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Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ
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Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ 
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking19.17 Miles 4,165 AEG
Hiking19.17 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.24 mph
4,165 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break16 LBS Pack
 
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We've been trying to get to this loop for quite some time now. Between the heat and floods something always put this this plan A on the back burner. Joe and I have been on a mission for the last 5 years or so to show the Bradshaws some love and get all the trails documented. We're getting close, but these were low on our radar, believing them to be not worth the trouble.

Boy were we wrong. Bullroad Trail and the Bradshaw trail have some incredible forest and creek areas.

We'd been planning this one for so long, that Amy (AZHiker456) had done a portion of this and gave a great place to park and start from.

Bullroad #202 starts off of FR92 and really has no parking. The upper portion of this trail goes through a gorgeous pine forest. We expected no trail, but were pleasantly surprised to find a nice track. It descends sometimes steeply 2700' by the time you get to the Battle Flat trail. The steepest part of this descent is over when you get to Hidden Tunnel Spring and get into Bear Creek. The remainder of this trail is in and next to Bear Creek and is another one of the unexpected highlights, as were the plentiful flowers and the best tasting AZ grapes I've ever had.

Battle Flat #389 is an old two track that we used to get over to Tuscumbia Trail. This is the low point and starts the 2900' climb to the top.

Tuscumbia #215 I didn't expect this trail to exist either, but once again, very easy to follow. It follows Tuscumbia Creek. On the gentle grade up to get to the Bradshaw Trail, we kicked up a huge buck still in velvet.

Bradshaw Trail #216 is steep and exposed on the bottom half. Once in Wildflower Gulch the pines thicken. This area was untouched by the Gladiator fire and was quite a surprise and highlight. At Wild Pigeon Spring, an old mining road took us to the top.

The Crown King Saloon, a Patty Melt and a beer topped off a great day. Time to check to see which we have left to document.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Extreme in sections

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hidden Tunnel Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not view the source, but water was running in the area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Wild Pigeon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not observe the source, but there was plenty of flow in the area
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