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Willow Connector Trail #346 - 2 members in 13 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 23 2019
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Willow Creek Loop (#347 & #345)Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2019
RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,980
Hiking11.96 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking11.96 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   2.25 mph
1,125 ft AEG      47 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Granite Basin Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Balancing Rock Trail #349Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,980
 Hiking8.11 Miles 1,049 AEG
 Hiking8.11 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.16 mph
1,049 ft AEG      24 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Granite Basin Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Dec 02 2017
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66 male
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
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The_EagleTriplogs 2,037
Hiking18.59 Miles 2,034 AEG
Hiking18.59 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   2.89 mph
2,034 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break14 LBS Pack
 
The final leg of our 58 mile loop around Prescott, started at the Peavine TH in the low 40's.

The low morning sun cast intriguing shadows on the rocks and trees around Watson Lake. The lake was busy with waterfowl of all types. Willow Lake was just as thick with ducks and geese.

We climbed out of Willow Lake, to Emery Riddle and an RC plane doing aerobatics.

The middle section today was a pleasant mix of tall grasses, mixed conifer, rolling hills, and long views.

After lunch we made the final push ending in a gorgeous stand of pines.

It was great catching up after five weeks away from the gang.

Good times gentlemen :y:

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dry Chimbley Tank Dry Dry

dry Stringfield Spring Dry Dry
Nothing obvious

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Watson Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
Plenty if needed

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Puddles where it crossed the trail

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Willow Creek Reservoir 76-100% full 76-100% full
Plenty
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Dec 02 2017
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
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Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,128
Hiking18.40 Miles 1,976 AEG
Hiking18.40 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   2.86 mph
1,976 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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Joe suggested the PCT earlier in the year and Bruce and I jumped on board. Bruce and Route Editor broke it into three day hikes for us. This was our third and final section. This one had the most street walking but was still enjoyable with the company I had. The diverse terrain, Joe's singing capabilities and mirthful sense of humor, Bruce's cerebral conversation, and me to keep balance :D, I found hiking the Prescott Circle Trail quite entertaining. Dallin and I have very different capabilities and both did the PCT we were capable of :o :oops: . Even this one I had to do as a slackpacker. My hats off to Dallin and the real PCT.
Another enjoyable day with Joe and Bruce in the Arizona Outdoors... :y:
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Dec 02 2017
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
joebartelsTriplogs 5,408
Hiking18.44 Miles 1,982 AEG
Hiking18.44 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.88 mph
1,982 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
We brought the PCT Trail full circle. Today was the 3rd leg Bruce created breaking the PCT into 3 reasonable segments for day hikes. I enjoyed the entire circle. That said this would be the area least appealing to most.

Started out in the first cold weather morning of the season. 'Twas spectacular skirting Watson & Willow lakes. The tail end of Autumn Foliage had the massive cottonwoods screaming y(h)ellow in the low morning sun.

The majority of the hike along Pioneer Pkwy, Williamson Valley Rd and a local neighborhood would unlikely interest the masses. Personally I enjoyed seeing how it connected but wouldn't be jumping for a redo.

We hiked this man club style doing each segment in the direction of the most aeg. Which was an appreciated group tactic to keep me from crying like a baby👶

Thx to B&D for setting up all the necessary shuttles!
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Mar 05 2017
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldfields Figure 8 Loop and Arroyo, AZ 
Goldfields Figure 8 Loop and Arroyo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
tibberTriplogs 1,342
Hiking15.43 Miles 1,972 AEG
Hiking15.43 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   1.95 mph
1,972 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
 
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We've had this on our TO DO list ever since we saw it posted and boy was it a winner. I think the previous hikers trip reports were holding out on us as to how beautiful this "keep on giving" figure 8/loop was as we were pleased with each corner we turned, each hill we crested, each valley we went thru and then to top it off, there were wildflowers, water in the arroyo, cool-shaped clouds, great temperatures and a really awesome arch. Other than the humidity, it couldn't have been a better day. Plus, after a little extra route finding, I was able to visit the bedrock bench that I was last at in 2010. So thanks Kelly for a great day in the Goldfields and thanks for dinner after.

