Sunday, August 23, 2009
CHARCOAL KILN Prescott National Forest Budding architects will appreciate this short, history-rich trek in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains, which leads to a curious relic of the area’s gold mining heritage. This hike highlights one of the very few remaining intact kilns used to make fuel for smelter operations that flourished in the early 20th century. The 25-foot-tall stone structure resembles a beehive and was constructed entirely without mortar. HIGHLIGHTS: short hike to an historic architectural wonder LENGTH: quarter-mile roundtrip RATING: easy ELEVATION RANGE: 7,000 feet DRIVING DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 120 miles one-way GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, go north on I-17 to exit 262 for Highway 69. Go west (toward Prescott) on Highway 69 to Walker Road (County Road 57 which is just past the Costco center). Follow Walker Road south for 6.5 miles to Big Bug Mesa Road, turn right and continue .5 mile to Charcoal Kiln Road. Turn right here and go a short distance to the “303” trail; sign on the right side of the road. Stay clear of private driveways when parking along the road. INFORMATION: refer to the Prescott National Forest recreation map NOTE: this short trail is located close to the Mount Union hike and makes a nice side trip.