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Jan 04 2020
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Hill OaB, AZ 
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Hill OaB, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking24.89 Miles 1,998 AEG
Hiking24.89 Miles   9 Hrs   58 Mns   2.71 mph
1,998 ft AEG      47 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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We were due for for some actual trails and a bit of mileage. The weather is perfect again for getting back to the BCT. With out a shuttle, we did an out and back.

We started in the dark and fumbled to find the the trail from where we parked. A beautiful sunrise and easy grades were a treat. We saw not a single sole on the section to Government Spring.

From Government Spring to just shy of Antelope Hill, this was my favorite section of trail. It was nice to be able to enjoy the views, without constantly looking at your feet.

We started seeing friendly mountain bikers on their way down. At Antelope Creek Road, we reversed course and started back down. Joe made friends with a couple of backpacking bikers.

Back at Hidden Treasure Mine TH, we took a few minutes to check out the small pond and huge tree that we've passed up dozens of times on our way to Crown King.

Hidden Treasure Mine has been gated off, so no exploring here. On the way back we checked out what we thought was an old cabin or structure of some kind. Turned out to be a larger mining claim that had seen quite a bit of activity in the past.

Not a lot of elevation gain but the most miles I've done in a few years
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Jan 04 2020
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Creek Rd, AZ 
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Creek Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
joebartels
Hiking24.23 Miles 2,027 AEG
Hiking24.23 Miles   9 Hrs   58 Mns   2.74 mph
2,027 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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19+ mtn bikers, 2 rabbits, 2 hawks, couple doz cows, a few target shooters / sign murders, only other hiker was Bruce. Remarkable tread throughout. Very little catclaw hanging over the trail. All declawed thanks to mountain bike traffic.

The trail that contoured an unnamed tributary from Government Wash to Antelope Rd was my favorite segment in both directions. Southern views out of the winding canyon are scenic.

Even though I planned this one, ultra low enthusiasm heading in. Only dislike was the final half mile to Antelope Rd. Great to see miles roll off quicker than a snails pace for a change. A little sore near the end may have been the best part.
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one wiry lotus
couple yella daisies
lots of parish goldeneye out of bloom
lots of desert trumpet out of bloom
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Feb 19 2018
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Antelope Crk Rd to Old Sycamore Rd, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2018
toddak
Hiking23.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking23.50 Miles   9 Hrs      2.61 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
SOBO to finish up the BCT segments between Highways 69 & 74. The Hidden Treasure / Antelope Hill segment is an excellent mtn bike ride going SOBO.
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Feb 10 2018
Mudhole
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 Peoria, AZ
Hidden Treasure to Big Bug (BCT), AZ 
Hidden Treasure to Big Bug (BCT), AZ
 
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Mudhole
Hiking12.97 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking12.97 Miles
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1st trip
Another Saturday rolled around where we had some time to hike all day, so my brother-in-law Todd joined me yet again for this 5th section of the Black Canyon Trail. This time, we were heading northbound again from Hidden Treasure trailhead off of Crown King Rd and wrapping up at Big Bug trailhead, the last marked trailhead to the north. There's another 7.1 miles left of the BCT after that, but Big Bug is the last road access to the trail northbound without getting back on dirt farm roads.

We set off at first light, this time without having to shuttle a car. We would have a ride waiting for us at Big Bug that would bring us back to my truck, and this saved us a bunch of extra driving this morning. Todd had plans to check out 8 different geocaches along this section of the BCT, and the first one was supposed to be located at Hidden Treasure trailhead by the west side of the cattle pen. We were unable to locate it and assumed it was now missing based on previous reports and our inability to find any trace of it.

