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Distance Round Trip 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,837 feet
Elevation Gain -300 feet
Accumulated Gain 300 feet
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Hassayampa River Wolf Creek Falls
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Bradshaw Bonanza
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Wolf Creek Loop Trail #384
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Short hike to a transient (Spring) 60 ft falls connecting Wolf Creek to the Hassayampa. The hike involves some scrambling down a steep sandy trail to the bottom of the falls. It is about a mile round trip. The creek and falls are typically dry.

A nice option is to continue down to a nice scenic area on the Hassayampa River. This river is typically dry too.

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2010-05-04 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Wolf Creek Falls
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    After hiking the Groom Creek Loop we drove over to Wolf Creek Falls. I didn’t expect much water but wanted to see for myself. The hike is fairly easy. You start by following an old road and then have to follow a use trail over to the creek. We checked out some of the upper cascades and then worked our way down canyon. We found the best bet is to climb back up the embankment and then work your way down canyon. There are several use trails to follow and they lead to the bottom of the big waterfall.

    We arrived to the bottom and were happy to see a moderate amount of water flowing over. These is a small alcove below the falls that we checked out and took a variety of pics. Once we had our fill we started the return. This turned out to be a nice hike that took under an hour. I would love to see this falls gushing!
    Wolf Creek Falls
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    Note: this gps track and report is essentially a winter/snow route alternative for approaching and descending to Wolf Creek Falls.

    SNOW :y: I wished we had frozen hydrologic events like this more often. After watching the radar all day on Friday, I made the drive up to Prescott with intent of checking at Wolf Creek Falls and then cross country skiing around some of the local FS roads. This was my first time ever going to Prescott, let alone Prescott National Forest. As I drove through the community of Groom Creek, I quickly realized that the Senator Highway's paved segment ends at the turn off for Wolf Creek Road. There were at least 10 inches of snow that had fallen the night before sealing off access to me and my subaru. This was a surprise to me. I had expected to drive the access road all the way to the trailhead for Wolf Creek Falls. I quickly changed plans, parked on the side of the road where the snow-plow had cleared a turn-around area and whipped out the cross country skis! On my way down wolf creek road, I noticed the Hassayampa flowing above the snow level.

    As exciting as it is to think about the huge melt/run-off this snow will create, much of it will simply infiltrate local aquifers and not actually make it all the way to the Colorado River. But the lower Hassayampa should be absolutely fun to explore later in the Spring! I stopped once along the road to check out a small cascade and the location reminded me of the many great waterfall captures by @mountainmatt

    When I got to the junction for the Falls Trailhead, I assumed I would have to take the skis off and do some walking in my ski boots. But the old road is wide and tree-free, so I just kept on skiing. I eventually reached the final drop down to the water fall, where I did take the skis off and climb down snow-covered boulders to reach my destination. The falls were flowing pretty well. It is facing south and the sun had done some work on the snow cover around the cascade. This is a cool spot. It was great to have it all to myself. yay winter!
    Wolf Creek Falls
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    Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle-Maverick Loop
    Needed to get out of the heat, hadn't been to Prescott in awhile so it was time to come up with some options. I chose the one with the best chance of being under the conifer canopy. There was a few off trail sections in the route, but I was sure by looking on the Sat. views and from my memory of being in the area 3 years ago that those sections would be under the pines also. I even wore my good HAZ shirt knowing it would come back unscathed.

    Started at the Groom Creek TH with 2 other cars in the lot when we arrived. We quickly passed a couple that were just finishing their hike on our way clockwise on the Groom Creek #307. We made it to the top to check out the tower and were leaving as the tower attendant (Suzie?) was starting her day. Her dog Space is no longer on earth.

    We continued on the #307 2 miles to the Isabella #377 trail. It was on this trail that we would see the last of our hikers for the day. I really like the feel of this trail. Not as wide as the Groom Creek loop and winds through some vanilla smelling ponderosas.

    Next it's short road walk past the Potato Patch area, to the Dandrea #285. I don't care much for this trail which is also used in part by ATV's. Loose and Rocky, it is the probably the easiest route to access both Mt Davis and Mt Union.

    East on the Yankee Doodle #284 for a short while and we followed the orange flags that someone had left, leading all the way to the top of Mt Davis. This would become a theme on this day. We took the extra little side trip over to the Rocky Perch to the North of the advertised high point of Mt Davis and found the Summit Can. We had a "Discussion" as to whether or not this was the high point of Mt Davis, or was it to the south. My GPS showed the same elevation on both areas. This rocky perch yielded the best natural views of the day.

    We scrambled back down to the Yankee D. and made are way over to Mt Union. The last time we were here, it was suggested to us that the best views were at the Heli Pad, so we didn't make it in the tower. This time John invited us up. John's been in the tower for 18 years. We had a nice extended conversation with him about the surrounding areas features, the longevity of the Tower Lookouts jobs, and some of the recent fires. John mentioned that it takes $10k to put a plane in the air to fight fires and $5k for a chopper.

