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Mount Tritle via FR 52B, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Prescott S
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,170 feet
Elevation Gain 900 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,240 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.1
Interest Peak
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Photos Viewed All Mine Following
11  2019-06-15
Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta
20  2019-04-25
Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta
13  2018-09-15
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce
6  2018-09-15
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce
13  2018-09-15
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce
6  2017-07-08
Mount Tritle
16  2016-09-23
Mount Tritle
14  2016-07-02
Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle Shuttle
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Overview: This hike follows Forest Road 52B and FR 9403C up the south slope of Mount Tritle, to its 7782 foot summit. Along the way, one can enjoy spectacular views of the rugged western slope of the Bradshaw Mountains, cool forest, and old mines. This hike can be used as a connector between Mount Tritle and Mount Union.

The hike begins on FR 52B, continues up FR 9403C to the crest of Mount Tritle's western ridge, then turns east to climb to the summit of Mount Tritle, where one can enjoy an awesome 360 degree view. Driving as far as Mount Tritle's western ridge is possible, but not recommended, as a flipped over vehicle along the road can attest to.

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2018-07-14 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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Mount Tritle via FR 52B
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    Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle Shuttle
    Up at 4am I checked the radar and Prescott what getting nailed with a heavy thunderstorm.
    I knew it would be a humid one. Temps on the day ranged from 62 to 78. Not bad for a July.

    Ray was our shuttle commander today. He dropped us at the Groom Creek TH. Clockwise on the Groom Creek #307 up to Spruce Mountain, we stopped at the Fire Lookout. Red is gone and Suzie is back in the tower. All the windows were open and the hummingbirds were flying feeder to feeder through the tower.

    On to Isabella #377 and down to Potato Patch.

    Dandrea #285 is my least favorite in this loop. A group of hikers pointed out the best example I've seen of an Arrastra, which made this trail a plus this time.

    The off trail to Mount Davis is always a worthy track. Some really good views.
    Video from the Top of Mount Davis :next: ... HT8Y

    Next it was off to Mount Union to visit with John for a bit before lunch on the Helipad.

    The planned route had to be adjusted after we ran into some Private Property. This is the first time I'd taken FR52B to the top of Mount Tritle. A worthy route with some nice views. We searched for the Summit Register with zero luck.
    We meddled with the Peter Medal route off the north side. This route was a super highway for about half the way down. After that, not so much. Finally in the Hassayampa, travel was much easier.

    Our shuttle driver picked us up while walking on...Walker Road. Thanks Ray!
    Mount Tritle via FR 52B
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    Starting at the 4 way road junction just off of the Senator Highway, Shauna and I started hiking down FR 52B toward Mount Tritle, enjoying the high Bradshaw Mountain country in full summer glory, replete with numerous flowering penstemons and agave stalks. The unstable atmosphere, charged with hurricane remnant moisture, was causing ragged clouds to boil up overhead. With a close eye on the sky, we climbed up the southern slopes of Tritle, sweat dripping from the strong sun and intense humidity. To my amazement, we reached the top before any storms grew threatening. We didn't stay long on the summit at my urging, as it is not a place I want to be if a thunderstorm rolled in. In the distance, Mingus Mountain was buried in a dark, surly looking storm, which rumbled angrily with thunder. We stopped at the Davis Dunkirk mine for a break, and then continued back to my truck. The drive in had been via the Senator Highway and Groom Creek, and our drive out was through Walker and past Lynx Lake. Not a drop of rain the entire time! Great hike!
    Mount Tritle via FR 52B
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    Parked near the Mount Union divide and started hiking south on the Senator Highway. Turned off onto FR52B and followed it to the summit of Mount Tritle. I had been wanting to try Prescottstyle's north ridge route for some time, so I took that way down. Very nice fir forest and a cool old mine (Sundance) on the north ridge route. Thanks for the suggestion! Back at the Senator Highway, daylight was fading, so I shortened my original Mount Union loop hike plan and walked the Highway back to my truck. I couldn't not go up Union though, so I parked at the locked gate and walked up in the moonlight. I surveyed the moonlit Bradshaws from the helicopter ramp, then hiked back down.
    Mount Tritle via FR 52B
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    Finishing work early, I hurried home, grabbed a sandwich, chips, and my tripod, then hit the road for the Bradshaws. My first stop was FR 52B along the Senator Highway, where I parked and started hiking up Mount Tritle. I puffed up the hill past the Davis Dunkirk mine and some nervous deer, and arrived on the summit in time to enjoy the sunset. I took some photos, signed the register, then headed back down in the growing dark.

    Once back at my truck, it was time for part two of a fun filled evening: a mountain-top picnic, fire photos, and some back road travel. I squeezed past some other Gladiator Fire spectators who were parked in the middle of the Senator Highway, then turned onto Poland Road to look for my own vantage point. I settled on the south slope of Mount Davis, where I set up my camera, opened the shutter, then sat down to enjoy dinner with a spectacular, albeit sad light show in the distance.

    Afterward, I went west to Mount Union for a few more photos, then headed east down the rough route of Poland Road all the way back to highway 69. Made it home at midnight, having had a perfect and satisfying evening in the mountains.
    Mount Tritle via FR 52B
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    After waiting forever at the Mount Tritle/Trail 65 trailhead for the rain to stop, I gave up and drove south to hike Tritle from FR 52B again. I drove FR 52B for a short ways, then continued on foot, meeting two other hikers along the way. I was treated to a great sunset on top, but a rapidly developing thunderstorm sent me down a short time later. A short distance down from the top the deluge began, and I was walking in a full downpour, soaked. A few nearby blasts of lightning spurred me on as I approached my truck. I hoped that those other two guys had descended from the peak. :scared:

    I drove home along the Senator Highway, romping through puddles of muddy water, and listening to hilarious songs of white trash living, while all around me lightning flashes illuminated the driving rain. It was a great adventure in a pretty area. :)

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From the highway 69/highway 89 junction in Prescott, head west on Gurley Street to the stoplight at Mount Vernon Street. Turn left (south) on Mount Vernon Street (a.k.a. the Senator Highway), and drive approximately 12.9 miles to the turnoff for FR 52B on the right (FR 52B is 0.4 miles past the signed turnoff for Poland Road). Follow FR 52B (jeep road-car possible when dry at this point) for 0.4 miles to a signed road juntion in a saddle. Parking here is recommended, unless you have a high clearance vehicle. The road sign at the saddle indicates Lookout Mountain to the left, and Mount Tritle/Davis Dunkirk Mine to the right. Turn right, and go downhill toward Mount Tritle/Davis Dunkirk Mine. One can drive further on FR 52B, but the road becomes steeper, rockier, and narrower as it climbs the peak, eventually becoming a trail.

    Coordinates of the road junction in the saddle: 34.40979 N, -112.44236 W
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