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Embry-Riddle & Jan Alfano Trails - PCT, AZ

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Distance One Way 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,161 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 190 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.23
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3
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Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 40
Routes 91
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Trips 351 map ( 2,703 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:17am - 6:28pm
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by MEWhiteman

The Embry-Riddle & Jan Alfano (ER & JA) trails are part of the Prescott Circle Trail (PCT) and connect the Willow Lake and Legacy trails. The trail crosses Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University property with their permission and the City of Prescott’s Pioneer Park. It is a moderate trail with some good views of the Prescott area. Jan Alfano was one of the main people behind the PCT and was president of the Yavapai Trials Association in the 1990s and 2000s.

There is no parking right at the trail, so I began the hike at the Willow Lake Dog Park where there is parking right at the Willow Lake Trail about 1/2 mile south of the east end of the Embry-Riddle trail. The hike is described from east to west. From the dog park access turn left and hike about 1/2 mile to the junction with the Embry-Riddle trail on the left (N34 36.584 W112 26.912). It is easily identified as there is a large tunnel under Willow Creek Road at that point through which the trail passes. After passing through the tunnel bear left on a single track trail going uphill. Follow this trail for 0.4 miles until it reaches a dirt road at N34 36.692 W112 27.242 and turn left. Follow this road for 0.6 miles avoiding side trails to a “Y” at N34 36.791 W112 27.620.

Bear left at the Y (you are now on the Jan Alfano trail), then turn left through the 2nd gap in the fence (N34 36.820 W112 27.621) in about 200 feet. Hike along side a baseball field for about 500 feet (N34 36.884 W112 27.661) and turn right toward a gate across a dirt road. Turn left on a single track trail before reaching the gate at N34 36.889 W112 27.644. Continue hiking on this trail for .3 miles until you cross a driveway into a Prescott Parks & Recs facility (N34 36.886 W112 27.920). Cross the drive and walk down to a culvert passing under Pioneer Parkway. Pass through the culvert and climb the concrete rip rap on the other side of the culvert (N34 36.866 W112 27.949). This is the end of the Jan Alfano trail. Turn right (north) here to hike the next segment of the PCT or left (south) to reach parking at the Brownlow Trailhead.

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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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2014-06-11 MEWhiteman

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    Embry-Riddle & Jan Alfano Trails - PCT
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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:

    Embry-Riddle & Jan Alfano Trails - PCT
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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

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From AZ69 east of the center of Prescott go north on Prescott Lakes Parkway. Turn right on AZ89 at a traffic light in about 2 miles. In about a mile you reach a roundabout by Watson Lake. Go 3/4 of the way around and turn onto Willow Lake Road. Follow this road about 2 miles to the intersection with Willow Creek Road and turn right at the traffic light. In about 1/2 mile there is an entrance to the Willow Lake Dog Park on the right. If you pass a Honda dealer, you've gone too far. After entering the dog park keep right around a ball field to the trail parking in the back (N34 36.218 W112 27.112). There is room for a number of cars here.
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