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Aug 03 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ 
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joebartels
Hiking18.90 Miles 2,838 AEG
Hiking18.90 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   2.73 mph
2,838 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Very nice Pine forested loop.

We weaved through morning hellos along the shore of Lynx Lake on the #311. My favorite AZ lake, yet understandably too manicured and civilized for haters. Homestead Trail #305 is a solid pine jaunt.

Smith Ravine Trail #297 was temporarily closed due to flying debris according to the sign 1.4 mi from it's northern terminus. We heard machinery that sounded like it was chewing up trees. Bruce quickly figured out a detour utilizing Walker Road. Cars occasionally whizzed by on the 40mph road at a nice clip creating a nice breeze.

Humidity kicked hard continuing on through Watershed Trail #299. Which prompted a unanimous 2-0 vote to skip Goldwater Lake this round and admire from above.

Lunched along Ranch Trail #62 on the return leg. Two nearby storm cells entertained but never netted more than a sprinkle and hope for cooler temps.

Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854 is the double edged sword of this loop. Great views but steep and semi loose. We descended today. Not enjoyable, better than ascending in the humidity.

Grateful to get out of the 110+ frying pan, grateful to return. Felt damn good stepping back into the drier devil.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Aug 03 2019
The_Eagle
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The_Eagle
Hiking18.91 Miles 3,113 AEG
Hiking18.91 Miles   7 Hrs   51 Mns   2.70 mph
3,113 ft AEG      50 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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I've done variations of this loop 3 times previously. This is the first time going Clockwise.
Joe and I were joined by our July/August hiking friend, Hugh Midout. He stuck with us all day.

Lynx Lake was as picturesque as always, with just a few fishermen and coffee-sippin' hikers seen.

3.5 miles in, on the Homestead Trail, we had to bypass around the closed portion of the trail where they were doing some forest trimming.

At the Smith Ravine Trail, we passed through the packed TH of a dozen or so cars. I'd never seen a single car here before. Later on the climb up we passed a small group of Boy Scouts and a larger group from the Phoenix Ski Club.
I really enjoy this trail climbing through the pines.

The Watershed Trail is a multi use trail that we were the only ones using. Great views along this ridge line.

With our friend Hugh still hanging around and the rumble in the distance, we passed on the side trip to Goldwater Lake.

IMO, the Ranch Trail is the gem on this loop. It's a great trail, with a steady gentle climb and views through the pines

The Sevenmile Gulch Trail is steep and loose, but required to finish the loop.

We lucked out on the thunder, lightning and rain. There were two storms that went around us. We felt only sprinkles
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Deer Lick Spring
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Aug 25 2018
joebartels
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joebartels
Hiking21.16 Miles 3,454 AEG
Hiking21.16 Miles   9 Hrs      2.48 mph
3,454 ft AEG      29 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
A Bruce loop I wasn't crazy about heading in due to the humidity. Several motorcycle groups at the trailhead. Friendly, never saw any on our hike. #9854 was sweet for a half mile. Juniper blah took over and AS EXPECTED it was muggy sweat city heading up to #62.

The SW portion of #62 we hiked is pretty nice. Good pines, nice views. Luckily we took a break at 5 miles. Then strolled down to Goldwater Lake for a quick peek. Back on loop we closed in on the high point in an active thunderstorm. Great to see rain for change. Unfortunately it postponed lunch until 17.7 miles and mentally checked out.

The shortest lunch in memory apparently did the trick. The rest of the hike was dog gone enjoyable I tell ya. After an 18 year hiatus I returned to #311. It's changed big time. Signage threw me off a tad. Back home I attached the FS PDF to the description. Perhaps it's changed. It is or was a loop according to the 2014 FS document. Easy to follow regardless.

After a sweat bath and a storm that lingered for never ending renditions of Crystal blue persuasion this hike ended (hallelujah) as a winner.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
substantial areas of smaller species, moderate overall with good variety

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout 100% based on trickling creek right now.

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Overflowing, plenty even for notoriously large honkin' groups.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Hell it is pouring rain right now, just look up and say ahhh!

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Always a solid player, never left thirsty.
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The_Eagle
Hiking21.39 Miles 3,509 AEG
Hiking21.39 Miles   9 Hrs      2.54 mph
3,509 ft AEG      34 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
A start just after 7am, Sunny skies, temps in the upper 60's, humidity was thick.

Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854 is multi use. When we arrived, there were a dozen motorcycles in the process of getting ready. This was the last that we'd see them, or any, all day. This trail climbs 1000 feet in a bit over 2 miles, with 2 steeper sections.

