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Jun 29 2019
watkins11
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 Joined Sep 30 2014
 Tempe, AZ
A few trails in the Prescott National Forest, AZ 
A few trails in the Prescott National Forest, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2019
watkins11
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.34 mph
1,246 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Got to the trailhead at 1pm. It was a bit hot heading out, but once I got into the woods, it cooled down quickly.

My initial plan was to follow the Bean Peaks loop, which initially started out incredible. The creek it follows is one of the lushest areas I've ever seen in Arizona. Simply incredible! At the point where it meets up with the logging trail though (~1.5mi), I mistakenly started following the road. I ended up heading up the hill and back down the other side, before realizing that I had been continuing on not only the wrong route, but also the wrong direction! After backtracking the mile or so to rejoin the proper route, I started following the trail on Route Scout.

This took me back to the creek I was following before, but there was definitely no trail to be found. I was essentially bushwhacking up the creek. After .4 miles of this, I decided to turn around and hike back out the same way. My phone was close to dead and I did not have a suitable map for off-trail hiking. Plus, I only had a few hours of daylight left. I'm looking forward to trying this again once I have more time and a good topo map as a backup.

I arrived back at the parking lot and started to take off my boots, but there were still two hours of daylight left and I saw a few other people parking in the lot. I was inspired to get back out on the trail and try something I had done before (since I was mapless) to increase my mileage and time on the trail. I ended up doing 372 :next: 373 :next: 375 :next: 376 and looping back to the parking lot.

All-in-all, while the issues with the Bean Peaks Loop were disappointing, it was a great hike!
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Jun 24 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Twist & Shout Trail #372Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking9.46 Miles 1,605 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   4 Hrs   44 Mns   2.10 mph
1,605 ft AEG      14 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Lower Goldwater Lake
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Sep 08 2018
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking9.55 Miles 962 AEG
Hiking9.55 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   3.00 mph
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Second hike of my daily double. Drove over to the Goldwater/Watershed TH after finishing Peavine. Got there around 8:30. Surprised that the parking lot was as full as it was. There is room for about 12 cars. When I got arrived, there was already 10 cars and 2 pulled in right after me. Had thoughts of running this trail too, but I was more tired after my Peavine jogs hand I expected, so this ended up being more of a hike.

The trail was fairly easy to follow, though there were a lot of user/connector trails that go to and away from the lake. Some were signed, but not all. After the first mile this trail congestion cleared up and the Goldwater continued junction free until it intersected with the Banning Creek Trail #81. (There was a side trail that headed south around the 2.5 mile mark. And there were 6 user trails that headed toward or away from Goldwater Lake prior to that. Also, I noted three user trails that headed off to the south at the White Spar end. I'd be interested in coming back to see where some of these go). The trail was beautiful! A nice single track that wove its way through the foothills to the south and west of Goldwater Lake. There were a couple of climbs along the way, nothing serious, and done in such a way that it wasn't sudden or strenuous. Ideal for joggers and bikers. Banning Creek (at least, I think it was Banning Creek. I came across it just prior to hitting the #81 intersection), was flowing barely. There was a nice pool of water from where it came down the hill and it trickled on from there. The Goldwater Trail actually had stepping stones to help you cross over the water as it flowed from the pool. At the high point, west of Banning, someone had built a small memorial. It had numerous flags around the site with a stone at the top that had the word "remember" carved into it. Not sure what it was for, but some time had been spent on it. Hit the White Spar TH/Campground and turned around. The parking lot at that end had space for about 10 vehicles and it was full as well. Saw about 20 hikers, 5 bikers and 1 trail runner. Wildlife was minimal...lizards and a squirrel.
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Aug 25 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ 
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
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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substantial areas of smaller species, moderate overall with good variety

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Overflowing, plenty even for notoriously large honkin' groups.

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Aug 25 2018
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Lakes Loop, AZ 
Prescott Lakes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
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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puddles from recent heavy rains

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The ravine was running strong from the current rainstorm.

