|Hiking||9.60 Miles|| 4 Hrs 6 Mns ||2.85 mph|
|1,673 ft AEG|| 44 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|This was a different hike from my usual. Generally, I hike in the Phoenix area, dry and rocky with a lot of cacti, but this time we went up to Prescott.|
This area is really green, with a lot of pine trees. A fairly dense forest.
we started hiking at about 10:00 am and the temperature was about 40 degrees, so it was a little cold. However, we did the loop clockwise, encountering the majority of the ascent by the time went 3.6 miles. At that time we had a total ascent of about 1,300 feet, and we were well warmed. Most folks in the group were shedding layers by the end of the first couple miles.
The trail is sandy and only minimally rocky. It's also quite easy to follow, with signs at every junction.
The sand was wet with melting snow and we did run into a little ice and mud on the trail. We did have to take care in some areas so we didn't slip and fall.
At about 3.6 miles there's a public rest room and a path to a ranger station.
If you walk to the ranger station you will see some of the best views in the area. I posted three pictures, including one panoramic picture.
The hike starts at an elevation of 6,300 feet, and we reach an elevation of about 7,700 feet when we reach the ranger station.
The altitude made it a little difficult, but the view was worth the effort.
The remaining 6 miles were quite easy and mainly down hill. The grade was easy to hike.
By the time we reached the trail end, the temperature was very comfortable and sunny.
Great hike and worth the drive