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Senator Highway - Crown King to Prescott, AZ

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Distance One Way 39 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,780 feet
Interest Ruins, Historic, Seasonal Waterfall & Seasonal Creek
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15  2015-07-18
Crooks Canyon - Ash Creek Canyon Loop
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30  2014-03-29
Road to Crown King
36  2008-08-27
Crown King - After the Fire 2008
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The Old Senator Highway was originally constructed in 1866 as a toll road between Prescott and the Old Senator Mine near present day Crown King. Today this is a 4x4 trail.

A map of the route can be constructed using Google Maps by entering directions for Crown King AZ to Bradshaw City AZ to Groom Creek AZ to Prescott AZ. The result is 39.0 miles, 2 hours 27 minutes drive time.

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    Senator Highway - Crown King to Prescott
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    Crooks Canyon - Ash Creek Canyon Loop
    With a 70% chance of Rain, we were all ready to get soaked on the day. Only problem, Ma Nature just decided to crank up the humidity a bit. Chums wanted to try the area Joe and I had been to before and I wanted to click off the Venezia Trail and search south of Palace Station on FR82 and Crooks Canyon.

    I showed the guys Palace Station, the Palace Station Cemetery and headed down tree covered Crooks Canyon. Nice area w/ lots of camping opportunities. I still need to head further south in the future. The Elouise Mine area was posted "No Tresspassing", but it didn't appear that anyone had driven up there in quite some time.

    We made a turn to the west, past the Bodie Mine area. At this point we were climbing and out of the trees, so none of us felt the urge to hike down to the area.

    After 9L had us pass up the Collins Trail, we back tracked to get back on this single track. This short trail dead ends and the E Cross L Cabin Area and the E Cross L Trail. We searched around the shed and the the Cabin area. Found some old stone walls, steps and what appeared to be a pile of old lumber from the old torn down cabin. a newer cabin from the 60's (in rough shape, but has seen some use in the past 5 of years) stands just west of the pile.

    Up the E Cross L now, it climbs steadily for 3 miles, up 1300', to an old forest road. Once at the top, we opted to cut a couple of road miles off by scrambling down a "steepish" slope to the Senator.

    The Venezia trail does offer some pretty views as it climbs 400' up from the Senator to meet the E Cross L Trail. Anyone hiking the E Cross L trail, should either hike it, ending at the TH by Palace Station, or take the official GPS Track. The lower sections are overgrown and it's easy to see where Joe and I got offtrack last time here.

    Temps for the most part were 75 - 80 with scattered clouds, so it made it real nice for hiking. Good company, good conversation, fun times.

    Thanks for driving Mr. Chums
    Senator Highway - Crown King to Prescott
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    This is the 4 x 4 driving portion of our Prescott to Crown King adventure.
    Hikes and Side trips in separate triplogs / Photosets.

    Aprox Mileage to POI's from northern start of the Senator Highway to Crown King.

    06.50 - Groom Creek TH
    10.25 - Senator Mine
    10.50 - Hassayampa Lake
    15.40 - Venezia Trail #381
    15.50 - Venezia - Site
    16.75 - E Cross L Trail #281
    17.00 - Palace Station
    17.00 - Parking for Palace Station Cemetery
    18.25 - Yankee Doodle Trail #284
    20.25 - Goodwin - Site
    20.75 - FR52 - FR67 intersection
    23.00 - Arrastra Creek Trail #275
    24.75 - Bradshaw Trail #216
    27.00 - Blind Indian Trail #211
    30.00 - Hooper - Site
    32.25 - Horse Mountain Trail #212
    33.00 - Towers Mountain Trail #51 / #131
    35.75 - Porphry Mountain Trail
    37.00 - Bradshaw City Ruins
    37.75 - Bradshaw Cemetery "*"
    39.25 - Turn to Crown King Road "*"
    40.00 - Crown King "*"

    "*" - Driving Mileage includes 1.0 mile RT on FR 192 to get to the Bradshaw City Cemetery

    For the Majority of this drive (if dry), Only High Clearance is required.

    There is one spot that 4 x 4 is currently required. This is video at the 4 X 4 spot.
    I did a terrible job of capturing the rough part.
    Video has been stabilized to make it viewable.


    The trip included:
    5 old Town-sites
    3 Cabins
    2 Cemetery's
    6/7 Hike and/or Explorations

    The Cherokee performed flawlessly!
    Thanks for driving JJ!
    Senator Highway - Crown King to Prescott
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    Had to cancel the canyoneering trip to Bear canyon due to high chance of thunderstorms so went 4x4 instead seamed like a great back up plan and it was. Started at Bumble Bee and went the back way to crown king. The entire drive up we could see some nice storm clouds building up and as soon as we entered crown king the sky opened up. It rained on and off the entire drive from Prescott . on the drive back we saw that the 17 was closed so we just took a dirt road from Mayor back to Bumble Bee were the 17 was open again.

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

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