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Oct 28 2017
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
joebartels
Hiking21.55 Miles 2,983 AEG
Hiking21.55 Miles   8 Hrs   42 Mns   2.83 mph
2,983 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
As always trail segments above are in the order hiked. After an initial trailhead photo I did not take another worthy candidate until 12 miles into the hike midway through Wolverton Mountain Trail #396. Which was off the official trail on a short scratchy jaunt to the summit of the namesake. Which had a nice bench for our lunch.

Garden Grove Trail #392 & Aspen Creek Trail #48 nurtured my higher ranking in late spring when water flowed in the creeks. Still a nice forest stroll anytime.

Goldwater Lake Trail #396
The highlight of the day, possibly the entire circle trail. If you live for best of, lack time or really don't care for the hiking part of hiking this is your ticket. Well at least the eastern half anyhow. Easy rolling trails, pines galore with happy oaks and lake views to tickle your fancy.

Synopsis
I enjoyed the hike in full with fab company. The short side trip up Wolverton was worthy. Autumn appeared to be singing high notes a week earlier. 56.9 ounces of water was 4-8 short but close enough. Ending a 21 mile hike with a 1.8 lb pack is pretty sweet. Keep reaching for the stars @te_wa! Okay I cheated... Thx to Denny for carrying my long sleeve shirt after it warmed up. We saw a good variety out recreating along the trail!
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tail end of what looked to be a great display of primarily gambel oak


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Oct 28 2017
The_Eagle
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Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking21.74 Miles 3,032 AEG
Hiking21.74 Miles   8 Hrs   44 Mns   2.79 mph
3,032 ft AEG      57 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Hike 104 with Denny and 274 with Joe had us on Act 2 of 3 for us on the Prescott Circle Trail.

Perfect weather and many first time trails for me.
All of these trails for the most part are impeccably kept.

Javelina #322 starts on a nice smooth ole road that meanders through the pines and an old homestead.

Garden Grove #392 is much better in the spring with the trickling creek next to you, but is still very nice.

Potts Creek 327 and Cold Springs 393, both have some real pretty areas, especially around the Camp Stein area.

Aspen Creek trail #48 is a gentle climb through the pines getting to the Wolverton Mountain Trail #9415.

We went up the spur road to the Wolverton Summit. It affords some great views of the surrounding areas.
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Getting to the Wolverton Summit was a little bit of a bushwhack for us. It appears on Sat. view , that someone has cut another option that we SHOULD have tried, but thought was going in the wrong north direction off the peak.

I've been on Goldwater Lake Trail #396 numerous times and I'll be back to that one. Just a beautiful walk through the hillsides with tons of shady pines, smooth roller coaster trails, and views of the lakes. It's a fun area to explore if you get a chance. It will not be without people though, for those of you that dislike humanity.
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Oct 28 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Mesa, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 28 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking21.55 Miles 2,983 AEG
Hiking21.55 Miles   8 Hrs   42 Mns   2.83 mph
2,983 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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This was our second leg of the PCT that Bruce has mercifully dissected into three doable sections. Joe picks the direction that works best for him. With the threat of a whine like an injured rabbit we abide by his wishes. The shuttle set up went smoothly due to the early start, I believe. We were hiking by 7:30 with a nice cool temp. I concur with Joe that the section around the Goldwater Lakes is primo. Although I thought this whole section of the PCT was enjoyable. Bruce added in a short side trip to the top of Wolverton Mountain. Nice little mountain with views and a bench to sit on for lunch. The name of the mountain had me singing an ol country song from back in the 60's. The song was about a man named Clifton Clowers and someone trying to court his daughter. The man really did exist, lived to be 102, and is buried on a Wolverton mountain in Arkansas. Real spelling Woolverton. We were not the only ones to enjoy the PCT this fine day. I counted 27 other hikers, 19 mountain bikers, 11 dogs, and 5 deer. I didn't count the birds, squirrels,lizards and such :o . All and All a great day on the trail. I did have a sore knee and foot but that's on me :) . Bruce had to be home by a certain time so he headed home while Joe and I grabbed a bite to eat. Good times. Thanks my friends, :yr:
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Aug 28 2016
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking9.70 Miles 1,562 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.59 mph
1,562 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Got an offer from Tibber to accompany her and trekkin gecko for a hike in Prescott. Getting out of the heat sounded good. The trail was in great shape and goes through a nice mixed forest of oaks and pines with a surprise water feature in Bannon Creek along the way. The monsoons stayed away but a few clouds and frequent shady spots on the trail made conditions quite pleasant. There's enough vertical to keep you honest, but not enough to stifle good conversation. Stopped lakeside for a snack and a break at the upper reservoir. Saw a very rare and ferocious Chinese water snake pretty much decimate the fish population in Goldwater Lake.

