Constellation Trails in Prescott AZ

Health and Wealth Team’s “trails to health” featured trail today is the Constellation Trails in Prescott AZ.

From the US69/US89 intersection take US89 north 5.8 miles to the Phippen Museum on the right. The parking for the Constillation trails is south of the parking for the museum. Walk west under US 89 to get to the trails.

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Trails are dedicated to the memory of the US servicemen that lost their lives serving their country when the Lockheed Constellation military plane crashed for unknown reasons during a training mission. prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

Some of the collected debris from the plane.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

The trail starts out with shade but that soon changes.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

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While the trails do wind up and down through the boulders with few short moderately steep segments, there is only a slight elevation change making the trails easy to moderate in difficulty.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

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The story goes this wall was probably part of a corral built centuries ago by shepherds to protect their flock.prescott trails,constellation trails,hiking trails, mountain biking trails,health and wealth team

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Willow Lake South Trail in Prescott AZ

Health and Wealth TEAM’s featured “trails to health” trail takes us to Willow Lake in Prescott Arizona.

From Prescott travel north on US 89, go west (left) onto Willow Lake Road at the Watson Lake/Willow Lake Road roundabout there is a parking along side the road in a little over half a mile on the north side.

willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth teamThis out and back trail totaling 4.6 miles is an easy trail, mostly level. There is a loop around the lake with the east side being a little more difficult which we have hiked in the past. Because of the water level being higher this year than it has been since I believe 2008, we elected to not attempt the loop this time.

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View of the Dam from the south.willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth team

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Views of Granite Mountain to the west.willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth team,granite mountain

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Bridges make biking easy.willow lake trail,prescott circle trail,hiking trail,mountain biking trail,health and wealth team

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You can hook up to the Embry Riddle trail by going left under Willow Creek Road. This is also our turn around point today.
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Embry Riddle Trail in Prescott AZ

Today’s featured trail for our “trails to health” series takes us to the Embry Riddle trail in Prescott, part of the Prescott Circle Trail.

To get to the trailhead go north on Commerce Drive from Willow Creek Road in Prescott go North .9 of a mile to the parking lot on the right.

You will start by taking the Jan Alfano trail to get to the Embry Riddle trail from this location.

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Embry Riddle trail,prescott arizona,prescott circle trail,mountain biking trail, hiking trail,Health and Wealth TEAM, LLCNorthwest of Pioneer Park in Prescott.

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Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley as well as Granite Mountain in Prescott are also visible from the trail.Embry Riddle trail,prescott arizona,prescott circle trail,mountain biking trail, hiking trail,granite mountain,Health and Wealth TEAM,

Embry Riddle trail,prescott arizona,prescott circle trail,mountain biking trail, hiking trail,Health and Wealth TEAM,For a longer hike or ride you can pass under Willow Creek Road to connect to the Willow Lake Trails, also part of the Prescott Circle Trail.

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Rainbow Falls State Park in Washington

Our featured “trails to health” today are in the Rainbow Falls state park in Washinton state.

Rainbow Falls State Park is a 139-acre camping park with 3,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on the Chehalis River. Constructed in 1935 in the heart of old-growth forest, this wooded park is known for its rainbow-crowned waterfall, which gives the park its name.

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These trails are listed as moderate but we consider them to be a on the easier side provideing just a slight cardio workout it is a slight uphill climb from the parking lot but trails are clear and even has little bridges over tiny creeks.

Glassford Summit Trail in Prescott Valley AZ

You can reach this new Prescott Valley Glassford Summit Trail by heading north on Prescott Highway East in Prescott Valley and then head west on Antelope just a few blocks till it turns south onto Castle Dr. a few hundred feet signage directs you to a nice new paved parking lot for the new Glassford Summit Trail.

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Glassford Hill in Prescott Valley AZ

This moderately difficult trail 2.1 mile pretty consistent uphill climb provides a bit a cardio workout with some great views of Prescott Valley, parts of Prescott and of course Glassford Hill and the surrounding area as far away as the San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff on a clear day.

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Glassford Hill 

 

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View of Hwy 69 in Prescott Valley AZ from trails end
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One of many picnic tables along the trail

Bring a picnic lunch with this is one of 12 picnic tables on the trail 2 at the Summit, 2 at the trails end and 1 at each of the switchbacks along the trail, and they ALL have a view.

