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Jul 18 2015
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Crooks Canyon - Ash Creek Canyon Loop, AZ 
Crooks Canyon - Ash Creek Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking16.88 Miles 3,392 AEG
Hiking16.88 Miles   7 Hrs   29 Mns   2.74 mph
3,392 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
With a 70% chance of Rain, we were all ready to get soaked on the day. Only problem, Ma Nature just decided to crank up the humidity a bit. Chums wanted to try the area Joe and I had been to before and I wanted to click off the Venezia Trail and search south of Palace Station on FR82 and Crooks Canyon.

I showed the guys Palace Station, the Palace Station Cemetery and headed down tree covered Crooks Canyon. Nice area w/ lots of camping opportunities. I still need to head further south in the future. The Elouise Mine area was posted "No Tresspassing", but it didn't appear that anyone had driven up there in quite some time.

We made a turn to the west, past the Bodie Mine area. At this point we were climbing and out of the trees, so none of us felt the urge to hike down to the area.

After 9L had us pass up the Collins Trail, we back tracked to get back on this single track. This short trail dead ends and the E Cross L Cabin Area and the E Cross L Trail. We searched around the shed and the the Cabin area. Found some old stone walls, steps and what appeared to be a pile of old lumber from the old torn down cabin. a newer cabin from the 60's (in rough shape, but has seen some use in the past 5 of years) stands just west of the pile.

Up the E Cross L now, it climbs steadily for 3 miles, up 1300', to an old forest road. Once at the top, we opted to cut a couple of road miles off by scrambling down a "steepish" slope to the Senator.

The Venezia trail does offer some pretty views as it climbs 400' up from the Senator to meet the E Cross L Trail. Anyone hiking the E Cross L trail, should either hike it, ending at the TH by Palace Station, or take the official GPS Track. The lower sections are overgrown and it's easy to see where Joe and I got offtrack last time here.

Temps for the most part were 75 - 80 with scattered clouds, so it made it real nice for hiking. Good company, good conversation, fun times.

Thanks for driving Mr. Chums
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E Cross L Spring
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max E Cross L Spring Dripping Dripping
Small amount of water in the bucket. There are beter choices in Ash Creek.

dry Spence Spring Dry Dry
Nothing in the spring box. Pools in Crooks creek though.

dry Starlight Canyon Dry Dry
Dry at the Senator Highway

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max White Well 26-50% full 26-50% full
Water in the well, as well as trash from idiots.
Crooks Creek offers plenty of filtering opportunities
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Sep 03 2014
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Senator Highway - Crown King to PrescottPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Sep 03 2014
The_Eagle
4x4 Trip40.00 Miles 5,314 AEG
4x4 Trip40.00 Miles
5,314 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This is the 4 x 4 driving portion of our Prescott to Crown King adventure.
Hikes and Side trips in separate triplogs / Photosets.

Aprox Mileage to POI's from northern start of the Senator Highway to Crown King.

06.50 - Groom Creek TH
10.25 - Senator Mine
10.50 - Hassayampa Lake
15.40 - Venezia Trail #381
15.50 - Venezia - Site
16.75 - E Cross L Trail #281
17.00 - Palace Station
17.00 - Parking for Palace Station Cemetery
18.25 - Yankee Doodle Trail #284
20.25 - Goodwin - Site
20.75 - FR52 - FR67 intersection
23.00 - Arrastra Creek Trail #275
24.75 - Bradshaw Trail #216
27.00 - Blind Indian Trail #211
30.00 - Hooper - Site
32.25 - Horse Mountain Trail #212
33.00 - Towers Mountain Trail #51 / #131
35.75 - Porphry Mountain Trail
37.00 - Bradshaw City Ruins
37.75 - Bradshaw Cemetery "*"
39.25 - Turn to Crown King Road "*"
40.00 - Crown King "*"

"*" - Driving Mileage includes 1.0 mile RT on FR 192 to get to the Bradshaw City Cemetery

For the Majority of this drive (if dry), Only High Clearance is required.

There is one spot that 4 x 4 is currently required. This is video at the 4 X 4 spot.
I did a terrible job of capturing the rough part.
Video has been stabilized to make it viewable.

:next: http://youtu.be/wQfCMDGXMOs

The trip included:
5 old Town-sites
3 Cabins
2 Cemetery's
6/7 Hike and/or Explorations

The Cherokee performed flawlessly!
Thanks for driving JJ!
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Jul 05 2014
DBmooner
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34 male
 Joined Jan 03 2011
 chandler, Az
Senator Highway - Crown King to PrescottPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Jul 05 2014
DBmooner
4x4 Trip57.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
4x4 Trip57.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Had to cancel the canyoneering trip to Bear canyon due to high chance of thunderstorms so went 4x4 instead seamed like a great back up plan and it was. Started at Bumble Bee and went the back way to crown king. The entire drive up we could see some nice storm clouds building up and as soon as we entered crown king the sky opened up. It rained on and off the entire drive from Prescott . on the drive back we saw that the 17 was closed so we just took a dirt road from Mayor back to Bumble Bee were the 17 was open again.
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Mar 29 2014
Randal_Schulha
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60 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Road to Crown King, AZ 
Road to Crown King, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking8.36 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking8.36 Miles   8 Hrs      1.05 mph
510 ft AEG
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1st trip
Road to Crown King with Drew and Janice - March 2014
FitBit totals = 8.36 miles, 510 AEG (51 floors)

Road to Crown King map :next: www.crownkingaz.com/directions/
Impossible Railway history - Mayer to Crown King (Bradshaw Mountain Railroad) :next: www.crownkinghistoricalsociety.org and http://www.azoffroad.net/bradshaw-mount ... 4541828919

Senator Highway - Crown King to Prescott :next: http://www.experience-az.com/adventures ... orhwy.html
For Google Map, get directions for Crown King AZ to Bradshaw City AZ to Groom Creek AZ to Prescott AZ. Result is 39.0 miles, 2 hours 27 minute drive time.