Hit El Gato Azul in Prescott for some tasty tapas and took 5 minutes to hit the Charcoal Kiln on the way out of town.

Very nice day with some great people on a nice little trail.
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Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.05 Miles 1,518 AEG
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angela and i had something on the calendar for this weekend a month ago
kinda hard to plan during monsoon season
ended up deciding on a day hike and tibber came up with this mellow hike through the woods
wade and mary jo signed on and we hit the road and then the trail sunday morning
easy grade from white spar campground up to a ridge and then down to senator highway
on the way back, dropped down to goldwater lake for a snack and the views
entertainment was provided by a snake trying to catch some small fish
back on the trail in mid 70 temps with occasional cloud cover but nothing remotely threatening
nice to hike in such pleasant conditions on good trail
lots of ponderosa and oak providing plenty of shade
saw the little memorial to the granite mountain hotshots on the way back
a couple of trail runners, a few hikers and quite a few mountain bikers
think i could even bike this trail
good hiking with wade and mary jo again
thanks for late lunch and for driving
nice day, good company and new trails
in fact, i'm always amazed by what the prescott area has to offer
we stopped by the charcoal kiln down walker road on the way out of town
interesting bit of history, and got me to double digits for the day ;)
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Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
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AZBeaver
Hiking10.05 Miles 1,562 AEG
Hiking10.05 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.68 mph
1,562 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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So glad Tibber and Trekkin Gecko invited us on this hike in beautiful Prescott. Haven't been hiking much this summer. Seems the monsoons kept getting in our way. So AZ Wandering Bear and I offered to drive the crew to the White Spar Campground and took to the Goldwater Trail #396 up to a ridge and then down to Senator Hwy. We had a beautiful lunch at the Goldwater Lake and saw a Garter snake in the water popping his head out of the mossy rocks. He appeared to be trying to catch minnows in the water but wasn't very good at it. It totally entertained us for a while.

It was a perfect day with enough clouds to keep the sun off of us while we hiked 10 miles through a mixture of trees provided lots of shade and beautiful wildflowers and calming creeks. Lots of courteous bikers on the trail all taking advantage of the 70 degree temperature. On our way back, we saw a memorial to the Granite Mountain Hotshots where 19 firefighters lost their lives. We paid our respects and prayers to those brave heroes.

We had an early dinner at El Gato Azul elgatoazulprescott. ... com/ and ordered 8 tappas! Great food!

On the way home, I talked AZ Wandering Bear into taking us to the Walker Charcoal Kiln that was built in 1880. We had a little difficulty finding it (I need to work on my navigating skills) but we prevailed and with a little help from someone in the neighborhood, we found the path to the kiln. It was worth the extra time it took to see this unique historical site.

Thank you Tibber and Trekkin Gecko for a great day. We always enjoy hiking with you two (especially when there's no rain, hail, or lightning in the area!)
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Aug 28 2016
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Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
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tibber
Hiking10.04 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking10.04 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.59 mph
1,473 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Plan B since the weather spooked us for Plan A. Plan B turned out to be quite nice however and I finally got in a long hike which I haven't done for over a month. And of course, it's always a treat when Wade and Mary Jo can come out and play too. Kelly actually did a bang up job on the trip report [ photoset ] and surprisingly I have little to add.

