register help

Graver Wash Trail #9904 - Prescott NF, AZ

Guide 12 Triplogs  0 Topics
  3.7 of 5 
226 12 0
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 1.22 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,439 feet
Elevation Gain -192 feet
Accumulated Gain 36 feet
Avg Time One Way 45 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.34
Interest Perennial Creek
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Will recalculate on button tap!
3  2021-04-03 toddak
13  2021-04-01
Hyde Mountain Loop
6  2020-10-15
Apache Creek Trail #9905
16  2014-10-18
Apache Creek Trail #9905
13  2014-09-13
Walnut Creek Exploration
67  2014-09-13
Graver's Wash - Apache Creek - 95B&A&B
21  2014-08-16
Hyde Mountain - Apache Creek Loop
30  2014-08-16
Hyde Mountain - Apache Creek Loop
Page 1,  2
Author chumley
author avatar Guides 81
Routes 688
Photos 15,690
Trips 1,599 map ( 11,892 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Expand Map
Preferred   Apr, Oct, Mar, May → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:42am - 7:33pm
Official Route
3 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2017 Hyde Fire37.8 mi*

To B or not to B
by chumley

remove free decal offer
This trail is the easiest access point for the Apache Creek Wilderness. While this trail never actually enters the Wilderness, it ends at the boundary and at the north end of the Apache Creek Trail #9905. It is the only official access to the northern portion of the Wilderness, which is otherwise surrounded by private property where hiking is not permitted.

Trailhead Access
As described in the directions below, this trail begins from a marked trailhead on Forest Road 95A. There is parking for one or two vehicles only. This road gets progressively more difficult to drive the farther from FR95 it gets, and while a stock 4x4 truck can make it to the trailhead, the travel is so slow that it probably makes more sense to just walk. Hiking a portion of the road is not included in the stats for this hike.

All the signs you find posted along this trail and others in the Apache Creek Wilderness indicate this as Graber Wash Trail - rather than Graver. I assume this was a mistake in verbal communication to the signmaker since B and V are easily confused. But all the maps I've ever seen identify the nearby wash as Graver. So B or V? Don't let it confuse you too much. Either way, you're on the right trail!

From the trailhead, proceed north through a little wash and up the hill on the other side, where you will encounter a lovely information board and sign-in box. From here, the trail descends slowly through primarily pinyon and juniper. After about half a mile, the trail begins to parallel a dry wash, and you may occasionally find a bit of surface water from a seep along the way.

At 0.9 miles, the trail takes a turn to the west, following the contour of the drainage you have been walking down. Straight ahead and downhill, you may see a corral that belongs to private ranch property adjacent to the Wilderness.

Next, the trail then descends gently into the perennial Apache Creek, where you can use boulders to cross without getting wet before following the cairned route up the slope on the other side. From here, cairns lead you up into a grassy meadow north of the creek, where it ends at the Wilderness Boundary and junction with the Apache Creek Trail #9905.

There are numerous shade trees here that make for a nice relaxing picnic spot, or you may explore off-trail to a creekside location.

Connecting Hikes
From the end of this trail, you can enter the Apache Creek Wilderness by hiking south on trail #9905. If you wish to make a loop, Upper Graver Wash Trail #9906 leaves the wilderness and connects back to Forest Road 95A, which you can use to return to the trailhead for a total of about 6.5 miles.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2014-08-28 chumley

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

    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 intersection of SR89 and SR89A just north of Prescott, travel west on Pioneer Parkway 4.5 miles to its end. Turn right onto Williamson Valley Road and travel 33.5 miles. Shortly after crossing a historic truss bridge (built in 1913 and relocated from Calva, AZ) turn left onto Walnut Creek Road (County Road 125). Travel 1.8 miles and turn left onto FR95. Travel for 1.3 miles, crossing the creek and climbing a hill out of the Walnut Creek valley and turn right onto FR95A. From here you may drive 1.5 miles to the marked trailhead. Alternatively, you may choose to walk to the trailhead as the road condition steadily deteriorates.
    page created by joebartels on Aug 27 2014 11:13 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
    prehydrate & stay hydrated
    help comment issue

    end of page marker