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Views of Prescott
New sections have been added, many with switchbacks for mountain bikes.
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 prominent people behind the PCT and was president of the Yavapai Trails 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 alongside 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.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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