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Cold Springs Trail #393Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.55 Miles 1,007 AEG
Hiking7.55 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.92 mph
1,007 ft AEG
 
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Sam & I did both the Cold Spring and Garden Grove trails with a 15 minute drive on an unpaved road to connect the trailheads in order to add to the segments of the Prescott Circle Trail that we have done.

For the Cold Spring trail we hiked out and back from the Aspen Creek Trailhead to the junction with the Potts Creek Trail (#327). This is a nice single track with good views and lots of shade. The aeg was 128' northbound and 292' southbound.

To get to the next trail we drove west on Copper Basin Rd to Thumb Butte Loop road. While the latter road is not maintained it was in decent shape. There is a great viewpoint to the west along this road. We parked in a parking area at the intersection of Thumb Butte Road and Camp Willow Springs Rd.

To hike the Garden Grove Trail from the parking area we hiked Trail 318 (across Camp Will Springs Rd from the parking) north to 332. We followed this right to Thumb Butte Road and the Garden Grove Trail (#392) on the other side. This trail is flat during the first part and then climbs to its junction with #326 and #322. We hiked back until we neared the road. There was an unofficial trail on the left marked by a cairn. We thought this might be a shortcut to the road, which we planned to use to return to our car. This unmarked trail actually turned out to be a great side trip. It roughly paralleled the road until it reached the road right at the south end of the parking area.

It was a good day for hiking, but we had to hurry back to Phoenix because I had movie and dinner date with my wife and daughter.
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