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Circle Connection Trail #322 - 4 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 04 2021
nonot
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Potts Creek Trail #327Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
nonot
Hiking11.70 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles
1,400 ft AEG
 
The morning was great but as the day went on it got quite hot. Luckily a nice breeze started up and that helped.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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Flowing nicely

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There was a trickle in some lower areas of the drainage. Higher up it was dry though the ground was damp in places.

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Flowing nicely
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Aug 25 2018
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Prescott Circle Trail - Trail #393Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
kingsnake
Hiking9.42 Miles 655 AEG
Hiking9.42 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   3.06 mph
655 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
1st trip
After the brief climb up to Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415, Paul & headed down Aspen Creek Trail #48. Good choice: We were immediately greeted by a large quantity and variety of flowers, a trend which would continue throughout the day. The species were mixed up with each other all along the Prescott Circle Trail: columbine, lupine, globemallow, Arizona thistle and many more. I’d guess at least 20 species, some too small for my cruddy pocket camera to photograph, even in macro mode. 🔎

Unfortunately, while crouching down to take my very first flower photograph, I ripped the crotch of my frequently patched hiking pants. This lead to much merriment on Paul’s part, cracking jokes as the hours wore on and the rip grew larger. It got so big — nearly down to my knee — that every time we encountered other people, I turned away as if photographing whatever flower happened to be near. It’s a good thing I was not going commando. 😳

When we arrived back at the Aspen Creek trailhead, my wife was gone, so I texted her to please go to Walmart and get me some shorts, any shorts, so that when Paul & I finished the hike I would have something to wear which would not earn me a record as a sex criminal. 👮🏻‍♂️

I continued hiking with the enhanced ventilation.

Luckily, we only saw two other hikers. Not so luckily, we were passed by at 30-40 mountain bikers. We saw a few every 10-15 minutes, including one MTB club ride of at least 20. 🚵‍♂️

I’m not sure about the other Prescott Circle Trail segments, but the one between Copper Basin Rd. and Thumb Butte Rd. is optimized for mountain bikes, with plenty of switchbacks, gentle grade, and few obstacles. A hiker, or experienced biker, will cruise right over the ‘rocky’ PCT sections.

It was mostly sunny along the Prescott Circle Trail, but dark clouds were moving over the city itself.

Halfway up Potts Creek Trail #327, we got misdirected onto FR 51 for a half mile. My bad. I blame the distraction in my pants.

Circle Connection Trail #322 is short, maybe ¾s of a mile, but it has been slightly rerouted for trail reclamation. You can’t get lost. Unless you are me.

By the time Paul & I got to Garden Grove Trail #392, it was raining over Prescott. We didn’t even get drizzle, but thunder caused by rather close lightning strikes twice made me jump. ⚡️

Once we reached Thumb Butte Rd. we turned east along what I believe is an unnumbered trail that parallels the south side of the road. A ⅓ of a mile before the Thumb Butte Recreation Area, there is an old stone well. There is a spring next to it, but the well itself is now dry and full of dirt.

I made it most of the way across the campground without anyone noticing the gaping hole in the front of my pants. Unfortunately, there was a forest crew enjoying a break right next to where my wife was waiting for Paul & I. The shorts she bought were a bit small, but like I told her, by that point I would have worn a dress. 👗

Postscript: Today marked my 144th hike of 2018, breaking a personal best I set just last year. 👍

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/497252515
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Beautiful flowers scattered all along the trail. Check out the photoset for a small sample. Do yourself a favor and do this hike *now*, before the flowers go away!
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Oct 28 2017
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
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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tail end of what looked to be a great display of primarily gambel oak


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Oct 28 2017
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking21.74 Miles 3,032 AEG
Hiking21.74 Miles   8 Hrs   44 Mns   2.79 mph
3,032 ft AEG      57 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Hike 104 with Denny and 274 with Joe had us on Act 2 of 3 for us on the Prescott Circle Trail.

Perfect weather and many first time trails for me.
All of these trails for the most part are impeccably kept.

Javelina #322 starts on a nice smooth ole road that meanders through the pines and an old homestead.

