|Horsethief Lake in Horsethief Basin
|Road to Crown King as seen from Oro Belle
We tootled through Cleator, then headed up the old switchbacks to Crown King. I'll save the history lesson for a later time, because I really want to get this published tonight (I have 4 others I've started over the past year and didn't get finished), and because we're going back up to Crown King in a month for Mining Days. By the way - for those of you that don't know - the road to Crown King is fairly steep, dirt (albeit graded), and about 30 miles long. One way.
|Oro Belle General Store ruins
Back up to the Senator Highway and we are off to Horsethief Basin Recreational Area. Did I mention I'm still cold and whining at this point? I'm also tired, which isn't helping things. Poor Randy...
The road into Horsethief Basin isn't difficult. We could have made it in the truck (which, by the way, would have been MUCH warmer!), but it sure was beautiful. Unfortunately, the area has been recently ravaged by a forest fire. There are ghost trees everywhere - it was eerily beautiful.
|Road to Horsethief Basin
Anyway - we headed back to Crown King, stopped in for our usual burger and iced tea, then decided to head back to Phoenix. It was still early, but Mother's Day gatherings still awaited, and it was time to go. On the way down, I explained to Randy alot about the mining history in the Bradshaws near Crown King. I showed him where the old train tunnel used to be (it has been collapsed - I assume on purpose), we looked for the pilings for the old tramway that went up the mountain (which we didn't find), and we just, in general, enjoyed ourselves. Until next time...
|View from the train switchbacks on the way to Crown King