Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Badger Springs Day Hike
when November 11, 2023
Trip Report : December 10, 2011
where Agua Fria National Monument
the hike     Just north of Sunset Point and Black Canyon City lies the Agua Fria National Monument, established about 10 years ago. Although the hike is essentially flat, after the first section in the soft, sandy Badger Springs wash, we meet up with the Agua Fria river, where the real fun begins. First, we check out the rock art on the walls above the wash, as well as an example of the Metates and Manos that were used for grinding seeds and other foods by the Native Americans. Then continue in the Agua Fria river bed for an adventurous, hopping good time – boulder hopping, that is!
    This will be a good chance to practice your balancing skills – take your time if you are not very sure footed, but the uneven surfaces should not be too difficult as there are not too many loose rocks. The river should be mostly dry because we have not had any rain. The river bed alternates between sandy and rocky terrain, and we’ll pass by many small pools of water, some quite colorful. The rocks are polished smooth from the river and consist of mostly granite boulders and slickrock areas, with some occasional lava rocks. 7 miles roundtrip, with an option to extend to 8 miles if enough interest. A very pretty area such a short distance from I-17 and the Phoenix metro area.
    We will have lunch/snack where an old aqueduct crossed the river to go to the Rickenbar mine. A camera and 2 hiking poles are highly recommended, in addition to the usual hiking gear.
distance 7 - 8 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
elevations 3144' (trailhead) to 2906' (Agua Fria river bed)
starting at
Badger Springs Trailhead 34° 13.883' N,  112° 05.979' W  [NAD27]
on trail 50% — Badger Springs wash trail, then follow the Agua Fria river bed
rating "C+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Black Canyon City
leader    Email the leader to confirm.
meet 7:00 AM in the McDonald’s carefree off I -17 at 3140 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086..
We will leave promptly at 7:05 AM.

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