Garden Grove #392 is much better in the spring with the trickling creek next to you, but is still very nice.

Potts Creek 327 and Cold Springs 393, both have some real pretty areas, especially around the Camp Stein area.

Aspen Creek trail #48 is a gentle climb through the pines getting to the Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415.

We went up the spur road to the Wolverton Summit. It affords some great views of the surrounding areas.
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Getting to the Wolverton Summit was a little bit of a bushwhack for us. It appears on Sat. view , that someone has cut another option that we SHOULD have tried, but thought was going in the wrong north direction off the peak.

I've been on Goldwater Lake Trail #396 numerous times and I'll be back to that one. Just a beautiful walk through the hillsides with tons of shady pines, smooth roller coaster trails, and views of the lakes. It's a fun area to explore if you get a chance. It will not be without people though, for those of you that dislike humanity.
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Oct 28 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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
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This was our second leg of the PCT that Bruce has mercifully dissected into three doable sections. Joe picks the direction that works best for him. With the threat of a whine like an injured rabbit we abide by his wishes. The shuttle set up went smoothly due to the early start, I believe. We were hiking by 7:30 with a nice cool temp. I concur with Joe that the section around the Goldwater Lakes is primo. Although I thought this whole section of the PCT was enjoyable. Bruce added in a short side trip to the top of Wolverton Mountain. Nice little mountain with views and a bench to sit on for lunch. The name of the mountain had me singing an ol country song from back in the 60's. The song was about a man named Clifton Clowers and someone trying to court his daughter. The man really did exist, lived to be 102, and is buried on a Wolverton mountain in Arkansas. Real spelling Woolverton. We were not the only ones to enjoy the PCT this fine day. I counted 27 other hikers, 19 mountain bikers, 11 dogs, and 5 deer. I didn't count the birds, squirrels,lizards and such :o . All and All a great day on the trail. I did have a sore knee and foot but that's on me :) . Bruce had to be home by a certain time so he headed home while Joe and I grabbed a bite to eat. Good times. Thanks my friends, :yr:
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Oct 20 2012
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 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ 
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.75 Miles
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs      3.14 mph
      10 Mns Break
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Sep 24 2012
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 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ 
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2012
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Hiking5.75 Miles
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs      3.14 mph
      10 Mns Break
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YEA!!! Fall is finally here again! :FG:
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Oct 30 2011
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 Prescott, AZ
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ 
Thumb Butte #316 317 318 322 367 326, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2011
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.75 Miles
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs      3.14 mph
      10 Mns Break
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TRAILS: Looped & Connected - #316,317,318,322,367,326
This was a good solid hike. Went yesterday, which was a Sunday. Arrived at about 11:30AM, and the main Thumb Butte Rec. Area parking lot was full. The day fee is $5, with the exception of Wednesdays... Which = FREE DAY in all the Prescott Nat. Forest Parks... BUT, on this Sunday I have the "Prescott Take a Hike" Thumb Butte Pass... YEA!!! Which in turn = NO FEE FOR ME! :GB:
Anyway... Fantastic day for a little hiking excursion!!
Lucy and I headed off onto 316 and made our way back to 317 looping back to our "Starting point." At this point, we continued up 318 - Which at first is a gradual incline with lots' of loose rocks... When reaching even ground, there are a number of burn out spots... This has got a very secluded feel to it, and there isn't a lot of pines or trees... Sunny. (Saw a tarantula crossing the path:-) Not anyone around, even on a Sunday! We ended off this trail by hopping onto 332S. Which is just a skip to 367. (Cross Thumb Butte Rd. here) This trail pretty much follows the road all the way to an exit/beginning point. I kept going here and shortly reached the 326 connector. This led us all the way back to the main parking lot.
Sat down for a few, drank some more H2O, gave Lucy a jerky treat, then we finished up by hitting #33....
A good day of hiking fun :y:
And for a Sunday... The trails I took were EMPTY!! In total on 316 and 317 I saw two people, 318 NADA, 322,367 NADA, 326 One couple.
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