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Badger Springs to Silver Creek Outhouse, AZ

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Canyons are inherently risky. Flash floods occur without notice on sunny days. Technical skills & surrounding topography knowledge required yet does not eliminate risk.
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Shuttle 6.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,127 feet
Elevation Gain 155 feet
Accumulated Gain 520 feet
Avg Time Hiking 3 - 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.83
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins, Historic & Perennial Creek
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Preferred   Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec → Early
Seasons   Late Summer to Late Spring
Sun  7:03am - 5:23pm
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Nearby Area Water
Agua Fria River via Badger
Agua Fria River via Badger
0.1 mi away
4.0 mi
235 ft
Badger Springs Trail
Badger Springs Trail
0.1 mi away
1.6 mi
-110 ft
Richinbar Pueblo and Mine Ruins
Richinbar Pueblo and Mine Ruins
2.0 mi away
3.9 mi
523 ft
Sunset Point to Agua Fria
3.2 mi away
2.4 mi
50 ft
Sunset Point
3.7 mi away
0.3 mi
25 ft
Pine Mountain 4x4 Loop
Pine Mountain 4x4 Loop
3.9 mi away
102.0 mi
13,210 ft
Rattlesnake - Perry Tank Canyon Ruin Loop
Rattlesnake - Perry Tank Canyon Ruin Loop
4.1 mi away
5.5 mi
750 ft
Bumble Bee to Government Spring - BCT
Bumble Bee to Government Spring - BCT
4.2 mi away
6.1 mi
750 ft
Pueblo La Plata Ruins
Pueblo La Plata Ruins
4.3 mi away
2.1 mi
150 ft
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCT
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCT
4.7 mi away
5.1 mi
1,000 ft
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desert river expedition
by Droog

Likely In-Season!
The Agua Fria is accessed here from the Badger Springs trail head. Badger Springs will take you almost a mile in before you see the Agua Fria. This is the north end of the Agua Fria National Monument. To the south is a much longer and more difficult path.


In the wet season this hike may not be possible without taking a dip and being potentially dangerous. In the dry season there is around 200 yards of rock hoping before the terrain flattens out and is mostly sandy or grassy river bottom the rest of the way. Obviously depending on weather this terrain can go from 100+ degrees and no water to at least class III rapids. Sometimes the transformation can take moments so keep your wits about you.

After the initial rock hopping the sheer canyon walls begin to transform into more gentle slopes. Occasionally transitioning from high grass to some mild bolder scrambles. Around 3.8 miles into the hike there is an old filled in mine on the right bank. This is also a good area to make higher ground if necessary.

As you get closer to the Bishop Creek the vegetation should start to get thicker. The water if there is any is most likely on the far east side of the canyon towards the Bishop Creek confluence. On the west bank around five miles in is another old mine this time with a warn out creepy one room cabin to explore.

At just 5.5 miles Silver Creek and the associated canyon will come up on the east side. There is a small trail on the south side of Silver Creek leading to the outhouse another half mile away. North of this junction can be hiked to where the Agua Fria crosses Bloody Basin near the bird sanctuary sign. This will add another 1.5 miles but take you by some good crayfish hunting grounds.

Warning
Subject to seasonal flash floods. Watch the weather and come prepared.

Droog
    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.

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    To access the south end of this trail exit off I-17 to the Badger Springs Exit. From the north side the Bloody Basin exit east past the ranch and next to a maintained outhouse on Silver Creek. There is a parking lot at both ends. A high clearance vehicle is required to drive Bloody Basin past Silver Creek.
    page created by Droog on Jun 23 2014 12:44 pm
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