username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
BCT - Black Canyon TH to Bumble Bee, AZ
mini location map2018-12-08
12 by photographer avatarjoebartels
photographer avatar
 
BCT - Black Canyon TH to Bumble Bee, AZ 
BCT - Black Canyon TH to Bumble Bee, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2018
joebartels
Hiking18.70 Miles 2,579 AEG
Hiking18.70 Miles   6 Hrs   59 Mns   2.99 mph
2,579 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Black Canyon City TH to Soap Creek Rd
Best part of our hike. Heavy october rains likely has it greener than ever. After super lazy switchbacks it's horizontal ravine slicing with occasional views of Black Canyon City. The thought of which has intrigued myself ever since hearing of the BCT long long ago. Decent low-flow creek crossings aced by all. Lots of nice buckhorn cholla.

Soap Creek Rd to Crown King Rd - BCT
Wanderlust dropped a few notches. Enjoyed. Once, ought suffice for life. A few nice pockets, forgettable compared to above.

Crown King Rd to Bumble Bee on BCT
Majority is toast. Okay. Prefer other trails. Pop pop gunfire. Lots of trucks parked in dirt lots along the nearby road. Very little atv activity. A civilized West El Oso. Bradshaw views semi intriguing, rather be up in 'em.

Synopsis
All except maybe a half mile of trail around 2 miles in was good to great condition. That half mile was just baseball sized rock needing a rake crew. 3 mph for this distance speaks for itself.

Most trail users were mtn bikers today. With our group hikers came in second followed by runners. Equestrian on all signage, zero encountered. No sign of Russell the BCT valedictorian extraordinaire. Enjoyable day with the group in fab weather. I'd hit the first 6 miles again in a heartbeat.

Bruce was a trooper rolling his ankle in the first furlong. His luck had a sucker punch ending with a rock just smaller than a fist smacking his windshield in the last few miles back into the valley.

Fanny packed 2.3 quarts net, finished with 0.9 qt. Like the AZT 1 mi North = 2 mi trail.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Lots of Parish's goldeneye. Brittlebush mania, tiny shoots all over too. Flattop buckwheat, Wiry Lotus, Desert Marigold, Desert Broom, Yuma Sandmat, Desert Globemallow, Desert Lavender, Christmas Cholla, Golden-Beard Penstemon, Desert Senna, Creosote Bush.

1 Mexican Gold Poppy. If it ain't red it's dead & poppy lovers would call the above display light.

Other / Not Blooming
Anderson Thornbush berries, Canyon Ragweed, Gooding Verbena

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Agua Fria @ BCT South of Slate Creek Light flow Light flow


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Black Canyon Creek @ BCT Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bumble Bee Creek Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Slate Creek @ BCT Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

dry Soap Creek Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
_____________________
- joe
HAZ Member
joebartels'
1,033 Photosets

  2019-03-10
  2019-03-09
  2019-03-02
  2019-02-23
  2019-02-16
  2019-02-10
  2019-02-07
  2019-02-02
  2019-01-29
  2019-01-26
  2019-01-22
  2019-01-19
  2019-01-12
  2019-01-05
  2019-01-04
  2018-12-29
  2018-12-22
  2018-12-12
  2018-12-08
  2018-12-01
1 ... 3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9 ... 52  
help comment issue

end of page marker