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Graver Wash Trail #9904 - Prescott NF
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Graver Wash Trail #9904 - Prescott NFPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
chumley
Hiking4.13 Miles 891 AEG
Hiking4.13 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.85 mph
891 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
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After gathering juniper for beer the day before, we decided we had to visit the wilderness area right next door. Apache Creek is an amazing area, and I will definitely be coming back here to explore.

Technically, only trail #9905 is a maintained trail, but there area handful of others, and as with the Juniper Mesa Wilderness a couple of miles north of here, all are very well marked with signs. It seems most of the visitation in this area is by hunters, possibly on horseback, but for whatever reason, the trails are well used, but the use is not indicated on the registers.

There is also cattle grazing in the area, so some of the trails have signs of cattle use as well.

Anyway, FR95A gets very rough and high-clearance is required to get to the trailhead, and possibly 4wd as well. The trailhead has no parking but is easily found a few hundred yards past a cattle gate you must drive through. The hike is gently downhill all the way to Apache Creek, where the high-desert scrub of pinion, juniper, and manzanita, opens up to a wide grassy meadow dotted with walnut, cottonwood, oak, willow, and ash. More cattle use is evident near the stream.

We wandered upstream on 9905 to explore a bit before turning back, finding the official wilderness sign for some brewery wall photo-ops, and then making very good time back to the truck.

I think this would make a great area for an overnight backpack trip during the right seasons. I'll report more next time after I get some more miles of recon.
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