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Peavine Trail, AZ
Description 24 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Prescott - Northeast
Difficulty 1    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,190 feet
Elevation Gain -70 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.25
Kokopelli Seeds 6.35
Author Preston Sands
Descriptions 166
Routes 149
Photos 5,484
Trips 1,124 map ( 5,811 miles )
Age 37
Location Tucson, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
26  2014-12-21 Randal Schulhaus
2  2014-05-16 gregrev
8  2013-05-17 MEWhiteman
4  2012-04-27 ebecker9
9  2011-10-01
Watson Lake
15  2010-10-09
Watson Lake
The Eagle
8  2008-10-03 Nan
67  2008-06-28 tibber
7  2006-10-03 elasee
7  2003-04-13 Preston Sands
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Backpack - No
Seasons - ALL
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.0  Lakeshore
1.0  Lower Granite Creek Discovery Trail
1.1  Watson Lake Circle Trail
1.1  Watson Lake
1.3  Watson Lake Dells / Emerald City
1.3  Watson Lake Dells / Thor's Wall
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     Railroad Freight Car
     Double-crested Cormorant
     Great Blue Heron
     Great Egret
     Northern Pintail
     Red-Winged Blackbird
   Sand Wasp
     Alligator Juniper
     Bear grass
     Emory Oak
     Fremont Cottonwood*
     Jackass Clover
     New Mexican Thistle
     Pinyon Pine
   Poison Milkweed
     Rough Prickly Poppy
     Silverleaf Nightshade

Ghost train to Prescott
by Preston Sands

The Peavine Trail follows the route of the old Santa Fe, Prescott and Phoenix Railroad through Granite Dells, north of Prescott. The S.F.P.& P. Railroad (nicknamed "The Peavine") was built in the early 1890's from Ash Fork, south through Prescott, and eventually to Phoenix, to provide an alternative to the poorly constructed Prescott and Arizona Central Railroad, and to serve the mining country of the Prescott area. When the tracks were removed from Prescott in the early 1990's, a project began to turn some of the old railroad grade into a recreation trail, hence the Iron King and Peavine Trails.

Beginning at the trailhead just south of Watson Lake, the trail heads northeast and parallels Granite Creek and its forest of cottonwoods. The trail soon passes along the eastern shores of Watson Lake, then gradually enters the natural stone sculptures of Granite Dells. At the halfway point, the trail passes an opening in the rocks, allowing for a great view of Granite Mountain across Watson Lake. The trail curves through the dells, passing through old cuts in the granite bedrock, where the railroad construction crews blasted a path for the iron horse over a century ago. I soon forgot that I was near a major city, as I traveled through the orange and pink hued granite. While you travel through this maze of rocks, it is easy to see why Granite Dells was used as a hideout by highwaymen and hostile Indians.

After a couple miles of gentle downhill through the pinyon pines, the trail arrives at what was once known as Prescott and Eastern Junction. Here, beneath two large granite buttes, is where the P.& E. Railroad left for the mining towns of Humboldt, Mayer, Crown King and Poland. During the early days of the railroad, this was a busy spot, complete with a depot and a railroad worker's bunkhouse. From here, you can return the way you came, or turn east onto the Iron King Trail for some more rails-to-trails hiking.

As a lifelong railroad fan, it was sad to see these tracks removed, but it is nice that one can hike the old railroad route and relive the history.


Directions Preferred Months Apr May Sep Oct
Water / Source:Lake
Preferred Start8 AM Cell Phone Signal??? Sunrise6:27am Sunset6:45pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
Fees / Permit
Special Use

WilliamnWendi writes: there is a $2.00 fee. Machine takes cash and credit.

To Peavine Trailhead
Mtnlver writes: If you are taking 17 to highway 69 towards Prescott, turn right at Prescott Lakes Parkway. After about 2 miles, take a right at Sundog Ranch Rd. On your left will be a large parking lot and the trailhead for the Peavine. You will see the the trailhead for Lakeshore Trail at the one mile marker of the Peavine.

Preston Sands writes: From the highway 69/highway 89 junction in Prescott, head north about 2.3 miles, and turn right at Prescott Lakes Parkway. After about 0.25 miles, there will be a large parking area on the left. This is the trailhead.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 104 mi - about 1 hour 55 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 208 mi - about 3 hours 23 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 92 mi - about 1 hours 39 mins
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