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Old Forest Road #9707T, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.28 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,795 feet
Elevation Gain -565 feet
Accumulated Gain 1 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.28
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Potts Creek Trail #327
Author nonot
author avatar Guides 98
Routes 249
Photos 2,067
Trips 495 map ( 4,671 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Autumn
Sun  6:42am - 5:46pm
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1 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimeteracres
🔥 2018 Stubbs Fire34.7 mi**

Sierra Prieta Connector
by nonot

Likely In-Season!
This is an old forest road, now a named and numbered hiking/biking/equestrian trail, one of two options linking Sierra Prieta (Dark Mountain) Trail #366 to the rest of the Thumb Butte trail system.

This trail is used as part of a loop hike since it neither starts nor ends at a trailhead.
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From the intersection of Sierra Prieta Trail #366 and Old FR #9401J, you stand on a ridgeline with good views in most directions. Start hiking to your north along a sandy path that shortly becomes obvious that it is an old forest road. After a bit, it becomes rockier and more road-like. There are great views of Granite Mountain to your north, and Williams Peak towers over you to the west. The trail has a very steady grade downhill (if traveling to the north).

At about a mile, you start to approach Butte Creek. Here you will reach the one possible confusing point, where Old FR #9707T meets an unnamed forest road that proceeds west. The intersection is marked by a degraded carsonite post. Basically, Trail Old FR9707T goes south and east at this intersection. Do not go west if you wish to stay on the trail.

Butte Creek is very pleasant when flowing, and there is good shade should you choose to take a break here.

As you proceed to follow the creek, generally east, you will cross it and might get your feet wet when it is really flowing.

As you reach the end of the trail it will turn north and will climb a small slope to join with Potts Creek #327 (old Forest Road #51).

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2021-09-06 nonot

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

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    Connector trail - Not Applicable

    To hike
    Not applicable, this is a connector trail.
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