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Jun 06 2021
nonot
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2021
nonot
Hiking9.50 Miles 700 AEG
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Very dry, a bit toasty towards the end. Several groups out including some equestrians.

Spotted a large pool holding out in Hassayampa Creek where the trail is closest.
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Sep 13 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2020
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Hiking8.10 Miles 1,277 AEG
Hiking8.10 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.81 mph
1,277 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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dry Hassayampa River - Upper Dry Dry
ONE SMALL POOL.
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May 24 2019
PJackalope
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46 male
 Joined Jul 25 2007
 Peoria, Az
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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PJackalope
Backpack8.16 Miles 1,019 AEG
Backpack8.16 Miles1 Day   15 Hrs      
1,019 ft AEG
 
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Nice easy hike / backpacking trip through the pines south of Prescott. We did this as an overnight backpacking trip, but this can be done as an easy day hike really. Water is flowing well in the Hassayampa river.
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Aug 25 2018
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
John9L
Hiking11.29 Miles 2,359 AEG
Hiking11.29 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.36 mph
2,359 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Nice multi-loop hike with Lee & Blanco. We started around 8am and headed the hard way for Wolf Creek Falls. We would pass the normal turnoff and head to the Hassayampa River. We followed that downstream and then detoured into the side canyon with Wolf Creek Falls. The falls were pretty much bone dry. After that, we headed south for Mt Tritle. Along the way we had to go off trail and this turned into a cluster. I did a very poor job leading us and made the hike way more difficult than it needed to be. We eventually got back on trail and noticed Blanco limping badly as we neared the road. Once we hit the road we took a short break and checked out Blanco. He seemed to be hurting. Also, some very dark clouds moved over Tritle so we decided to cut our losses short and head back.

The return was much easier and we took a better route back to the forest roads. Once back on road, we decided to make a small CCW loop around the campground. During this time, a steady rain started to fall accompanied by lightning and thunder. It wasn't too bad but did make me uncomfortable. We completed our loop soon after and packed up and headed home. This was not the best hike but they all can't be epic. Still good being out in higher elevation and nice to see monsoon still going strong. It poured on our ride home.
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Jul 25 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.25 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.48 mph
1,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I had never heard of Wolf Creek Falls until I saw a post on this site from kelly14 a week or so ago, so I decided to check the falls out.

Actually I started at the Groom Creek Trail #307 TH and did the Wolf Creek Figure Eight Loop. I went CCW on the Horse Camp Loop Trail #383 and went clockwise on the Wolf Creek Loop Trail #384. I took a short off trail excursion to Peak 6295, which had a view of the fire towers on both Spruce Mountain and Mount Union. I took a couple of short trips off of Trail #384 to the Hassyampa River, which water flowing through it; however, it looked more like a creek than a river to me.

At the western-most point on Trail #384 I went off trail down to the Wolf Creek Falls. It was interesting to see, and while there was water flowing, it was more of a trickle than a gushing stream. There were a couple of falls, the biggest of which was probably 20'-25'.

I saw a couple of small deer in the morning, near the junction of Trail #383 and Trail 3384.

While on top of the falls I looked to the west and could see a fire tower atop a peak, but I don't know what peak it was.

This was a nice hike, and I'd just as soon do it as the Groom Creek Loop Trail #307, which I have done several times.
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May 01 2018
friendofThundergod
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 AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2018
friendofThundergod
Hiking8.27 Miles 1,133 AEG
Hiking8.27 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   3.08 mph
1,133 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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Someone suggested that this might be a better 7k range hike than Pine Mountain and Peeley for proximity to Phoenix and exercising the dogs and I now think that is accurate. Pine and Peeley are closer to me in terms of miles to trailhead, but their annoying roads negate that advantage. Although, it should be worth noting that I consider driving through Prescott Valley to be as annoying as the Pine Mountain road. Yet, dealing with a little congestion in town is better on the brand new car than the Pine Mountain road.

