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Jun 25 2021
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Sundog TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2021
kingsnake
Hiking10.99 Miles 1,279 AEG
Hiking10.99 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.71 mph
1,279 ft AEG
 
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On Monday, the Coconino National Forest and Kaibab Forest closed due to extreme wildfire threat. I was planning on hiking around Knoll Lake, on the Mogollon Rim, which is on the border of the Coconino National Forest and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. I began looking for something else to do.

On Tuesday, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest closed. On Wednesday, the Tonto National Forest closed. I checked the Prescott National Forest site, and they were still open. So, I looked over there. On Thursday, the Prescott National Forest closed. (As well as all BLM and Arizona State Trust land.) The Coronado National Forest, if it is still open, is 4+ hours away. Basically, there’s nowhere to hike in Arizona this summer that is under 100℉, unless it is a city park in Flagstaff or Prescott.

I had planned on hiking the Sundog Trail and Badger Mountain Trail portions of the Prescott Circle Trail (PCT) a month ago. I double-checked the route, and it is all outside Prescott National Forest land. I messaged my hiking buddy Paul (aka @prescottstyle ), and it was on.

We started hiking from the Pow Wow Trailhead at 8:30 a.m. It was immediately obvious that Watson Lake was very low. So low, I seriously think I could have walked across it.

After a mile, Sundog Trail crosses a pedestrian bridge over Granite Creek. Just past the bridge, turn right before you get on the Peavine Trail. At 1½ miles, Sundog Trail passes under Prescott Lakes Pkwy. At two miles, make a quick left-right to get on the old rail bed. Cross Sundog Ranch Rd. a few hundred yards later, to get on proper single track trail.

The Prescott Circle Trail is optimized for mountain bikes, so there are plenty of switchbacks as Sundog Trail makes three 200 ft. climbs in the next four grassy miles, winding past the old city dump, the juvenile jail, Prescott Lakes Pkwy., and an odd checkerboard area near the Lowe’s Home Improvement, to AZ-69. 🤔

Thankfully, clouds had rolled in, as it was toasty and the only real shade on Sundog Trail was the tunnel under AZ-69.

Badger Mountain Trail starts on the south side of the AZ-69 tunnel. It immediately climbs 100 ft. before levelling out for a ½ mile. That is followed by a steady, and of course switchbacked, 400 ft. climb over the next two miles. Like Sundog Trail, it’s still a great trail surface, but the ground cover has changed from grass to shrubbery, like scrub oak, manzanita and the occasional juniper.

Due to the increased elevation, and lack of overhead cover, Badger Mountain Trail has some of the best views in Prescott. At its high point there is a rest bench. Just past the bench, there is a MTB rollover gate that marks no government boundary I can determine. Certainly not closed Prescott National Forest land. 😇

From the gate, the route is all downhill to Turley Trailhead. In 150 yds., Badger Mountain Trail crosses the summit access road. (It is a ½ mile and 300 AEG to the top.) Two thirds of a mile past that, split right onto the Turley / Badger Connector. (Left stays on Badger Mountain Trail.) Turley Trail is in another ⅓ of a mile: Turn right towards Turley Trailhead — which actually has better views of the white stone “P” than back up on Badger Mountain Trail.

After we finished, Paul and I repaired to La Casa Prescottstyle for rehydration. 🍻

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/568182065
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The majority of the flowers on this segment of the Prescott Circle Trail were on Sundog Trail, and most of those between Watson Lake and the old city dump, where I saw beautiful deeply purple thistle. The most common flowers were field bindweed, followed by buffalo gourd, sacred datura, and southwestern prickly poppy.
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Mar 27 2021
bakerag
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45 male
 Joined Nov 11 2009
 Prescott, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Pt 4, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Pt 4, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
bakerag
Hiking7.10 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.65 mph
765 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
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With recent snow and rain, I was surprised to find Badger Mountain Trail pretty dry, there was some mud, but it wasn't soft or slippery. This hike was full of minor surprises, we hardly saw anybody on the trail even though it was a perfect day, around 60 degrees and almost no wind, and it was a beautiful hike! This was part of the circle trail I wasn't looking forward to because I had a baseless opinion that this was a boring trail. It definitely isn't at the top of my list, but it offered terrific views, nice terrain, without being boring. Because of the threat of mud we did an out and back instead of our usual shuttle plan, unfortunately, I think this left Stephanie missing a one mile section of the Ranch Trail #62 undone. The Ranch Trail is one of my favorites, so I don't mind doing that over again. This project is going a little slow, hopefully with Spring and Summer fast approaching, we'll crank through it a little faster.
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Apr 22 2018
sleepybear929
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37 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Turley TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2018
sleepybear929
Hiking2.75 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
625 ft AEG
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Sep 16 2017
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2017
joebartels
Hiking17.70 Miles 2,999 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.64 mph
2,999 ft AEG   1 Hour   9 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
Sundog Trail
Pleasant on a nice day. Smooth tread for easy mountain biking. No shade. Out of town. Nice amber fields of waving grass.

