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Mount Elliott (6980') is the prominent peak to the west, overlooking the Highway 69 Corridor between Mayer and Dewey-Humboldt. It is in an unincorporated area of Yavapai County and situated in the Prescott National Forest just north of the "Breezy Pines" community. It is bounded on the south side by Eugene Gulch just off Poland Road, followed by Eugene Ridgeline. The Eugene Mine is located on its southern flanks. Forest Trail 20 meanders along Eugene Gulch. Its west ridgeline drains into the Walker Valley, where Big Bug Mesa Road terminates at Walker Road. Its north ridgeline flares NE and drains into the Chaparral Gulch. Bear Down Mountain (6962') is about 3 miles north of its summit, followed by Sun Devil Peak (6903'). Four miles east of its summit is Highway 69. There are various named and unnamed jeep trails or forest service road or hike trails on its east flank (9404T; 9430; and 9429). Its major east flowing drainage is Ticonderoga Gulch which is home to Mount Elliott Spring. The Gulch is a flowing creek during the winter from snow runoff.
The Mountain is cone-shaped and predominately pre-Cambrian granite and covered with high-desert scrub; chaparral; prickly pear; manzanita; and alligator juniper. The first 1.3 miles is a trail, then off-trail for 0.9 miles to the summit, and a bushwhackers paradise. In the significant drainages off its peak, provide for some non-technical rock climbing. The summit hike/climb options are numerous.
The ideal south trailhead would be right off Poland Road in a small clearing about 3.5 miles from Highway 69. The clearing has a fire ring. Forest trail #20 is north of the clearing that meanders along and around Eugene Gulch, which goes to the Eugene Mine and dead ends about 3 miles west from Poland Road. ATV and off-road motorcycles use this jeep trail. From the fire ring area, take forest road 20, about 0.49 miles. There will be what starts to be a jeep trail, which is a quick right and goes north. The GPS coordinate for this junction is 34.457178, -112.326906. After going north on this for a quarter-mile, it narrows to a pedestrian trail. Take this for 0.9 miles from the junction until you bank left/west onto the east ridgeline of Elliott.
Mining claims (private property), as noted on the USGS maps, consume much of its foothills between 5400' to 5800' (at about 3:15 to 6:00 of its summit). To avoid crossing private property, I am noting three routes from the Eugene Gulch/Poland Road TH:
(NOTE: This access does not require 4WD or High-Profile Vehicles to access TH)
Another option would be to take 9429 north about 1 mile, then WNW up its middle drainage.
Other approaches include from the Walker Community off Big Bug Mesa Road (west ridgeline) or from the Northeast via some unnamed jeep trails (some may require high-profile vehicles), namely via Ticonderoga or Galena Gulches.
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