The upper parts of this trail are the most attractive. The trailhead at Wildflower Saddle goes down through some old mine dumps. It then drops into a beautiful riparian area passing through some nice aspen groves. Wild Pigeon Spring is truly attractive with dependable water in most years. There are more mine dumps below this point to explore. The trail starts in Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer vegetation type, but leaves the timber into the more open chaparral type about one mile above the junction with Trail # 215.
The Bradshaw Trail is a long, rugged trail starting near the Towers Mountain lookout at or near the Wildflower Mine. It follows a ridge from Towers Mountain to Tuscumbia Mountain and then drops steeply out of the Ponderosa pine into chaparral vegetation on the north side of Tuscumbia Mountain. The final two miles beyond the intersection with the Tuscumbia Trail # 215 are over generally level terrain through thick chaparral to where the trail ends on the Senator Highway (FR 52) just west of Battle Flat. On the portion of the trail south of Tuscumbia Mountain, the hiker or rider needs to exercise caution. There may be deadfalls across the trail; there are also many narrow, steep, and rocky spots that may be badly eroded. Beyond Tuscumbia Mountain, the trail is more level, in better shape, but may be overgrown with brush in places.
From Prescott, To approach the south trailhead, the best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, especially in the winter. Take Main St. through the town of Mayer continuing east to the junction of the Antelope Creek Road. Continue southeast on this road for approximately nine miles to Cordes. At the Road Junction in Cordes, take FR 259 to Crown King. At Crown King take FR 259A south for a half of a mile to the junction with FR 52. Continue on FR 52 west for 3.2 miles until you reach FR 52C. Follow FR 52C for about one mile until you reach the Eagle Tail Mine. At the Eagle Tail Mine, the road turns northwest for .6 miles to Wildflower Saddle. At the saddle, turn east on FR 92 for about 1.1 miles to the trailhead. This point will be about .5 miles west of the turnoff to the Gladiator Mine.
Normally Accessible: Year-round - Year-round (Winter availability subject to snowFall.)
Bradshaw Ranger District, 344 South Cortez Street, Prescott, AZ 86303. Phone: 928-443-8000