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Upper Mescal Trail #550, AZ

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Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 6,946 feet
Elevation Gain -224 feet
Accumulated Gain 109 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.75
Kokopelli Seeds 1.36
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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 169
Routes 148
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Trips 1,516 map ( 7,711 miles )
Age 43 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:35am - 7:35pm
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by PrestonSands

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Conveniently located near the Mingus Summit on Highway 89A, the Upper Mescal Trail #550 meanders along Mingus Mountain's forested slopes and deposits one into Mescal Gulch. It can also be hiked in conjunction with its connecting trails: Mescal Trail #547 and Bug Hollow Trail #548.

From its trailhead along Highway 89A, the Upper Mescal Trail heads south through a fence next to a "550" signpost, following the route of a closed road. The trail gently descends to a large, grassy flat with a few scattered ponderosa pines, where the route fades into a footpath and continues in an east-southeast direction. One needs to watch carefully for cairns to remain on the route in this area.

The trail reaches the far end of the grassy flat at 0.3 miles atop a little rise and crosses through a fence below an elevated telephone line. Beyond this point, the Upper Mescal Trail is easier to follow, as the old roadbed becomes apparent again.

Having left the grassy flat, the trail enters a pine forest and begins a gradual descent into a sloping basin at the head of Mescal Gulch. The roadbed portion ends abruptly at about 0.8 miles, where the trail makes a sharp left next to a cairn. Continuing now as a footpath, the trail drops into a shallow, oak filled ravine, to begin its final descent.

After a 0.25 mile descent from the end of the roadbed, the Upper Mescal Trail reaches its end at a signed junction with the Bug Hollow Trail #548. To reach the Mescal Trail #547, turn left and follow the Bug Hollow Trail for a few hundred feet.

One nice return hike option is to hang a left on the Bug Hollow Trail and follow it back to its beginning along Highway 89A, just 0.3 miles down the highway from the Upper Mescal trailhead. See the Bug Hollow Trail #548 hike for more information on this option.

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2012-07-08 PrestonSands

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    Prescott National Forest Pass

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    To hike
    From the junction of U.S. Highway 89 and U.S. Highway 89A just north of Prescott, drive east on U.S. Highway 89A toward Jerome approximately 18.8 miles to the Mingus Summit (the turnoff to Mingus Mountain and Woodchute Mountain). Continue on Highway 89A for another 0.6 miles to the trailhead on the right, located at mile 337.2. The trailhead is a small dirt parking lot/turnaround area next to the highway. Upper Mescal Trail #550 leaves the south side of the trailhead next to a "550" trail signpost and follows a closed road downhill (see hike description).
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