I found the area to be nice and the hike pleasant. The figure 8 loop was a great option on a weekday, but I wonder if it is annoying with more traffic on all of the roads and dual use trails that make up the loop. The dogs obviously had a blast and their squirrel chasing game was strong most of the day. An ideal dog walk destination today, especially with the cool conditions and big clouds. Nice clean fast trails/roads. Maybe I'll take the pups back tomorrow to see if Wolf Creek falls is flowing.
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Sep 15 2016
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Wolf Creek FallsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2016
mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,286 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.53 mph
1,286 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Hadn't done either of the Wolf Creek loops or the falls but I have now :lol: Also added in the side trip to peak 6296. Great weather, 64 at start and 73 at end.

Nice trails and forest but the falls are definitely the highlight. Didn't see anyone on the trails. Wildlife: 11 deer, lots of lizards and a few squirrels and woodpeckers.
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Jun 18 2014
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Wolf Creek Loop Trail #384Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2014
kingsnake
Hiking9.08 Miles 1,286 AEG
Hiking9.08 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.62 mph
1,286 ft AEG
 
1st trip
After my trip to Maverick and (not quite) Tritle 10 days prior with trekkin gecko, I thought it might be wise to do some altitude acclimitization hikes before tackling another peak. The Groom Creek Loop #383 / Wolf Creek Loop #384 figure-8 offered some decent distance, at 6000+ feet, without any really steep bits. As usual, a topo / sat map recon revealed some bits for exploring.

Groom Creek Loop #383 is sandy-surfaced single track. Except for some deep spots, it would make a nice quick MTB loop. Wolf Creek Loop #384, on the other hand is jeep-trail wide (and sometimes on actual FR trails), and mostly hard pack.

First variation was a short trip up Hill 6296, which despite not being a prominent terrain feature has great views of the Bradshaw Mountains and surrounding valleys. Recommended. While the trip up 6296's northeast slope was mild in slope, and had no obstacles, the trip down the southeast slope was steep and brushy -- which is why I quickly diverted into a slight wash (which you would expect to be brushier, but was in fact clear sailing).

Second variation was crossing the (dry) Hassayampa River to what MyTopo said was an old jeep trail between FR 79 and FR 9403. Saw an interesting boulder formation at the crossing, including one delicately-balanced specimen. The connector trail was blocked off from vehicle access, had obviously not been used in years, and was likely in recovery. When I got to FR 9403 -- not sure which letter -- there was a NAU Ecological Restoration Institute pickup there. No tree doctor though. I then dropped back into the Hassayampa River, following the dry creek bed until I found a crossing, then heading back up to Trail #384.

Given the complete lack of water in Wolf Creek and the Hassayampa River, I decided to skip the "falls". From there it was a slow, mostly shade-less, walk back up to the #307 trailhead.

Video (3:29): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zIg91N10Yk?mo ... autoplay=1
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Not many, but what flowers there were were pretty and profuse.

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Bone dry.
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Jun 07 2014
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Spruce-Davis-Union-Tritle-Maverick Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking21.33 Miles 5,692 AEG
Hiking21.33 Miles   11 Hrs   11 Mns   2.15 mph
5,692 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Needed to get out of the heat, hadn't been to Prescott in awhile so it was time to come up with some options. I chose the one with the best chance of being under the conifer canopy. There was a few off trail sections in the route, but I was sure by looking on the Sat. views and from my memory of being in the area 3 years ago that those sections would be under the pines also. I even wore my good HAZ shirt knowing it would come back unscathed.

Started at the Groom Creek TH with 2 other cars in the lot when we arrived. We quickly passed a couple that were just finishing their hike on our way clockwise on the Groom Creek #307. We made it to the top to check out the tower and were leaving as the tower attendant (Suzie?) was starting her day. Her dog Space is no longer on earth.

