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Boulder Bob's Cabin Trail - 2 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 22 2021
Andrewrdc
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54 male
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 Chandler, AZ
AZT-21 Boulder Bob cabin loop, AZ 
AZT-21 Boulder Bob cabin loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
Andrewrdc
Hiking10.62 Miles 1,809 AEG
Hiking10.62 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.47 mph
1,809 ft AEG      16 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Decided to explore the Boulder Bob Trail (BBT) to check out this area south of the Mazzies. Intended to start the trail from the south by driving up FR1704 from the 87. Discovered this 4WD trail was in pretty bad condition and fully required all the clearance my Jeep Wrangler had to offer... frankly didnt have the time to spend an additional hour+ on this trail so turned around, drove up to Sunflower and started the trail from the north.

The northern end of the BBT also happens to be the northern terminus of Arizona Trail (AZT) section 21. Parked at FS22 (which is gated off about 100yards in) and started hiking down 22. About 1/3 mile in, you run into a connector trail that drops you onto the AZT... this was too much to pass up, so I crossed over and followed the AZT section 21 south instead. Roughly 2.5 miles on and shortly after re-connecting with the BBT, I was surprised to find a graveyard of old cars from the 50's! Soon after this, the BBT breaks away from the AZT and roughly follows the Boulder Creek south until you cross over and curve to the west (right) up toward Boulder Pass. This section was very slow-going because the trail completely disappears and its fairly overgrown for about 1/2 mile... not a cairn in site (I am not fond of trailblazing so did not love this section). Fortunately, Boulder Pass is fairly obvious up ahead and to the SW so you just have to soldier on. Once out of the creek bed and starting to climb, I stumbled onto the trail which, from this point on, is very well marked with cairns.

After cresting the pass and starting down the other side, I was fortunate to catch site of an "unnatural" shape which turned out to be one of the many "foundations" apparently built by Boulder Bob for his cabin. I headed over to investigate and was pretty amazed by how many rock walls were constructed here... including an actual well! I spent some time investigating and, after a rest, decided to make this my turn around point.

On the way out I made two "adjustments" to my route. First, when I got back down to Boulder Creek, instead of trailblazing back up the creek for 1/2 mile to the AZT again, I crossed straight over the creek to the AZT which was clearly visible from the slopes while descending from Boulder Pass... much less trailblazing. Second, instead of following AZT all the way back, I made a right onto BBT at the intersection, just pass the car graveyard. This trail follows an old 4WD trail which, frankly, is barely visible... fortunately, it goes up a wide open, grassy hill and you can just make out the indentation of the road on the hill. This "4WD road" intersects with another at the top of the hill which is much more established and then runs into the 22 which you follow all the way back.

All in all, I would say the BBT trail is rarely traveled anymore... didnt see a single footprint and most all the cairns up to Boulder Pass had fallen over. Like I did, most hikers probably prefer to take the AZT. I would, however, highly recommend taking the journey especially if you are looking for some solitude. I didnt see a single other hiker over the entire 11 mile round trip... not even a boot print.

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Feb 27 2021
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
hikerdw
Hiking10.54 Miles 1,852 AEG
Hiking10.54 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.27 mph
1,852 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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After looking at the burn intensity map for the Bush Fire and seeing that the Boulder Pass area had burned hot I wanted to check out the Boulder Bob site to see the effect and if any POI were exposed with the clearing of the area due to the burn.

AZT 21 section The section of the Pine Mountain AZT 21 trail we hiked was in great condition, clearly marked and areas seen showing recent clearing and maintenance.

Boulder Bob Cabin Trail to the site We last hiked this trail in 2014. The northeast side of Boulder Pass was spared from the fire so the faint trail up is getting overgrown and does require fighting through brush. Once at the pass looking southwest you see the effects of a hot burn area which allows for easier walking. The cabin site is easily spotted to the right of the trail. In addition to those two sites which we had see during our last trip here, we spotted several retaining walls, and unmarked spring in the area, a possible third cabin site with a mortared window at the end of one of the retaining walls, a large corral site, and what looked like an arrastra.

Retraced our tracks for the return. Great day on the trails.
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Feb 09 2017
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Boulder Bob's via AZT #21, AZ 
Boulder Bob's via AZT #21, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2017
CannondaleKid
Hiking10.10 Miles 2,087 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.00 mph
2,087 ft AEG      34 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Back in 2013 we had been to Boulder Bob's from FR1704 and had been on AZT #21 to the mines on Peak 4100, but we'd never followed the trail between the two. Since Tracey is planning a backpack trip on AZT #21 & #22 soon this would be a familiarization hike for her.

We parked right next to AZ 87 by the MCSO impound lot. A quick drop down the slope and crossing the barbed wire fence and we were on AZT #21. The first few miles the tread was in pretty good shape with just the odd cat's-claw reaching out to grab hold every once in a while. We had to be a little creative to keep dry at the Sycamore Creek crossing but it worked out fine.