Oh ya, the hike. Starting out on the road you eventually hang a left and head west altho we went a little further and Kelly took a look at RS to discover we SHOULD have taken that first turn. It was very green out already as we headed west for a bit before coming to another section to head west again as I wanted to do the Figure 8/Loop that way so we could hit the Arroyo on the way back if I felt up to it. You eventually come to a little canyon like area that you hike through so that was a pleasant surprise. You go up and down a little and have great views to the north. Eventually you end up doing a little road walk before heading north toward a gold faced mountain.

It was a little climb up to here where you get right below the rock face before heading up above it to the huge bedrock area that Kelly and I were anxious to see. It was so cool and the views :y: . The clouds were pretty awesome too and then as we topped the bedrock area we even got some wildflower action as we made our way down the back end. After crossing the wash which you could take toward Top Hat we continued north on familiar ground to the intersection with the top part of the loop. I didn't think there was anything of interest and thot we would have to bushwhack after crossing the wash but we decided as long as it looked like a good trail we would see where "the boys" went. Needless to say, sure glad we decided to proceed.

We had lunch on top of some folded bedrock with views in all directions. It was still overcast so everything seemed extra colorful. In fact, I'm having to tone down the colors in my pictures as the camera seemed to photograph in such a saturated way. After lunch we walked thru one of those interesting areas where the ground is somewhat void of vegetation and there are little rocks and some lava-looking boulders scattered about. Luckily the trail went the whole way as I don't think we crossed over the deepest part of the wash. Kelly went and took a picture of her cracked boulder and we checked out the tunnel we think is so cool before continuing our way around this little mountain. We saw a cave above and I zoomed in and we also saw a little arch.

As we were hiking ahead of us to the left we could see a great stand of saguaros on the hillside. Little did we know we would get to hike right next to them. That's the second time when we saw something cool from a distance and then found ourselves hiking next to it (the huge bedrock face of the mountain earlier and now this). Once again we would cross over a wash and alongside another mountain. It seemed like we would go up about two mountains and then down into these little valleys. It was a constant blitz of really cool stuff to see :y: . In fact, when I talked to two horseback riders, they made the same comment. I do wonder if the horses wear different shoes to hold onto that bedrock, especially when they're going down it? Just before meeting up with them we saw the middle line of the 8 but opted to continue on our loop since we still wanted to go see the Arroyo.

The horses went one way and we went the other way. I think their way was the short cut but once again, glad we went the day we did as we got to see the Window Arch. Kelly had walked right by. I think I had it marked on RS who was barking at me. So we had a little fun in that. We saw the inch worm earlier. After making a bit of a turn to the east and around we reached a wash and intersection where I thot there was a trail over to the Crystal Arroyo so we proceeded over there. It did have water in it but not as much as I had hoped. We took a short break here; it was really nice. The next goal was to find the long bedrock bench I had been on back in 2010 with Kat, Bruce, Ambika and johnr1. We just had such a wonderful time there so I wanted to re-live that moment for a moment.

At the end of the Crystal Arroyo trail I felt we should go off trail to the bench but just wasn't sure; after all, it's been seven years. We ended up on the Golden Eye Trail as we went south and then east getting further away from the Waypoint I had marked. We backtracked UP hill and came to the area where we cross over to the bench with a slight detour to check out a possible route to Helmet Rock. I said to Kelly, "today?!" and she said "yes if it looked like we could make it easily from here". We went north to an edge and easy was definitely not to be. So we headed back toward the bench. We sat for awhile but since it got chilly we left and headed back to the Arroyo.

We got to the intersection we had been at earlier and then continued southish on part of the trail we had been on before when we were out here. It was a fairly quick couple of miles when we were "hiking for beer". The sun started to come out by this point but it never got warm. I never took off my outer shirt the entire way and though the time doesn't show it, Kelly kept up a pretty good pace; mostly so I wouldn't dally with my camera too long :lol: and as you all know, that's a tall task.

I think this ended up being my longest hike since August 2014 when I did some AZT that was around 15 miles. So that's two weekends in a row of long hikes this year... then again, the elevation and trail conditions made that very doable. I'm still working on the many, many photos I took and it's been fun editing them as it was a beautiful hike. The videos could be awhile as usual. I can't wait to see them myself.

