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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
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18  2017-06-17 Peter_Medal
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Author Peter_Medal
author avatar Guides 9
Routes 121
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Trips 79 map ( 456 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Sun  6:14am - 6:33pm
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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.

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    Stoneridge Peak 6542
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    Was hoping to craft the "official route" for Stoneridge Peak (officially on the USGS Maps, unnamed 6542) coming from the north-northwest approach from a route previously taken by Widowmaker, Prospectors Trail #42. Fat chance. The Lynx Mountain Estates residential community is an unincorporated area of Yavapai County (Prescott mailing) where the county does not maintain the roads. So the roads are "private" and sign after sign the locals dont want you there. The previous launch from Widowmaker for the targeted trail is now fenced off and gated with "no tresspassing". Therefore, Stoneridge Peak can only be accessed via Salida Gulch Trail (north of Lynx Lake) from the west or the new Green Gulch Trailhead (Dewey-Humboldt) from the east.

    We launched at 5:33am. Took the Charcoal Gulch trail for about 0.9 miles then took the right fork and connected onto the Red Mountain Trail #43. This trail is a legit forest trail. At times tunnels through an Oak thicket and is heavily shaded from the trees. I took a quick detour to water report the Green Gulch Spring. Dry. We continued on 43, which, had a few switchbacks, not shown on the USGS map, but revealed from Google earth satellite imagery.

    I had studied the Topo maps and Google earth for the most logical/efficient up and back approach to bag Stoneridge Peak. There is a rocky, kraggy, south ridgeline which showed very large trees on its west ridge. Easily revealed its ridge at 2.39 miles from the TH.

    The final ascent had a few spots of class 3 but nothing technical. The views to Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Dewey Humboldt were awesome. The geo cache summit register. Ugh. Once again, forgot a writing implement, so I left my Buckys Casino Players Club card. Ha ha.

    Saw no snakes. Lots of Tarantula dens. Glad we started as early as we did. Got hot quick.
    Stoneridge Peak 6542
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    Officially, Stoneridge Peak on the USGS Maps is "Unnamed 6542'" .... Stoneridge Golf Community, Prescott Valley, is located to its north. This ridgeline has 4 prominent hill profiles and is a textbook "ridgeline hike" with summit bag. This peak is the most prominent peak view for the Town of Prescott Valley (aside from Glassford Hill, but thats not a peak). You cant look south from anywhere in PV and not see this pointy peak.

    Once on the first bump there is a barbed wire fence line with a trail running along its east perimeter. This is private property. Prescott National Forest is on the west side of this fence line. My hike partner thoroughly enjoyed the trail until it petered out. Hike partner said "This is by far one of the best hikes he has been on in the Prescott area". He enjoyed the ridging it; the lack of any crazy bushwackyness; no people; close to home; and awesome views.

    I would compare the ridge portion comparable to Apache Peak in the Whetstones. Complete with Shin Daggers above 6300' (but not that many).

    I knew going in that we were going to be bisecting private property so therefore, will not use my route for the official route description (coming soon). But I wanted to experience the full north ridgeline traverse to its summit. This peak can be accessed via the new Green Gulch Trailhead from Dewey and bagged and tagged with Sun Devil Peak and/or Bear Down Mountain. Or accessed from the northwest to the ridgeline.

    We bumped into two of the property owners ranch hands on the way down. The guys were servicing the fence and wanted us to be clear that we were on "private property" and the west side of the fence was not. Ok.

    The third bump was a rock climb. Nothing scary. Hike partner was loving the scramble.

    There were four entries in the summit register which was more or less a geocache. I did not have a pen, so will have to comeback again but via a different approach.

    Video from summit: [ youtube video ]

    Permit $$
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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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


    Directions
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    From Highway 69, south on Stoneridge Drive 1.69 Miles to Old Black Canyon City Highway.
    At Old Black Canyon City Hwy go right/west 0.68 Miles to a fork in the road, stay left/south on EAST Old Black Canyon City Highway for 0.73 miles to Cibola Circle.
    Take a left/east on Cibola Circle for 0.11 miles to Vista Del Oro.
    Take a right/east on Vista Del Oro for 0.68 miles to Tesoro Circle.
    Take a right/south on Tesoro Circle for 0.3 miles which dead ends into a cul-de-sac which is the Prospectors Trail #42 Trailhead.
    page created by Peter_Medal on Jan 18 2017 10:41 pm
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