Today was slated to be one moderate gradual climb over the first 8 miles, and then we would level out with some small rolling hills until the end. We got started from the cattle pen at Hidden Treasure trailhead and proceeded northeast and then nearly due north up a very scenic canyon with healthy vegetation and quality trail surface. The next 2 geocache searches were only about a mile into the trail, so we searched for the next one and again were skunked. But, the 3rd cache was just ahead and Todd finally had success locating it at the top of the hill. This cache was in a metal cookie tin on a small peak to the east of the trail. After finding this cache, we realized we were behind pace, so we kicked it into high gear and continued the ascent.

The next bit of trail takes us further up the canyon ascent and into changing terrain. Desert gives way to a change of biome at the top of the canyon with an occasional juniper tree and some narrow but shallow ridges. A trail runner with his 2 kids passed us oncoming through this section. Dad needed to teach his bike-riding kids about yielding to hikers, but we helped him out.

The ascent finally plateaus out with vistas of Crown King Road below us to the south, and views of the Turkey Creek area and the old mine remnants on the south side of the road. I've hiked down in that canyon before, but this perspective was pretty cool. We stopped at this windy viewpoint for a moderate break and ate our lunches.

The next bit of trail is a short road walk that ends at Drinking Snake trailhead. This crummy bit of road would be ok for a passenger car in dry weather, but it ends quickly. Todd showed signs of issues with one of the IT bands in his knee, so we stopped for him to stretch it out and take some ibuprofen, hoping we wouldn't have to hit the panic button and arrange a ride out of there. Within a half hour, he was outpacing me and moving along nicely with minimal to no pain. Crisis averted, so we pushed on across the grassy plateau until the final descent started.

Down we go. The terrain is a mix of high desert with a scattering of juniper and small cactus. There's a lot of sign of cattle grazing through here probably due to the abundant grasses along this section. We make quick time along some more short road walks and easy trail with a gradual downhill grade. This section is relatively flat however, so walking is easy.

After a bit, we round a ridge and get a view of Spring Valley to our northeast. Big Bug trailhead sits along Hwy 69 between Spring Valley and Mayer. Both towns are about 2 miles away to the east and west, so walking to either for supplies would be easy. We come around the ridge and head west towards Big Bug, where we see our ride pulling into the parking lot 5 minutes before we get there.

Big Bug is a very large trailhead and well-marked from Hwy 69. Big signs for the Black Canyon Trail are right on the highway so it's easy to find. There are pit toilets and a very large parking lot here that could hold about 30 cars. It's a popular trailhead start for mountain bikers looking to head southbound.

With only 7.1 miles of official trail to go, this was a nice cool day with some great changes in scenery. The big climb in the first half of is section was a very manageable grade and never wore us out at all. This was a nice finish to the "major" sections of the BCT.
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Mar 10 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bct Fkt, AZ 
Bct Fkt, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 10 2017
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Backpack80.29 Miles 6,374 AEG
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Last week I got just over halfway hiking the BCT when I threw in the towel due to a swiftly flowing Black Canyon Creek and Agua Fria River. What I didn't mention, is that I was attempting to set an initial mark for the Fastest Known Time (FKT) for hiking the BCT from end to end. I believe the BCT is a gem of a trail and my purpose in the attempt was to hopefully garner this National Recreation Trail some more interest and recognition. I knew any mark I would set could be bested by many others but I hoped my endeavor would at least let people know of the trail and hopefully hike it too. Since I had publicly announced the attempt, I figured I better give it another shot.

March 10, Staging - 2.6 miles, 255 aeg

Not much to say here. My daughter dropped me off at Orme Road and FS 68B at dusk and I walked for about an hour to near the Prescott National Forest Boundary, the northern end of the BCT. I had thrown my gear together last minute and unfortunately, had left my wind jacket and groundsheet at home. I didn't bring a shelter and the moon was big, so I pulled my beanie over my eyes so I could sleep.

March 11, Day 1 - 31.13 miles, 2188 aeg

I set my alarm for 5 and was stirring by 5 after. It didn't take too long to get going and I was heading to the PNF boundary, the start of the BCT about 5:40. I officially started my FKT attempt at 5:47 AM.

