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Sep 03 2016
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ 
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
joebartels
Hiking18.20 Miles 4,117 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.28 mph
4,117 ft AEG   2 Hrs   33 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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The_Eagle
Another Bradshaw winner. Planned this months ago. All the mishaps put us in prime season. Water was flowing in several creeks, fabulous weather and wildflowers made it special. Bruce didn't care for any of the parking options around Crown King so we immediately shaved my six mile culture walk off the loop.

This is gps country, come prepared. Many of the trails from Lake Pleasant to Mount Union are motorbike trails. This means switchbacks are unlikely. It also means cat claw or any type of bushwhacking is rare as these trails really get used. If you find trail signage and it's still standing it's likely weathered out of readability. Roads are most used by SxS, ATV, UTVs.

Bullroad Trail #202
Shell shocked it was signed, existed and looked inviting! Starting off in cool dry sixties was oh so welcoming. The storybook pines simply couldn't last. When they reappeared at Hidden Spring it just seemed too good to be true. It warmed up a smidgen as we dropped 2,800 feet to #389. Bear Creek was flowing lightly most of the way.

We hiked the upper 6.5 miles in prime. The trail continues almost another 7 miles in much less fascinating terrain so I've opted for 3 instead of 4 out of 5 rating.

Battle Flat Trail #389
The beginning of our ascent. An old jeep road that jumps a ridge then goes through a creek over to Tuscumbia. Slender sky high pines scattered on the south bank are enjoyable.

Nearby Battle Flat is the 5k low point between 7.9k Mount Union and 7.6k Towers Mountain. Just 1.5 miles north of #389 is Turkey Creek which is the bottom of the Arrastra Pine Dandrea Yankee Doodle Loop I adore.

Tuscumbia Trail #215
The adventure of Tuscumbia Creek is easy hiking dotted with tall pines.

Bradshaw Trail #216
Expectations were low and lower after Bullroad Trail dazzled. It turned out to be another winner... for myself. Steep trenches in the upper section would have most swearing it off. Otherwise lots of nice areas. Along with many of the trails in the area this is on maps well over a hundred years old.

Synopsis
This helped me understand the Bradshaw puzzle from Lake Pleasant to Prescott. A four to eight day backpack loop from the fringe of the Valley holds a place in my mind now.
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Hidden Tunnel Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Redstar has taken over the Bradshaws. It is everywhere and thick in areas. Canyon Morning Glory is going bonkers. Fields of Princely Daisy. Dense Firecracker Penstemon ~ Cardinalflower type reds in many areas too.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hidden Tunnel Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Without disclosing the location I'll just add it's flowing very nice.
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Sep 03 2016
The_Eagle
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Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ 
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking19.17 Miles 4,165 AEG
Hiking19.17 Miles   10 Hrs   33 Mns   2.24 mph
4,165 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break16 LBS Pack
 
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rayhuston
We've been trying to get to this loop for quite some time now. Between the heat and floods something always put this this plan A on the back burner. Joe and I have been on a mission for the last 5 years or so to show the Bradshaws some love and get all the trails documented. We're getting close, but these were low on our radar, believing them to be not worth the trouble.

Boy were we wrong. Bullroad Trail and the Bradshaw trail have some incredible forest and creek areas.

We'd been planning this one for so long, that Amy (AZHiker456) had done a portion of this and gave a great place to park and start from.

Bullroad #202 starts off of FR92 and really has no parking. The upper portion of this trail goes through a gorgeous pine forest. We expected no trail, but were pleasantly surprised to find a nice track. It descends sometimes steeply 2700' by the time you get to the Battle Flat trail. The steepest part of this descent is over when you get to Hidden Tunnel Spring and get into Bear Creek. The remainder of this trail is in and next to Bear Creek and is another one of the unexpected highlights, as were the plentiful flowers and the best tasting AZ grapes I've ever had.

Battle Flat #389 is an old two track that we used to get over to Tuscumbia Trail. This is the low point and starts the 2900' climb to the top.

Tuscumbia #215 I didn't expect this trail to exist either, but once again, very easy to follow. It follows Tuscumbia Creek. On the gentle grade up to get to the Bradshaw Trail, we kicked up a huge buck still in velvet.

Bradshaw Trail #216 is steep and exposed on the bottom half. Once in Wildflower Gulch the pines thicken. This area was untouched by the Gladiator fire and was quite a surprise and highlight. At Wild Pigeon Spring, an old mining road took us to the top.

The Crown King Saloon, a Patty Melt and a beer topped off a great day. Time to check to see which we have left to document.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Extreme in sections

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hidden Tunnel Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not view the source, but water was running in the area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Wild Pigeon Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not observe the source, but there was plenty of flow in the area
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Jul 24 2016
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War Eagle Peak/L.O. & Tuscumbia Mountain, AZ 
War Eagle Peak/L.O. & Tuscumbia Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking9.89 Miles 2,193 AEG
Hiking9.89 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.97 mph
2,193 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Short on time thanks to personal biz running late, [but super stressed and in need of something new and off-the-beaten-path], I decided to take a chance in terms of private property / access issues / rough dirt roads /etc. and head up FR 259 toward Crown King to knock off one of a several amazing-looking adventures I’d routed in that area. Once again, I struck gold, grabbing two summits and having one of the best trail hikes of my life in an area that proved to be incredibly beautiful and can definitely rival the awesomeness of the Hunter’s Access area that I love so much in my neck of the woods.

