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Bug Hollow Trail #548Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 14 2014
winotron
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.40 mph
1,200 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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My first hike in the area, and actually my first time in the Black Hills/Mt. Mingus area at all. The drive up to the trailhead from Prescott Valley was very scenic, and I knew I had an awesome hike ahead of me. I did the figure 8 loop with the Bug Hollow, Mescal and Upper Mescal trails, as described by a few triplogs here. Didn't see another soul out there today. :)

I started from the Upper Mescal trailhead, which is easy to miss as it immediately slopes down from the highway. The weather was almost perfect today. I was praying there wouldn't be any thunderstorms. It threatened to rain several times, but it never did. Started around 8:30am, and with all the cloud cover it felt like it was 70 degrees. It was pretty humid though, so I was still drenched.

Starting out on the Upper Mescal trail there's a nice green meadow before the trail takes a turn into the forest. The forest is very dense, which I wasn't really expecting for some reason. Much more dense than the Bradshaws on the other side of Prescott, it seems. Seems like a very healthy forest. The trail was narrow and overgrown through here but not hard to follow. You come to a junction with the Bug Hollow and Mescal trails soon enough. The Bug Hollow trail is an old road so it's wide and easy to follow for the most part. The forest is still dense here for another mile or so until you hit another small, open meadow with mostly chaparral and junipers. When the clouds cleared periodically it got pretty hot up here, but it didn't last long. Great views of the surrounding mountains, and you can even see the San Francisco Peaks and Kendrick in the distance.

Where the Bug Hollow trail ends you have to walk a very gnarly looking road for a minute to find the Mescal trail. You're right next to the highway until you enter the forest again. This section through Mescal Gulch was probably my favorite part of the hike. Very lush and green, with a lot of little white wildflowers here and there. This is also where most of the climbing is so I got a little bit of a workout before joining back up with Bug Hollow.

I chose to take Bug Hollow back to its trailhead and walk the quarter mile of 89A back to my trailhead, and I'm glad I did. About a half mile before I got back I saw what I think were a couple adult turkeys, with 6 or 7 babies following behind them, right on the trail maybe 50 feet away. I startled them and they scurried off into the trees. Just when I was starting to feel disappointed by the lack of wildlife. Excellent way to end a great day hike. Only had my cell phone camera so all I got was a horribly blurry photo of them walking away.

After my hike I took a little road trip through Jerome, Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Cornville, Page Springs, and finally Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. A few of those were firsts for me. Had an amazing day exploring the Verde Valley and the red rocks of Sedona. Drove home feeling proud to be an Arizonan, but wondering why I live in Phoenix instead of up here... :?
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