With the moon out, it was nice hiking as the sun slowly made its appearance. There was some cloud cover, so the sunrise was very nice. In the early light, I thought all the snow had melted from the Bradshaws but as the day brightened, I was able to see that there was still some snow on the north facing slopes. When I reached the Agua Fria river, I quickly took my shoes and socks off and waded across. The water wasn't as cold nor as swift as the week before.

After I crossed Old Sycamore Rd and was heading down towards Big Bug Trailhead, there was a group from the Black Canyon Trail Coalition doing some trail work. I talked to a couple of the men for a few minutes. It appears that the Prescott National Forest has approved a corridor for extending the BCT north, all the way to the Verde River. There's a route over jeep roads for now. I don't know if there is any schedule for building actual trail.

I took a short break at the Big Bug Trailhead, then took off my shoes and socks and waded across Big Bug Creek. I grabbed a liter of water, before continuing.

The trail had dried out some since last week and there was no longer any mud and a few of the creeks that were flowing last week were just a trickle or small pools this week. There were more flowers out though, especially when I dropped down Antelope Hill and beyond.

I stopped for water at Government Spring. I left there a half hour earlier than last week. It was hotter out too and I was starting to fade, so when I was a couple miles before my planned stop, I took a break. I took my shoes off and actually laid down for a few minutes. That helped a lot and afterwards, I was able to cruise the rest of the way to my planned camp.

So this day ended up being a repeat of last week. I started and ended at the same places. I kept the same plan, even down to this trip's menu.

March 12, Day 2 - 28.93 miles, 2872 aeg

I hit the snooze button a couple times this morning and didn't make it on the trail until a bit past six. I had no trouble moving once on the trail though, so that was good. There was still water flowing just north of the Gloriana trailhead, but as before, I had water cached at the trailhead, so I continued to it and filled up there. I didn't leave with as much water as last week since I knew there would be plenty ahead.

Shortly past the trailhead, there was a bike packer breaking camp. He gave me some beta on the upcoming trail, namely Black Canyon Creek. Supposedly, he was meeting a friend at the trailhead and riding back to Rock Springs. I expected to see him again, but I never did.

There was still good flow of water through the canyon just north of and below Maggie Mine Road. There was a lot more flowers than last week as I went through there and then dropped down to Black Canyon Creek. The creek had dropped about a foot from last week and wasn't flowing nearly as swiftly. I wasn't concerned about crossing it today. I did make sure everything was sealed up in my pack before I crossed, just in case I might fall. I did take my shoes and socks off and waded across as I figured it wouldn't be that bad, and it wasn't.

There was some water in Soap Creek, and when I was climbing up towards Soap Creek Rd, there was a nice pool of water below, with what appeared to be a slide. That would have been a great place to relax and splash around at. Once I reached the road, I was surprised to see trail on the other side. I've always followed the road for a quarter mile or so until it turned to trail again. I don't know if this is new trail or if I had never noticed it before. I think it's probably new trail. Anyhow, it was nice to avoid the road.

When I reached Slate Creek, I quickly grabbed a liter of water before continuing. I knew I would reach the Agua Fria shortly, but the water here was cool and clear, and I didn't know how turbid the Agua Fria might be. As I neared the Agua Fria, I found a good stick to use as an aid crossing the river.

The Agua Fria was flowing pretty good. There's a large pool of water where the trail is as it gets backed up from a bunch of debris. Usually, one walks down stream a ways until there is a good place to cross. The current was very swift as the water poured out from the mass of debris. After securing everything in my pack, I ended up crossing over to the debris and working across it for a ways. Once I was off the debris, it was easy to finish fording the river. The stick helped a lot and I decided to carry it the two miles to the next crossing and not have to worry about finding another.

The next crossing of the Agua Fria was much simpler. One walks upstream a short distance where the river is shallower and breaks into two parts. The water was maybe knee high. Again, I sealed everything inside my pack just to be safe, though it really wasn't necessary.

