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Oct 14 2009
MEWhiteman
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75 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
North Mingus Trail #105Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2009
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Hiking9.68 Miles 2,335 AEG
Hiking9.68 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.28 mph
2,335 ft AEG
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We had a beautiful day and a great hike after bagging this hike the previous week due to threatening rain. Met only one other person on FR#338 hiking with his dog. The foliage is showing some color on the east side of Mingus, but very little on the west side.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Sep 17 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   3 Hrs      2.57 mph
1,160 ft AEG
 
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Nice hike through open woodland. About 1/2 on trails and 1/2 on unpaved roads.
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Sep 09 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Woodchute Trail #102Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2009
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Hiking8.30 Miles 1,334 AEG
Hiking8.30 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.55 mph
1,334 ft AEG
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Partly cloudy day. Arrived at TH at 9:00 from Phoenix. Trail was open but showed signs of recent fire. For the first 1.35 miles there was evidence of fire until trail went on east side of ridge and away from burned area. At about 3.2 miles there was a fork in the trail as mentioned in the HikeAZ writeup. The right fork was blocked by rocks and sticks and leads to a lookout. The left fork is the official trail #102. We continued on #102 over the top and started down the other side for a short distance to see what that side was like.
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Jul 22 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2009
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Hiking4.68 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   1.51 mph
835 ft AEG
 
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This is a nice hike! It is single track, mostly dirt with few rocks. The trail winds through healthy pines with gradual uphills. It is well marked and easy to follow. There are some distant views of the lakes and two running streams. Both are Bannon Creek, one going into Upper Goldwater Lake and the other coming out of Lower Goldwater Lake. We did the entire trail from AZ 89 to the Senator Highway and back. It could be done starting at either trailhead but we opted to do most of the uphill during the first half. Going west to east there was 835 feet of accumulated elevation gain (AEG). There was 375 feet AEG in the other direction or a total of 1,210 feet for the round trip. The distance was 4.68 miles in each direction or 9.36 round trip. This trail is part of the Prescott Circle Trail.

The trailhead at AZ 89 was just off 89 at the entrance to the White Spar Campground. After making the turn you'll see a gate to the right. There is a fiberglas trail sign at the gate. The trailhead on the west side of Senator Highway was 4.1 miles south of Gurley St., exactly across the street from the Watershed Trail (#299) where parking is. A fiberglas sign marks the trail.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jul 15 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
E Cross L Trail #281Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking4.60 Miles 995 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.67 mph
995 ft AEG
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We planned to hike Trail #281 according to Abe's description. However, when we hiked it in July 2009, the trail from FR52 to the junction with #381 and FR70 on the ridge was extremely difficult to find and follow. The trailhead was fine, but the trail became very overgrown with thorny brush. We couldn't see the trail on the ground due to the brush and a past fire and the ribbons which were noticeable early on the hike mostly disappeared. I would not recommend this part of the hike until trail work has been done.

At this point we decided to change our plan and hiked out to FR52 via Trail #381, the Venezia Trail, and then back to the car via FR52. This made a nice 4.5 mile loop. Trail #381 was much cleaner and easier to follow and was obviously more frequently used by hikers and bikers. For those wanting to do the E Cross L loop as Abe describes, I'd recommend using trail #381 to reach Ash Creek Ridge. There is limited parking though.

Getting to the trailhead was an adventure too. We came up from Phoenix and took County Rt 177 from Mayer to Goodwin, then FR52 to the trailhead which appeared to be shortest in distance for us. It was about 14.8 miles on unpaved road, with the section between Goodwin and the trail being especially rough. A high clearance 4WD is needed on this latter section. It took us 1.5 hours from Mayer. We returned via Prescott, and the route to/from Prescott, Senator Highway/FR52, is better (though longer for hikers from the Valley). It is only 9.4 miles unpaved and the rough sections weren't as bad as the southern route.
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Jul 01 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
West Spruce Trail #264Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 01 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.48 Miles 1,708 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   3 Hrs      2.49 mph
1,708 ft AEG
 
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Great hike! Nice trail, good views, some shade. About twice the ascent than what I expected but still very enjoyable.
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May 13 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   6 Hrs   41 Mns   1.56 mph
2,645 ft AEG
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Beautiful view from the top. We stopped at the first summit which had a USGS badge. The trail from #261 to the summit started out fine, but became difficult to follow after about .25 to .5 miles. I'm glad we had a track to follow, but it was hard to stay on it. The obvious trail didn't always follow the track, and there were cairns marking trails not following the track. It appears that multiple hikers have marked multiple trails to the top. Allow plenty of time for this hike as the #261 to peak segment is really slow. It was worth it, though, to reach the summit.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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May 06 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Wolf Creek Trail #304Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,850 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.09 mph
1,850 ft AEG
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This was an enjoyable hike except for the overgrown scrub. I'd recommend a long sleeved shirt and bug spray. The drive in to the trail from Mayer is 6.4 miles from where Jefferson becomes unpaved. The sign where the trail begins as noted in the directions says "9434". It was interesting to note that there was a trail sign on top of the mesa where this trail meets a jeep trail at a cairn. It says this is trail "304". The official Prescott Nat'l Forest map showed both but didn't have enough detail to be helpful in terms of which trail is which. I hope to find more trails in this area.
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Apr 08 2009
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,063 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   2.38 mph
1,063 ft AEG
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A nice hike. Some nice views. Saw half a dozen burros and lots of burro manure. The hike to the wash and back was a little longer than advertised, but that's fine as we wanted a longer hike anyway.
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Mar 25 2009
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 Phoenix, AZ
Little Pan Loop from Table Mesa Road TH - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,264 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,264 ft AEG
 
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I did this hike with a friend and enjoyed it very much. It's a beautiful area. We did come across one rattler and a group of shooters. Both of us had problems with the downloadable track. It downloaded and displayed on our pcs just fine, but it was truncated just before the top of the loop when transferred to our GPSs. Without the complete track we did find the directions a little confusing at the second river crossing. I would describe the trail at this point as follows: When you cross the river, there is a Black Canyon Trail sign right on the river edge partly obscured by debris from the river. From there follow the trail bearing right to a jeep road. You will be heading toward a tall stone cliff at the edge of the river. Before reaching this point the trail goes left off the jeep road and is easy to follow after this point. I uploaded my track as an alternate for people who may have the same problem with truncation that I did.
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Oct 22 2008
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2008
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.16 Miles 2,252 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.95 mph
2,252 ft AEG
 
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This was a nice fall hike. There was a lot of climbing on a rocky trail, but the views made it worth it. The hike was shorter than the original description stated (6 vs 9 miles) with more than twice as much elevation gain (2,250 vs 1,000 ft).

To get to FR79 off the Senator Highway, take the first right past the Wolf Creek turnoff (after Senator Hwy turns unpaved). There was a sign for Whispering Pines Camp when I did it (10/22/08) and a small brown sign for FR 79 about 50 yards after the turn. There was no indication of the street name.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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