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Big Bug TH to Russian Well - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
joebartels
Hiking15.85 Miles 1,752 AEG
Hiking15.85 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   3.03 mph
1,752 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Prologue
Nobody is more excited to check off the BCT as done than this cowboy, so it was good to scratch off another segment. Now having hiked most and with a clue, I understand the reasoning behind mt98dew & topohiker's overlapping guide pages. For starters, BCT details from the BCT were never precise. Not a blow to any, nice details in the guides with little to go on. I respect and appreciate 'em all, including the BCT that has a great multi-use trail continuing north.

As with every hike on the BCT, I head in with ultra-low expectations. None have been horrible. A couple of segments have been rehike worthy!

Hike
Windy 2021 forged on. Chris n Wally joined in to make the short shuttle. In a nutshell, it's a relaxing lowkey rolling hill hike on a good trail for the most part. Likewise, a perfect chatting trail to catch up for 20 months with Wally and 28 months with Chris.

We hiked 10.8 miles to Russian Well for lunch, which is the ruins of a pioneer-ish rock-house, a functional windmill, and a corral. Soon after, the trail crosses into the Prescott National Forest. We stumbled upon recent major mini-dozer work. An anticipated 2.5 miles to go had 1.3 miles of additional switchbacks for 3.8 miles.

Synopsis
I re-read and considered merging mt98dew & topohiker guides and adding a little to make it "Big Bug to Orme Rd". Both have nice details. Holding off for now until I've hiked the next segment. It was great to see Chris and Wally. It was ironic/cool to chat good times about hikes with Brian, get home and see he hiked a lower segment to the south today. Thanks to Chris for going outta the way to the west siiide to pick me up, in the mornin' with Wally.
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