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BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ
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BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ 
BCT - Antelope Hill to Old Sycamore Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2021
joebartels
Hiking18.00 Miles 1,882 AEG
Hiking18.00 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   2.73 mph
1,882 ft AEG      34 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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The gameplan was to start at Big Bug Trailhead and hike south to FR259 then back. Expectations were low with an open mind.

The first mile is a steady 110 ft ascent, which prepares you for a similar 120 ft ascent by 2.2 miles. The trail is an old forest road that is well-groomed and smooth. 3.75 to 4.75 is the relentless 200 ft crux. In retrospect, it's clear why the 1-to-5 ratings average low. With the entire Bradshaw range filling western views, a cool morning, increasing wind on our backs, and my first non-urban hike in nine weeks, I was thinking three-star delivering four-star.

Around 5.75 miles we reached Corral on topo. No clue about the corral. What draws attention is a windmill and water tank. Albeit missing two blades, the windmill was spinning, and the pump rod was in motion. Bruce tapped on the sealed water tank. It didn't sound full nor empty. Guessing it wasn't pumping water. The Aermotor windmills always intrigue me, so I was curious about what these types of windmills are called. American windmill or multi-bladed windpump seems to be the answer. Albeit far from efficient, they still get the job done when needed.

We forged on past two dandy break spots to the end of the segment. Returned to the edge of an intriguing cliff edged canyon home to [ Dripping Spring ] for lunch, aka break #1. The geology is Sedona-esque, complete with a tiny pillar. After lunch, we headed down an old road that deteriorated to a semi-steep watch-your-step path. Several various aged piping and a hint of water in a creekbed had curiosity on high alert. An enclosed water tank sounded like it had an internal waterfall. We explored back through the mammoth cottonwoods in search of the source. We threw in the towel when bushwhacking increased quicker than success-rate dwindled. Heading back, I pitched the suggestion for a quick exit, then barely negotiated a class 3 10-foot wall twisting up a crumbly crevis, but it worked out.

Bruce's idea to check out the spring was by far the highlight and totally unexpected. Returning to the trailhead in a headwind lost my loving feeling for the first few previously-enjoyed miles.

Bruce wanted to complete the HAZ segment, which continues north of Big Bug TH under SR69, then 0.7 miles to Old Sycamore Rd. Perhaps written before Big Bug TH was a good choice. The tempest tunnel, pleasant senior ladies on horseback, and dry cracking earth going out of control were the mini highlights on that short out-n-back. Old Sycamore Rd has no-parking signage, but the last two lines of MEWhiteman's guide say we can park very nearby for the next segment. The current BCT is almost in the books, but Denny gets another opportunity to join!

I was a little draggy towards the end. Lack of distance hiking and the wind was wearing me down or perhaps a certain eagle rebuffing break suggestions until 9.4412 miles. No need to play Clue. It was me with the lead pipe at the trailhead, and all that remained was a pile of feathers... a great hike!
Geology
Geology
Unidentified Geology

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Dripping Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Forget dripping this is more in tune with a mini oasis
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