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8 by photographer avatarAugustWest
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Goldwater Lakes Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2021
AugustWest
Hiking7.52 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   3.37 mph
1,194 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I am up in Prescott for the week and the White Spar TH is the closest to where I am staying. Door to door was 8 minutes even with Prescott's traffic. The trailhead is right inside the boundary of the Prescott NF and seemingly at the edge of the suburbs.

This trail network reminds me of Hawes with trees. Nothing is too steep, but everything rolls up and down which I found enjoyable.

I started out on Schoolhouse and then #81 which are gated FS roads. They are nice, but the real single track starts on Goldwater Lake Trail.

Prescott NF does an exceptional job of forest management for the sustainability and recreational enjoyment of the public. I noted not too long ago on the Groom Creek Loop that the gathered forest understory and selective thinning gives the forest a chance in the case of a fire. Previously, I would argue for the 'wilderness' to be left alone, but I have come around to the fact that if we want any standing trees in Arizona our forests managers should take a more proactive stance towards managing for the sake of recreation. This trail system is just another example of the Prescott NF giving the forest the best chance possible.

There aren't great views except for that of Upper Goldwater Lake which includes, benches, tables, a playground and other developed areas. Nonetheless, the majority of the paths were extremely peaceful and gave the impression of being a lot further from town than what these trails actually are.

I saw 5 hikers and 4 mountain bikers. The temps were in the 50's, but sunny with perfectly clear skies except for the end of the day. The parking lot was half full both upon departure and return to my truck.
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