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Turley Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,688 feet
Elevation Gain 220 feet
Accumulated Gain 625 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour+
Kokopelli Seeds 4.83
Interest Seasonal Creek
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11  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
10  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
8  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
12  2016-05-13
Badger (P) Mountain
3  2013-07-05 MEWhiteman
Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 40
Routes 91
Photos 790
Trips 351 map ( 2,703 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  6:18am - 6:27pm
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by MEWhiteman

The Turley Trail named for Gerald Turley is part of the Prescott Circle Trail and goes from the Turley Trailhead in the shadow of “P” Mountain (Badger Mountain) on the east side of Prescott to the border of the Prescott National Forest and the Boy Scout Trail (#126). The trail generally follows the contours of the hills with a number of ups & downs for drainages and such beginning a steady climb at about the halfway point to the Boy Scout Trail. The trail goes through scrub early on which gradually changes to pines and junipers as you progress. There are views of houses to the west during the early part of the hike which disappear as you trek deeper into the forest. There is currently a gap in the Prescott Circle Trail between the north end of the Turley Trail and the Peavine Trailhead

The trail leaves the parking area on the west side of a corral and is well marked with signs at the start. The single track trail is easy to follow here as it traverses through scrub with little shade until about 1.25 miles when more shade is available. At 1.52 miles bear right at the signpost to head onto old road which alternates between wide and narrow and begin gaining elevation. At 2.03 miles (N34 31.465 W112 26.398) turn right down a drainage at a carsonite post. At 2.10 miles (N34 31.449 W112 26.428) bear left onto a single track avoiding the dirt road to the right. This trail eventually becomes wider. At 2.30 miles continue straight on 2 track through a clearing spotting a sign for the trail after a slight bend and hill. At 2.75 miles (N34 31.387 W112 25.903) the Turley Trail ends at the national forest boundary which is indicated by signs for the Boy Scout Trail (#126). From here is is .93 miles via #126 to its end at the Ranch Trail (#62).

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2013-07-07 MEWhiteman

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Turley Trail
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
    This one has been in the works since @MEwhiteman put it on my radar back in 2014. I've done numerous segments of the loop, but wanted to do the whole thing in segments.

    Since we were dayhiking/slackpacking this, it needed to be broken up into semi equal segments based on parking availability.

    After Denny and Joe decided which of the 3 segments they wanted to do first (on the drive up), we were off like a herd of Tortoises.

    After dropping off my truck at the end of the segment on the south end, we were greeted with cool air at the Peavine TH on the SE end of Watson Lake.

    Going clockwise, Sundog Trail gets you from the Peavine lot to Rt69. It's a hike through gentle rolling grassy hills reminiscent of AZT 5 in southern Arizona. With the early morning light, this was pretty.

    Badger Mountain Trail transitions from the grasses, to scrub, to some conifer on its way to the Turley Trail. We saw our 2nd set of deer here bounding in front of us.

    The Turley Trail starts a bit more climb before it abruptly ends at the forest boundary. There is an area with what appears to be an old ranch in a clearing prior to the end.

    The Boy Scout Tail #126 is a nice little trail that follows in a bit of a canyon area. Denny had us lost on portions of this impossible to get lost trail.

    The Ranch Trail #62 and the Ranch Trail #62 Extension take this hike home. I've been on these a couple of times before. Tall Pines and great views of Granite Mountain and Goldwater Lakes.

    Perfect weather and great company. Thanks gentlemen. a couple more to do..

    A roll over accident on the way up in the morning and a brush fire south of Sunset Point on the way home, kept the I-17 interesting.
    Turley Trail
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
    Sundog Trail
    Pleasant on a nice day. Smooth tread for easy mountain biking. No shade. Out of town. Nice amber fields of waving grass.

    Badger Mountain Trail
    Same as Sundog except you know urban development is near. A notch better in my book winding through hillier mountains.

    Turley Trail
    Same as previous with a tad more aeg, aka getting better.

    Boy Scout Trail #126
    All bets hold from above and 732 aeg is making non-golf lover hikers smile.

    Ranch Trail #62
    Under a half mile on #62. Looks like we got a better track than previously posted to share.

    Ranch Trail #62 Extension PCT
    Best of day. Most pine shade. Lots of twists and turns meant changing views.

    Like most AZT segments I enjoyed this introductory shuttle more than anticipated. We only crossed paths with a few mountain bikers and five hikers. Perfect upper 70's weather with a hint of a breeze. Thx to @MEWhiteman for helpful posts over the years so Bruce could piece our 3 Act play together. Prescott has put forth a valiant effort on the PCT. Hopefully we can get [ Prescott Circle Trail :: map ] squared away because the city website is atrocious.

    I held good with my half fanny pack / half one shoulder Camelbak setup.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Turley Trailhead
    Drive east out of Prescott on AZ 69 to its junction with US 89. Stay right on AZ 69 and turn right onto Overland before passing the cemetery. Overland is only accessible driving NE on 69. Go left at the 4-way stop onto Butterfield. Where Butterfield makes a 90 degree turn to the left, go straight onto a dirt road which is Wells Fargo. Go about ¼ mile until Wells Fargo makes a 90 degree turn to the left and turn right on the narrow dirt road with a small sign indicating that it leads to the Turley Trail. Don't confuse this road with the driveway next to it. Go through a metal gate which is closed but unlocked and follow the narrow, dirt road a short distance to the trailhead parking where the road ends. There is an old corral here.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 1 h 42 min without traffic
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 3 h 5 min without traffic
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 1 h 31 min without traffic
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