Part 1 from the road [ youtube video ]
Part 2 to the Keyhole [ youtube video ]
Part 3 to the Wash [ youtube video ]
Part 4 to top of Loop [ youtube video ]
Part 5 east side of loop [ youtube video ]
Part 6 east side continued to middle of the 8 [ youtube video ]
Part 7 to junction with Rough n Ready, side trip toward Arroyo [ youtube video ]
Part 8 Crystal Quartz Arroyo, search for Bench and back to TH [ youtube video ]
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Oct 16 2016
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Willow Trail #347Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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mazatzalTriplogs 1,231
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,620 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.31 mph
1,620 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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We headed up to the southeast part of Granite Basin Recreation area and did a couple of loops in the area.

Williamson Valley TH :next: Willow :next: Willow Connector :next: West Lake :next: Chimbly :next: Mint Connector :next: Mint :next: Tin Trough :next: TH

Saw one deer and a few mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers but not many.
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Apr 18 2015
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65 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Willow Trail #347Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking10.60 Miles 1,620 AEG
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Williamson Valley TH :next: Willow :next: Willow Connector :next: West Lake :next: Chimbly :next: Mint connector :next: Mint :next: Tin Trough :next: TH.

It's a nice area with lots of easy loop possibilities and very nice trails. 90F in the valley but cooler here, 63 at start and 69 at end. Saw one deer.
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May 11 2014
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Willow Trail #347Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Came back here and did the butterfly loop.

Williamson Valley TH :next: Willow :next: Willow Connector :next: West Lake :next: Chimbly :next: Mint connector :next: Mint :next: Tin Trough :next: TH.

It's a nice area with lots of easy loop possibilities and very nice trails. A chilly 49 when we started and 61 at end. It was surprisingly quiet today, we only saw one mtn biker on the trails. There were a few people at the lake.
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Willow Trail #347Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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We hadn't been to the southeast part of Granite Basin Recreation area so we did a double loop using the trails in the area.

Williamson Valley TH :next: Willow :next: Willow Connector :next: West Lake :next: Chimbly :next: Mint connector :next: Mint :next: Tin Trough :next: TH.

Most of this area was closed due to the Doce fire but it reopened last Thursday. You encounter the edge of the Doce fire near the north end of Mint Wash trail and some areas where you see fire retardant residue.

Enjoyed the area and views - it reminded me a bit of the Payson trail system (PATS).
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ho-Kay-Gan Trail #341Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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MEWhitemanTriplogs 383
Hiking5.44 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking5.44 Miles   2 Hrs      2.72 mph
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Sam & I did this as well as parts of other trails to complete this NW segment of the Prescott Trail. We started at a small trailhead at the end of Katahn Rd. We first hiked on the Willow Trail #347. At .62 miles the Ho-Kay-Gan Trail #341 went right. At 1.42 miles we passed under some power lines and at 2.05 came to a junction with #347 again. We continued straight on #347. In about .1 miles we came to a junction with #346 the Willow Connector. We followed that through a gate and immediately turned left onto the Javalina (Circle) Trail #332. We followed this to Granite Basin Road where we turned around. On the way back we turned right at the junction of #347 and #341 about .1-.2 miles past the gate and took the "short cut" back to the trailhead. There were some nice views of Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte on the hike and the weather was great.
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 Moscow, RU
Willow Trail #347Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking15.50 Miles 1,770 AEG
Hiking15.50 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.55 mph
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Hiked a loop from Williamson Valley TH: 308 - 345 - 351 - 346 - 341 - 347 to Willow TH - 347. All washes are completely dry. Only met 4 bikers 6 times on the middle section of #347 and some locals walking their dogs, children and themselves on the backyards (northern) section of #347.
Beat my last year's weekend hiking distance record.
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 Prescott, AZ
West Lake Trail #351Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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TwoWeimsTriplogs 70
Hiking3.00 Miles
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This hike was a loop from the Cayuse Trailhead involving trails 351, 348, 347, and 346.
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