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Badger Mountain Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 4.29 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,687 feet
Accumulated Gain 383 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.57
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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15  2021-06-25
Sundog Trail
3  2021-03-27
Prescott Circle Trail - Pt 4
11  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
10  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
8  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
4  2016-04-18 MEWhiteman
Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 42
Routes 93
Photos 802
Trips 354 map ( 2,723 miles )
Age 77 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:41am - 7:30pm
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Where's the "P"
by MEWhiteman

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The Badger Mountain Trail (aka P-Mountain Trail) is part of the Prescott Circle Trail and connects the Turley Trail to the Sundog Trail at AZ69. It goes over the shoulder of Badger Mountain with views of the “P” as you hike. However, you don’t pass very near this landmark. It is a smooth, well-graded, easy to follow, single-track trail with very little shade for use by non-motorized travel. There are some lovely views to the north, including Granite Mountain and Watson Lake. This hike may be done as an out and back or a shuttle hike when combined with the Sundog Trail.

I’ve described this from the Turley Trailhead to AZ69. Beginning at the Turley Trailhead, hike 0.17 miles to the junction with the Badger Mountain Trail at N34 32.351 W112 26.289. Turn left and begin a gradual ascent. At 1.13 miles from the trailhead (N34 32.444 W112 25.857), cross a dirt road which I assume provides access to the towers at the top. A short distance further, there is a metal bench that marks the high point of this trail and provides a nice spot to take in the views. Begin a gradual descent following the curves of the mountain, reaching the culvert under AZ69 at 4.29 miles (N34 33.117 W112 25.019) which marks the end of this trail and the beginning of the Sundog Trail. There is no parking at this end.

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2016-04-19 MEWhiteman

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    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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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To Turley Trailhead
    Drive east out of Prescott on AZ 69 to its junction with US 89. Stay right on AZ 69 and turn right onto Overland before passing the cemetery. Overland is only accessible driving NE on 69. Go left at the 4-way stop onto Butterfield. Where Butterfield makes a 90 degree turn to the left, go straight onto a dirt road which is Wells Fargo. Go about ¼ mile until Wells Fargo makes a 90 degree turn to the left and turn right on the narrow dirt road with a small sign indicating that it leads to the Turley Trail. Don't confuse this road with the driveway next to it. Go through a metal gate which is closed but unlocked and follow the narrow, dirt road a short distance to the trailhead parking where the road ends. There is an old corral here.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 1 h 42 min without traffic
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 3 h 5 min without traffic
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 1 h 31 min without traffic
    page created by MEWhiteman on Apr 19 2016 2:20 pm
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