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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Prescott rails-to-trails hike

City of Prescott Rails-to-Trails project

Following a portion of the de-commissioned Santa Fe-Prescott-Phoenix railroad which ran during the 1890s, this extra wide, flat, gravel route is a favorite of hikers, bikers and stroller-pushing walkers.  There's a lot to like about this sunny trail.  Great views of Watson Lake and a tree-cluttered riparian area, easy access and connectivity with myriad Granite Dells area trails make the drive from Phoenix (or anywhere, really) worth the gas money. 
LENGTH:  5.2 miles one-way
RATING: very easy, suitable for strollers & wheelchairs
ELEVATION: 5,160' – 5,220'
FEE: $2 daily parking fee
FACILITIES: port-o-potties (real restrooms to be installed June 2012), picnic tables, benches along the route

From Phoenix, travel north on I17 to Cordes Junction  exit 262 for Prescott  AZ 69.  Turn west and follow AZ 69 32 miles to Prescott.  Just outside of downtown, pass Walker Road and begin looking for Prescott Lakes Parkway---located across from the Prescott Gateway Mall where there's a huge Cadillac dealership. Turn right (north) on Prescott Lakes Pkwy and continue 1.7 miles to Sundog Ranch Road, turn right and go 0.2 mile  to Peavine Trail/Watson Woods Riparian Preserve parking area.
INFO: City of Prescott


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