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Ranch Trail #62, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance One Way 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,596 feet
Elevation Gain 979 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,401 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 13.67
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1
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Author Abe
author avatar Guides 17
Routes 0
Photos 296
Trips 59 map ( 426 miles )
Age 62 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, May, Nov
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:46am - 5:40pm
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9 Alternative

Prescott National Forest

Likely In-Season!
This trail has changed over the years. Check out the Official Route for the current route as of 2018.

I have avoided this trail for many years because I have considered it to close to civilization. Or should I say sprawling civization finally growing and butting up against the national forest. However, it is time I post my summary on my favorite hiking site after having hiked Trail 62 this afternoon.

I would best describe the Ranch Trail as domisticated, easy to get to, easy to navigate, and for some, scenic. The trailhead parking is generous, does boast a nice outhouse, and there is no water.

Once you pass the gate, the trail is wide open for about 2/3 of the way. Pinon pines, scrub oak, manzanita bushes, and homes dot the landscape; the traffic noise from State Highway 69 I found annoying.

There does come a point when you go around a little hill, all the nuisance of homes on hillsides, homes sprawling on the semi-flat terrain, Gateway Mall, traffic noise will disappear for a short time. Then you can look east and see the nice open vista of the forest below. And your hike continues into a draw which is covered with scattered pockets of snow. Ponderosa pines, dead, dying, and struggling, providing shade. And then after about three miles you reach the trail end where it meets Trail # 9854, the "Seven Mile Gulch Trail". Break time for trail mix and water.

In closing, I do not care for Trail 62. But I will rate it as a two because it does not allow for motorize recreation. It is a trail close enough to Prescott, should anyone visit the area and would like a quick hike. And on the way down you will see some nice views of Thumb Butte, Granite Mountain, the Dells, Mingus, and San Francisco Peaks.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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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2003-03-15 Abe
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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 Ranch/Homestead Trailhead
Heading toward Prescott on 69 turn left (south) on Walker Road (the traffic light just west of Costco). Drive 1/2 mile to the Ranch Trail trailhead on the right.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 101 mi - about 1 hour 54 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 206 mi - about 3 hours 31 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 89.9 mi - about 1 hours 43 mins
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