We continued on the #307 2 miles to the Isabella #377 trail. It was on this trail that we would see the last of our hikers for the day. I really like the feel of this trail. Not as wide as the Groom Creek loop and winds through some vanilla smelling ponderosas.

Next it's short road walk past the Potato Patch area, to the Dandrea #285. I don't care much for this trail which is also used in part by ATV's. Loose and Rocky, it is the probably the easiest route to access both Mt Davis and Mt Union.

East on the Yankee Doodle #284 for a short while and we followed the orange flags that someone had left, leading all the way to the top of Mt Davis. This would become a theme on this day. We took the extra little side trip over to the Rocky Perch to the North of the advertised high point of Mt Davis and found the Summit Can. We had a "Discussion" as to whether or not this was the high point of Mt Davis, or was it to the south. My GPS showed the same elevation on both areas. This rocky perch yielded the best natural views of the day.

We scrambled back down to the Yankee D. and made are way over to Mt Union. The last time we were here, it was suggested to us that the best views were at the Heli Pad, so we didn't make it in the tower. This time John invited us up. John's been in the tower for 18 years. We had a nice extended conversation with him about the surrounding areas features, the longevity of the Tower Lookouts jobs, and some of the recent fires. John mentioned that it takes $10k to put a plane in the air to fight fires and $5k for a chopper.

Next it's a 2.3 mile road walk to start our 2nd off trail adventure of the day. We left the Senator highway and started our climb up the east face of Mt Tritle. We had to adjust our planned track up to keep out of the posted No trespassing signs. It was steeper than it looked on TOPO and the thick Duff made it slippery. At the top we made a half hearted attempt to find the Summit Register with no luck. We found a shady spot a bit farther down the road to take some lunch.

I was shocked to see that they'd removed this truck
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from the last time I was here 3 years ago.

Now we're off to hit Maverick Mountain. Once again the orange flags that we saw back on Mt Davis were on FR 9403C. When we reached the Ridge line that we planned to climb to gain Maverick, those orange ribbons followed the same path... It's got to be a good path going up. All I heard was Maverick this and Maverick that... I told Goose to take it easy. We made the peak and thought we'd lose the Orange Ribbons... nope, they kept goings and were following the same track that I'd drawn up. We descended to check out Payoff spring and hit a FR. With a name like that the spring had to be running.... no sign of a spring was found. 2 miles of off trail completed in 2 hours, put us a bit behind.

A short walk over to check out the unimpressive flow of Wolf Creek over the falls. I'll bet an impressive area with a flow through here.

A fun day of exploring some new ground..
Thanks for joining me Ice Man.

Spruce Cicada's, Pano at Mt Davis and in the Mt Union Tower with John and Merlin
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We looked and found no sign of a spring

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Some filterable pools and a very light flow (Trickle)
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Jan 04 2014
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Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
asu9165
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   3.27 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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From the Groom Creek trailhead crossed the street took Trail 283 connecting into Trail 284. The trail was a variety of road and trail. No steep grades and trail was not rocky. There was water in creek but overall the route was unremarkable besides people shooting across the trail and constant gunfire.
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Sep 27 2011
MEWhiteman
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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MEWhiteman
Hiking7.91 Miles 1,028 AEG
Hiking7.91 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.88 mph
1,028 ft AEG
 