HAZ description (Backroad to Crown King) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16852
HAZ description (Old Senator Highway) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19273

My cousin Drew and his wife Janice came to visit Arizona from their home in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada. They spent the first part of the week at the Orchards Inn (check out :next: http://orchardsinn.com ) before staying a few nights at our Ahwatukee home. I booked off Friday to to take them on the Apache Trail Circle Route and offered up a Saturday trek to Crown King plus a possible continuance to Prescott via the Old Senator Highway (time permitting).

Bumblebee ghost town :next: http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/az/bumblebee.html
HAZ description :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15853

First planned stop was the Bumblebee General Store where I can recall viewing gold nuggets, gold dust, and other prospecting-for-gold paraphernalia. The General Store appears abandoned (or has become a little used residence). The Bumblebee Ranch seems to be the hub of local commerce :next: http://bumblebeeranch.com/aboutus.html

Our supposed set back in Bumblebee was soon muted by an obliging gopher snake that I could see crossing the Road to Crown King. We stopped for the photo op. A Jeep and ATV stopped to see what all the fuss was about. When I said "gopher snake", they said they just saw a "Gila Monster" back around the corner by the wash. Guess a gopher snake was uninteresting to them as they left in a cloud of dust. We doubled back to see if we could find a Gila Monster. After poking up and down the wash for what seemed to be half an hour, we gave up the hunt (for now)...

Cleator ghost town :next: http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/az/cleator.html

Stopped at the Cleator Bar for a beverage and chat with the locals and those just passing through. It was Jimmy's birthday and friends were gathering to celebrate and make some music with their "jam-band". Crock pot was slow cooking some rattlesnake chilli - Drew even posed with the snakeskin and rattle from the donating reptile. With our stomachs offering hints it was time to dip into that picnic lunch, we left colourful Cleator and looked for a suitable spot to set up lunch.

Muldoon Gulch & Swastika/Peck Mines :next: http://www.apcrp.org/ALEXANDRA/Peck_Vir ... 012311.htm
HAZ description :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19272

We set up our tailgate lunch near a gurgling stream - Muldoon Gulch. After lunch we boulder hop our way upstream climbing over a series of small waterfalls and crystal clear pools. Plenty of wildlife encounters with small frogs and garter snakes. Walked a little ways up FR89 towards Swastika Mine and Peck Mine ruins.

Eventually we packed up my F-150 and headed into the bustling community of Crown King. We felt out of place driving a pick-up truck that branded us as "out of towners". All the locals (or veteran visitors) arrived in ATV's. Checked out the local saloon sampling the local beverage from a mason jar.

With time approaching 4pm, we decided that traversing the Senator Highway in the dark wasn't our best option so we retraced our route back to Cleator, Bumblebee, and Black Canyon City.

Got home at sundown to once again sample a couple of choice wines and a couple of racks of pork ribs from the BBQ while watching UA getting bounced from the Elite 8 and the Yotes squandering another 3rd period lead...






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Castle Creek Wilderness
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Aug 27 2008
rwstorm
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Crown King - After the Fire 2008, AZ 
Crown King - After the Fire 2008, AZ
 
Car Camping avatar Aug 27 2008
rwstorm
Car Camping
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1st trip
Had to do a quick trip up to check out things after the nearly 10,000 acre fire almost wiped out the town. It was pretty grim driving between Crown King and the Hazlett Hollow Campground. But thanks to the incredible efforts of the fire fighters, almost all of the buildings and recreation areas survived. On the way up, I stopped at the saloon at Cleator for a beer. The gal bartending asked if I was going up the mountain. I said yes, and she said, "Well, I have to go up and fill in at the bar up there, so guess I will sell you another beer in Crown King." And so it was, I got served by Judy, both at Cleator and Crown King. That was cool!!

This was the 10,000 acre Lane 2 Fire, which was started by a signal fire for lost hikers getting out of hand (sound familiar?). Of course this year (2012) the town was again threatened by the 16,000 acre Gladiator Fire (caused by a propane explosion at a nearby residence). I'd say the folks up there have been pretty well spooked in recent years. :scared:

I don't get up that way very often, but like the campground in Horsethief Basin. I must say it was really kind of creepy camping there, with nobody else around and the smell of fresh burn in the air. I slept in the back of my truck that night, and the sound of mice crawling around on the underside of the truck added to the spookiness! I took quite a few pictures of the old historic buildings along the way, because the fire was a reminder of quickly they could be gone.

I haven't been up there since, but might have to take a drive up soon to see how things look after the 2012 fire. (posted 9-22-2012)
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