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Constellation Road Mining District, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Distance One Way 15.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,081 feet
Interest Ruins, Historic & Seasonal Creek
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15  2015-03-21
Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness Loop
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12  2015-02-03 AZLOT69
18  2014-09-08
Constellation RD- Wickenburg
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Sun  6:18am - 6:29pm
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This backcountry adventure takes you past several historic mining areas. The remains of the town of Constellation and its cemetary. The road ends at the Williams ranch and Hassayampa Wilderness boundary. The end of the road is also the trailhead for the Cooper trail.

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2015-02-04
    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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    Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness Loop
    Fast Facts
    :next: The word Hassayampa is an old Indian word that means “the river that flows upside down.” All tributaries on the west side of the Bradshaws flow into the Hassayampa.
    :next: This is one one of Arizona's longer rivers running just over 100 miles before dumping into the Gila River.
    :next: The Hassayampa River Canyon Wilderness was created in 1990.

    Caveat:
    Trail locations and names were derived from a document provided to me from the BLM. These names do not necessarily agree with the sign at the trailhead at Williams Ranch.

    The drive on Constellation Road was in much nicer condition this time, then the last time I was on it the end of 2014. There would probably be no problem getting a sedan all the way to the Trailhead a Williams Ranch.

    The Hike:
    We started our hike before 7am and were greeted by the Ranch Dogs. Three to four of them. After calls from the ranch, all but one returned. Lucky for us we got the nice one (I think Joe wanted to take him home) and the best hiker of the bunch. You could tell he'd been on the trails before.

    Across the flowing Hassayampa we found a trail on the opposite side that took us right to the Treasure Canyon TH

    Treasure Canyon Trail is 2 miles and 600' of AEG to get to the Hole Trail. The trail is thin is spots requiring a track to stay on trail. Nothing too thick, but I was glad I had long pants on to begin. I'm assuming the Canyon we traversed, to the east, was Treasure Canyon (Unnamed on Topo), but we found none.

    Hole Trail is on an old jeep road, and climbs very steeply coming out of Jesus Canyon for 2 miles. There's some big views from up here. Flowers were substantial in pockets with a wide variety, accented by brittlebush.

    Roy Waits Trail was a last minute decision. I'm glad we decided to give it a try. Pretty well defined and great views all the way down. Second favorite trail on the day

    A half mile stint on the Fools Canyon Trail and we jumped on the Slaughterhouse Canyon Trail. Use your GPS track to determine the real trail from the cow paths on the west side. Once you crest and start the drop, you get some great views to the east.

    Joe, Route Scout and myself took a short lunch at the Hassayampa, before heading up the Williams Trail, to an unnamed canyon, and forcing Route Scout to turn around at a 30' climb up a dry fall. Thinking he'd turn around and go back to the ranch, he rejoined us a 1/2 mile later, after finding a way around

    Needle Trail was next and another decent climb out of the canyon. This was probably my favorite trail on the day. We once again lost Route Scout on this trail, this time to the horsemen and their fellow dogs from the ranch.

    Once in the Hassayampa River, it was time to forget about trying to stay dry on the crossings, and just walk through the water. The water was quite refreshing

    I really enjoyed checking out these new trails....and there more out there.

    Hassayampa River :next: https://youtube.com ... 5rQc

    Wildflowers
    Substantial to extreme in spots.

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    Highway 60 in Wickenburg. First street east of the Hassayampa river bridge and McDonalds, El Recreo Drive, turn north. Take this 1/2 mile to Constellation Road and Veer right to begin your journey.
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