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Javelina Trail #332, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,864 feet
Elevation Gain -159 feet
Accumulated Gain 915 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.7
Interest Seasonal Creek
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Thumb Butte Trail #33
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2
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Part of the Prescott Circle Trail, Javalina Trail #332 rises and falls over the hilly terrain of Arizona's central highlands. Exposed slopes of chaparral and pinyon-juniper woodland are interspersed with shady groves of ponderosa pine where a variety of bird calls can be heard ringing out from among the trees. There are nice views of both Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain--Prescott's most prominent landmarks. This trail is notable because it provides a route between these two features. As of July 2010 there are multiple unmarked trails on the south side of Iron Springs Road. This trail is the one that follows a portion of the old Santa Fe railroad grade, just past a locked gate.

This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users--slow down and know when to yield the trail. Refrain from using horses and bikes when the trail is wet.

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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.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Javelina Trail #332
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    I never really got into hiking when I lived in Prescott 15 years ago; the Thumb Butte area definitely shows what I missed.

    Started up the paved Thumb Butte trail with a cool 40 degrees at the start. Made it to the top in about 30 minutes, which is really good for me :y: The skies were crystal clear with views to Bill Williams and the San Francisco Peaks. After that I just meandered around the various trails making a loop back to the car. This is a great area even if you skip the climb up Thumb Butte. Light traffic on this Monday morning; maybe 4-5 hikers and one mountain biker.

    There was a 30 foot or so section of ice covering the paved trail in the upper sections which was slick, but very careful foot placement can get you through it. Otherwise just some small but firm muddy patches here and there along the other trails.
    Javelina Trail #332
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3
    The final leg of our 58 mile loop around Prescott, started at the Peavine TH in the low 40's.

    The low morning sun cast intriguing shadows on the rocks and trees around Watson Lake. The lake was busy with waterfowl of all types. Willow Lake was just as thick with ducks and geese.

    We climbed out of Willow Lake, to Emery Riddle and an RC plane doing aerobatics.

    The middle section today was a pleasant mix of tall grasses, mixed conifer, rolling hills, and long views.

    After lunch we made the final push ending in a gorgeous stand of pines.

    It was great catching up after five weeks away from the gang.

    Good times gentlemen :y:

    Javelina Trail #332
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3
    We brought the PCT Trail full circle. Today was the 3rd leg Bruce created breaking the PCT into 3 reasonable segments for day hikes. I enjoyed the entire circle. That said this would be the area least appealing to most.

    Started out in the first cold weather morning of the season. 'Twas spectacular skirting Watson & Willow lakes. The tail end of Autumn Foliage had the massive cottonwoods screaming y(h)ellow in the low morning sun.

    The majority of the hike along Pioneer Pkwy, Williamson Valley Rd and a local neighborhood would unlikely interest the masses. Personally I enjoyed seeing how it connected but wouldn't be jumping for a redo.

    We hiked this man club style doing each segment in the direction of the most aeg. Which was an appreciated group tactic to keep me from crying like a baby👶

    Thx to B&D for setting up all the necessary shuttles!

    short section in the final stages, see description
    Javelina Trail #332
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2
    Hike 104 with Denny and 274 with Joe had us on Act 2 of 3 for us on the Prescott Circle Trail.

    Perfect weather and many first time trails for me.
    All of these trails for the most part are impeccably kept.

    Javelina #322 starts on a nice smooth ole road that meanders through the pines and an old homestead.

    Garden Grove #392 is much better in the spring with the trickling creek next to you, but is still very nice.

    Potts Creek 327 and Cold Springs 393, both have some real pretty areas, especially around the Camp Stein area.

    Aspen Creek trail #48 is a gentle climb through the pines getting to the Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415.

    We went up the spur road to the Wolverton Summit. It affords some great views of the surrounding areas.
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    Getting to the Wolverton Summit was a little bit of a bushwhack for us. It appears on Sat. view , that someone has cut another option that we SHOULD have tried, but thought was going in the wrong north direction off the peak.

    I've been on Goldwater Lake Trail #396 numerous times and I'll be back to that one. Just a beautiful walk through the hillsides with tons of shady pines, smooth roller coaster trails, and views of the lakes. It's a fun area to explore if you get a chance. It will not be without people though, for those of you that dislike humanity.
    Javelina Trail #332
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2
    As always trail segments above are in the order hiked. After an initial trailhead photo I did not take another worthy candidate until 12 miles into the hike midway through Wolverton Mountain Trail #396. Which was off the official trail on a short scratchy jaunt to the summit of the namesake. Which had a nice bench for our lunch.

    Garden Grove Trail #392 & Aspen Creek Trail #48 nurtured my higher ranking in late spring when water flowed in the creeks. Still a nice forest stroll anytime.

    Goldwater Lake Trail #396
    The highlight of the day, possibly the entire circle trail. If you live for best of, lack time or really don't care for the hiking part of hiking this is your ticket. Well at least the eastern half anyhow. Easy rolling trails, pines galore with happy oaks and lake views to tickle your fancy.

    I enjoyed the hike in full with fab company. The short side trip up Wolverton was worthy. Autumn appeared to be singing high notes a week earlier. 56.9 ounces of water was 4-8 short but close enough. Ending a 21 mile hike with a 1.8 lb pack is pretty sweet. Keep reaching for the stars @te_wa! Okay I cheated... Thx to Denny for carrying my long sleeve shirt after it warmed up. We saw a good variety out recreating along the trail!

    tail end of what looked to be a great display of primarily gambel oak

    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
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From downtown Prescott, travel west on Gurley Street (becomes Thumb Butte Road) for 3.4 miles to the Thumb Butte Picnic Area. Continue another 0.9 miles to the trailhead on the right. Do not block the gate. Parking is poor.

    Alternately, the Circle Trail #322 may be accessed from Iron Springs Road. From its intersection with Williamson Valley Road travel northwest on Iron Springs Road 1.5 miles to Granite Basin Road. Continue another 1.5 miles to the turnoff on the left. Just before the turnoff is a sign indicating that the trail crosses the roadway. Parking is fair. From here the trail can be followed northeast to the Granite Basin Recreation Area, or south towards Thumb Butte.

    Routes are suitable for all vehicles.
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