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Boy Scout Trail #126, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,766 feet
Elevation Gain 557 feet
Accumulated Gain 766 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.5
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11  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
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10  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
joebartels
8  2017-09-16
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
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3  2013-07-05
Turley Trail
MEWhiteman
11  2010-11-27 PrestonSands
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Technically the trail is only 0.9mi but it's 2.5mi in on the Turley Trail to the forest boundary. Access is via the Turley Traihead.


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Boy Scout Trail #126
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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.
Boy Scout Trail #126
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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.


Synopsis
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.
Boy Scout Trail #126
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After reviewing my options, I settled upon a Watershed-Boy Scout loop hike. My wife dropped me off at the Watershed trailhead on a beautiful late autumn afternoon, and I promptly disappeared into the Bradshaw Mountains. I climbed the gently ascending, forested route of the Watershed Trail to a divide ridge, and turned onto the Sevenmile Gulch Trail, encountering a couple of groups of courteous atv riders along the way. I cruised along ridgetops on Sevenmile, and then turned onto the Ranch Trail. The top of the Ranch Trail offered an outstanding view of the area, before descending a little draw to a junction with the Boy Scout Trail.

Boy Scout (my favorite section of this loop) seemed much less traveled than the previous trails, but was still well marked, and I descended a shallow canyon bottom lined with ponderosa pine and gambel oak. The canyon eventually opened into an open grassy flat, where the Boy Scout Trail (actually the Turley Trail at this point) met an unmarked road from the west. I turned and followed the unmarked road a short distance to where it terminated at a residential street: 1232 Pine Ridge Loop. Signs told me I had unknowingly been on State Trust Land (oooh, I'm so scared!). I followed Pine Ridge Loop drive through Oak Knoll Village back to the Senator Highway, feeling rather conspicuous wearing a large backpack and looking filthy. Prescott College is more the place for that. I dodged traffic while walking along the busy Senator Highway, and reached the Watershed Trailhead at sunset. My wife soon arrived, and we were off to dinner at one of our Prescott favorites, Chi's Cuisine. It was a great introduction to a trail system that will hopefully soon be my backyard.

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