|Little Pan Loop-Table Mesa TH to Black Cyn TH, AZ|
|Little Pan Loop-Table Mesa TH to Black Cyn TH, AZ|| |
Little Pan Loop-Table Mesa TH to Black Cyn TH, AZ
|Hiking||22.01 Miles|| 9 Hrs 13 Mns ||2.53 mph|
|2,762 ft AEG|| 30 Mns Break||15 LBS Pack|
|A dawn start at the Table Mesa TH, with nice temps and orange skys. |
I cobbled together a loop using the BCT-Little Pan Loop, the Agua Fria River and a side trip to Gillett.
After last weeks all off trail jaunt, it was refreshing to have well groomed trails. Taking the CW options, we had the trail to ourselves until just before we started the drop to the Agua Fria towards the Black Canyon TH. Here we started seeing a few groups of bikes. Down at the river, we opted for the 3 mile out and back to the Black Canyon TH.
This is evidently a popular family hike. Quite a few people/couples/families were doing this portion. It would make for a great Arizona Sampler Hike for out of town guests. Close to the valley, short, nice geology, and a riparian area.
Off to the Gillett ruins via 1.25 miles of easy travel in the Agua Fria.
Short History Lesson:
The town of Gillett is incorrectly spelled as Gillette on most maps. It was named for Dan B. Gillett, the Tip Top mine's superintendent. It was where the mill for the Tip Top Mine was located and was a stage coach stop for the Phoenix-Prescott route.
At its height in 1878, Gillett had six streets the Mill, post office, a bank, assay office, hotel, real estate office, livery stable, lumberyard, meat market, truck farm, dairy, warehouse, two blacksmiths, two stagecoach stations, four stores and nine saloons/gambling houses. There was also a cemetery with 40-50 plots.
252, 25'X100' lots were for sale in Gillett in 1875 - 1878. The only obvious remains are that of the Burfind Hotel.
We took the eastern potion of the loop back to the Table Mesa TH. The last hour or so was in a steady drizzle.
Jack Rabbits, a swarm of Javelina, a gaggle of quail, and covey of Burros were among the fauna observed on the day.
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