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Jun 14 2020
Lumberjill
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38 female
 Joined Aug 22 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Stoneridge Peak 6542Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
Lumberjill
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,307 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   1.69 mph
1,307 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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We reached the Green Gulch TH around 7:30 a.m. and headed up the trail. The first part of the trail had zero shade, but before long we were in trees and walking on ground that was littered with leaves. It felt like a fall day! We went through one gate before climbing up on a steep trail with loose rock. We reached a second gate and this is where we left the official trail to reach the summit of the peak just to the north of us. This part was really just bushwhacking and scrambling, keeping an eye to the path that looked to be the least filled with obstacles. We turned around a few times but made our way to top safely(ish).

The views from the summit were great! Prescott to the NW and mountains to the south - the rocks were fun to play around on and made for great photo backdrops. After getting our photos and resting a bit, we headed back down and ended up taking a completely different path back to the official trail. Once back on trail, we were reminded of how steep the trail is, and were cursing the fact that neither of us had brought our trekking poles. I would recommend bringing at least one pole on this hike!

We came across a group of 4 people riding motorcycles up the trail - I can't recall ever seeing dirtbikes on a hiking trail, but they were very nice. They stopped to chat and mentioned that they'd never seen hikers here before. When we got back to the TH and reviewed the trail map, we realized that most of the trails in this system are actually designed for off-road vehicles. :lol: Which explained a LOT. Good hike not far from the valley of the sun, and the scramble to the summit was fun.

We saw one murky puddle of water in the wash close to the TH.
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Jun 17 2017
Peter_Medal
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Stoneridge Peak 6542Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2017
Peter_Medal
Hiking5.64 Miles 1,344 AEG
Hiking5.64 Miles   4 Hrs      1.41 mph
1,344 ft AEG
 
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Was hoping to craft the "official route" for Stoneridge Peak (officially on the USGS Maps, unnamed 6542) coming from the north-northwest approach from a route previously taken by Widowmaker, Prospectors Trail #42. Fat chance. The Lynx Mountain Estates residential community is an unincorporated area of Yavapai County (Prescott mailing) where the county does not maintain the roads. So the roads are "private" and sign after sign the locals dont want you there. The previous launch from Widowmaker for the targeted trail is now fenced off and gated with "no tresspassing". Therefore, Stoneridge Peak can only be accessed via Salida Gulch Trail (north of Lynx Lake) from the west or the new Green Gulch Trailhead (Dewey-Humboldt) from the east.

We launched at 5:33am. Took the Charcoal Gulch trail for about 0.9 miles then took the right fork and connected onto the Red Mountain Trail #43. This trail is a legit forest trail. At times tunnels through an Oak thicket and is heavily shaded from the trees. I took a quick detour to water report the Green Gulch Spring. Dry. We continued on 43, which, had a few switchbacks, not shown on the USGS map, but revealed from Google earth satellite imagery.

I had studied the Topo maps and Google earth for the most logical/efficient up and back approach to bag Stoneridge Peak. There is a rocky, kraggy, south ridgeline which showed very large trees on its west ridge. Easily revealed its ridge at 2.39 miles from the TH.

The final ascent had a few spots of class 3 but nothing technical. The views to Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Dewey Humboldt were awesome. The geo cache summit register. Ugh. Once again, forgot a writing implement, so I left my Buckys Casino Players Club card. Ha ha.

Saw no snakes. Lots of Tarantula dens. Glad we started as early as we did. Got hot quick.
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Jan 13 2017
Peter_Medal
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 Prescott, AZ
Stoneridge Peak 6542Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2017
Peter_Medal
Hiking4.50 Miles 998 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
998 ft AEG
 
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Officially, Stoneridge Peak on the USGS Maps is "Unnamed 6542'" .... Stoneridge Golf Community, Prescott Valley, is located to its north. This ridgeline has 4 prominent hill profiles and is a textbook "ridgeline hike" with summit bag. This peak is the most prominent peak view for the Town of Prescott Valley (aside from Glassford Hill, but thats not a peak). You cant look south from anywhere in PV and not see this pointy peak.

Once on the first bump there is a barbed wire fence line with a trail running along its east perimeter. This is private property. Prescott National Forest is on the west side of this fence line. My hike partner thoroughly enjoyed the trail until it petered out. Hike partner said "This is by far one of the best hikes he has been on in the Prescott area". He enjoyed the ridging it; the lack of any crazy bushwackyness; no people; close to home; and awesome views.

I would compare the ridge portion comparable to Apache Peak in the Whetstones. Complete with Shin Daggers above 6300' (but not that many).

I knew going in that we were going to be bisecting private property so therefore, will not use my route for the official route description (coming soon). But I wanted to experience the full north ridgeline traverse to its summit. This peak can be accessed via the new Green Gulch Trailhead from Dewey and bagged and tagged with Sun Devil Peak and/or Bear Down Mountain. Or accessed from the northwest to the ridgeline.

We bumped into two of the property owners ranch hands on the way down. The guys were servicing the fence and wanted us to be clear that we were on "private property" and the west side of the fence was not. Ok.

The third bump was a rock climb. Nothing scary. Hike partner was loving the scramble.

There were four entries in the summit register which was more or less a geocache. I did not have a pen, so will have to comeback again but via a different approach.

Video from summit: [ youtube video ]
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average hiking speed 1.55 mph

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