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Bumble Bee to Government Spring - BCT
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Bumble Bee to Government Spring - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking11.10 Miles 1,252 AEG
Hiking11.10 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   3.10 mph
1,252 ft AEG      15 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
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If this is Friday, we must be doing another segment of the BCT; this one, 11.24 miles from the Glorianna Mine TH to the Hidden Treasure TH, both on Crown King Rd. Luck was with us today as someone has scheduled a 100 kilometer trail run from somewhere near Alaska down to New River on the BCT this Sunday and bright little ribbons fluttered from every tree; the trail, in good shape to begin with, was brushed clear of dust and seashells and someone had tweaked what I think may have been desert sage along the trail which had a very strong, pleasing, and western aroma, not skunky at all, as the books say it is, so it might have been something else. There were plenty of deer vetch and fairy duster in bloom. I will say that the trail running committee failed to sweep a baby rattler off the trail somewhere outside of Bumblebee, but we pitched in and coaxed him onto a higher vantage point from which to watch the race. He seemed pleased enough with the concept but that may have been due to not having molted any rattles onto his tail yet and thus not having learned to speak “rattlesnake.”

As you climb above 3000’, you drop over a ridge that temporarily obscures the Bradshaws to your west but opens a huge field of prickly pear scattered all the way to Rt. 17. As best as we could make out, some sheep had posted a sign in a pile of rocks(see photos) there next to just about the last saguaro one encounters above 3000’ heading north. The significance of this escaped us. Perhaps someone has a better description of the sign’s purpose. We saw one juniper a mile or so south of the northern trailhead.

Despite the Bumblebee sign(see photos) boasting of citizens, cattle and horses, we saw just the rattler for the entire hike although we did run into a small herd of cows, calves, and one bull out for a hike of their own on Crown King Rd. while spotting the cars for the shuttle and just short of the green gate leading out of Bumblebee we heard some mooing from down around the creek, but I don’t think that counts.

About a mile short of the northern trailhead, there is an intermittent stream that runs down into the Government Spring Wash, and the rocks we crossed seemed to be heavily blue stained with what may have been copper sulfate possibly leached from the Hidden Treasure Mine. We would have preferred they leach a little of that gold. A little bit further you cross some crushed granite outcroppings that strongly resemble the Badlands and Death Valley. They don’t last long.

All in all, a very pleasant jaunt on a smooth trail with big sky, wide open views and excellent signage.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Deer Vetch, Fairy Duster and Desert Sage?

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