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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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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