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Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,550 feet
Elevation Gain 1,122 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,233 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.21
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Author Abe
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Trips 59 map ( 426 miles )
Age 61 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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by Abe

Likely In-Season!
Sevenmile Gulch Trail is a serious multi-use trail, allowing everybody and everything to use it, with the exception of suv's. And my suggestion from the start is, do not hike it! Boring and for the serious hikers, to much risk running into other forms of outdoor enthusiasts riding loud, exhaust belching machines. And who do not share the same interest in foot travel racing up and down the trail.

The trailhead is large enough to accommodate several vehicles and offers no amenities. Easy to start the hike, you pass a locked gate and follow an old road about a quarter of a mile into a clearing. Bear to the right where you will note a plastic yellow stake in the ground alerts you to where the trail contiues out of the pines and you begin your trek.

I do not encourage this, but I just hiked Trail 9854 right after Christmas. Aside from being chilly in the low 40's with sight winds; the trail offered a variety of challenges. As I worked my way up the gulch, the trail was either frozen solid, covered with large sheets of ice, muddy, from early snow storms, and in very few places dried! Meandering through scrub oak and manzanita countryside, I got the impression a fire raged through here many years ago, creating a feeling of being bare and naked, working my way up. But, I did make a mental note to enjoy the view on the way back. San Francisco Peaks, Mingus Mountains in the distance, and the area around promise to be a pleasure for my eyes. You begin to work your way into the pines in the higher elevation after a mile or so.

The highlight of my hike was when I was resting at the end trail making notes in my journal. Storm clouds, which I noted in the west, began dumping snow in earnest. It was fantastic! Visibility dropped from sixty plus miles to a mile in a matter of minutes! The hike back down was great, the snowfall giving me a warm feeling of nature wrapping her blanket around me and whispering sweet music as it carressed everything around me.

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2003-02-16 Abe

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    Most recent of 12 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Prescott Loop
    ray invited john and i to do this loop sunday
    several other haz members have done it, and it's always looked interesting
    got going around 8:00
    went clockwise, a pleasant stroll along lynx lake first, then a short bit on hilltop
    homestead rolled through ponderosa and oak forest
    smith ravine went through an old burn for a mile or so, but even that offered good views and a breeze
    the upper part was also through forest, and toward the top, we stopped for a coffee break
    john had brought his backpacking stove and home roasted coffee and fired it up for an excellent cuppa
    :) delicious!
    topped out on spruce mountain road and followed that north for a mile or so
    more enjoyable road walking than anticipated
    next was watershed trail, which started out a little rocky but was partially in shaded woods
    finished on seven mile gulch, which has been everyone's least favorite part
    didn't care for the steep scree slides, but there were still good views
    conclusion: counterclockwise - get an exposed climb on crappy footing done early
    nice to hike in shady woods on new trails with the boys!
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Prescott Loop
    I haven't been hiking much so Kelly threw out a challenge. I accepted and we invited John along. I had three hikes in mind for this weekend (so I didn't have any excuses), but two were at the Mogollon Rim. This one didn't look bad. John and Kelly liked it too.

    A serene start on the west side of Lynx Lake was followed by a nice trek through the pines on Hilltop, Homestead and Smith Ravine. If we had turned around at the top of Smith Ravine, this would have been an excellent out and back hike, about 16 miles round trip. We continued on. Spruce Mountain Road was kinda cool. We saw some relics from the mining days and some homes with really nice views. The first half mile or so on Watershed was rocky and exposed, a minor disappointment after the splendid areas we had passed through previously. It didn't last long, though; we were back in the canopy of trees soon enough. That is until starting down Seven Mile Gulch trail. Rocky, exposed and steep in parts, were it not for great company, good views, reasonable temps and a nice breeze, this trail might have been awful. We probably should have done that trail in the morning.

    While the hike may not have ended as well as it started, it did not disappoint. This was an absolutely gorgeous day south of Prescott and it was great to be outside enjoying it. We enjoyed some snacks and cool refreshments back at the car before heading home. Thanks Kelly and John for a great time!

    Columbine at Smith Ravine Spring
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    SMG 9854 Loop
    Well another late start but I got it done. This hike has been on my to do list for about a month and something always seem to come up and I let it go. Today was the day to just do it. I got a late start which seems to be the norm for me. We hit the trail just before 12:30pm and we did it.
    Funny but SMG 9854 was my least favorite trail and Smith Ravine Trail was awesome.
    Rowdy sure enjoyed this hike and I always enjoy my hikes with him.
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Well I have been wanting to do this hike all week but the Weather Channel kept me from going as the reports ran from 67% to 71%. Today however the Weather Channel said only 19% chance of thunderstorms.
    So what are the odds of me getting caught in a storm? today 100%. ... fDZs
    I was just trying to find a cooler place to hike with Rowdy. This was my second time here and my second storm here.
    I really can't complain about the heat as we started it was 90 and when we finished 68.

