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Mar 17 2012
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ 
Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
joebartels
Hiking16.20 Miles 4,167 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   2.01 mph
4,167 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Fourth trip into the upper Bradshaw range. Algonquin / Horsethief / 201 Loop remains my favorite. Not interested in doing this one again yet it had some nice moments. Most notably the stellar views of Lake Pleasant on the Willow Springs Trail #236 and the Willow Spring area.

We lost the trail heading down Jim Creek #235 near the end. The bushwhacking slowed us down. Luckily it wasn't horrible cats claw, just undesirable dense whatnot. Found the trail at the bottom so it's probably much easier than we made it. Tore my shirt to smithereens.

Lost the trail briefly heading up Willow 236. Luckily that was short lived and the trail got consistently better heading up. Cats claw is overgrown often on 236 yet no war wounds to heal.

Water: carried 4 quarts, only consumed 2... overcast all day and breezy cool enjoyable

Whistle Pitch: the difference in tones proved interesting. Opinions still differ yet I believe we can all agree we need more cow bell.

Partners: Bruce seems to enjoy hiking without sleep now. John just doesn't complain enough for 50 consecutive days of hiking.

Wildflowers: spotted Indian Paintbrush often and small verbena or such on occasion

Locals: shiny happy people holding hands
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Mar 17 2012
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ 
Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
The_Eagle
Hiking16.80 Miles 4,205 AEG
Hiking16.80 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   2.17 mph
4,205 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break17 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My Quest to see if any other trails still existed in the Horsehief Rec Area.

Based on Trail descriptions received from the Crown King General Store a few years back, I'd drawn up the supposed tracks using the HAZ-Route Manager for these and others up there. I first do a simple trace using the TOPO! Map and the track indicated on TOPO!. Then switch to the Satellite view to move/add to the track to where it is now-a-days. The problem with most of the tracks in the Bradshaw's, is that they have not seen much traffic since the fire back in 2008.

Our route was:
- Kentuck #217 to the Horsethief Lookout -
Nice little hike to the Lookout. Route is thin, GPS Track helpful
Views from the Lookout are top notch

- Coal Camp #203 to Jim Creek #235 - Nice little Connector to both Willow Springs and Jim Creek TH's from the Lookout. Route not bad, GPS Track helpful

- Jim Creek #235 to Milk Ranch ruins -
Hard to find the start of this trail. Track gets worse the farther South you go.
If you are lucky enough to be "On Trail", be careful not to trip on overgrown Cairns.
GPS Track "Extremely" helpful

- Willow Springs #236 to FR 696 (W/Side trip to South Fort Ruins)
From Milk Ranch a "Very Rough" 4 x 4 track until you get to Willow Spring. Willow Spring area is real Cool. The climb out of the Spring area gets thin in spots. (GPS Track very Helpful) Views of Lake Pleasant are sweet. The .5 mile RT side trip to the South Fort Ruins area are the highlight of this trail and hike for me. Not that the ruins are that spectacular, but the views are some of the best up there.

- FR696 to FR52 (Senator Highway)
Road walk back to the Start

As always, Dinner back at the Crown King Saloon / Brothel was "Interesting", but there is plenty of history hanging on the walls.

No wildlife seen on this hike, including Cows or Elephants, but that's not too unusual on hikes w/ Joe.

A big thanks to Joe for driving.

I'm glad John got to "Experience" Crown King". Thanks for joining us!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Joes Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Muddy Water

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There was a 4' round 24" deep clear cool pool of water. There were two concrete troughs in the area that were dry and no longer operational. Look for the spring 30' North of the old 25' hand formed Trough.
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Mar 17 2012
johnlp
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Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ 
Kentuck-217 Coal-203 Jim-235 Willow-236, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
johnlp
Hiking16.80 Miles 4,205 AEG
Hiking16.80 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   2.17 mph
4,205 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break
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1st trip
Fortunately for all involved no elephants or cows were seen on this hike - only heard. This was my first trip up to the Crown King area. Pretty cool, worth a visit. I won't elaborate on the hike as Joe and Bruce did a nice job with that. Post hike activities at the bar were most interesting. Enjoyed a crown king ale with dinner. Fun hike, great company. Thanks for driving Joe, and thanks to Bruce for organizing the trek.
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