43. That was the northwest leg.

The southern leg continuing was my favorite. It is a flat, broad ridge with occasional nice distant views and more shade from tall pines. Bull Tank is nothing to get excited about but within the final half-mile is pretty nice.

It won't be on my wishlist, but a solid low 3 out of 5 in my book in breezy 79 degrees.

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2020-05-04 joebartels

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