Kelly set the pace :scared: and the Mays did their best to keep up so she had someone to talk to ;) . I'm sure she was glad of that otherwise she has to hang back with me now and then :lol: .

The trail is in great shape; coming in and out of shade was helpful altho the last couple miles to the Highway it was actually a tad nippy. It was humid this day. It was great fun to have a small lunch break at the lake. I felt stronger on the hike back from there altho my hip flexors are giving me difficulty in the "pain" department. Not enough long hiking I guess.

The snake was entertaining and I hope you get a chance to watch my "Jaws" video https://youtu.be/8t ... uDrk. I was surprised the Jaws music wasn't copyrighted. Speaking of Jaws I about got run down by a bike. You can hear something screeching in the video as he came around the corner behind me. I think the four of us tried to be as gracious as possible stepping off the trail for bike riders to pass but sometimes, these little incidents are going to happen.

Saw a trio of acorn woodpeckers at the same time, each on their own tree.
Oh, HAZel kept wanting the break to be over before it was over; she would say "Break's over" as she thot I started walking. The other three found that amusing; especially if I was taking pictures :lol: .

Nice day with good company that was topped off by tapas (thx to the Mays) and a kiln. Thx Wade for driving!

Videos are produced, just a matter of uploading them.
Part 1 - https://youtu.be/wT ... kUJI to saddle
Part 2 - https://youtu.be/qS ... jJnc to Senator Highway
Part 3 - https://youtu.be/Fz ... 8hoY the Highway to the Lake, the fishing snake and back to the TH.
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Too early to call this autumn flowers but once I edited my photos I realized there were quite a few flowers and a few mushrooms here and there.
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Aug 15 2016
RowdyandMe
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Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
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Hiking9.85 Miles 1,458 AEG
Hiking9.85 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   2.23 mph
1,458 ft AEG      38 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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What a beautiful little trail. I had planned on doing Beans Peak Loop but starting out at almost 1pm and missing my turn off change that. I decided to do it as and out and back because it was such a beautiful trail.
I did see some deer and other little creatures out today which made this hike even better.
Rowdy really had a good time out here today. He never ever ran out of shade.
Maybe next time we will go down and hit the lake.
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Upper Goldwater Lake

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Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking4.56 Miles 463 AEG
Hiking4.56 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.19 mph
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Prescott lakes tour, AZ 
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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
 
1st trip
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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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
Plenty to filter

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
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

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
Plenty to filter, or use the faucets
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Jun 26 2015
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 Routes 1
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49 male
 Joined Apr 25 2008
 Peoria, AZ.
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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RangerTRX
Mtn Biking7.60 Miles 1,293 AEG
Mtn Biking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   6.51 mph
1,293 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
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 Routes 1
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49 male
 Joined Apr 25 2008
 Peoria, AZ.
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 26 2015
RangerTRX
Mtn Biking7.60 Miles 1,293 AEG
Mtn Biking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   6.51 mph
1,293 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Jun 26 2015
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 Routes 1
 Triplogs 172

49 male
 Joined Apr 25 2008
 Peoria, AZ.
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 26 2015
RangerTRX
Mtn Biking7.60 Miles 1,293 AEG
Mtn Biking7.60 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   6.51 mph
1,293 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Oct 25 2014
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58 male
 Joined Mar 12 2011
 Cave Creek, AZ
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 25 2014
Hiking_Fool
Hiking9.69 Miles 1,183 AEG
Hiking9.69 Miles
1,183 ft AEG
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Oct 10 2014
gregrev
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36 male
 Joined Aug 04 2012
 Prescott, AZ
Goldwater Lake Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2014
gregrev
Hiking4.50 Miles 962 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
962 ft AEG
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1st trip
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One of my favorite running trail around town. 9 miles round trip, somewhat technical terrain, a few pretty steep climb. At the end of the summer, the vegetation gets pretty thick in there (for Prescott) and you'll definitely see some russell along the way.
I like starting from the campground on White Spar because of the water fountain there. Combine this with Wolverton Trail across the street and you'll have a solid workout for the day!
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