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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ
mini location map2017-09-16
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking17.71 Miles 2,926 AEG
Hiking17.71 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.55 mph
2,926 ft AEG      56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
This one has been in the works since @MEwhiteman put it on my radar back in 2014. I've done numerous segments of the loop, but wanted to do the whole thing in segments.

Since we were dayhiking/slackpacking this, it needed to be broken up into semi equal segments based on parking availability.

After Denny and Joe decided which of the 3 segments they wanted to do first (on the drive up), we were off like a herd of Tortoises.

After dropping off my truck at the end of the segment on the south end, we were greeted with cool air at the Peavine TH on the SE end of Watson Lake.

Going clockwise, Sundog Trail gets you from the Peavine lot to Rt69. It's a hike through gentle rolling grassy hills reminiscent of AZT 5 in southern Arizona. With the early morning light, this was pretty.

Badger Mountain Trail transitions from the grasses, to scrub, to some conifer on its way to the Turley Trail. We saw our 2nd set of deer here bounding in front of us.

The Turley Trail starts a bit more climb before it abruptly ends at the forest boundary. There is an area with what appears to be an old ranch in a clearing prior to the end.

The Boy Scout Tail #126 is a nice little trail that follows in a bit of a canyon area. Denny had us lost on portions of this impossible to get lost trail.

The Ranch Trail #62 and the Ranch Trail #62 Extension take this hike home. I've been on these a couple of times before. Tall Pines and great views of Granite Mountain and Goldwater Lakes.

Perfect weather and great company. Thanks gentlemen. a couple more to do..

A roll over accident on the way up in the morning and a brush fire south of Sunset Point on the way home, kept the I-17 interesting.
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