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Big Dipper - Castle Creek WildernessPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2017
MountainMatt
Hiking6.03 Miles 1,760 AEG
Hiking6.03 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   1.92 mph
1,760 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Nice little visit back to one of my favorite swimming holes!

The whole area is recovering quite nicely from the Gladiator Fire and is healthy as can be after the bounty of winter storms.
It's thriving so well that the trail is now becoming somewhat overgrown in many places, especially the lower sections, I sported shorts and a tank top and received quite a bit of cats claw exfoliation.

I had to make a quick stop at the old Algonquin mine to check out the leaning architecture this time around.
Horsethief Canyon is a gem right now, vibrant greenery, clear cascades and dynamic views make this a return visit destination just on its own, a Bradshaw backpacking trip may now be on my agenda before it gets too warm.
Has there even been any Hazzers that have backpacked in the Bradshaws lately?
I can't recall seeing anything but day hikes over the past couple years in this area which continues surprise me because of how beautiful and diverse I find this overlooked mountain range.

The weather, conditions and day could not have been any better!
I had the Big Dipper all to myself, cooled off in the pools and most importantly just enjoyed myself.
Just had one little quicksand scare in the pool directly donwstream from the falls, with one footstep the shallow sandy water I was walking on suddenly turned into a gut wrenching sinkhole that certainly gave me a scare considering I was out there solo like usual.

Other than that this was one of those rare perfect days where everything just went smooth as butter from start to finish.
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