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BCT - Black Canyon TH to Bumble Bee, AZ
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BCT - Black Canyon TH to Bumble Bee, AZ 
BCT - Black Canyon TH to Bumble Bee, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2018
rayhuston
Hiking18.70 Miles 2,579 AEG
Hiking18.70 Miles   7 Hrs   5 Mns   2.89 mph
2,579 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
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A bumper sticker I once saw said, "Get in, buckle up, shut up and hang on!" That's kinda how I felt on this hike. This is a race track and the gents up front were moving.

It was a chilly but otherwise gorgeous morning to start the hike. Joe was expecting some fog, but we had bright sunshine the entire way. The first 10 miles or so up to the junction with Maggie Mine Rd was the best section. The only long stretch of uphill was just before that junction, and it wasn't all that long. It was a good spot for lunch; I was hungry and thankful for the break.

The next eight plus miles went by quickly as we meandered through a large burn area. The Bradshaws looming large to our left provided the best vistas. ATV's, a motorcycle and a shooter provided some noise to an otherwise quiet stretch.

I've been struggling with a sore heel for months. It's getting better, but is still a bit unpredictable. Bruce, being the good guy that he is, suggested an out for me at 13 miles (Crown King Rd). When Bruce rolled his ankle at the start and said he planned to finish the hike, I knew then that I was going to finish the hike, too. We hobbled along together the last few miles.

We saw some runners, mountain bikers and a lone hiker, all having a splendid time. The trails are mostly excellent with a rough spot here and there.

Kool Karl provided some cold (and much appreciated) refreshments at the end of the hike. Thank you, Karl, and thanks again for driving.

Great to see everyone and a great day to be out.
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