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Sundog Trail, AZ

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Distance One Way 5.07 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,197 feet
Accumulated Gain 452 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.58
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
4  2016-04-18
Badger Mountain Trail
1  2016-04-18 MEWhiteman
Author MEWhiteman
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Trips 351 map ( 2,703 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:14am - 6:34pm
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by MEWhiteman

The Sundog Trail is part of the Prescott Circle Trail and connects the Badger Mountain Trail at AZ69 to the Peavine Trail. It is an up and down hike over grassy terrain with no shade. It is a smooth, well graded, easy to follow, single track trail for use by non-motorized travel. While there are some nice views, it passes by car dealerships, a juvenile detention center and a water treatment plant. This hike may be done as an out and back or a shuttle hike when combined with the Badger Mountain Trail.

This is described from AZ69 to the Peavine Trailhead. From the north side of the AZ69 culvert where the Badger Mountain Trail ends (N34 33.117 W112 25.019) begin climbing the first of three hills on switch backs. At .41 miles (N34 33.117 W112 25.019) cross a dirt road which appears to come from Prescott Lakes Parkway in the area of York Dodge which is noted on one map as an access point. Continue climbing to reach a high point at about .7 miles, then a dip and another high point at about 1.9 miles. At 3.02 miles (N34 33.967 W112 25.941) cross another dirt road, bear right and begin the third climb. At 3.45 miles the trail levels and crosses a third dirt road. At 4.21 miles (N34 34.028 W112 26.122) cross the paved Sundog Ranch Road and bear right. At 4.3 miles bear right onto an old railroad bed and at 5.07 miles reach the junction of the Peavine Trail and trailhead access and the end of this trail at N34 34.549 W112 25.720.

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2016-04-19 MEWhiteman

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Sundog Trail
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
    This one has been in the works since @MEwhiteman put it on my radar back in 2014. I've done numerous segments of the loop, but wanted to do the whole thing in segments.

    Since we were dayhiking/slackpacking this, it needed to be broken up into semi equal segments based on parking availability.

    After Denny and Joe decided which of the 3 segments they wanted to do first (on the drive up), we were off like a herd of Tortoises.

    After dropping off my truck at the end of the segment on the south end, we were greeted with cool air at the Peavine TH on the SE end of Watson Lake.

    Going clockwise, Sundog Trail gets you from the Peavine lot to Rt69. It's a hike through gentle rolling grassy hills reminiscent of AZT 5 in southern Arizona. With the early morning light, this was pretty.

    Badger Mountain Trail transitions from the grasses, to scrub, to some conifer on its way to the Turley Trail. We saw our 2nd set of deer here bounding in front of us.

    The Turley Trail starts a bit more climb before it abruptly ends at the forest boundary. There is an area with what appears to be an old ranch in a clearing prior to the end.

    The Boy Scout Tail #126 is a nice little trail that follows in a bit of a canyon area. Denny had us lost on portions of this impossible to get lost trail.

    The Ranch Trail #62 and the Ranch Trail #62 Extension take this hike home. I've been on these a couple of times before. Tall Pines and great views of Granite Mountain and Goldwater Lakes.

    Perfect weather and great company. Thanks gentlemen. a couple more to do..

    A roll over accident on the way up in the morning and a brush fire south of Sunset Point on the way home, kept the I-17 interesting.
    Sundog Trail
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    Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
    Sundog Trail
    Pleasant on a nice day. Smooth tread for easy mountain biking. No shade. Out of town. Nice amber fields of waving grass.

    Badger Mountain Trail
    Same as Sundog except you know urban development is near. A notch better in my book winding through hillier mountains.

    Turley Trail
    Same as previous with a tad more aeg, aka getting better.

    Boy Scout Trail #126
    All bets hold from above and 732 aeg is making non-golf lover hikers smile.

    Ranch Trail #62
    Under a half mile on #62. Looks like we got a better track than previously posted to share.

    Ranch Trail #62 Extension PCT
    Best of day. Most pine shade. Lots of twists and turns meant changing views.

    Like most AZT segments I enjoyed this introductory shuttle more than anticipated. We only crossed paths with a few mountain bikers and five hikers. Perfect upper 70's weather with a hint of a breeze. Thx to @MEWhiteman for helpful posts over the years so Bruce could piece our 3 Act play together. Prescott has put forth a valiant effort on the PCT. Hopefully we can get [ Prescott Circle Trail :: map ] squared away because the city website is atrocious.

    I held good with my half fanny pack / half one shoulder Camelbak setup.

    Permit $$
    Various Prescott parks, lakes & trailheads. $3 per car

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Peavine Trailhead
    Mtnlver writes
    If you are taking 17 to highway 69 towards Prescott, turn right at Prescott Lakes Parkway. After about 2 miles, take a right at Sundog Ranch Rd. On your left will be a large parking lot and the trailhead for the Peavine. You will see the the trailhead for Lakeshore Trail at the one mile marker of the Peavine.

    Preston Sands writes
    From the highway 69/highway 89 junction in Prescott, head north about 2.3 miles, and turn right at Prescott Lakes Parkway. After about 0.25 miles, there will be a large parking area on the left. This is the trailhead.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 104 mi - about 1 hour 55 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 208 mi - about 3 hours 23 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 92 mi - about 1 hours 39 mins
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