Ranch Trail #62 is a favorite of mine up here. Nice trail conditions and views.

We were on Goldwater Lake Trail #396, just long enough to checkout the lake. There were just a few kayaks on the lake.

The Watershed Trail #299 is the 2nd substantial climb on this loop. Once into the pines, it roller coasters a ridgeline until reaching Spruce Mountain Rd. The skies were rumbling just to the east. Once on on the road, the skys opened up for the next 2-1/2 hours.

We hit the Smith Ravine Trail #297 and the rain and lightning was still going strong. It was good to start loosing some elevation, but the trail was a raging creek.

On the homestretch with the Homestead Trail #305. Finally after 12 miles without a break, the rain let up enough for a quick lunch. All the normally dry washes were running strong.

We debated which side of the lake to go around on the Lynx Lake Loop #311. We made the correct choice, the spillway was running, making our access from the east side, not possible.
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Lynx Lake Lynx Lake Dam
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Water running over the spillway

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puddles from recent heavy rains

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The ravine was running strong from the current rainstorm.

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Jun 09 2018
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Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,405 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.69 mph
1,405 ft AEG
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This was the first hike of my "Prescott Pairings". Got a late start, because I was coordinating with my wife. Got on the trail around 1pm. The trail was pretty much as I anticipated...rough and unappealing in parts, interspersed with some quality trail conditions. The trail starts off steeply, but within .25 miles it flattens out and has a very doable grade for the next .5 miles. It then repeats this formula several more times throughout the hike. Other factors that impacted the hike negatively was the exposure (more at the beginning) and the ruts and rocky nature of the trail. This is something that comes with hiking on an ATV trail. That being said, these conditions were not as dominant as I feared and the forested sections were really a pleasure to walk through.

Other things to note: there are 2 gated areas. One, about .6 miles in and the second about 1.7 miles in. At about .8 miles I noticed a trail/ATV path that connected to the Watershed. This was simply an "S" that switchbacked the hill a couple of times allowing for an easier climb. Also, went under some quaint looking powerlines (not sure of the mileage) with what appeared to be a definite trail that shadowed them. Came across those same powerlines (with the same "shadow trail) around 2.8 miles into the hike. After reaching the end of the Watershed, I decided I would follow the "powerline trail" back. I shaved about .3 miles off by doing this, but probably added a couple 100 ft in elevation gain because of all the ups and downs that came with this straight trail. There were several 60+ grades. The going ups weren't bad, but the going downs were a little more challenging. Also, had to deal with the barbed fence that cut across this "trail". There was no gate here. It was either over or under. Being close to 50, I took the more humbling, but sater option of under. I came across a couple of other trails that connected to this one - one of which looked very interesting, but I feel that all of them, including the one that I was on were game trails. When I got back to the TH, I briefly checked out the other side of the road, prospecting for future hikes.
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Sep 24 2017
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Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.67 mph
700 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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Jun 11 2017
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 Gilbert, AZ
Prescott Loop, AZ 
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rayhuston
Hiking14.36 Miles 2,557 AEG
Hiking14.36 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.74 mph
2,557 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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I haven't been hiking much so Kelly threw out a challenge. I accepted and we invited John along. I had three hikes in mind for this weekend (so I didn't have any excuses), but two were at the Mogollon Rim. This one didn't look bad. John and Kelly liked it too.

A serene start on the west side of Lynx Lake was followed by a nice trek through the pines on Hilltop, Homestead and Smith Ravine. If we had turned around at the top of Smith Ravine, this would have been an excellent out and back hike, about 16 miles round trip. We continued on. Spruce Mountain Road was kinda cool. We saw some relics from the mining days and some homes with really nice views. The first half mile or so on Watershed was rocky and exposed, a minor disappointment after the splendid areas we had passed through previously. It didn't last long, though; we were back in the canopy of trees soon enough. That is until starting down Seven Mile Gulch trail. Rocky, exposed and steep in parts, were it not for great company, good views, reasonable temps and a nice breeze, this trail might have been awful. We probably should have done that trail in the morning.

