China Dam/Tule Homestead

Anthem, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 10.78 miles
Highest Elevation: 2221 feet
Duration: About 5 hours
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Anthem
Nearest Town w/ Services: Anthem
Official Road Name: Cow Creek Road
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Lake Pleasant


Highlight: China Dam/Tule Homestead
This is a very fun day trip close to Phoenix that explores the historical mining areas north of Lake Pleasant in the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains. The trail is an offshoot of the main back way to Crown King trail, where there are many other side trails that can be explored. This trail takes you to the China Dam that was built in the late 1880's for hydraulic mining operations on Humbug Creek and then continues on to an old mining homestead deep in the mountains on Tule Creek. Be sure to know your route since it is very easy to get lost and road conditions can change frequently due to weather.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins at the intersection of Cow Creek Road and N. Castle Hot Springs Road. Turn right at the sign marking Cow Creek Road, this road also will lead you north to the back way to Crown King trail. There is a small area for staging right at the intersection.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: North Phoenix, AZ I-17

From the east and I-17 head west on Highway 74 for 11.4 miles to Castle Hot Springs Road, if coming in from the west from Morristown then head east on Highway 74 for 18.8 miles. From the intersection of Castle Hot Springs Road and Highway 74 head north 8.5 miles to the intersection of Cow Creek Road. You will cross over the northern end of Lake Pleasant just before the intersection with Cow Creek Road.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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