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Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2020
kingsnake
Hiking11.93 Miles 1,330 AEG
Hiking11.93 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.81 mph
1,330 ft AEG
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It was chilly Thursday morning, and I expected it to be 5° cooler up at Government Spring, so I wore a hoodie and wooly hat. Normally, I would not bother, but the last thing I need is some Corona Crusader mistaking sniffles for Chinese Lung AIDs. The cattle tank was very low, though the spring box did have plenty of water.

At 1.5 miles, there is a saddle which has one of three good views on the Government Spring to Cordes segment of the Black Canyon Trail. The switchbacks between the saddle and the steel gate, have really nice views south towards Sunset Point. (The antennas at the rest stop are visible to the naked eye.) The final — and BY FAR the best — view is the panoramic vista west towards the Bradshaw Mountains from the Antelope Creek Rd. trailhead. Stunning. Would be an awesome car camping sunset spot. 🌅

Regarding the switchbacks, there’s got to be dozens of them in the 1½ miles between the saddle and the cairn. No lie. The Black Canyon Trail could have just followed the spur up from the saddle, halving the distance, but is instead highly optimized for mountain bikes. It gets old after awhile, especially on the return trip.

Just past the square steel tube gate at 3.5 miles, I looked up canyon and thought I saw a foundation, which I believed to be part of a nearby mine. ⚒️

At the jeep trail, I turned south towards the mine. No artifacts laying about, unless you count a shot up metal tank. The adit had a locked door and warning signs, so I settled for aiming my camera over a gap in the transom. After the mine, I hey diddle diddled up to Antelope Creek Rd. Turns out Cordes is a mile east. 😏

I did a little off trail on the way back to the gate. Turns out the “foundation” was a very pronounced vein of white rock. Looking at satellite view, there are many other obvious veins in that area. There is Verizon reception south of the gate, probably because of the antennas at Sunset Point. After a short lunch break, I hauled butt back to Government Spring.

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/490547461
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