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Bumble Bee Creek, AZ
mini location map2021-01-23
7 by photographer avatarrcorfman
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Bumble Bee Creek, AZ 
Bumble Bee Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
rcorfman
Hiking3.04 Miles 489 AEG
Hiking3.04 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
489 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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Parked along the gas line road and dropped into a wash to get to Bumble Bee Creek to find a couple of geocaches. That was a bad choice as we should have parked a bit south and walked down the ridge to Bumble Bee Creek. That's what we did on the way out, except then it was walking up the ridge.

Bumble Bee creek is a pretty typical wash. Sandy with lots of polished granite rocks. First we headed down stream to find the first geocache, Bumble Bee Barb. If we went down a bit farther we would have reached Antelope Falls. After signing the geocache log, we headed back up stream to the second geocache, Big Rock, our main target for the day. This took some rope work to reach. My caching partner ascended the rock and retrieved the cache. We signed in, then I returned the cache to its hiding spot.

There were some sprinkles throughout our walk, so the granite was slippery, especially with the wet sand acting like little ball bearings on it. At least the skies never opened up while we were out.

The gas line road can be reached from Bloody Basin road just west of I-17 or southbound off of I-17 about 1/2 mile north of Badger Springs exit. The road is rough so high clearance, preferably 4x4, is called for.
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