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Old Military Trail #1, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 11.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,200 feet
Elevation Gain 1,494 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,022 feet
Avg Time One Way 5-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 18.69
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The Juniper Loop
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The Juniper Loop
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Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop
5  2013-12-27 Prescottstyle
Author HAZ_Hikebot
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Trail in the ATV sense
by HAZ_Hikebot

This trail begins near Walnut Creek Station and the site of Camp Hualapai. The U.S. Army used this camp between 1869 and 1873 as a base of operations in the Hualapai Apache War. The trail approximates an old military supply road that runs northwest to Happy Camp. The original trail is believed to have joined the Mohave-Hardyville Toll Road near Anvil Rock. Our trail does not.

Use restrictions: Motorized equipment wider than 40" prohibited.

Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, west half; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quads for Juniper Mountain, Indian Peak, and Turkey Canyon.

Trail layout: The trail goes through pinyon-juniper woodland and rolling hills for about 2 miles. Places in this area have in the past been heavily harvested for firewood and the old military trail provided a convenient haul road. The trail intersects and joins FR 9867A for about 1/2 mile. Then bearing right, it passes through one gate and then, in about another 1/2 mile, another gate heading for a mountain pass. Here the trail shows evidence of having been worked to allow team and wagon passage. Then it enters the Pine Creek drainage, descending among ponderosa pines. It passes through another gate to FR 7. This is an excellent midway access point to this trail. To this point you will have traveled about 5 miles. Traveling left up FR 7, the trail bears right through wooded canyons and open meadows to Happy Camp, another 5 miles. Portions of this trail pass through private land. Please respect the privilege of traveling across these areas by leaving all gates either open or closed as you find them.

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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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2008-06-02 HAZ_Hikebot

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Old Military Trail #1
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    Juniper - Happy Camp - Miltary Loop
    Out to the Juniper Mesa Wilderness again to check out some new areas.

    We attacked this in a CCW direction this time.

    Bull Spring #100 is in great shape. This trail's views get better the higher you climb. Juniper Mesa #20 yields some spectacular views if you make your way out to the edge. I really want to complete the eastern portion of this trail, over to Juniper Spring. This is really the jewel of this hike.

    Joe took us down the off trail portion instead of up like we did last time. Much easier in this direction meeting up with Trail #9124.

    Next we planned to hit the Old Military Trail #1 about in the middle and hike it North to it's northern terminus at Happy Camp. This trail's been on my "To Do" list for awhile now. We were unable to find where the trail anywhere near where the Topo maps show it off of FR7. After heading in the general direction of Happy Camp, we stumbled across the trail, fairly well worn, cairned and blazed. I need to get back there and see how far off the TOPO trace it is from the actual trail going to the south.

    At the Happy Camp area, we ate out lunch and relaxed for a bit. We had a bit of a road walk to hit our next "Trail" Happy Camp Trail #9853 I'm sure is there, but with recent and current bovine activity, there's trails everywhere. We pretty much stuck to the Topo trace on the map to get us back.

    Oaks and Willows Trail #3 was a bit steep and loose dropping off the ridge, but leveled out to a nice grade and became tree covered further on down.
    Old Military Trail #1
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    The Juniper Loop
    Bull Spring Trail #100
    Looked recently maintained two years ago. Still has that same high pro glow now. A decent trail with nice trees and views.

    Juniper Mesa Trail #20
    Highlight of the wilderness. Majestic ponderosas with occasional rim view options. Jump the fence a time or two for the good life. This isn't a well maintained trail for princesses out strolling for knights.

    Trail #9124 - Prescott NF
    Bruce and I have hit this road/trail twice with his southern off-trail canyon option. This time we accessed descending which made it fairly easy. Off-trail was gentle brushy, only one scratch wearing shorts.

    Old Military Trail #1
    We hiked 50%. The west end. Trouble finding it for 0.8mi from FS7. In review I can make out a bit more but not all on satellite. Hope to do the eastern end someday to complete the trail. Mainly junipers with some nice alligator junipers on occasion. Little shade on trail, available often for breaks. Typical bone dry juniper land feeling.

    Missed the last western mile of #1 I had drawn up from FS Topo. The missed segment is an old 4wd road, it can be traced.

    Trail #9853 - Prescott NF
    Kinna like rolling the dice in wheat germ. Trail barely exists. Cairns on occasion. Pasture... moo

    Oaks and Willows Trail #3
    Descended this time. A bit steep in the upper end. Several of us slid a time or two catching ourselves without falling.

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    nothing stood out

    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. Follow Trail #2. About 1/3 mile north of the gate Trail #1 travels east. Follow the cairns and trail blazes.

    The north trailhead is at 6,100 ft. and starts on FR 1 at Happy Camp. To access this trail midway, traveling northwest on FR 6, turn on FR 7 and go about 4 miles to where the trail crosses. Watch for cairns and blazes.

    Travel time: Approx. 1 hr. from Prescott Road condition: Paved to FR 21 junction, then dirt
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