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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
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
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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.

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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2008-06-02 HAZ_Hikebot

    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. 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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