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Jun 29 2019
watkins11
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 Triplogs 3

26 male
 Joined Sep 30 2014
 Tempe, AZ
A few trails in the Prescott National Forest, AZ 
A few trails in the Prescott National Forest, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
watkins11
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.34 mph
1,246 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Got to the trailhead at 1pm. It was a bit hot heading out, but once I got into the woods, it cooled down quickly.

My initial plan was to follow the Bean Peaks loop, which initially started out incredible. The creek it follows is one of the lushest areas I've ever seen in Arizona. Simply incredible! At the point where it meets up with the logging trail though (~1.5mi), I mistakenly started following the road. I ended up heading up the hill and back down the other side, before realizing that I had been continuing on not only the wrong route, but also the wrong direction! After backtracking the mile or so to rejoin the proper route, I started following the trail on Route Scout.

This took me back to the creek I was following before, but there was definitely no trail to be found. I was essentially bushwhacking up the creek. After .4 miles of this, I decided to turn around and hike back out the same way. My phone was close to dead and I did not have a suitable map for off-trail hiking. Plus, I only had a few hours of daylight left. I'm looking forward to trying this again once I have more time and a good topo map as a backup.

I arrived back at the parking lot and started to take off my boots, but there were still two hours of daylight left and I saw a few other people parking in the lot. I was inspired to get back out on the trail and try something I had done before (since I was mapless) to increase my mileage and time on the trail. I ended up doing 372 :next: 373 :next: 375 :next: 376 and looping back to the parking lot.

All-in-all, while the issues with the Bean Peaks Loop were disappointing, it was a great hike!
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Jun 24 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Twist & Shout Trail #372Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking9.46 Miles 1,605 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.10 mph
1,605 ft AEG      14 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Lower Goldwater Lake
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Apr 14 2013
AndreyP
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39 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Goldwater Lakes Loop, AZ 
Goldwater Lakes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2013
AndreyP
Hiking7.80 Miles 965 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.34 mph
965 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
Started at White Spar trailhead and followed Trail 396 to the first spur trail to Upper Goldwater Lake, cruised around the lake to the dam by people fishing, picnicking and otherwise recreating. Crossed to FR-61 and went down along the Lower Goldwater Lake.
When approached from the upper (east) side, there is a fence on the left side of FR-61 with lots of "No trespassing" signs: some of which definitely apply to the area beyond the fence (Lower Lake itself), some other signs not so much, and upon approach to the buildings by Lower Lake, there's a sign most probably applied to the road. Also there's a decayed "Beware of dogs" sign and the dog was actually there running to me like I'm some kind of intruder. Well, I still have all my extremities intact :whistle:
When approached from the lower (west) side, there are no signs on FR-61 whatsoever, only a gate against motor vehicles with a wide foot path on the side. The dog may be not so friendly another time so I'd suggest to avoid FR-61 section along Lower Lake. City of Prescott is considering opening Lower Lake to the public and extending the recreation area there, but it may take years from now.
From FR-61 /Trail 396 / Trail 81 junction I followed 81 to 373 (where a subdivision sits on the forest hills), then to 372 and back to the trailhead thru campground.
Trail 81 is comprised by former FR-9403S and northern part of FR-61 (it was called 61 here on HAZ but it's 81 per City of Prescott trails map and per actual trail signs - and now it's fixed, thanks Joe).
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