|when?||Trip Report : November 22, 2014|
|where?||Crown King, AZ|
Looking for great scenery, an overgrown trail, and a tough road
to drive on? If so, this hike may be your dream.
The road from I-17 to the trailhead is 25 miles long, of which 23 miles are bumpy gravel. There are no major ruts or protrusions but no speeding, either. Along the way you'll pass througt the historic towns of Bumble Bee and Cleator.
From the trailhead the hike immediately drops about a thousand feet. Most of the trail is rocky, not especially steep, and overgrown. To enjoy it you'll need long sleeves and long protective pants. Despite this, however, the trail is obvious and never disappears. There's just a lot of tall dry grass and catclaw.
After the initial descent the trail undulates along Horsethief Canyon, which has water all year. This is what makes the area so scenic, just as years ago it made a good stopping place for horses and cattle. There was also mining in those days, and we'll see both assorted equipment and a full historic building along the way.
After we reach a good stopping point along the canyon we'll turn around and head into Crown Point for a great lunch in an authentic old mining building.
Here are some links to Web sites describing this hike:
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Long sleeves and pants
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||1400 feet elevation change|
|elevations||4434 to 5506 feet|
|type||Out and back|
|rating||"B" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
|weather||Crown King, AZ|
|meet||7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.|
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