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Good day for a hike. Saw a couple of hikers and a couple of horse riders on the trail.
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Aug 21 2011
WilliamnWendi
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48 male
 Joined Dec 26 2009
 Phoenix, Az
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2011
WilliamnWendi
Hiking9.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
700 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Plenty of Mule Deer sightings but no water flows. The deer wore inquisitive and fun through out this hike and the water was pooled and stagnant. All in all a good day on the trails. After last weekends fiasco hiking Groom Creek loop we figured we should give this area a second chance. Ofcourse we didn't make any mistakes finding the trail head this time and we managed to navigate this road pocked trail almost flawlessly, signage gets a little tricky at the 383/384 connector trail though and unlike last week without Wendi's help on this one I would have had us redoing the 384 a second time. Not sure what happened but for no reason other than getting old perhaps my knee became almost impossible to walk on just after leaving the Hassyampa and as we began the ascent. At first it started out as just a pinch but by the time we made it to the end of loop 384 I was in full can't walk mode. With that distraction, the disbelief that we could be at the junction already, and lack of any signage to the contrary I was certain that she was wrong but luckily I opted to check the GPS before I argued to much and to her credit she was right on the money. That would be my only complaint is that the connector trail is poorly marked in both directions, other wise signage was awesome.
We took a break at the junction and tried to ice my knee but knowing we didn't bring any ice I knew that was gonna be a problem. Luckily whoever advised hiking the north portion of these loops first is a stellar human being because the hike back seemed impossibly but thankfully shorter. I had Wendi drive home so she's the hero for this trip
Throughout the hike we saw plenty of folks using the trail for every imaginable and allowable use. 5 people on horse back, 4 people on ATV's, 3 Vehicles, a couple of hikers (asked us for directions which we gave), one bow hunter on a quad (correction, 5 atv's), 1/2 dozen campsights. Someone had recently (with in the last couple of hours)pruned the trail with more consideration to the equestrian folks. The deer were definitely the highlight of today's hike, but we sure did see a couple of horny toads, other lizard, squirrels, but no snakes. One black bird with white blazes on the wings and tail feathers that we saw repeatedly on the lower loop.
Still not sure why my knee went. Initially coming down the north end of the lower loop did take a little concentration to keep the ground underneath us but I didn't fall or anything. I must be getting old :(
GPS indicated 8.25 miles for our hike mileage, though I am pretty sure we stuck to the trail to the whole time so I look at that a little closer and make any necessary changes.
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Aug 06 2011
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Mount TritlePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking17.40 Miles 3,374 AEG
Hiking17.40 Miles   8 Hrs   38 Mns   2.21 mph
3,374 ft AEG      45 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Escaped the Valley hoping to find cooled Temps. Started at 68 degrees...mmmm...
The TH at Groom Creek had about 10 cars in it when I got there, and evidently they were all hiking the Groom Creek Loop. I had this track all to myself, short of two groups of horseback riders.

I really enjoyed this area. I used the Wolf Creek loops and a short bushwhack, to make my way over to the Mount Tritle trail. The Mount Tritle trail #65 is a bit steep and rocky, but the views are top notch! Temps at the top around noon were mid 70's at 7,700 ft. After some lunch and a bit of a nap, I started making my way back. I stopped at the Hassayampa River and dipped my shirt and hat in the river to cool off. Next stop was the Wolf Creek Falls trail to do the same.

The Water at the "Falls" was not conducive to dipping. It looks like during wet times this would be a fun area, but now there was just some pooled water, probably from recent rains.

By the time I got back to the truck, the temps were hitting the low 90's so I was glad to get in the air conditioned truck.
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Sep 17 2009
MEWhiteman
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2009
MEWhiteman
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   3 Hrs      2.57 mph
1,160 ft AEG
 
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Nice hike through open woodland. About 1/2 on trails and 1/2 on unpaved roads.
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 Prescott, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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TwoWeims
Hiking1.80 Miles
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   1.00 mph
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We just hiked a a short portion of this trail. We started from the gate at the western junction of Wolf Creek Road and Trail 384. We hiked to Wolf Creek Falls and the "Pools" on the Hassayampa River. The weather was just gorgeous and there was just enough run-off from the melting of the recent snow to make things interesting.

We took a short hike today because we have a new foster puppy from Weimaraner Rescue. We wanted to introduce her to hiking with our girls. Great fun was had by all!
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 Phoenix, AZ
Wolf Creek - Figure Eight LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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joebartels
Mtn Biking6.00 Miles 700 AEG
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Mountain biked and explored the area 08-24-2001
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