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Legacy Trail Plus - Prescott Circle Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 3.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,494 feet
Elevation Gain -290 feet
Accumulated Gain 450 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.1
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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
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   Apr, Oct, May, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:14am - 6:34pm
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Named place Nearby
Rolling Hills
by MEWhiteman

This segment of the Prescott Circle Trail (PCT) connects the Embry Riddle - Jan Alfano segment to the Williamson Valley Road trailhead. There is a gap in the PCT between the latter trailhead and the next segment of the trail going west using the Ho-Kay-Gan trail. This segment goes up and down over some rolling hills near Pioneer Parkway and Commerce Drive, and does offer some views of nearby Prescott at the high points. It has both single and dual track parts, is well signed and can be done as an out and back or shuttle hike.

I’m describing this section from west to east. From the Williamson Valley trailhead parking head south toward Pioneer Parkway and go around the fence corner to your left. The trail is not very obvious here but there are signs later confirming you are on the correct trail which parallels Pioneer Parkway. Hike eastbound from this corner on a gentle downhill for 0.9 miles (N34 36.566 W112 28.911) until the trail bears left away from Pioneer Parkway and its traffic up a gentle climb. At 1.2 miles (N34 36.810 W112 28.886) bear right at a “Y” intersection. At 1.4 miles go straight over a dirt road. At a short distance further (N34 36.824 W112 28.707) go left at a junction avoiding the culvert under Pioneer Parkway. At 1. 5 miles (N34 36.849 W112 28.691) go right at a “T” intersection and at 1.9 miles (N34 37.054 W112 28.395) go right at a junction. At 1.95 miles (N34 37.031 W112 28.365) go left onto the Legacy Trail avoiding the second culvert under Pioneer Parkway.

At 2.3 miles and 2.4 miles you’ll pass two benches for resting or viewing nature as you climb a small hill. At 2.5 miles you’ll reach the top of this hill. Now you descend into a small valley before climbing the next hill reaching the high point of this one at about 3.0 miles. At 3.1 miles (N34 37.098 W112 27.864) bear right off the Legacy Trail passing through the third culvert under Pioneer Parkway. At 3.2 miles (N34 37.042 W112 27.802) turn right avoiding a gate and Commerce Drive. At 3.4 miles (N34 36.957 W112 28.050) make an acute left at an unsigned junction onto a dirt road. Follow this until mile 3.6 (N34 36.866 W112 27.949) where you come to a culvert under Commerce Drive. This is the end of this segment. Go left under the culvert to continue onto the Embry Riddle - Jan Alfano segment or go straight along the west side of Commerce Drive to the Brownlow Trailhead in Pioneer Park.

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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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2014-06-23 MEWhiteman

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Legacy Trail Plus - Prescott Circle Trail
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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:

    Legacy Trail Plus - Prescott Circle Trail
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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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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Directions: Go west out of Prescott on Iron Springs Rd and then north at the traffic light onto Williamson Valley Road. Go 2.3 miles to the traffic light at the junction with Pioneer Parkway. The unmarked trailhead is on the right just north of the light and is just a pull off with room for about 3 or 4 vehicles.
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