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Stoneridge Peak 6542, AZ

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Distance Loop 5.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,328 feet
Elevation Gain 1,257 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,344 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.32
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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Author Peter_Medal
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 122
Photos 1,342
Trips 81 map ( 479 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, May → Early
Seasons   Early Winter to Late Winter
Sun  5:16am - 7:44pm
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Prescott Valley Overlook
by Peter_Medal

Prescott Valley's Stoneridge Golf Community is rightfully named from this unnamed ridgeline and peak of the northeastern most range of the Bradshaw Mountains and the Prescott National Forest. The high point of this range is Mount Elliott. Other notables include Bear Down Mountain and Sun Devil Peak. The range is bounded by Diamond Valley and Prescott Valley to the north; Dewey-Humboldt and Highway 69 to east; Mayer to the southeast; Breezy Pines & Poland Road to the south; and the Walker Valley/Lynx Lake to the west. Charcoal Gulch Trail runs much of the range from north to south. Its northern trailhead, the Green Gulch Trailhead is the eastern port of entry for what the Prescott National Forest calls the Blue Range. Stoneridge Peak's nearest neighbor, Sun Devil Peak is one mile south. Officially, "Stoneridge Peak" is UN 6542' from USGS Topographic Maps. Its prominence is easily seen from just about anywhere looking south from the Town of Prescott Valley. Its a pointy, pyramid type peak. Its east and west side view displays its glorious wavy ridgeline with 4 prominent bumps.

Although National Forest maps show access to this mountain could be entered via Prospectors Trail #42 this entry is no longer viable for public access (private roads and gates with "no trespassing"). Ideal trailhead for Stoneridge Peak is from the Salida Gulch Trail #9263 from the east, or, the Green Gulch Trailhead from the east (Dewey/Humboldt). There is no parking fee at the Green Gulch Trailhead. Directions noted for this hike description is for the Green Gulch Trailhead.

Ridgeliners run the risk of crossing private property from the north. Simply stay on the west side of the barbed wire fence that runs on the private property of the ridgeline. The east side of the fence is a 640 acre private ranch. Interestingly enough, once on the first bump running up the ridgeline from the north, on the east side, a well groomed trail appears. As tempting as it looks, its on the ranch property and they do not like trespassers. The north ridge approach requires crossing private property initially. Once crossing the east-west barbed wire fence half way up the ridge is national forest.

Approaching its summit is an easy rock climb with limited exposure. Views from the top are highly rewarding which include: Granite Mountain; Watson Lake; Willow Lake; Diamond Valley; Glassford Hill; Prescott Valley; Stoneridge Golf Community; Sun Devil Peak; Bigelow Peak; Mount Union; Mount Davis; and Spruce Mountain. There is a geocache summit register in the belly of the peak's summit cairn.

Vegetation of the area is predominately scrub oak; chaparral; manzanita; NM locusts; prickly pear; and an occasional alligator juniper. Above 6300' are shin daggers. The geology of the area is mainly precambrian granite.

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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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2017-01-18 Peter_Medal
    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.

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Green Gulch Trailhead
    TH is the terminus of Newtown Ave on the edge of Dewey-Humbolt and large enough for many trailers. Trails from this TH are OHV designated. Trail #9419 starts at the domed ATV Cattle Guard.

    0) Dewey-Humbolt 0.68 mi N on 69 from 169/69 (Mortimer Farms is SE)
    1) Kachina Pl → 0.4 mi
    2) Continue on Horseshoe Ln → 0.1 mi
    3) Left on S Pony Pl → 495 ft
    4) Right on Henderson Rd → 2.1 mi
    5) Continue on Newtown Ave → 1.1 mi

    Huge lot for cars and trailers.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 2 h 5 min (109 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 3 h 32 min (214 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 1 h 55 min (97.5 miles)
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