    Next it's a 2.3 mile road walk to start our 2nd off trail adventure of the day. We left the Senator highway and started our climb up the east face of Mt Tritle. We had to adjust our planned track up to keep out of the posted No trespassing signs. It was steeper than it looked on TOPO and the thick Duff made it slippery. At the top we made a half hearted attempt to find the Summit Register with no luck. We found a shady spot a bit farther down the road to take some lunch.

    I was shocked to see that they'd removed this truck
    http://hikearizona.com/photo=204317
    from the last time I was here 3 years ago.

    Now we're off to hit Maverick Mountain. Once again the orange flags that we saw back on Mt Davis were on FR 9403C. When we reached the Ridge line that we planned to climb to gain Maverick, those orange ribbons followed the same path... It's got to be a good path going up. All I heard was Maverick this and Maverick that... I told Goose to take it easy. We made the peak and thought we'd lose the Orange Ribbons... nope, they kept goings and were following the same track that I'd drawn up. We descended to check out Payoff spring and hit a FR. With a name like that the spring had to be running.... no sign of a spring was found. 2 miles of off trail completed in 2 hours, put us a bit behind.

    A short walk over to check out the unimpressive flow of Wolf Creek over the falls. I'll bet an impressive area with a flow through here.

    A fun day of exploring some new ground..
    Thanks for joining me Ice Man.

    Spruce Cicada's, Pano at Mt Davis and in the Mt Union Tower with John and Merlin
    http://youtu.be/NrIEZlxQRMo
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    Wolf Creek Falls
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    Spruce Davis Union Tritle Maverick Loop
    Spruce Mountain 7696
    Up the groomed trail to Spruce. The lookout gal we saw 4 years ago arrived just as we were leaving. Unfortunately her dog "Space" has passed away. Nice views. Surprising we didn't see anyone on this popular trail in such nice weather.

    Mt Davis
    Took Isabella Trail #377 down from Spruce and Dandrea Trail #285 up then off-trail to Mt Davis. This was my first trip up Davis. Nicest views of the day in my opinion. Knoll just NW is definitely worth the extra few minutes, incredible views.

    Mt Union 7979
    Been here a few times. John the tower guy for 18 years gave us the grand view. We quizzed each other on peaks near and far. It was a nice chat.

    Mt Tritle 7782
    Heed the property boundary clues. Funky stuff going on out in the woods reminded me of the movie Wrong Turn ( not the happy fun first half hour ).

    If you are in the area tick it off. Easy access to great views. With a road slapped over it this is more suited for 4WD beer cooler enthusiast. Shrub peak. No cool pines or lichen rock obstacles.

    Maverick Mountain 7443
    A scathing bundle of joy.

    It is an increasingly steep climb up the east. Pants may make the brush tolerable. There are more rewarding places to bleed.

    Wolf Creek Falls
    Creeks, rivers and waterfalls in the vicinity are typically dry. Many of the trails are "V" grooves from mountain bikers and horses. Nearby pines and easy access make this a local winner.

    Synopsis
    Took and consumed 4 quarts. 5-6 would have been more ideal, especially cold! Gnats were not an issue just near face level around Tritle. Thankfully no biting black flies either. Temps were cooler than anticipated. Very cool in the shade. The sunny stretches are like being on the beach in Cali. The sun bakes you but the cool air keeps you happy. Bruce put together a fine loop and I learned a lot about the terrain. Maverick was pure hell, now we know.

    Wildflowers
    Mainly claret cup. Cactus blooms are pretty, just not exciting.
    Wolf Creek Falls
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    Escaped the Valley hoping to find cooled Temps. Started at 68 degrees...mmmm...
    The TH at Groom Creek had about 10 cars in it when I got there, and evidently they were all hiking the Groom Creek Loop. I had this track all to myself, short of two groups of horseback riders.

    I really enjoyed this area. I used the Wolf Creek loops and a short bushwhack, to make my way over to the Mount Tritle trail. The Mount Tritle trail #65 is a bit steep and rocky, but the views are top notch! Temps at the top around noon were mid 70's at 7,700 ft. After some lunch and a bit of a nap, I started making my way back. I stopped at the Hassayampa River and dipped my shirt and hat in the river to cool off. Next stop was the Wolf Creek Falls trail to do the same.

    The Water at the "Falls" was not conducive to dipping. It looks like during wet times this would be a fun area, but now there was just some pooled water, probably from recent rains.

    By the time I got back to the truck, the temps were hitting the low 90's so I was glad to get in the air conditioned truck.

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    To Wolf Creek Trailhead
    To access the trail from Prescott, travel south on Mount Vernon Avenue which changes to Senator Highway, then Forest Road 52, for approximately 6 miles to Groom Creek. Continue past Groom Creek to just beyond where the pavement ends. Turn right on Wolf Creek Road ( FS97 / County Road 101 ). Follow Wolf Creek Road 1.6 miles to a small loop trailhead on the right.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 2 h 5 min (113 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 3 h 27 min (218 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 1 h 54 min (102 miles)
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