Once across, there is a huge pile of sticks and branches and other debris that has piled up that I had to walk across to get to the trail. It's easy enough to walk across but it was just amazing how much stuff there was.

Shortly after the river, the trail starts climbing. About halfway up the climb, the trail goes around a false summit before continuing the ascent. I had some sand in my shoes from the river so I stopped under a tree and took a break to clean them out and to wring my socks out too. I cleaned the shoes out too well, because afterwards, my insoles started slipping around. I had to stop a couple of times in the next few miles to reposition them. What I finally tried, was rubbing the bottoms of the insoles in some dusty sand. That worked, and they stayed in place after that. Moral of the story: don't clean between the insole and sole of your shoes.

When I reached Little Pan Loop, I took the west side of the trail. The west side is all trail while the east side follows road for the first part of it. I like the west side better, so that's why I took it.

I was hoping to make another 30 miles but it was getting late and that wasn't looking likely. Plus, the heat was getting to me and I was worried about water. I had a gallon cached near the Table Mesa Trailhead at 27.5 miles or so, so I decided to make it there with enough water for the night and then use the cached water for tomorrow. My main concern though, was getting across the Agua Fria for the third time, before dark.

From above, it looked like the best place to cross would be downstream a bit from the trail, but when I reached the river, the crossing looked pretty good right at the trail. It looked deep for the first few steps, but then would get shallow quickly and be easy the rest of the way. Again, I sealed everything inside my pack, then I rolled my shorts up and took the plunge. It wasn't as deep as I was expecting; it was just above my knees and was easy to get across. I grabbed a liter of water along the way and barely stopped to get my camera back out of my pack.

The sun was starting to set as I climbed up from the river and it wasn't long before I stopped to get my headlamp and finish the hike to my water cache. I found a nice place to camp, but I kept finding small clumps of cactus spines as I was cleaning the area. I ended up setting camp up right in the middle of the trail since I didn't want to poke a hole in my Thermarest.

A BLM Ranger saw my headlamp as he was driving by making his rounds, so he stopped to see what I was doing there. We talked for a few minutes before he left.

March 13, Day 3 - 17.6 miles, 999 aeg

I knew it would be hot today, so I wanted to get going early but didn't get on the trail until a bit past six. Not far down the trail, I realized I didn't know where my bag of spare batteries was. I would need a set for my GPSr later in the morning, so I stopped to figure out where it was. I opened my pack up and started pulling things out but didn't spot it. I finally found it at the bottom of the pack, outside the pack liner. It was 6:20 by the time I was finally on the trail.

Despite my intentions of being hydrated this morning, my mouth seemed too dry when I was trying to eat. I was able to get the food down, but I had to drink more than I figured I should have had to. Somewhere in the morning, I saw a burro. That was nice, especially since I hadn't seen much wildlife so far. Most of the trail is pretty easy from Table Mesa south and it is easy to make good time. I especially like the part that winds through the saguaros north of the Boy Scout Loop. When I reached the Boy Scout Loop, I took the east side. The west side is mostly roads while the east side is all trail. When I reached the south side of the loop, I stopped to change out the batteries. It was nice to know right where to find them.

I made it to Emery Henderson Trailhead a little past 10. I had a gallon of water cached there so I grabbed it and rested at one of the ramadas for a bit. I took my shoes off and drank a bunch of water and ate a bit too.

The temps had been pretty nice so far, but when I left Emery Henderson, it seemed very hot, especially when I crossed New River Road and entered Biscuit Flats. Once south of Emery Henderson, the trail isn't used nearly as much and it is narrow and overgrown in places. This whole section of trail could use some love. There was one part completely overgrown that I was walking through absent mindedly when I almost stepped on a rattlesnake. The Diamondback didn't want to be stepped on so it let me know it was there. The Commemorative Air Force was also out flying in formation so I got to watch them make a few passes too.

