Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, Part 3: Drinking Snake Segment

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I again parked at Spring Valley’s Antelope Creek Road lot, and headed south, along the Drinking Snake segment of the Black Canyon, a distance of 4.2 miles one way.  Here’s the north trailhead of Drinking Snake.

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The trail is a bit more rugged than the Big Bug, at the outset.  There is more volcanic debris in this area.

 

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The views are  just as sweeping here, as they are further north.

 

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The hearts were both mineral and vegetable.

 

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I arrived at an abandoned corral, water tank and windmill, near Dripping Spring, after an hour’s walk.

 

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The canyon called Dripping Spring is the north end of a longer system that runs along to Crown King Road, another 1.7 miles to the south.

 

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The hike from here is an easy rim walk, past a cow or two.  The view, though, is exhilarating.

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Next on this trail system is the Antelope Creek segment.

 

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After making the hike back to Spring Valley, I stopped briefly at Cordes, the northernmost of four “ghost’ towns between Prescott and Black Canyon City.  It was Sunday evening, so the place was closed.

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My life will be topsy-turvy, in a good way, for the next five weeks, so while hiking will take a backseat to some other activities, I’m a happy blogger.