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Algonquin Trail #225, AZ

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Distance One Way 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,383 feet
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26  2019-12-21
Algonquin - Horsethief - Recreation Loop
14  2019-12-21
Algonquin - Horsethief - Recreation loop
4  2017-04-27
Big Dipper - Castle Creek Wilderness
11  2016-10-16 extremehikerbabe
8  2016-03-19
Dipper - Horsethief - Recreation - Algonquin
8  2016-03-19
Dipper - Horsethief - Recreation - Algonquin
10  2016-03-01
Big Dipper - Castle Creek Wilderness
40  2015-09-06
Big Dipper - Castle Creek Wilderness
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Dialect of Bradshaws
by HAZ_Hikebot

Algonquin Trail #225 lies within the Castle Creek Wilderness and offers panoramic views of this area. The name was acquired from the Algonquin mine established in the early 1900s near Hell's Hole. The trail passes the mine location. It is located in the southern end of the Bradshaw Mountains, so-named for an early area miner.

The Bradshaw Mountain Range is walled by dark metamorphic rock over 1.8 billion years old, intruded by younger igneous granites (tan in color). The igneous granites have eroded into the huge boulders typical of the area.

From the south trailhead at 6,800 feet, the trail begins a gradual descent. At mile 0.75 there is a campsite ideal for about 8 people and 4 horses. The trail from there continues downhill through Ponderosa pine, soon changing to chaparral. Two abandoned cabins can be seen from the trail; just beyond them is a campsite suitable for 4-5 persons and 2 horses. The trail from here to Algonquin mine is not maintained, and hikers need to be particularly cautious. Algonquin Trail #225 intersects Horsethief Canyon Trail #30 in Horsethief Canyon where there is a seasonal stream. The Algonquin mine at 4,600 feet is just 0.5 miles away. The trail continues within the canyon for 0.5 miles, past the headwaters of Poland Creek. It then begins the final ascent for 2.5 miles to the north trailhead on FR 259 up a steep switchback grade. This portion of the trail was originally used to haul ore on pack animals. As you approach the north trailhead, the broad vistas of the Verde Valley to the northeast, and Pine Mountain to the east come into view. At 5 miles long, with a total elevation change of about 2,500 feet, this trail may be considered of moderate difficulty.

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2003-04-01 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Prescott Forest
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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take 1-17 north out of Phoenix. Pass Black Canyon City up to the Bumble Bee Exit just after mile marker 248. Follow FR259 25.3 miles to the turnout on the left. The turnout is located between mile markers 24 & 25. Closer to 25. There's room for a half dozen cars. There is no visible trail signage. Look over the edge and you'll see the trail heading down. Trail signs are within the first quarter mile or so of the hike.
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