    As we started on the Watershed Trail everything was great and this time We made to the end of the trail. I really was surprised when we reached the end I thought the trail would keep going somewhere but it end on a super dirt hiway. That dirt is better than a lot of paved roads that I been on.

    On the way back I decided to take Seven Mile Gulch Trail to the Ranch Trail. And of course this is when Hell let lose on us. I did met another hiker on Seven Mile Gulch of course we just laugh as we were already soaked.
    The thunder was load and the lighting was bright. We had rain and hail for about 3+ miles and I think I need a new camera as well.
    I did get a little nervous as I was hiking using a aluminum trekking pole. And I need it as we hiked the boots had no traction as the tread was full of mud. I did slip a few times going down hill and my pole kept me from hitting the ground.
    Now that you know what happen today let me say if you have never hiked Ranch Trail#62 you should this is my favorite trail so far in Prescott. It has views and it itself is beautiful.
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    What a crazy day. I headed out to Prescott this morning (10am) to do Ranch Trail as a balloon but ended up being a loop as the day got crazier.
    As I headed north on the I17 I spotted a fire just outside Cordes Lake it was a small fire maybe an acre and there was a sheriff there so I kept on going. Once on the 69 just outside Mayer I spotted another fire this one was smaller. I pulled over hoping I could put it out. I made Rowdy stay in the car and as I got out a strong breeze came thru and it got larger fast. At that point I called 911 and I was talking to the operator when I notice another fire burning just up the road. At this point I had no idea what was going on and as I am talking to the operator I spot a third fire burning. People had stop and tried to put out the fires with water and a few fire extinguisher but the fires just grew. I told the 911 operator about all three fires by Bug Creek and headed out.
    As I left I did see fire trucks headed toward the fires. As I headed toward Dewey-Humboldt I could believe it as I spotted another fire this was the fifth fire I had seen in about 10 miles just crazy. As fire trucks were headed to the fires I just couldn't believe how many people that would not pull over and let them by.

    As we finally made it into Prescott I made my usual stop at KFC to get Rowdy some chicken breast and me some steak fries.
    When we reached the trailhead it was already 87 degrees out. It was very humid as well but as we headed up the trail the views were awesome. After a mile or so we encounter some light sprinkles which was much welcomed.
    Before long the sprinkles turned to rain. I had planned on doing the complete Watershed Trail but decided to just head back to the trailhead as we now had lightning and thunder to deal with as well as the rain.
    On our way down we met a couple that told me that I17 was closed going both directions. Once we were back at the car I checked on my phone and I17 was closed so I took the 89 to Wickenburg and connected to the 74 to the I17 and then home.
    And by the way when I started my car the temperature gauge showed 66 degrees at 3pm.
    What a crazy day hiking. ... MpWc ... XPnQ ... dg7w
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Prescott lakes tour
    A last minute plan B hike.
    I decided to recycle and tweak a previous hike to his area.

    Temps were pretty good as the shade and breezes were nice. A nice 67 to start, to a high in the upper 80's.

    I only crossed paths with a handful of people all day on the trails.

    Seven Mile Gulch Trail #9854, is exposed and the steepest climb of the day. Best to do early. It's also a mixed use trail, so you could run into motorcycles. The Watershed #299 is also mixed use.

    The Ranch Trail #62 and Smith Ravine Trail #297 still are my favorites. Plenty of shade, decent trail tread and nice views.

    The Goldwater #396 trail is nice also, but can get busy, but not on this day.

    Homestead #305 is a roller coaster through the conifers.

    There are plenty of shorter and longer loop opportunities in the area utilizing the many trails out there.

