Juniper Springs Trail #2, AZ

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Distance One Way 2.77 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,150 feet
Elevation Gain 1,045 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,052 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.28
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Old Military Trail #1
6  2003-07-06 Abe
Author Abe
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Trips 59 map ( 426 miles )
Age 63 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Preferred Apr, Oct, Mar, Nov → 6 AM
Seasons   Early Spring to Late Autumn
Sun  5:37am - 7:38pm
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by Abe

The summary here represents one leg of a three-trail loop, hiked in the following order:
1) Juniper Springs Trail #2, 3.7 mi
2) Juniper Mesa Trail #20, 5.7 mi
3) Oaks and Willow Trail #3, 3.2 mi
4) 7.5 mi on FR 150 back to Trail #2

I strongly recommend hiking this trail in mid-spring or mid-fall.

The drive to the Juniper Springs trailhead was an adventure. A beautiful scenic drive into a portion of Arizona that I have never traveled. The highlight of the early morning trip, just north of the junction to Camp Wood, was a bull elk standing off the side of the road to my right. I brought my Jeep to a dead stop and cussed myself out for not having my camera upfront with me. I watched him for a few minutes, and he studied me, or shall I say, my Jeep. After a few moments, he ambled off into the trees. Awed by the sight of this stately beast, I then took notice of a group of cows idling nearby to my left, chewing, eyeballing me nervously. Stupid animals!

We pressed on to the trailhead arriving around 6:30 am. To the north and west looming above the Arizona landscape is Juniper Mesa, my objective.

The trailhead is small, offering little parking and no restroom facilities. Nearby is a sign-in box, and just to the right, it is the start of trail #1, The Old Military Trail. However, I started here because, in about half a mile, the Juniper Springs trail will fork left.

Juniper Springs trail starts in the open, with junipers, pine, and scrub oak scattered about the landscape.

Three-quarters of a mile, I began my climb in earnest to reach Juniper Mesa. Here I get a view below of the land sloping down into Walnut Creek. I wrote in my journal during my first break, "I am an idiot. An hour into the hike @ 0800, and it is hot already." An omen now that I review my journal as I typed this.

It is a thousand-foot climb in a mile, slow going and rocky. And does level off. In my journal, I noted, "pleasant to walk, yet harsh in appearance. Shale rocks, dirt, dying grotesque trees. The bark beetle is here, and some pines are dying." The remaining portion of the trail is easy, and the trees begin to thicken, offering a little more shade and a breather.

Not long afterward, I reached the junction of 2 and 20, the Juniper Mesa trail. A sign points out to the left, it is the direction I need to go, and to my right, it points out the direction to Juniper Springs.

Continue on to Juniper Mesa Trail 20

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2003-07-06 Abe
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Prescott FS Details
This trail offers the traveler some unique and interesting views of northern Arizona. It also connects with east end of the Juniper Mesa Trail #20 which travels west across the entire Juniper Mesa Wilderness, thus offering a vaired wilderness experience in one of the most remote sections of northwestern Arizona.

Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, west half; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quad for Indian Peak.

Trail layout: The Juniper Springs Trail climbs up the edge of Juniper Mesa to the spring. At the spring the Juniper Springs Trail joins two other routes. Trail #20 (Juniper Mesa Trail) travels west up to the mesa and then across the top of the mesa. FR 9867A (access road to the trail) leaves the spring traveling north down the mesa. The Old Military Trail (Trail #1) uses a part of this road.

Precautions: The Juniper Springs Trail is steep and difficult and should only be traveled by persons well prepared and in good physical condition. There is no drinking water along the trail, so take plenty of water. There is water at Juniper Spring but it has not been tested for quality.

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.

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
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

To hike
Access and trailhead location:
Take the Williamson Valley Road north from Prescott. Stay on this road (FR 6) for 38 miles to the junction with FR 95. Proceed west on FR 95 for about 1.5 miles. The south trailhead lies at an elevation of 5,200 ft. and starts at FR 95 just 0.2 miles east of the Walnut Creek Station. The Old Military Trail #1 and the Juniper Springs Trail #2 share the same trailhead.

Abe writes:
In Prescott Valley at the intersection off Glassford Hill Road and Highway 89A, take a left on 89A. Follow until you come to Williamson Valley Road, this is the Yavapai County Road 5 (9.1 miles). Turn right. The road will turn to dirt 29.2 miles into the trip. 43.6 miles you will turn left onto Yavapai County Road 125. The trailhead is just down the road at 45.2 miles and it is marked. The north trailhead is at Juniper Spring and can be reached by way of FR 9867A. This is a four-wheel-drive road only, very rough, and particularly steep near Juniper Spring.

Travel time: 1 hr. from Prescott to Walnut Creek Station. Road condition: Dirt, suitable for all vehicles; FR 9867A is 4 WD only.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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