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Sep 12 2020
Whiffer
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65 male
 Joined Jan 02 2016
 Prescott, AZ
Mt. Francis Loop, AZ 
Mt. Francis Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
Whiffer
Hiking7.58 Miles 2,164 AEG
Hiking7.58 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   2.36 mph
2,164 ft AEG
 
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Aspen Creek Trail #48 starts across Copper Basin Road from Aspen Creek Trailhead parking lot. Last couple miles to trailhead on Copper Basin Road is dirt road and fords Aspen Creek before reaching parking lot. Creek bed is concrete where Copper Basin Road crosses the creek which could be a problem during monsoon or snow melt.

Loop consists of Aspen Creek Trail #48 to a small section of East Copper Trail #260 north to Moby Trail #737 and return on Aspen Creek Trail #48. Looking at profile, it may be easier in reverse direction by turning right onto Moby Trail #737 off of Aspen Creek Trail #48. However, I like the views ahead in the direction taken and there is a steep section at the south end of Aspen Creek Trail #48 on which I prefer going downhill.

Great views of mountains and valleys southwest of Prescott, AZ, including Prescott, Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain near beginning and end. From the the south end of Aspen Creek Trail #48 and East Copper Trail #260 there are views of Skull Valley and mountains near Yarnell in middle of hike. Vegetation starts with Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak mix and becomes juniper, manzanita, desert holly and prickly pear mix during middle of hike. Hike can be extended by taking East Copper Trail #260 (middle section of loop) in either direction, south is downhill and north is uphill. Some of the best views are on East Copper Trail #260 are just south of the loop.
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A few wildflowers near Aspen Creek at the beginning and end of the trail. Prickly pear near the south end of Aspen Creek Trail #48.
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Oct 12 2019
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Aspen Creek Mount Francis Loop, AZ 
Aspen Creek Mount Francis Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,437 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.25 mph
1,437 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Started from the Aspen Creek trailhead at 7:30am and 36 degrees. Found signs warning of a mountain bike race, luckily for the next day. Headed south on Aspen Creek trail to East Copper trail. Took Copper up to Mount Francis road to the top of the mountain. Followed a jeep road north from the summit back to Aspen Creek trail for a short walk back to the trailhead. Saw a bunch of mountain bikes out enjoying the day and some hikers with a lack of a plan and destination looking for the communication towers. Lots of Oak Apples (galls) on Aspen Creek trail. Nice tarantula on East Copper trail.
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2014
kingsnake
Hiking12.22 Miles 1,930 AEG
Hiking12.22 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.57 mph
1,930 ft AEG
 
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Despite leaving home 15 minutes later normal (5:30 a.m.) managed to arrive at the trailhead 30 minutes ahead of time (7:30 a.m.), without any more speeding than normal. :whistle: Personally, I'd avoid camping at White Spar, as Hwy. 89 traffic noise is too obvious.

My plan was to hike Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415, Aspen Creek Trail #48 and East Copper Trail #260. According to my route, it was supposed to be 10.91 miles and 1923 AEG. Since those numbers are always low, I figured it would be a 12 mile, 2000 AEG day.

Trail #9415 started out through a mile of damp high top pine. As with Trail #48, the trail surface is very smooth, but the route is unnecessarily twisty. I suspect it was optimized for mountain biking, rather than hiking. (I saw four bikers and no hikers along the two trails.) After a mile, #9415 began edging along a large burn area, to the south, away from town, where there was not a single living pine tree. Not one. :o Any idea when that fire was?

After three miles, I cut up to FR 9707V, which curls around the south side of what I now refer to as Quarry Hill. I heard ATVs up in the quarry, so when I heard them coming back my way I ducked down behind some bushes in case they were miners. I spent a fair bit of time exploring the hill, hoping for some shafts, adits, equipment -- anything -- but finding only some quarry digs. The white rock was beautiful. The summit had incredible 360° views of Thumb Butte, Little Granite Mountain, Granite Mountain, Prescott, Spruce Mountain, Union Mountain, and Mt. Francis. If you do Trail #9415, I highly recommend this small diversion.

I stopped by the first gate to take a wizz. After I finished, I realized I was only a few feet from a grave. :oops: I would have been mortified had I accidentally peed on it. Turns out there were three graves in the pet cemetery.

As far as the hiking itself goes, Trail #48 was the highlight, with lots of shade and only some slight up & downs.

At the hike's highpoint, in the saddle between Mt. Francis and Hill 6872, you can see all the way to Peeples Valley and Yarnell Hill.

Trail #260 was steep, rocky and slippery. Almost fell a couple of times. :| Despite black clouds and heavy rain over the Bradshaws, I only experienced a minute of invisible drizzle, near the end of my hike. Hiked the last four miles with a massive blister on my left heel. Ooh-rah. :D

On the way back into Phoenix, I usually stop at the Culvers on Deer Valley Rd., but I just wasn't feeling it. Wife made a great suggestion to stop at Boston Market on Bell & 3rd St. instead. Calorie replacement ensued. :DANCE:

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