    I still need to try the restaurant on the North end of Lynx Lake.
    Open Thurs - Sunday for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
    lynxlakerestaurantp ... html

    Anybody ever try it?
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Prescott Loop
    Our original plan was to beat the heat and bag Granite Mountain outside Prescott, but at the last minute Granite was all "Waah Waah Waah, you can't hike off trail because of the fire!" Whatev.
    Brian (mt98dew) put together a backup loop that supplied a nice pine-scented sampler of the area, the greatest challenge being trying to decide where to drink the Prescott Brewery IPA and Amber Ale that had been designated as summit brews.
    We were back at the Honda by 11:15 am, where James sprung some Stone IPA on us, and soon after stopped at the Circle K, where Brian picked up, oddly enough, a Mountain Dew. :-k
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Had plans to do Granite Mountain but did not realize until Friday that the area had been damaged in the Doce Fire last year. There were restrictions on going off trail, so that quashed any plans of bagging the peak. H/T to Brian (mt98dew) for finding a quick replacement, the thought of doing a run or hike in Phoenix just did not appeal to me this weekend.

    Got a bright & early start out of town and were hitting the trail a little after 6:00 AM. That first blast of cool mountain air when I opened the car door felt fantastic. Headed up the Seven Mile Gulch trail to start, had the sun at our back and most of the AEG for the hike knocked out in the first few miles. Despite the glowing review of the trail in it's description, it was not that bad of a hike. Did not run into motorized traffic despite recent evidence of motorcycle usage.

    This was one of those hikes where it just felt nice to amble along in the woods for a few hours with pleasant company. A handful of scenic vistas along the way, but the primary thing was getting out of town and escaping the heat for the morning. This was my first hiking trip to Prescott, so need to explore this area more often. A nice mental break from looking at cactus and rocks on my local hikes & runs.
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    Goldwater - Lynx Lakes Loop
    First time in this area and starting from the Sevenmile Gulch TH. I'd never been to Lynx Lake or the Goldwater Lakes either, so I put together this loop that hit both of them. All of the trails I was on today seem to get a lot of action from Mountain Bikers. I'd suggest this as a CW Loop if on a MTB. Although on this perfect weather Saturday, other than around the lakes, I didn't see another soul.

    Seven Mile Gulch #9854 starts flat in the woods for the first .5 mile and the starts climbing through sun exposed scrub for a bit. Once in the pines It gets better.

    I missed the turn to the Ranch Trail #62 at mile 2.3, thinking the turn was to another trail going down the northside. No problem, I actually cut some mileage off, going off trail for 200' to meet up with it again. Back on the Ranch Trail headed westish towards Goldwater Lakes, I was amazed at how nice this trail was. In the pines, great views, gentle grade, a recently built or renovated track, and was about as smooth a trail as I've been on for awhile.

    Crossing the Senator Highway, I was now on the Goldwater Lakes Trail #396. I had planned to do a loop to the north around Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes and come back on #396 to the south. There were a handful families fishing or hiking around the lake. Nobody seemed to be catching anything. When I got to the north side of the dam on Upper Goldwater, there were signs saying No Trespassing, City of Prescott. I decided to try the trail that goes around the south side of the lake that goes to the Dam. Once again, there was a trail that used to go through there, but has since been fenced off with No Trespassing. So I hopped out to the #396 again and went to get a view of the Lower Goldwater Lake. Back to Upper GW Lake, I filtered some water and started the rest of my loop back.

    Now on the Watershed Trail #299 it was a climb back up on an ORV trail. A bit steep and loose until once again into the pines around Deer Lick Spring (Dry) .6 mile away. Once up top, this trail follows a ridgeline affording some pretty sweet views. The Watershed trail is 3.25 miles long and ends at Spruce Mountain Rd.

    It's 1.25m on this dirt road until you get to the Smith Ravine Trail #297. Keep an eye out, as from the road, the signs are hard to see. The hikers/bikers gate was the give away.
    This was the surprise of the day for me. Almost completely in the pines for the entire 3 miles down to Walker Road, but still great views. This was another trail in great shape.

    Next the Homestead #305 to make my way over to Lynx Lake. This is a roller coaster trail once again in the tall pines.

    I opted to go around the lesser traveled east side on Lynx Lake on the Lynx Lake Recreation Loop Trail #311. This is a very pretty lake and not anywhere as busy as I expected it to be.

    I passed the Store / Restaurant on the north side of the lake, thinking I'll need to stop in and check it out in the future. Back on the 305 and a short trip back to my truck.

    I really enjoyed this loop!
    Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854
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    This was a worthwhile, after work, shorty hike up to the 6300 foot contour and back. While there really isn't anything particularly interesting about this trail, it did exceed my expectations (which were jack squat). In my opinion, Sevenmile is better than "hiking" on pavement (I'm talking about YOU Thumb Butte. For shame!!! :lol: ).

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    On State Highway 69 heading to Prescott, turn left down Walker Road. Travel about two miles, trailhead will be to the right.
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