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Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2015
muskybankr
Hiking14.30 Miles 2,065 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   3.18 mph
2,065 ft AEG      20 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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Alas, the race is over, the ribbons are gone, and loose rocks are appearing again on the Black Canyon Trail. We finished the final? segment today from Hidden Treasure Mine TH to Old Sycamore, 14.3 miles, completing our 53.6 mile hike from Table Mesa. There may to more to the north of this but at this point we’re not sure how much. We’ve ignored the southern part between the target ranges down to Carefree Highway. The trail today was as nice as anything we’ve done on the BCT, at least the first five miles up to the 4000 foot level. Great views, looking down on what may have been the upper reaches of the Government Spring Wash and also Bumble Bee Creek. Junipers on cliff edges and flowers everywhere. The flowers gave out after this and the trail became pockmarked with 3” deep hoof holes from cattle “just a walkin in the rain.” It’s hard to imagine that the runners didn’t sprain an ankle or two over this section, which continued from Antelope Creek to SR 69.

Speaking of SR 69, we hiked at an average of about 3.2mph and when we first saw SR 69, it appeared to be a mile away. One hour and 3.2 miles later we thought it to be ½ mile away. Following the contours adds up the miles. We never did see the box culvert from out on the trail that we were to take under the road until we came to the nice new TH parking lot on the south side of the highway, which sits below the roadway elevation and when we went by it, had no signage, and really can’t be seen unless you know it’s there and are looking for it. It also has restrooms. The highway is divided there. The box culvert is accessible from this parking lot.

Finally, in honor of our 50th mile on the BCT, we drove up to Crown King for a celebratory beverage. That was our first trip up there and was an experience all by itself. The statistics for our 4 hike, 50 mile trek were: 2 bikers, both on the first day, no hikers, 3 horses, a couple dozen head of cattle, a jack rabbit, and one unidentified animal this morning which we jumped out of the Hidden Treasure Mine parking lot. Just a tawny flash.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
See photos, plenty of Fairy Duster, Deer Vetch. Some Penstemmon, Hyacinth, Filaree and one or two unidentified.
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