While the hike may not have ended as well as it started, it did not disappoint. This was an absolutely gorgeous day south of Prescott and it was great to be outside enjoying it. We enjoyed some snacks and cool refreshments back at the car before heading home. Thanks Kelly and John for a great time!
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Sevenmile Tank Smith Ravine Spring
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Columbine at Smith Ravine Spring

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Jun 11 2017
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Hiking14.36 Miles 2,557 AEG
Hiking14.36 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.74 mph
2,557 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
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ray invited john and i to do this loop sunday
several other haz members have done it, and it's always looked interesting
got going around 8:00
went clockwise, a pleasant stroll along lynx lake first, then a short bit on hilltop
homestead rolled through ponderosa and oak forest
smith ravine went through an old burn for a mile or so, but even that offered good views and a breeze
the upper part was also through forest, and toward the top, we stopped for a coffee break
john had brought his backpacking stove and home roasted coffee and fired it up for an excellent cuppa
:) delicious!
topped out on spruce mountain road and followed that north for a mile or so
more enjoyable road walking than anticipated
next was watershed trail, which started out a little rocky but was partially in shaded woods
finished on seven mile gulch, which has been everyone's least favorite part
didn't care for the steep scree slides, but there were still good views
conclusion: counterclockwise - get an exposed climb on crappy footing done early
nice to hike in shady woods on new trails with the boys!
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Hiking14.36 Miles 2,557 AEG
Hiking14.36 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.74 mph
2,557 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
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Excellent hike with Ray and Kelly! Good times. Thanks for driving Ray. :)
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Hiking14.67 Miles 2,779 AEG
Hiking14.67 Miles   7 Hrs   6 Mns   2.31 mph
2,779 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Well another late start but I got it done. This hike has been on my to do list for about a month and something always seem to come up and I let it go. Today was the day to just do it. I got a late start which seems to be the norm for me. We hit the trail just before 12:30pm and we did it.
Funny but SMG 9854 was my least favorite trail and Smith Ravine Trail was awesome.
Rowdy sure enjoyed this hike and I always enjoy my hikes with him.
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Jul 27 2016
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Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
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Hiking10.89 Miles 2,116 AEG
Hiking10.89 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.30 mph
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Well I have been wanting to do this hike all week but the Weather Channel kept me from going as the reports ran from 67% to 71%. Today however the Weather Channel said only 19% chance of thunderstorms.
So what are the odds of me getting caught in a storm? today 100%.https://youtu.be/pU ... fDZs
I was just trying to find a cooler place to hike with Rowdy. This was my second time here and my second storm here.
I really can't complain about the heat as we started it was 90 and when we finished 68.

As we started on the Watershed Trail everything was great and this time We made to the end of the trail. I really was surprised when we reached the end I thought the trail would keep going somewhere but it end on a super dirt hiway. That dirt is better than a lot of paved roads that I been on.

On the way back I decided to take Seven Mile Gulch Trail to the Ranch Trail. And of course this is when Hell let lose on us. I did met another hiker on Seven Mile Gulch of course we just laugh as we were already soaked.
The thunder was load and the lighting was bright. We had rain and hail for about 3+ miles and I think I need a new camera as well.
I did get a little nervous as I was hiking using a aluminum trekking pole. And I need it as we hiked the boots had no traction as the tread was full of mud. I did slip a few times going down hill and my pole kept me from hitting the ground.
Now that you know what happen today let me say if you have never hiked Ranch Trail#62 you should this is my favorite trail so far in Prescott. It has views and it itself is beautiful.
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Jun 28 2016
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Hiking6.32 Miles 1,130 AEG
Hiking6.32 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.53 mph
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What a crazy day. I headed out to Prescott this morning (10am) to do Ranch Trail as a balloon but ended up being a loop as the day got crazier.
As I headed north on the I17 I spotted a fire just outside Cordes Lake it was a small fire maybe an acre and there was a sheriff there so I kept on going. Once on the 69 just outside Mayer I spotted another fire this one was smaller. I pulled over hoping I could put it out. I made Rowdy stay in the car and as I got out a strong breeze came thru and it got larger fast. At that point I called 911 and I was talking to the operator when I notice another fire burning just up the road. At this point I had no idea what was going on and as I am talking to the operator I spot a third fire burning. People had stop and tried to put out the fires with water and a few fire extinguisher but the fires just grew. I told the 911 operator about all three fires by Bug Creek and headed out.
As I left I did see fire trucks headed toward the fires. As I headed toward Dewey-Humboldt I could believe it as I spotted another fire this was the fifth fire I had seen in about 10 miles just crazy. As fire trucks were headed to the fires I just couldn't believe how many people that would not pull over and let them by.