We had two crossings to make it across Boulder Creek but they were narrow enough to present no issues. From there we aimed for GPS Joe's official track but ended up following a well-beaten cow path until reaching an obvious trail with rock cairns marking the way. But even if the cairns weren't there, all we had to do was 'follow the cows' to Boulder Saddle.

Once over the saddle I had tracks from when I climbed Crabtree Butte and Boulder Bob's Peak to keep us on track to the cabin site. Near the cabin we found a few large flat rocks for a perfect picnic lunch and snooze site. It was so peaceful we were reluctant to begin the return trip.

On the return trip we took a detour to visit the mine which was guarded by a Mohave rattler the last time Tracey visited it with me. No rattler this time, just a bunch of bats. I had totally forgotten I had gone all the way in a few days before the hike with Tracey in 2013 so it all seemed new to me. (Tracey wouldn't follow me more than a few feet in) I forgot to count my steps on the way out but it must go in a few hundred feet anyway.

The flash on my camera was acting up so fewer than half of the photos did the flash actually work. I'm sure I missed a few bat photos as they were flying around me much of the time. (Another reason Tracey stayed out) Once outside the mine we took our time on the trip back to the car.
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Nov 08 2015
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2015
mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.16 mph
1,490 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
We took Boulder Creek trail up to the junction with the AZ trail. Just before the two trails join we saw a deer take off up the lower slopes of Cypress Peak. From there we headed back along the AZ trail. Saw a campsite near where the AZT crosses Sycamore Creek.
A boulder at the trailhead had an animal hide draped over it :yuck: The area is now heavily grazed with a lot of cattle. I'm not sure it helps the "Vegetation rehabilitation" per TNF special order 12-216 :roll:
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Apr 24 2015
charlieaz
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51 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Peak 4100 - Boulder Mountain QuadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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charlieaz
Hiking6.80 Miles 718 AEG
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Hiked this for the 4 "Summits on the Air" points. It rained on me the whole way out. I felt like a mountain man.
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Apr 12 2015
Alston_Neal
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65 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2015
Alston_Neal
Hiking7.50 Miles 800 AEG
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We took the AZT#21 aka Boulder Bob's Trail south from Sunflower / Bushnell Tanks. Spring was in full bloom up there and this turned out to be our new favorite trail. When the Mrs. loves it and the pup has plenty of water it becomes the ideal hike. It is also cool when you have been going to a place for well over fifty years and then take a trail right by the Bushnell Tanks and discover a whole new place.
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Dec 27 2014
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2014
hikerdw
Hiking9.73 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking9.73 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.78 mph
1,775 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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From Bushnell Tanks we hiked out to check out the site of Boulder Bob's Cabin. Even with the later than normal start time for us it was still a bit chilly at the get-go. The section of the AZT we hiked on was in really great shape. Finding and staying on Boulder Bob's Trail was very easy as it was well marked and had a very good tread. Checked out the cabin site, had lunch, and then returned to the TH the same way.
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Mar 30 2014
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking10.30 Miles 3,216 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.13 mph
3,216 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
We took Boulder Creek trail up to the junction with the AZ trail. Just before the two trails join we saw 2 deer take off up the lower slopes of Cypress Peak. From there we headed back along the AZ trail. About a mile later we hear dirt bikes coming towards us along this section of AZT (closed to motorized vehicles) :roll:
The rest was a nice hike along the excellent AZT tread and we saw the recent re-route to avoid the deep washed out section up above the Sycamore creek crossing. Very nice work Shawn.
Wildflowers along this loop were the best we've seen this year even though it is a down year.
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Feb 03 2013
Sredfield
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 Joined Sep 08 2002
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sredfield
Hiking12.00 Miles 800 AEG
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Four of us set out for Boulder Bob's cabin Sunday morning. We parked at the Bushnell Tanks gate and made our way down the road and Kitty Joe creek to Sycamore Creek. The recent rains and flooding have re-arranged this riparian area yet again since the summer monsoons and debris flooding from the Sunflower Fire upstream.

Crossing Sycamore while keeping our feet dry was tricky, but with some impromptu engineering we made it, and then headed south on the recently brushed (!!!) AZT. Views of the creek bottom from the trail on the southwestern slope of the canyon are impressive. We carefully crossed Sycamore Creek again, passed the used car lot and dropped into the bottom along Boulder Creek, which was flowing nicely. Our navigation was courtesy of HAZ and GPSJoe's track, although we didn't track it exactly. We cut off from the AZT and followed the track, more or less, sometimes more less than more, up to the pass. There really is an old trail but it is much more visible on the way back than the way up, and it is marked with one-rock cairns, often quartz rocks, on top of boulders.

On top of the pass there is a gate, then more route-finding down the hill to the cabin site. The first thing we noticed was the intriguing arrastra contraption. What was Bob trying to grind? Did it ever work? There is a lot of rock work apparently intended to direct water to drive a wheel to turn a crank, to grind whatever, to extract the more whatever. A visit here leaves lots of interesting questions about Boulder Bob's activities up here five miles beyond nowhere. We also saw his two cabins, one of which was built to use a rock for the floor and back wall. He must have spent some time here.