After reaching Crown King and making a couple of turns that didn’t pan out thanks to private property and/or no available parking, I found myself heading up FR 9239A. My objectives were War Eagle Peak and Tuscumbia Mountain. Had FR 9239A not been doable in a Forester, I would not have had enough daylight to pull things off; but to my pleasant surprise, the stretch of dirt road I was hoping to drive up was easily doable in my Forester. There were not many pullouts to choose from, but as luck would have it, there was a rather large one on the right-hand side of the road, right by the start of Gladiator Mine Road and under a quarter mile from the top of my first summit: War Eagle Peak.

War Eagle has two prominent points that looked roughly the same height, so I bagged both to ensure I got the highpoint. While bagging the first one [Eastern-most prominent point], I noticed some sort of structure near/on the Western prominent point [and hoped like hell it wasn’t a house]… come to find out after making my way over there, it was an old, abandoned Lookout. I’ve never seen a Lookout Tower that tiny… the bed that is still inside literally takes up half of the interior! It was really neat to see, and the views from both prominent points were just awesome.

Next up was Tuscumbia Mountain. I knew I’d really have to push the pace to pull this one off before dark, and if trail conditions proved to be poor, I’d definitely have to turn back early given that I haven’t had time to get a backup headlamp or fix the one I own. The free flashlight app I’ve been using to hold me over barely gets the job done; anything more than a slightly rough trail/road would really be putting my safety at risk…

…once again however, luck was on my side. With the exception of a few really rocky/steep sections where I had to slow up, the majority of the trail was in excellent condition… to the point where I was able to trail run with ease for good stretches at a time. With exceptionally beautiful scenery throughout – and a trail that takes you practically right up to the summit of interest without any annoying switchbacks – this was a rare situation where I was not discontent to be on the trail. That said, there were a few spots where I felt the trail could’ve made a ‘straighter shoot’ toward the destination; but given that I was racing the sun and there wasn’t much room for error, I resisted the urge to bushwack on the approach; [although if I wasn’t so captivated by the beauty of the area, there’s a good chance I would’ve been off the trail regardless of whether or not I was racing daylight :D ].

The trail was consistent with what I’d seen on the topos: it goes right by the base of the Tuscumbia Mountain but not up to it. Thus, I waited for that perfect moment to leave the trail for the final, short ascent. With less than one quarter mile of bushwhacking from the trail to the highpoint, [in combination with excellent footing, an extremely gradual grade, and very little brush to content with], the ascent was a quick and easy one. The 360 views from the summit were absolutely phenomenal… but I have to confess, [despite being just a few miles as-the-crow-flies from the tiny town of Crown King, and only about 3 trail miles from the end of the dirt road I parked on with a few occupied houses], the remoteness of this peak / area was slightly intimidating, [and I’m not easily intimidated when it comes to being alone in remote areas... in fact, the only other area that comes to mind where I felt a bit intimidated by the remoteness is New Mexico’s Gila National Forest].

After taking some time to soak in the amazing summit views and then sending a few minutes searching for a register and survey marker, [neither of which I could find], I started the return trip. My stats to reach the summit, [including all picture stops, the stops to both prominent points of War Eagle Peak, and 2-3 stops to remove a thorn from my foot], were 5.12 miles / 1 hr 48 min. I didn’t expect the return trip to be much faster, [if at all], given that it was almost entirely uphill. The low point, [which was near the base of Tuscumbia Mountain], was just under 6,400’, while my vehicle was parked at around 7,200’. However, thanks to putting the jets on, along with opting for a slightly more direct return, [I allowed myself a short bushwhack off the SE ridge of Tuscumbia Mountain], my return trip was a respectable 4.77 miles / 1 hr 58 min, [which included my entire summit break on Tuscumbia Mountain, some short side trips toward the end to check for water in Wild Flower Gulch, and the extra time during the last 1-1.5 miles when I needed to slow my pace to a crawl thanks to the less than perfect lighting provided by the free flashlight app on my phone]. Despite not having extra time to explore the many extras in the area [mines, springs, drainages, minor UN peaks, etc.], I still thoroughly enjoyed myself and will definitely be back to do more hiking/peak-bagging in this area.
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Sep 18 2015
olddutchman
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Bradshaw Trail #216Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2015
olddutchman
Hiking6.27 Miles 1,961 AEG
Hiking6.27 Miles
1,961 ft AEG
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Started at FR52-Senators Highway (3.4 miles from Fr67 Goodwin) hiked over to trail #215 (Tuscumbia Trail) then continued up to old forest road 9264S-road all grown over-could not pick up trail--turned Northwest found a large cairn about 1/8 miles from 216 trail-turn west then bush wacked down a drainage ditch to a wash, figured I would come to Senator Highway. Found a old mining road followed that north then came across FR 9264S took that back to Senator Highway. Forest road 9264S is closed to all vehicle traffic only horses and hikers allowed. Then I took Senator highway back to car. Bradshaw trail 216 in great shape, trail is real wide. Junction of trail 215 & 216 well signed. Trail 216 & 9264S is signed but old road is overgrown. This trail looks like it is not maintained. You can pick up trail 216 from Senator Highway using trail 215 trailhead (Tuscumbia Trail) Next week going to hike this from Tuscumbia trailhead to 216 then take the trail to the top to Towers Lookout by Crown King. Bradshaw Trailhead and Tuscumbia trailhead are well signed along Senators Highway.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
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