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Legacy Trail Plus - Prescott Circle Trail - 3 members in 6 triplogs have rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 25 2021
bakerag
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 Routes 15
 Photos 75
 Triplogs 45

45 male
 Joined Nov 11 2009
 Prescott, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Pt 5, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Pt 5, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2021
bakerag
Hiking4.82 Miles 233 AEG
Hiking4.82 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.04 mph
233 ft AEG
 
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Still working on the Circle Trail with Stephanie. We ended up with a bit of a time crunch, so we did a shorter one today, with a good amount of road walking. Started from the Katahn parking area near Granite Mtn, we walked on neighborhood roads to Williamson Valley Rd. then walked along that to Pioneer Parkway. The road looks like a highway, but traffic was light enough to make crossing easy and safe. There's some informal parking at the start of the Longview Trail and the usual Prescott Circle Trail sign posts in the ground. This trail was nicer than I expected, we only saw two runners while we were on the trail, and the views are nice. I didn't take any pictures, but it was still nice. Following the trail to the parking lot took us under Pioneer Parkway twice the tunnels were tall and clean with lights, that I assume would have come on if it was dark out.
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Apr 16 2020
kingsnake
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 Guides 95
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Legacy Trail Plus - Prescott Circle TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2020
kingsnake
Hiking7.39 Miles 403 AEG
Hiking7.39 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.53 mph
403 ft AEG
 
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Skipping the 1.5 miles of road walking between Katahn Rd. and Williamson Valley Rd., today I set out to hike the seven miles from Williamson Valley to Willow Creek. And since I was in Prescott, my mine exploring buddy Prescottstyle (Paul) came along. ⚒️

Longview Trail is basically flat, as it follows the contour line between Pioneer Parkway and a housing development to the north. I’m not sure if it is on Prescott National Forest or Yavapai County land, but Longview ends when the PCT enters the City of Prescott.

The mile-long section of the Prescott Circle Trail through Pioneer Park used to be the Whipple Barracks Target Range. No more boom booms, but it is criss-crossed with old jeep trails. 🚫💣

There’s also three large tunnels under Pioneer Parkway,and it is the third which the PCT passes through. (The first two can be used as shortcuts to Kuebler Park.) Shade is a precious commodity between Williamson Valley and Willow Creek, so the cool tunnel was a welcome minute out of the sun.

The Prescott Circle Trail borders a city truck yard and some more baseball fields, before reaching the simple barbwire fence which encloses Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The gate had a chain across it, with a “no trespassing”. We didn’t see an alternative, so Paul & I opted for a liberal interpretation of the sign, that it was meant for the Embry-Riddle’s physical plant rather than the PCT itself. 😇

From the gate, the Prescott Circle Trail parallels a Yavapai County equipment yard and the county health clinic, where there is another chained gate. Maybe the “no trespassing” sign is intended for bums & meth addicts?

The Prescott Circle Trail then passes behind a mini-storage and a Subaru dealer to the edge of Willow Creek Rd. The park is literally 250 yds. away, right behind the Honda dealer. But the PCT instead turns north. 😏

After a few more switchbacks, the Prescott Circle Trail arrives at the tunnel under Willow Creek Rd. … Which had an orange reflector traffic barricade across it … and another “no trespassing” sign. Maybe it’s because of the Chinese Lung AIDs?

Along Willow Creek, the Cottonwood Peninsula, and the trail accessing it, were underwater, making the area look more like a mangrove swamp.

When Paul and I arrived at the dog park, my wife was nowhere to be found. Turned out she was waiting for us back at Kuebler Park. No big: Without her shuttle driving, I would not be able to do these hikes. 😘

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/470209172
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Dec 02 2017
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 10,168
 Triplogs 1,556

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
The_Eagle
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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Puddles where it crossed the trail

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Dec 02 2017
joebartels
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 Guides 242
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 Photos 12,086
 Triplogs 4,888

51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
joebartels
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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Dec 02 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
 Photos 7,538
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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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Jun 21 2014
MEWhiteman
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 Guides 42
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77 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Legacy Trail Plus - Prescott Circle TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2014
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.08 Miles 690 AEG
Hiking6.08 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.70 mph
690 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
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Sam and I did this as an out and back from Williamson Valley Road. We had hiked the Embry Riddle - Jan Alfano segment of the Prescott Circle trail two weeks ago (for which I forgot to post a triplog) and had turned around at the top of a hill. We hiked to that point and back on this hike. I marked junctions and turns on my GPS so I could write a description and joined the track with the one from the previous hike so I'd have a complete track. With this Sam and I have completed the Prescott Circle Trail as described in YTA guide. There's one new section which is an extension of the Ranch Trail #62 which we tried last fall but it wasn't completed at that time. From reading the 6/14 triplog written by The Eagle this extension should be complete now and we plan to hike it next week.

I'll coordinate my list of PCT hikes with Joe so that the mapped area is complete as I believe there are descriptions and tracks for the entire loop less the two gaps without trails at this time.
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