By the time I was near the Federal Penitentiary, I was hurting. I wasn't able to slake my thirst and I carried a bottle so I could easily get a drink. I had no desire to eat either. In hindsight, I think overall, my food was lacking in sodium and having to drink more with the heat, I became a bit hyponatremic.

When I was about past the penitentiary, there was water running down the trail for a ways. My guess is that some convict tried to tunnel out and broke a water pipe. Ha!

The last mile and a bit of the BCT is not marked in any real way and is very difficult to follow. I mapped it out November, 2015 and was following the tracks on my GPSr. It was especially overgrown in places this year. There are places where you can tell the trail is there and there are other places where it's just gone. Every once in awhile, there is some old flagging on a bush. I really don't know where the trail is supposed to end, so I took it to a gate on the Carefree highway just west of mile post 28. My official finish time was 1:19 PM.

My plan was to hike from the end of the BCT another 8 miles or so to my house. I knew I was in a bad way, especially when I wasn't recovering after resting a few minutes, so I called my dear wife and she came and picked me up.

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I was able to complete the BCT in 2 days, 7 hours, and 32 minutes (Saturday 3/11 05:47 to Monday 3/13 13:19).
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Lots of wildflowers after crossing Antelope Road and dropping down Antelope Hill. Before then, not so much.

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Mar 03 2017
rcorfman
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 Phoenix, AZ
BCT Day 1, AZ 
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Backpack31.09 Miles 2,217 AEG
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My plan was to hike the Black Canyon trail from end to end and continue to my home in three days. That's about 83 miles so I was hoping to cover 30 miles the first and second day and have an easy 23 miles the final day. I previously mapped out half mile waypoints of the BCT and mile 30 was at a good place to camp so that was my target.

My alarm went off at 5, earlier than I'm used to, so it took about 15 minutes to get moving. I broke camp and started my walk at 6, where I went to the Prescott Forest Boundary, to document my start time on the BCT: 6:05 AM. After half a mile, I made a quick stop at Russian Well, where I filled up a liter of water then continued. I carried way too much water on this trip as there was plenty of opportunities to get water throughout the day. I guess I'm used to the desert being a desert...

I enjoyed the sunrise as I was hiking and watching the landscape come to life. There are few trees on this portion of the BCT and the views are large. At about 4.8 miles, the trail crosses the Agua Fria for the first time. The river was flowing quite well even this for north, so I took my shoes off and waded across. The river lives up to its name as my feet got quite cold.

There was a lot of snow on the northern heights of the Bradshaw Mountains. I got to enjoy the views of the snowy mountains throughout the day.

Somewhere after nine miles, I met another backpacker heading north. He was heading to the north end of the BCT today, and planning to camp at Russian Well, then SOBO the BCT the following six days.

I was really hoping for 10 by 10, but missed it by 4 minutes. Shortly after that, I got to Big Bug trailhead and took a short break. Big Bug creek was flowing fairly well too, similar to the Agua Fria, so I took my shoes off and waded across.

A couple miles south of Big Bug, the trail has some areas that get muddy after rain. There were a few muddy spots, but nothing too bad and the rains earlier in the week had flattened a lot of the tracks from the runners sloshing through on the BCT 100K race last month.

When I got to the 15 mile mark, I had a quick break and ate another bar. A bit before windmill and cattle tank at mile 16, there was some running water across the trail. Around mile 17 I stopped to find geocache, Black Canyon Trail. A little past that, I met two lady equestrians coming the other way. I saw them leaving Big Bug when I arrived and they had turned around at Antelope Creek Rd and were heading back. We had a nice chat.

About a mile after crossing the road, the trail drops into a canyon. There was water trickling down it most all the way and there were flowers alongside the trail. I really enjoyed that part of the trail. After the canyon, the trail winds back and forth working in and out of drainages as it heads towards General Springs. It seems to take forever. Finally I made it to General Springs were I stopped to get water from the lower trough. There were four people there, two playing Frisbee. One asked me where I came from.