Following a drizzle-shortened lunch we headed back, this time the route was more obvious, and the trail down the north side of the pass very evident. We reached the bottom along Boulder Creek and continued southeast on the AZT for a mile or so to a connecting two-track which creates a nice loop route. As we climbed out of a valley five riders crossed our path; they were going east and we were heading north. A bit later at a gate we heard them coming up on us so we held it open while they came through-looked like a family out for a ride.

The road eventually drops back along Sycamore Creek; two crossings were badly washed out but navigable on foot. The final crossing was too deep to rock hop, more impromptu engineering and we made it across with dry feet. Back at the gate we loaded up, talked to the horse people as they put all five animals in their trailer, and headed to the El Encanto in Fountain Hills for late lunch.

This makes a nice close-to-town hike with some exploring and history thrown in. Another great day on the trails!
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Nov 12 2011
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,210 AEG
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FR22 to the AZT to intersection with Boulder Bob trail, over Boulder Pass, down to the cabin remains and then back.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Pipeline Trail - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2011
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Hiking23.15 Miles 5,294 AEG
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I've finally linked up the Ballintine TH to MT Ord. I've hiked from the Bushnell Tanks TH to Boulder Bob's and from Bushnell tanks to the top of Ord.
On this trip, I hiked the Ballintine to the Cabin / Pipeline trail. Then I hiked the Pipeline to Boulder Bob's Cabin. Then I went down FR1704 to see how the good or bad the road is.

The Pipeline trail is very washed out. It also has a fine layer of small pebbles that make it very slippery on the steep downhill sections. I fell on my ass 3 times!
I had GPS Joe's Boulder Bob's route. I setup a cairn where Boulder Bob's trail starts. There no sign here. Also if you look to the north, you'll see a huge 3 foot cairn in the middle of a rock field. The first 1 mile of the trail is very well cairned but as you approach the Boulder Bob canyon, the cairns disappear as the trail gets very faint. I used GPS Joe's track to guide me to the site of where the cabin used to be. I had lunch, and then headed back.
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Feb 15 2010
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Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
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topohiker
Hiking22.43 Miles 2,775 AEG
Hiking22.43 Miles   10 Hrs   5 Mns   2.22 mph
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I like the Bushnell Tanks / Ballintine area. It's close to Phoenix and it has a lot of old trails to explore. My plan was to hike to Boulder Bob's cabin and then continue on to FR1704 and see how bad the road is. I downloaded GPS Joes track and headed out. The recent rains did a number on FR22. About a quarter mile from the Beeline, FR22 was washed out. The creek over flowed to about 500 feet wide. Crossing was it was easy. The road was a lot worse by the FR22 / trail split (for the AZT). The cattle guard was all busted up. The creek was deep and running fast. It took me some time to find a good crossing point. FR22 is gone at this point, it's just a creek bed for about 2,000 feet. It's no longer passable by car (even if the forest service allowed it). I followed GPS Joe's track down the old roads. Some of the roads are washed out and are more like hiking trails. The route hops on the AZT for about 200 feet and then it crosses two creek beds and starts to climb up Boulder Pass (this section was hard to follow). I ran across cairns when I started to climb up the pass. This sections was very well cairned and I saw fresh footprints. I started to get excited thinking the cabin must have been great thing. Why else would there be all of these cairns in the middle of nowhere. I made it to the top of pass and started to look for the cabin. I climb down a bit and ran across the remain of an old fireplace. This was the cabin. The only thing that remained was the fireplace/chimney and the outline of the foundation. This was pretty anti-climatic for me. I continued on for about another quarter mile and the trail disappeared and the cat claw got thicker. I wasn't having fun at this point, so I turned around and headed back. I followed the cairns all the way back down Boulder pass, and then came across a series of fresh places red ribbons. They lead me across the creek and right on the AZT. (N33 50.274 W111 26.389). In fact there a cairn with a stick/ red ribbon right the intersection of the two trails. If I were to do this again, I would hike down the AZT to this waypoint and follow the red ribbons down to the creek and then follow the cairns up the pass. I would still bring GSP Joe's track to made sure you don't get off-trail.

I took the AZT back to the Sunflower TH. I then hiked the Sunflower trail to where it ended at the Little Saddle MNT trail. I headed back to the Sunflower TH and took FR2 back to the Jeep.
It was a perfect day for hiking. Not hot or cool.
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Nov 28 2004
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,210 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.09 mph
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We drove out along FR22 and parked. We then took AZT to intersection with Boulder Bob trail and went over Boulder Pass, down past the cabin remains to Pipeline trail and then back. This was our second trip here and on the last trip we did not find the AZT/BB junction so we came back and found that today (lots of catclaw).
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Feb 07 2004
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Bob's Cabin TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,210 AEG
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Bushnell -> Round Valley via Boulder Bob trail.
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