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Monday, March 1, 2010

BURRO CREEK

BURRO CREEK Burro Creek Wilderness Area Betcha haven’t hiked THIS one. Burro Creek is a 23-mile-long desert waterway located in the rugged and remote wilderness north of Wickenburg. There’s no “official” trail--just follow the creek. Conditions vary according to water levels. In dry times, it’s possible to hike for miles without getting wet feet. However during periods of heavy rain and snowmelt, wading is required. The area is known for its active wildlife including beavers, javalina, shore birds and families of wild burros dodging among the copper-colored cliffs and mesquite forests. When we visited here in January 2010, we were “greeted” at the head of the access road by a resident landowner who reminded us to respect the private property in the area. As long as you park in the Burro Creek Campground and stick to the creekbed, you’re legal. LENGTH: 6-9 miles round trip RATING: difficult ELEVATION: 1,960 – 2,100 feet DRIVING DISTANCE FROM PHOENIX: 114 miles 1-way. Roads are paved up to the last 1.5 miles, and passable by sedan. GETTING THERE: From Phoenix, go NW on US60 (Grand Ave) to Wickenburg. In Wickenburg at the intersection of US60 and US93, go north on US93 for 59 miles to the turnoff for Burro Creek campground—between mileposts 140 and 141. Turn left (west) onto the campground access road and continue 1.5 miles to the parking lot. Facilities include restrooms and running water. INFORMATION:
http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/recreation/camping/dev_camps/burrocr.html

1 comment:

Don and Denise Sullivan said...

Very cool! You're right...haven't hiked this one but put it on the list for future hikes.