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View of Prescott Valley from the trail
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Sign near the trailhead

 

Thumb Butte West trail

Drive west out of Prescott from courthouse square on Gurley St to reach Thumb Butte West trail, today’s “trails to health” featured trail for 3.5 miles to the Thumb Butte parking area.

On the way Gurley Street becomes Thumb Butte Road.

 This is a fee area. Drive through the first part of the parking area, and go
left across bridge. Park near the trail head for trail #316 (near rest rooms on the left). This is past the trail head for trail #315 (Thumb Butte North trail).
We hiked the loop counter clockwise.
Total loop hike is 2.9 miles (easy to moderate).
The trail head elevation is 5725 feet, the trails high point elevation is 6020 feet.

 

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Thumb Butte West trail head
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Thumb Butte
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San Francisco Peaks in the distance

There are some good views from the higher points.

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Take 332 left (east)
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After you cross Thumb Butte Rd you connect to trail 367 (part of the Prescott Circle Trail)

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Thumb Butte North trail

You can reach Thumb Butte North trail, today’s “Trails to Health” featured trail by heading west out of Prescott on Gurley Street in Prescott for 3.5 miles to the Thumb Butte parking area. Gurley Street becomes Thumb Butte Road.

This is a fee area.  Drive through the first part of the parking area, and go left across bridge. Park on the left opposite the trail #315TH. The trail head is on right by campground host.

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Thumb Butte North trail head

Total loop hike is an easy 1.7 miles. TH elevation 5690 feet,high point 5820’
We hiked the loop counter clockwise.

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Thumb Butte

Enjoy the many views of Thumb Butte to the south. The trail is undulating, with only
parts of the trail being shaded.

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view at intersection of trails 317 and 315
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Turn left here from trail 315 onto 317
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View of Granite Mountain from trail
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Quartz Mountain trail

Today’s featured “trails to health” trail takes us to Quartz Mountain , part of the Prescott Circle Trail in Prescott AZ.

You can reach the trail head by traveling south of the courthouse square in Prescott 2.8 miles on highway 89 turn left at White Spur campground road to the parking lot then back across highway 89 to the west to the trail 9415 trail head.

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View of Thumb Butte and Grainte Mtn from the trail in Prescott AZ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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trail at the base of the Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quartz Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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trail 9415 meets 9415A

The trail is a moderate 3.5 mile (one way) out and back uphill climb from 5620 feet in elevation to around 6300 feet at where trail 9415 meets 9415A.

Goldwater West Trails

Today’s “trails to health” featured trail is Goldwater West Trails, part of the Prescott circle trail in Prescott AZ.

You can reach the Goldwater West trail by traveling south on US89/Montezuma Street, which becomes White Spar Road. After 2.8 miles,turn left (east) into White Spar Campground (clearly signed ).
The entrance road crosses Granite Creek, with a dirt parking area on your right before the campground. Total loop hike is 3.2 miles (easy to moderate). Trail head elevation is 5620 feet.

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Goldwater West trail head

To reach start of trail #396 (part of the Prescott Circle Trail), go east out of parking area around
gate onto motorized trail 67, old Schoolhouse Gulch Road.
-Trail 396 starts about 50 yards along trail 67, on the leftside
of the old road going east.

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This is a pretty trail, winding through the pines, with many
ups and downs. Expect some mountain bikers.

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Hang another right and you are on trail 81 in the Prescott National Forest
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Old Iron pipeline on the east (left) side of trail 81

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If you enjoy the Goldwater West Trails you may also want to explore the nearby Goldwater Lakes Trails.

Spruce Mountain West trail

Today’s “trails to health” featured trail takes us to the Spruce Mountain West trail in the Prescott National Forest.

You can get to the trail head from Gurley Street in Prescott by turning south at the light onto Mount Vernon (which becomes the Senator Highway) and drive for 6.7 miles to a “crossroads.”

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Spruce Mountain West trail parking lot

The trail head for trail #307, Groom Creek Loop, is on the left (east) of the highway (opposite Horse Camp). Turn onto dirt road, park by building. There’s no fee at this trail head.

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Spruce Mountain West trail head

 Hike SE from parking on trail for 100 feet to a T jct. Go left at T and hike loop clockwise. Total loop easy to moderate hike is 4.0 miles.  The elevation at the trail head is 6430 feet, the high point is 6730 feet.

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View of Granite Mountain from Spruce Mountain West trail
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Another view of Granite Mountain from Spruce Mountain West trail
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This pretty trail is a mix of single track and a little used Forest Road ,undulating through the
pines.It crosses Wolf Creek twice, but it may be dry.

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