Embry-Riddle & Jan Alfano Trails - PCT, AZ | HikeArizona
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Embry-Riddle & Jan Alfano Trails - PCT, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,160 feet
Elevation Gain 109 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.72
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Age 79 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Prescott Region
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:28am - 6:45pm
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🔥 2018 Stubbs Fire34.7 mi**

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by MEWhiteman

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2020 Note
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.

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2014-06-11 MEWhiteman

    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.

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    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 several cars here.
    page created by MEWhiteman on Jun 11 2014 5:15 pm

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