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Bigelow Peak, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.59 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,953 feet
Elevation Gain 1,012 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,052 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.85
 Interest Off-Trail Hiking, Seasonal Creek & Peak
 Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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19  2018-09-01 rayhuston
4  2017-06-10 Peter_Medal
3  2016-11-05 Peter_Medal
15  2016-07-22 Peter_Medal
25  2016-03-03 AZHiker456
10  2016-03-03 Peter_Medal
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 123
Photos 1,360
Trips 86 map ( 519 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Prescott Region
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Preferred Oct, Apr, May, Nov → 8 AM
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Sun  6:44am - 6:35pm
Official Route
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Lynx Lake Observation Deck
by Peter_Medal

Bigelow Peak (6731') is a part of the Bradshaw Mountains in the Prescott National Forest. Its prominence reveals itself about a 1/4 mile past milepost 2 traveling south on Walker Road until out of sight behind Smith Ravine. Its summit is just over 2 miles south-southwest from Lynx Lake; 2.5 miles north of Spruce Mountain (7696') and 2 miles NNE of the summit of Bald Mountain (7298'). The peak is bounded by Sawmill Gulch (half-mile +/-) to the west; Benjamin Gulch (1 mile) on the north; Walker Road on the east (1 to 1.5 miles); and Smith Ravine (1 mile +/-) to the south.

Its summit ridge is a 1/ 4 mile long and traverses from east to west. Its true summit is on the west end of its 3 peak prominence.

The official route posted for Bigelow incorporates pieces of trail and a routed ridgeline as demarcated from orange flag tape. At about 6400' you pick up a well-groomed trail, stay on this trail for about 1/5th of a mile, or at about 6600' in elevation. From here you want to bank left (southwest) and scramble to get onto the peaks ridgeline.

The mountain is predominately granite, covered with an old grove of sparsely populated juniper and pines, lots of Manzanita, and thick Chaparral. Unlike its neighboring peaks which are covered with lots of Mountain berry or New Mexico Locust, Bigelow is covered with Gambel Oak and Chaparral thickets. There is a large granite outcropping west of the center on its north flank. There is a large crack, almost like a chute.

This peak provides the absolute best views of Lynx Lake followed by Glassford Hill (6178'). Research into its name did not reveal any data on how its name came into being. Unlike much of the Walker area, this mountain did not have any mines on it.

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2016-03-05 Peter_Medal
    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.

     Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Right at Mile Post 4 on Walker Road, the shoulder is wide enough for about 3 to 4 vehicles to park on the southbound side.
    page created by Peter_Medal on Mar 05 2016 12:04 pm

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