As we finally made it into Prescott I made my usual stop at KFC to get Rowdy some chicken breast and me some steak fries.
When we reached the trailhead it was already 87 degrees out. It was very humid as well but as we headed up the trail the views were awesome. After a mile or so we encounter some light sprinkles which was much welcomed.
Before long the sprinkles turned to rain. I had planned on doing the complete Watershed Trail but decided to just head back to the trailhead as we now had lightning and thunder to deal with as well as the rain.
On our way down we met a couple that told me that I17 was closed going both directions. Once we were back at the car I checked on my phone and I17 was closed so I took the 89 to Wickenburg and connected to the 74 to the I17 and then home.
And by the way when I started my car the temperature gauge showed 66 degrees at 3pm.
What a crazy day hiking.
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The_Eagle
Hiking23.42 Miles 3,846 AEG
Hiking23.42 Miles   9 Hrs   28 Mns   2.69 mph
3,846 ft AEG      45 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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A last minute plan B hike.
I decided to recycle and tweak a previous hike to his area.

Temps were pretty good as the shade and breezes were nice. A nice 67 to start, to a high in the upper 80's.

I only crossed paths with a handful of people all day on the trails.

Seven Mile Gulch Trail #9854, is exposed and the steepest climb of the day. Best to do early. It's also a mixed use trail, so you could run into motorcycles. The Watershed #299 is also mixed use.

The Ranch Trail #62 and Smith Ravine Trail #297 still are my favorites. Plenty of shade, decent trail tread and nice views.

The Goldwater #396 trail is nice also, but can get busy, but not on this day.

Homestead #305 is a roller coaster through the conifers.

There are plenty of shorter and longer loop opportunities in the area utilizing the many trails out there.

I still need to try the restaurant on the North end of Lynx Lake.
Open Thurs - Sunday for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
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Anybody ever try it?
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Plenty to filter

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Also water available in the campgrounds area

dry Sevenmile Tank Dry Dry
Damp, may be able to get something in a pinch

dry Smith Ravine Spring Dry Dry
Nothing at the trail crossing

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Plenty to filter, or use the faucets
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Jul 12 2014
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Sevenmile Gulch Trail #9854Prescott, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.66 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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Had plans to do Granite Mountain but did not realize until Friday that the area had been damaged in the Doce Fire last year. There were restrictions on going off trail, so that quashed any plans of bagging the peak. H/T to Brian (mt98dew) for finding a quick replacement, the thought of doing a run or hike in Phoenix just did not appeal to me this weekend.

Got a bright & early start out of town and were hitting the trail a little after 6:00 AM. That first blast of cool mountain air when I opened the car door felt fantastic. Headed up the Seven Mile Gulch trail to start, had the sun at our back and most of the AEG for the hike knocked out in the first few miles. Despite the glowing review of the trail in it's description, it was not that bad of a hike. Did not run into motorized traffic despite recent evidence of motorcycle usage.

This was one of those hikes where it just felt nice to amble along in the woods for a few hours with pleasant company. A handful of scenic vistas along the way, but the primary thing was getting out of town and escaping the heat for the morning. This was my first hiking trip to Prescott, so need to explore this area more often. A nice mental break from looking at cactus and rocks on my local hikes & runs.
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Barrett
Hiking13.30 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   2.60 mph
2,500 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Our original plan was to beat the heat and bag Granite Mountain outside Prescott, but at the last minute Granite was all "Waah Waah Waah, you can't hike off trail because of the fire!" Whatev.
Brian (mt98dew) put together a backup loop that supplied a nice pine-scented sampler of the area, the greatest challenge being trying to decide where to drink the Prescott Brewery IPA and Amber Ale that had been designated as summit brews.
We were back at the Honda by 11:15 am, where James sprung some Stone IPA on us, and soon after stopped at the Circle K, where Brian picked up, oddly enough, a Mountain Dew. :-k
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Cag Shot
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Granite Mountain
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Jun 28 2014
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Ranch Trail #62 Extension PCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2014
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.40 Miles 885 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.84 mph
885 ft AEG
 
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Sam & I did a loop on the Watershed, Seven Mile Gulch and Ranch Trail Extension. I wanted to get a track of the new segment of the Ranch Trail now that it is completed. The new trail is a nice single track with good views of Granite Mountain, Prescott, and Goldwater Lake. I posted the track for the new trail under Ranch Trail #62 Extension.
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Jun 14 2014
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Goldwater - Lynx Lakes Loop, AZ 
Goldwater - Lynx Lakes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking24.74 Miles 4,406 AEG
Hiking24.74 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.75 mph
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First time in this area and starting from the Sevenmile Gulch TH. I'd never been to Lynx Lake or the Goldwater Lakes either, so I put together this loop that hit both of them. All of the trails I was on today seem to get a lot of action from Mountain Bikers. I'd suggest this as a CW Loop if on a MTB. Although on this perfect weather Saturday, other than around the lakes, I didn't see another soul.

Seven Mile Gulch #9854 starts flat in the woods for the first .5 mile and the starts climbing through sun exposed scrub for a bit. Once in the pines It gets better.

