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Castle Creek Trail #239Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2013
joebartels
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   10 Hrs   44 Mns   1.79 mph
4,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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The Bradshaws seem to intrigue or sour hiking taste buds like ear wax on a cracker...

Bruce - "Save Twin Peaks for me... I have a score to settle out there"... sicko!

jj3 - mentioned boycotting I-17 using Payson for all northbound hikes moving forward

jlp - this is great, I love it! Later gave up hiking and changed his mode to assisted momentum...

Brian went in with a positive attitude. Now likely questions life, dirt roads and... oh come on, I think he'll appreciate it more in a couple days after a few Mountain Dews tickle his taste buds.

0.0 mi - FR684 is a riot
If the road to Cash Tank or Tortilla is your idea of 4x4 then this road is probably 8x8 for you. After 1.8 mi we parked and hiked the remaining 2.5 mi. A ledge was washed out and too narrow for anything other than skinny rides. Aside from the forest up top the road was the most relaxing part of the hike...lol

2.5 mi - Carsonite stake marks #239
A nice trail that last about fifteen feet. After that put on the cairn goggles, get your high step in gear and march forward. 2 years ago Bruce and I found this trail ( #239 ) to be in very good shape and Twin Peaks ( #240 ) among the worst ever. Now the cats claw is beginning to swallow #239. We didn't get too ripped up, just a sincere annoyance. The added swaying grass on the other hand took it's toll. Albeit pretty it made route finding a mental pain and high stepping a physical pain. My upper thighs felt like a long bike ride after a layoff.

3.9 mi - Castle Creek #239 / Twin Peaks #240 Junction
After a few yards on to Twin Peaks I decided to abort based on three thoughts.
- the deterioration of Castle Creek ( an assumed good trail ) in just two years
- concern for Brian as the loop would put him into a considerably accelerated type of hike
- the bottom easy part where Bruce and I followed cairns was no longer easy

The hike switched to an out-n-back on Castle Creek Trail #239. With the exception of the short pine forest stroll up top the entire trail is borderline disaster. Taking away the high grass would make it better but you would still be dealing with route finding and cats claw. Most of which is below waist level unlike Twin Peaks.

We took a couple breaks on the way up. Personally, I find the views outstanding. This won't go down as a favorite for Brian. While he swore it off for 5 years I think he netted a few valuable tips along the way.
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Gila Monster
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Castle Creek
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Wildflowers Observation Light
borderline moderate in areas, several lesser varieties

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Once again shocked to see a flow in the creek where FR684 crosses.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Castle Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
pools here and there, no flow
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