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Mount Tritle, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,267 feet
Elevation Gain 1,470 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,680 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 17.4
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Author Prescottstyle
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Location Prescott, AZ
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Sun  5:36am - 7:36pm
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🔥 2022-05-02 Crooks39.4 mi*
🔥 2018 Stubbs Fire34.7 mi**
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by Prescottstyle

Following Fremont was Frederick A. Tritle, appointed by President Chester A. Arthur. Tritle had been in Arizona for about a year before his appointment. Despite that short tenure as a resident, he is generally considered the first Arizonan to be appointed Governor.

President Grover Cleveland asked for Tritle's resignation to appoint Conrad Meyer Zulick, who had to be rescued from a Mexican jail before he could take office.

On February 26, 1885, John Samuel Armstrong introduced House Bill 164, "An Act to Establish a Normal School in the Territory of Arizona." The measure passed the 13th legislative assembly and was signed by Governor F.A. Tritle on March 12, 1885, thereby establishing what is known today as Arizona State University, Tempe, and Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

This hike up trail 65 gives you the best views of Yavapai county and the adjacent countryside. Getting to the trailhead brings you through some of the best forests in the area. Ponderosa, Aspen, and all of the upper elevation fir trees can be found in the same area.

At one time, this used to be the most active mining area around. Panning at the Hassayampa, to hard rock mining at the Davis Dunkirk Mine.

You can also mountain bike this whole route. I find this helpful in covering miles when you only have a short day to explore. Plenty of side trails and 360-degree views. Heck, you can see all the way to Salome.

On really cold days, you can see mirages on the horizon to the north.

I regularly hike this trail with my view camera, and I'll share these images when I can afford the drum scans. Until then, my scans of the b/w polaroids will suffice.

Also, this trail is used by local horse people quite a bit. Please be courteous and give right away to them. There are mountain lions, bears, deer, and elk on the mountain, be aware, be cautious.

You will also find quads and dirt bikers here. Hunters find this area great for archery, so beware during the season.

If you have time in the future for a big loop hike, one can create a variety of connection trails to ponder. I am sure this will be one of your favorite hiking destinations.

For you flatlanders... nothing else cools your thirst like a cold beer on top. It's extra weight, but well worth it. Please Pack out all of your trash and pick up some that the hunters left behind. Let me know what you think. I'll be glad to guide this area for you; leave a message.

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2004-02-21 Prescottstyle
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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 / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
Starting on the Senator Highway, go south of Prescott @ 7 miles to fr-79 (Mt. Tritle rd.) Bear right on 79 and follow it down to the Hassayampa River. Cross the concrete river crossing and bear left and continue south on fr-79. Go @ a mile, then turn right on fr-79a. You'll pass an Aspen grove, and the road starts to degrade in quality; a high ground clearance vehicle is a must. Park at the old homesite by the apple orchard. The trailhead is marked 65.

It's all uphill from here on, @ 2 miles to the saddle, where you bisect 52b. Turn right for Maverick mnt. or go left for the pushup Tritle. There was an old-line shack up there on the summit, but it burned down last year.

Enjoy the best views available. You can see the Flatiron of the Superstitions to the s/e, as well as the San Francisco Peaks to the n/e. The Smog from Phoenix looms above The Estrellas.
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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