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Prescott National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Aug 14th to TBD
Evergreen Oaks to Tall Pines
Runs between Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419 on the lower end up to the middle of Prospector Trail #42.
Red Mountain Trail #43 begins after 0.95 mi on Charcoal Gulch Trail #9419. The scenery changes quickly as you enter a forest of Arizona White Oaks. Unfortunately, my favorite oak segment is over near or soon after a gate at 0.5 miles. The trail continues up Green Gulch at a leisure grade to "the" switchback around 0.82 miles. The sweet oaks are over and junipers take over.
The tread gets rocky and steep on both sides of a gate at 1.3 miles. Peakbaggers should consider a jaunt up to Stoneridge Peak 6542 from the gate. I'm guessing the Forest Service calls peak 6,542 Red Mountain since it is red from the south.
My second favorite section is about 1.4 miles up. There are a couple of areas with nice views back down and across to Sun Devil Peak.
The trail is easy hiking to tall pines around Trail Tank @ 1.55 miles. Then ends at a junction with Prospector Trail #42 at 1.8 miles.
OHV trails aren't for everyone. I likely enjoyed this trail more than most but think most hikers will find it worthy once in nice weather.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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