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Noodle - Vista Loop :: Spence Basin, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 4.06 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,951 feet
Elevation Gain -324 feet
Accumulated Gain 450 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.31
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Author gregstewart1952
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Routes 27
Photos 54
Trips 3 map ( 30 miles )
Age 69 Male Gender
Location Prescott Valley
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, Mar
Seasons   Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:40am - 7:33pm
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🔥 2018 Stubbs Fire34.7 mi**

Easy hike in the pines
by gregstewart1952

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I heard from another hiker that the Prescott area was developing a new trail system west of the Granite Mountain/Granite Basin area. It is near a summer camp called Emmanuel Pines, so some people call it the Emmanuel Pines trail system. I ran into another man on the trail who said he knew the guy who was developing the system, and he wanted it named after a geographic feature rather than the camp, hence Spence Basin. I'm attaching a map of the trail system. It's being developed for mountain biking and hiking, and I met some of each out on the trail.

The morning was cool and fresh after the monsoon rains, and the scent of the Alligator Juniper, Ponderosa Pine, Pinon Pine, and scrub oak was wonderful. This is typical vegetation for the Prescott area at this elevation. This is a high chaparral desert, so these trees don't grow very tall, maybe twenty feet. The trails are well marked, and except for a couple of major trails that are part of the Prescott Circle Trail system (e.g., Javalina Trail #332), they are named rather than numbered, with cutesy names like Happy Ending, Tunnel, Water Meter, Noodle, and Vista. I chose a relatively short 4-mile loop for our bi-weekly hiker's group to check out the area. There are longer loops and longer through-hikes in the area as well. The terrain is rolling, with no major elevation changes.

I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the area. Several seasonal creeks are run through the area, dry even after the recent monsoons. The area looked like it would be teeming with deer, but we didn't see anything due to our group's size. The area is popular with mountain bikers, so you can expect to meet them on the trail.

All in all, the Spence Basin area will be a great addition to the other Prescott-area trails, something on the lighter side for a more casual hiker. Try it, and you will enjoy it.

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2018-07-29 gregstewart1952
    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 hike
    From Prescott, go west on Iron Springs Road, about 1.5 miles past Granite Basin road, on the left (south) side of the road. Parking is off of FR #332.
    page created by gregstewart1952 on Jul 29 2018 7:47 am
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