It was just past 4 pm when I left General Springs and I had about 7 miles left so I figured I'd have no problem making my thirty before dark. My legs were surely tired by then, but I felt good and had no trouble continuing. I like the stretch of trail from General Springs to Bumble Bee Creek. It's in good repair and is fairly level and easy to walk so I was surprised I wasn't making as good as time as I expected. I figured I was more tired than I felt. While the Bradshaws shaded me, the sun lit up the hills to the west.

The sky started to turn pink as I crossed Bumble Bee creek. From there the trail follows the road for a bit before turning onto an old road where it ascends for a bit before crossing another road and turning into single track. That was my 30 mile spot and I reached it when it was getting dark. I set up camp on the edge of the road as I didn't expect any traffic there, and there wasn't.
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Dec 31 2015
rcorfman
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Black Canyon Trail to Home - Parts 0 & 1, AZ 
Black Canyon Trail to Home - Parts 0 & 1, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Dec 31 2015
rcorfman
Backpack26.08 Miles 2,016 AEG
Backpack26.08 Miles1 Day      33 Mns   
2,016 ft AEG28 LBS Pack
 
Dec. 30, my dear wife drove me and my hiking partner, Craig, to the start of our backpacking trip to thru-hike the Black Canyon Trail (BCT) and then continue south to my house, just south of Deem Hills Park. On the way, we stashed a couple gallons of water at the Emery Henderson trailhead, a gallon each at the Glorianna and Table Mesa trailheads and stopped and got a Subway in Cordes Lakes for the night's camp. She dropped us off at Orme Rd and some other road with signs to the BCT about 2.7 miles away.

It was mid-forties when we started so we put on an extra layer and started our walk. Along the way, we found a geocache near the road. It was almost dark when we arrived at the Prescott NF boundary, the northern terminus of the BCT a bit NW of Tri-Metals Mine. Craig went up a nearby hill to find a geocache that I'd previously found while I got myself situated for the night. We decided there was no need to set up a shelter so we laid out our bedding and ate the sandwiches and drank the beer each of us brought. It got cold quickly so we called it a night before seven.

It was a very cold night and it was difficult to get up in the morning. Actually, I was cold in my bedding so it really didn't matter too much. Around seven we were on our way hiking the BCT. Shortly after we started, we stopped at Russian Well were I got a liter of water. The trough was covered with ice at least a half inch thick and I needed to use a rock to break it. Over a mile later, I realized I left a 20 oz. bottle back at the well. Dang, just dang.

After a couple hours, it was finally warming up a bit so we stopped for a break and had some food and swapped out our beanies for normal hats and took a layer off.

There was water flowing in the Agua Fria above X Lazy B ranch. We also saw four deer and a coyote.

We stopped at the Big Bug trailhead for lunch. It's not the most scenic place to rest as Hwy 69 is right there, but it has a certain amenity that was nice.

From Big Bug south, the trail is noticeably easier to follow than it was to the north. The hiking was pleasant as it wound through the hills where we stopped for another break. From there, the trail became rocky and would be very muddy if wet, then joined a road for a couple miles at a corral not far from Dripping Spring.

From there the trail crossed Antelope Creek Rd then dropped down a canyon and contoured all around everything. It was near the end of the day when we hiked through here and it was shady and it started to get cold. It was around half past five when we arrived at the corral along Government Wash and Crown King Rd where we camped for the night.

A friend, who was supposed to be hiking with us, and his family stopped by and brought fire, beer, and good cheer for New Year's Eve. It was a great way to end both the day and the year. They left around eight and we moved our camp a short distance into some brush to get out of the wind and called it a night.

