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Prescott National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Aug 14th to TBD
Test your trail skills
Overview: A hike to Gaddes Canyon
Warning: The trail is faint, hikers will be pressed to putting their trailfinding skills to good use.
Hike: From the road, you begin on an old jeep rd until you pass a large tank. This scene is pleasant as the field is open and likely visited by many deer and Elk.
After this it narrows down to a path and wanders its way through the trees, gradually descending. The further you go the fainter it will get. As you approach the rim of Gaddes Canyon it will be an all out cairn hunt. I played follow the cairns for awhile and it seems like people have figure out a route that may go all the way down to the bottom of the canyon, but I did not follow it down very far. The forest service indicates this trail ends at the rim of the canyon, so any linkage of this trail to the actual Gaddes Canyon Trail Two is simply a path of use. If it does go all the way it might make for a good loop possibility.
Water Sources: The tank you pass should have water. Whether you want to drink it is another matter.
Camping: It appears that several people have camped along the trail, though none recently, or perhaps within the last 10 years. The lack of nice water likely contributes to this trail not getting much usage.
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