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Sep 03 2016

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 Phoenix, AZ
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ 
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
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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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.

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.

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Without disclosing the location I'll just add it's flowing very nice.
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Sep 03 2016

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Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ 
Bullroad - Tuscumbia - Bradshaw Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2016
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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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
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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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Sep 28 2015

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 Joined Aug 30 2008
 phoenix, arizona
Tuscumbia Trail #215Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2015
Hiking3.30 Miles 458 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
458 ft AEG
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Last week I hiked the Bradshaw trail #216 from Trailhead along Senator Highway FR52. This week I hiked from the Tuscumbia trailhead #215 along Senator Highway. I took Tuscumbia trail #215-from parking lot-following the wash or dry creek bed and within 1/2 mile you will come to a gate;then follow trail down to intersection with Bradshaw trail #215--1 mile from parking lot. I- Turned right onto Bradshaw trail came to another intersection within 50ft. Tuscumbia trail turns left; I continued on Bradshaw trail(straight) to Towers Lookout. This trail goes up Tuscumbia Mountain and ends at FR 52C. I turned right and continued up FR 52C to Towers Lookout-Elevation over 7200ft Forest Road 52C is maintained for workers at Towers and you can access this road from Senator Highway. Where Bradshaw trail meets FR52 you can turn left and about 1/8 of a mile take Gladiator Mine road up to two old towers about 1 mile from FR52C. Bradshaw Trail is a great hike from the trailhead you hike in chaparral over generally level terrain 3.25 miles from trailhead you meet Tuscumbia trail then it is 5 miles up to Towers Lookout. Total miles according to Forest Service signs 8.25 miles one way. From Tuscumbia trailhead it is 6 miles one way. Bradshaw trail and Tuscumbia trail are in good shape--well signed. Upper portion of the Bradshaw trail is in Pine Forest which was burned and there might be some trees over trail. Bradshaw Trail about 1 1/2 miles from where it meets FR52C you will come to a old mining road this is the trail just follow this up to FR52C in this section some trees are over trail just look for old road. Tuscumbia trailhead is 4.5 miles from where FR67 from Mayer meets Senator Highway. Bradshaw Trailhead about 3.5 miles from where FR67 meets Senator Highway. This is a great hike with lots of great views.
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