I missed the turn to the Ranch Trail #62 at mile 2.3, thinking the turn was to another trail going down the northside. No problem, I actually cut some mileage off, going off trail for 200' to meet up with it again. Back on the Ranch Trail headed westish towards Goldwater Lakes, I was amazed at how nice this trail was. In the pines, great views, gentle grade, a recently built or renovated track, and was about as smooth a trail as I've been on for awhile.

Crossing the Senator Highway, I was now on the Goldwater Lakes Trail #396. I had planned to do a loop to the north around Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes and come back on #396 to the south. There were a handful families fishing or hiking around the lake. Nobody seemed to be catching anything. When I got to the north side of the dam on Upper Goldwater, there were signs saying No Trespassing, City of Prescott. I decided to try the trail that goes around the south side of the lake that goes to the Dam. Once again, there was a trail that used to go through there, but has since been fenced off with No Trespassing. So I hopped out to the #396 again and went to get a view of the Lower Goldwater Lake. Back to Upper GW Lake, I filtered some water and started the rest of my loop back.

Now on the Watershed Trail #299 it was a climb back up on an ORV trail. A bit steep and loose until once again into the pines around Deer Lick Spring (Dry) .6 mile away. Once up top, this trail follows a ridgeline affording some pretty sweet views. The Watershed trail is 3.25 miles long and ends at Spruce Mountain Rd.

It's 1.25m on this dirt road until you get to the Smith Ravine Trail #297. Keep an eye out, as from the road, the signs are hard to see. The hikers/bikers gate was the give away.
This was the surprise of the day for me. Almost completely in the pines for the entire 3 miles down to Walker Road, but still great views. This was another trail in great shape.

Next the Homestead #305 to make my way over to Lynx Lake. This is a roller coaster trail once again in the tall pines.

I opted to go around the lesser traveled east side on Lynx Lake on the Lynx Lake Recreation Loop Trail #311. This is a very pretty lake and not anywhere as busy as I expected it to be.

I passed the Store / Restaurant on the north side of the lake, thinking I'll need to stop in and check it out in the future. Back on the 305 and a short trip back to my truck.

I really enjoyed this loop!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lower Goldwater Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Lynx Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

dry Sevenmile Tank Dry Dry

dry Smith Ravine Spring Dry Dry
Saw nothing where the trail crosses the ravine.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Goldwater Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,285 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.43 mph
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Sam & I did this hike to complete another segment of the Prescott Circle Trail (PCT). According to the PCT Guide a new section of trail was supposed to be completed late summer to take the PCT off the motorized Watershed and Seven Mile Gulch trails. That is why we left if for our last hike in Prescott this year. However, as of 10/19/13, it is not finished. There is no indication at the trailhead that the trail ends abruptly. We followed the new trail which begins just to the north of the Watershed Trail beginning. There is a carsonite post showing it is non-motorized but giving no name or number. I asked one of the mountain bikers we met what it would be called. According to her is will be the Watershed Trail #299, so it is a reroute of this trail. I knew from the PCT Guide that the new trail will end at the junction of the Ranch and Seven Mile Gulch trails. I loaded tracks for the Watershed, Seven Mile Gulch and Ranch trails on my GPS so I'd know where I was in relation to them. That came in handy.

We followed the new trail for 1.7 miles to where the improved part ended. It was flagged for another .5 mile. Then we were able to follow a "path" of what seemed to be the trail for another .5 mile. After that we lost it. We followed the contours up the hill to the Seven Mile Gulch Trail which we were close to but came out near its junction with the Watershed. We went north to the junction with the Ranch Trail. There we found an improved section of new trail where the new Watershed will join up. We continued on the Ranch Trl to the Boy Scout Trl to complete the segment. Then we returned to the car back the way we came but following the old Watershed Trail.

In looking at my track we were pretty close but we went up a valley when we should have followed the side of another hill. It was tough to tell on the small GPS screen and we were tired of bushwacking.

This will be a nice section of trail with nice views to the west.
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Sep 27 2013
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Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2013
adenium
Hiking1.50 Miles 1,405 AEG
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Just did a short trip up the way to pick up some geocaches and enjoy the weather.
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Watershed Trail #299Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2013
asu9165
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,405 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.02 mph
1,405 ft AEG
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Staying in the Prescott area for a while decided to tackle this one as an after weights hike. This hike as good moderate climbs nothing too bad and a couple climbs coming back. The trail is in good condition and easy to follow. It was not a cool shaded forest hike but not fully exposed either. Do to time I hiked to the road and back, not worth traveling from Phx as a destination hike but a good 2 hr workout in the forest.
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