Badger Mountain Trail
Same as Sundog except you know urban development is near. A notch better in my book winding through hillier mountains.

Turley Trail
Same as previous with a tad more aeg, aka getting better.

Boy Scout Trail #126
All bets hold from above and 732 aeg is making non-golf lover hikers smile.

Ranch Trail #62
Under a half mile on #62. Looks like we got a better track than previously posted to share.

Ranch Trail #62 Extension PCT
Best of day. Most pine shade. Lots of twists and turns meant changing views.


Synopsis
Like most AZT segments I enjoyed this introductory shuttle more than anticipated. We only crossed paths with a few mountain bikers and five hikers. Perfect upper 70's weather with a hint of a breeze. Thx to @MEWhiteman for helpful posts over the years so Bruce could piece our 3 Act play together. Prescott has put forth a valiant effort on the PCT. Hopefully we can get [ Prescott Circle Trail :: map ] squared away because the city website is atrocious.

I held good with my half fanny pack / half one shoulder Camelbak setup.
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Sep 16 2017
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking17.71 Miles 2,926 AEG
Hiking17.71 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.55 mph
2,926 ft AEG      56 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
This one has been in the works since @MEwhiteman put it on my radar back in 2014. I've done numerous segments of the loop, but wanted to do the whole thing in segments.

Since we were dayhiking/slackpacking this, it needed to be broken up into semi equal segments based on parking availability.

After Denny and Joe decided which of the 3 segments they wanted to do first (on the drive up), we were off like a herd of Tortoises.

After dropping off my truck at the end of the segment on the south end, we were greeted with cool air at the Peavine TH on the SE end of Watson Lake.

Going clockwise, Sundog Trail gets you from the Peavine lot to Rt69. It's a hike through gentle rolling grassy hills reminiscent of AZT 5 in southern Arizona. With the early morning light, this was pretty.

Badger Mountain Trail transitions from the grasses, to scrub, to some conifer on its way to the Turley Trail. We saw our 2nd set of deer here bounding in front of us.

The Turley Trail starts a bit more climb before it abruptly ends at the forest boundary. There is an area with what appears to be an old ranch in a clearing prior to the end.

The Boy Scout Tail #126 is a nice little trail that follows in a bit of a canyon area. Denny had us lost on portions of this impossible to get lost trail.

The Ranch Trail #62 and the Ranch Trail #62 Extension take this hike home. I've been on these a couple of times before. Tall Pines and great views of Granite Mountain and Goldwater Lakes.

Perfect weather and great company. Thanks gentlemen. a couple more to do..

A roll over accident on the way up in the morning and a brush fire south of Sunset Point on the way home, kept the I-17 interesting.
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Sep 16 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 1, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 16 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking17.71 Miles 2,926 AEG
Hiking17.71 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.55 mph
2,926 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
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Ahhh, just like old times. Setting up shuttles like when we did the AZT. We will only need three for this trail, though. Good to get out with the boys. Good variety of terrain. Temps good. We saw nine deer, a few Mountain bikers, and 5 hikers. A nice first outing on the PCT :D .
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Mar 26 2017
clem5123
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52 male
 Joined Jul 29 2016
 Dewey
Turley TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2017
clem5123
Hiking2.75 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles
625 ft AEG
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May 13 2016
AZHiker456
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40 female
 Joined Nov 07 2015
 
