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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ
mini location map2017-10-28
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
joebartels
Hiking21.55 Miles 2,983 AEG
Hiking21.55 Miles   8 Hrs   42 Mns   2.83 mph
2,983 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
As always trail segments above are in the order hiked. After an initial trailhead photo I did not take another worthy candidate until 12 miles into the hike midway through Wolverton Mountain Trail #396. Which was off the official trail on a short scratchy jaunt to the summit of the namesake. Which had a nice bench for our lunch.

Garden Grove Trail #392 & Aspen Creek Trail #48 nurtured my higher ranking in late spring when water flowed in the creeks. Still a nice forest stroll anytime.

Goldwater Lake Trail #396
The highlight of the day, possibly the entire circle trail. If you live for best of, lack time or really don't care for the hiking part of hiking this is your ticket. Well at least the eastern half anyhow. Easy rolling trails, pines galore with happy oaks and lake views to tickle your fancy.

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I enjoyed the hike in full with fab company. The short side trip up Wolverton was worthy. Autumn appeared to be singing high notes a week earlier. 56.9 ounces of water was 4-8 short but close enough. Ending a 21 mile hike with a 1.8 lb pack is pretty sweet. Keep reaching for the stars @te_wa! Okay I cheated... Thx to Denny for carrying my long sleeve shirt after it warmed up. We saw a good variety out recreating along the trail!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
tail end of what looked to be a great display of primarily gambel oak


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Goldwater Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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