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Happy Camp Trail #9853 - Prescott NF, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,017 feet
Elevation Gain -223 feet
Accumulated Gain 46 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.1
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Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop
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author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun
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2012-11-20

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    Happy Camp Trail #9853 - Prescott NF
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    Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop
    Out to the Juniper Mesa Wilderness again to check out some new areas.

    We attacked this in a CCW direction this time.

    Bull Spring #100 is in great shape. This trail's views get better the higher you climb. Juniper Mesa #20 yields some spectacular views if you make your way out to the edge. I really want to complete the eastern portion of this trail, over to Juniper Spring. This is really the jewel of this hike.

    Joe took us down the off trail portion instead of up like we did last time. Much easier in this direction meeting up with Trail #9124.

    Next we planned to hit the Old Military Trail #1 about in the middle and hike it North to it's northern terminus at Happy Camp. This trail's been on my "To Do" list for awhile now. We were unable to find where the trail anywhere near where the Topo maps show it off of FR7. After heading in the general direction of Happy Camp, we stumbled across the trail, fairly well worn, cairned and blazed. I need to get back there and see how far off the TOPO trace it is from the actual trail going to the south.

    At the Happy Camp area, we ate out lunch and relaxed for a bit. We had a bit of a road walk to hit our next "Trail" Happy Camp Trail #9853 I'm sure is there, but with recent and current bovine activity, there's trails everywhere. We pretty much stuck to the Topo trace on the map to get us back.

    Oaks and Willows Trail #3 was a bit steep and loose dropping off the ridge, but leveled out to a nice grade and became tree covered further on down.
    Happy Camp Trail #9853 - Prescott NF
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    The Juniper Loop
    Bull Spring Trail #100
    Looked recently maintained two years ago. Still has that same high pro glow now. A decent trail with nice trees and views.

    Juniper Mesa Trail #20
    Highlight of the wilderness. Majestic ponderosas with occasional rim view options. Jump the fence a time or two for the good life. This isn't a well maintained trail for princesses out strolling for knights.

    Trail #9124 - Prescott NF
    Bruce and I have hit this road/trail twice with his southern off-trail canyon option. This time we accessed descending which made it fairly easy. Off-trail was gentle brushy, only one scratch wearing shorts.

    Old Military Trail #1
    We hiked 50%. The west end. Trouble finding it for 0.8mi from FS7. In review I can make out a bit more but not all on satellite. Hope to do the eastern end someday to complete the trail. Mainly junipers with some nice alligator junipers on occasion. Little shade on trail, available often for breaks. Typical bone dry juniper land feeling.

    Missed the last western mile of #1 I had drawn up from FS Topo. The missed segment is an old 4wd road, it can be traced.

    Trail #9853 - Prescott NF
    Kinna like rolling the dice in wheat germ. Trail barely exists. Cairns on occasion. Pasture... moo

    Oaks and Willows Trail #3
    Descended this time. A bit steep in the upper end. Several of us slid a time or two catching ourselves without falling.

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    Wildflowers
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    Permit $$
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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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


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