Badger (P) Mountain, AZ 
Badger (P) Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking2.33 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.33 Miles      55 Mns   2.64 mph
700 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I arrived later than anticipated in the Prescott area, and by the time I even decided what I was going to do for a hike / left for the TH, it was almost 6:30 PM. Talk about ‘winging things’, I didn’t even know how to get to the TH and simply headed across town toward the ‘P’ on the mountain while pulling up a route on HAZ. If only I remembered what Peter had told me about simply parking at Home Depot…

…instead, I used Route Scout’s topo to navigate through some neighborhoods nestled at the base of P Mountain, and hoped to find parking. After making a few wrong turns, I finally found parking on a dirt road, [Wells Fargo Rd], a few feet down and across from the turn to the Turley TH, [which is sandwiched right between two properties with fences; and, in combination with a gate, it looks more like a private drive]. It proved to be the road to the TH, and walking the short road didn’t add more than 3-5 minutes, luckily.

I started on the Turley Trail, which was contouring the base of some ridges that led toward the mountain, [but the trail was headed away from the Mountain]. I contemplated taking one of several routes leading up the ridge(s)… [but, given how active the bees have been and not having a whole lot of time before dark, I didn’t exactly jump at the opportunity to go off-trail]. However, after passing up 3 or 4 very well-beaten routes, temptation got the better of me and I found myself off-trail, heading up a ridge toward P Mountain.

A few times I crossed over the dirt road that leads to P Mountain but decided to stick with my ‘as the crow flies’, bushwhack approach. Visibility and maneuverability were both very good - excellent, and I was racing the setting sun. The summit views were very nice but it was a short visit… visibility was very good for a bushwhack, but I did not want to be bushwhacking after dark… watching my footing after dark AND watching for snakes would’ve been a bit much.

I looked at the topo and opted for a more *direct descent [*or at least one that would get the off-trail portion over with the fastest; hence the “road finish”]. I completed the bushwhack with just minutes to spare before needing a headlamp, and I was back at my vehicle shortly thereafter.

There are many other prominent points/peak, [including the highpoint], as well as many fun looking ridgelines that I will definitely be going back to explore. As extremely well routed as the area is, it will make for tons of off-trail fun.
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Sep 20 2014
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Turley TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2014
mt98dew
Hiking6.27 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking6.27 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   2.58 mph
1,183 ft AEG
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Late afternoon hike with my daughter. Started off from the Ranch Trail around 4:30pm. I had done this trail about a year ago and it seems like the foliage is filling nicely. Still fairly exposed. Distance was 2.7 to the Boy Scout. The Boy Scout trail was a single track that was pretty much down hill from the Ranch Trail. Trail was nicely shaded by pine trees. Trail was fairly easy to follow though it did go in and out of semi dry stream beds where the trail was more faded. Luckily these spots were only for a few feet so it wasn't too difficult. The worse spot was actually where the Boy Scout connected to the Turley. There, the trail got lost in the stream bed for a good 15-20 feet. The first part of the Turley was more of the same - going in and out of the stream bed. Eventually the trail stuck to the north side of the stream bed as the stream bed dropped 20 feet into a canyon. Around 4.5 miles we came to a more open area where the Turley intersected a couple of dirt roads. Luckily the signage was pretty good at these points so we were able to negotiate this area smoothly. At this point we started to do a lot of up and down climbing as the trail followed the contours of the hills and worked its way through drainage channels. We also started seeing signs of civilization to the west and north. Reached the end of the Turley a little before 7pm in the thickening dusk. Great hike. Though with the encroaching darkness didn't stop to enjoy the sights as much as I would have liked to.
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Jul 05 2013
MEWhiteman
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77 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Turley TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.36 Miles 1,420 AEG
Hiking7.36 Miles   3 Hrs      2.45 mph
1,420 ft AEG
 
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Sam & I did hiked the Turley Trail and the Boy Scout Trail to the Ranch Trail and back. I took notes along the way in order to post a description which slowed us down. It sprinkled on us a little as we finished and was overcast for the most part keeping the temperatures moderate. We are planning on hiking segments of the Prescott Circle Trail each week that we haven't hiked previously so we should complete the existing parts this year.
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