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Nov 29 2015
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Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Run/Jog10.23 Miles 1,000 AEG
Run/Jog10.23 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   5.48 mph
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Found myself running against traffic today. Got to Government Springs little before 8:30 and discovered an aid station being set up by Aravaipa. They were doing one of their group fun runs for an upcoming event. I encountered about 30 runners coming down as I wound my way up the gradual contours of Antelope Hill. Once again, very little opportunity to pass on these trails. There were quite a few times where I stepped off the trail to make room for a group of oncoming runners. Made a slight wrong turn when I hit the road ( didn't read up on the trail description before heading out) and had to look for distant oncoming joggers to correct myself. Even with the detour I hat my turn around point in a little over an hour. There was another aid station set up there. Turned around and ran back with runners before and behind. It was kind of invigorating running with others even though I wasn't.
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Feb 20 2015
muskybankr
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 Routes 25
 Photos 232
 Triplogs 30

81 male
 Joined Dec 11 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2015
muskybankr
Hiking14.30 Miles 2,065 AEG
Hiking14.30 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   3.18 mph
2,065 ft AEG      20 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Alas, the race is over, the ribbons are gone, and loose rocks are appearing again on the Black Canyon Trail. We finished the final? segment today from Hidden Treasure Mine TH to Old Sycamore, 14.3 miles, completing our 53.6 mile hike from Table Mesa. There may to more to the north of this but at this point we’re not sure how much. We’ve ignored the southern part between the target ranges down to Carefree Highway. The trail today was as nice as anything we’ve done on the BCT, at least the first five miles up to the 4000 foot level. Great views, looking down on what may have been the upper reaches of the Government Spring Wash and also Bumble Bee Creek. Junipers on cliff edges and flowers everywhere. The flowers gave out after this and the trail became pockmarked with 3” deep hoof holes from cattle “just a walkin in the rain.” It’s hard to imagine that the runners didn’t sprain an ankle or two over this section, which continued from Antelope Creek to SR 69.

Speaking of SR 69, we hiked at an average of about 3.2mph and when we first saw SR 69, it appeared to be a mile away. One hour and 3.2 miles later we thought it to be ½ mile away. Following the contours adds up the miles. We never did see the box culvert from out on the trail that we were to take under the road until we came to the nice new TH parking lot on the south side of the highway, which sits below the roadway elevation and when we went by it, had no signage, and really can’t be seen unless you know it’s there and are looking for it. It also has restrooms. The highway is divided there. The box culvert is accessible from this parking lot.

Finally, in honor of our 50th mile on the BCT, we drove up to Crown King for a celebratory beverage. That was our first trip up there and was an experience all by itself. The statistics for our 4 hike, 50 mile trek were: 2 bikers, both on the first day, no hikers, 3 horses, a couple dozen head of cattle, a jack rabbit, and one unidentified animal this morning which we jumped out of the Hidden Treasure Mine parking lot. Just a tawny flash.
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See photos, plenty of Fairy Duster, Deer Vetch. Some Penstemmon, Hyacinth, Filaree and one or two unidentified.
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Nov 23 2014
SpiderLegs
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53 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Black Canyon Trail - Mayer to Bumblebee, AZ 
Black Canyon Trail - Mayer to Bumblebee, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Nov 23 2014
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog19.50 Miles 1,130 AEG
Run/Jog19.50 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   5.11 mph
1,130 ft AEG
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1st trip
Aravaipa Running put on this training run to get ready for the BCT Ultra Race in February. So we did the first third of the course. Started off in brisk weather at Mayer High School's parking lot and worked our way through the residential streets of Spring Valley. Hit the BCT at around the 3 mile mark and it was all trail until we got to Bumblebee. Couldn't have asked for better weather, in the upper 40's and 50's for the run. Luckily the strong breeze was on our backs for most of the run, would not have wanted to run into it.

Fairly uneventful, just a fun point to point run with a couple of low key aid stations along the way to refuel with cookies & pretzels.

