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Bradshaw Trail #216, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 7.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,693 feet
Elevation Gain -1,888 feet
Accumulated Gain 958 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.69
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27  2016-09-03
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop
19  2016-09-03
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop
26  2016-09-03
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop
44  2016-07-24
War Eagle Peak/L.O. & Tuscumbia Mountain
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    Bradshaw Trail #216
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    Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop
    We've been trying to get to this loop for quite some time now. Between the heat and floods something always put this this plan A on the back burner. Joe and I have been on a mission for the last 5 years or so to show the Bradshaws some love and get all the trails documented. We're getting close, but these were low on our radar, believing them to be not worth the trouble.

    Boy were we wrong. Bullroad Trail and the Bradshaw trail have some incredible forest and creek areas.

    We'd been planning this one for so long, that Amy (AZHiker456) had done a portion of this and gave a great place to park and start from.

    Bullroad #202 starts off of FR92 and really has no parking. The upper portion of this trail goes through a gorgeous pine forest. We expected no trail, but were pleasantly surprised to find a nice track. It descends sometimes steeply 2700' by the time you get to the Battle Flat trail. The steepest part of this descent is over when you get to Hidden Tunnel Spring and get into Bear Creek. The remainder of this trail is in and next to Bear Creek and is another one of the unexpected highlights, as were the plentiful flowers and the best tasting AZ grapes I've ever had.

    Battle Flat #389 is an old two track that we used to get over to Tuscumbia Trail. This is the low point and starts the 2900' climb to the top.

    Tuscumbia #215 I didn't expect this trail to exist either, but once again, very easy to follow. It follows Tuscumbia Creek. On the gentle grade up to get to the Bradshaw Trail, we kicked up a huge buck still in velvet.

    Bradshaw Trail #216 is steep and exposed on the bottom half. Once in Wildflower Gulch the pines thicken. This area was untouched by the Gladiator fire and was quite a surprise and highlight. At Wild Pigeon Spring, an old mining road took us to the top.

    The Crown King Saloon, a Patty Melt and a beer topped off a great day. Time to check to see which we have left to document.

    Extreme in sections
    Bradshaw Trail #216
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    Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop
    Another Bradshaw winner. Planned this months ago. All the mishaps put us in prime season. Water was flowing in several creeks, fabulous weather and wildflowers made it special. Bruce didn't care for any of the parking options around Crown King so we immediately shaved my six mile culture walk off the loop.

    This is gps country, come prepared. Many of the trails from Lake Pleasant to Mount Union are motorbike trails. This means switchbacks are unlikely. It also means cat claw or any type of bushwhacking is rare as these trails really get used. If you find trail signage and it's still standing it's likely weathered out of readability. Roads are most used by SxS, ATV, UTVs.

    Bullroad Trail #202
    Shell shocked it was signed, existed and looked inviting! Starting off in cool dry sixties was oh so welcoming. The storybook pines simply couldn't last. When they reappeared at Hidden Spring it just seemed too good to be true. It warmed up a smidgen as we dropped 2,800 feet to #389. Bear Creek was flowing lightly most of the way.

    We hiked the upper 6.5 miles in prime. The trail continues almost another 7 miles in much less fascinating terrain so I've opted for 3 instead of 4 out of 5 rating.

    Battle Flat Trail #389
    The beginning of our ascent. An old jeep road that jumps a ridge then goes through a creek over to Tuscumbia. Slender sky high pines scattered on the south bank are enjoyable.

    Nearby Battle Flat is the 5k low point between 7.9k Mount Union and 7.6k Towers Mountain. Just 1.5 miles north of #389 is Turkey Creek which is the bottom of the Arrastra Pine Dandrea Yankee Doodle Loop I adore.

    Tuscumbia Trail #215
    The adventure of Tuscumbia Creek is easy hiking dotted with tall pines.

    Bradshaw Trail #216
    Expectations were low and lower after Bullroad Trail dazzled. It turned out to be another winner... for myself. Steep trenches in the upper section would have most swearing it off. Otherwise lots of nice areas. Along with many of the trails in the area this is on maps well over a hundred years old.

    This helped me understand the Bradshaw puzzle from Lake Pleasant to Prescott. A four to eight day backpack loop from the fringe of the Valley holds a place in my mind now.

    Redstar has taken over the Bradshaws. It is everywhere and thick in areas. Canyon Morning Glory is going bonkers. Fields of Princely Daisy. Dense Firecracker Penstemon ~ Cardinalflower type reds in many areas too.

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