Have to give props to the guys at Aravaipa Running for putting this together. Made sure that they had enough volunteers to shuttle everyone from Bumblebee up to Mayer, had two aid stations and beer at the finish.
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Jan 11 2014
MEWhiteman
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 Guides 41
 Routes 92
 Photos 795
 Triplogs 353

76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2014
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.25 Miles 801 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   3.00 mph
801 ft AEG
 
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Took Sam on this hike which I haven't done in 2 years. The trail is in good shape and its a nice hike with good views to the south and west (at times). The only other users on the trail that we say were a group of 5 mountain bikers.
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Mar 30 2013
AZWanderingBea
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 Triplogs 700

64 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2013
AZWanderingBear
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.25 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Doing a bit of geocaching along the BCT. Great day for a hike. Several groups of mountain bikers passed us heading south. Trail is in great shape.
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Dec 31 2011
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2011
mt98dew
Hiking20.02 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking20.02 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   3.33 mph
2,100 ft AEG
 
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Did the next stage of the Black Canyon Trail (BCT). I want to thank MWhiteman once again for introducing this trail to me :thanx: This trail has made for some wonderful weekends.

Usually I only count animals that I see on the trail. But as I was pulling in to Governemt Springs, a little after 7am, I saw a javelina departing! :D Even though I was still in my car, I'm still counting it. It was the first javelina I saw in 2011. I guess it will be my last too.

The trail started out from the watering hole as a single track. It was a gradual, but continuous climb. Gave a nice view of the Bradshaws, a few of the upper slopes still had a dusting of snow visible. Trail was easy to follow as it wound up through the hills and along a dry stream bed. At about 5 miles it crossed a well used road and joined a forest road. Amazing how the foliage changed as I continued north. Went from octillo, chuparosa, prickly pear, palo verde and junipers to just a LOT of prickly pear, a good sprinkling of junipers and a patches of dead grass. It was very nice toward the end of the hike as I came down the north side of a hill that was covered in junipers. I actually picked up a "woodsy" aroma. It wasn't a forest, but it was a good collection of trees. Went as far as Antelope Creek and turned around.

Wildlife was very scarce. Saw a jackrabbit, lot of cows and birds. Saw no hikers, but several hunters and a total of 5 bikers. Weather was perfect.
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Dec 19 2011
MEWhiteman
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 Photos 795
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Antelope Crk Rd to Old Sycamore Rd, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2011
MEWhiteman
Hiking13.72 Miles 781 AEG
Hiking13.72 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   3.11 mph
781 ft AEG
 
Tom wanted to do a long hike today and hadn't done the northern section of the Black Canyon Trail with me last spring, so we decided to hike the three northern sections between Hidden Treasure Mine and Old Sycamore Rd. Tom drove down from Flagstaff where he spent the weekend. We spotted his truck at the Hidden Trail Mine trailhead and drove to the Old Sycamore Rd parking and started hiking south. We chose this direction because it was a little easier. It was a cool day between 40 and 42 degrees and foggy for the first 8 miles. It was also muddy during the first 8 miles from the recent December rains. We had a quick lunch at the windmill which was about halfway but didn't spend much time resting as it was too cold. Due to the fog Tom didn't get to enjoy the views but liked the hike as did I.

I noticed there had been a slight reroute since my last hike here just south of the culvert under AZ69. It routes the trail near the future site of a trailhead and takes it out of a wash making hiking easier.
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May 05 2011
MEWhiteman
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76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2011
MEWhiteman
Hiking10.16 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking10.16 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.81 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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Did this as an out & back from the south end. I hiked solo as neither of my normal hiking partners were available. It was a pretty warm day but not as warm as the valley as the elevation ranged from 3000 to 4000 feet. I enjoyed the hike; I finally got to continue north on this trail. This section hadn't been completed last December when I lasted hiked the BCT. However, there is trail to just north of AZ69 so I'll be out a couple of more times to finish to there.
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