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Heads Up Hiker
By Cheryl Hartz, Prescott Valley, AZ
The best hikes in the county, safety, plus plants, trees and wildlife on the way!
Friday, May 23, 2008

Blog: Green Gulch Trail offers Quad-community views

 Cheryl Hartz

The view of Dewey-Humboldt and Prescott Valley is spectacular from the Bradshaw Mountains.

The Bradshaw Mountains in the Prescott National Forest west of Dewey-Humboldt offer a rich gold mining history as well as a wealth of hiking trails.

Starting on a four-wheel drive trail, No. 9419 follows Charcoal Gulch south. Travel about 0.75 miles and 9419 intersects with and parallels Nemo Springs Trail No. 9405. Vegetation is mostly manzanita and chaparral to this point.

A little further and 9419 meets with Red Mountain Trail No. 43 into Green Gulch. Following 43 west into the aptly named gulch gives the hiker, mountain biker or trailrider a steady, aerobic climb on a rocky path. The trail meanders through a cool forest of oak, pinyon and juniper before steeply ascending through thick chaparral and prickly pear. With jagged outcroppings and boulders, this is prime mountain lion country, but you're unlikely to spy one.

Turn around to look while catching your breath and you'll lose it again from the breathtaking view of Dewey-Humboldt.

After about 1.5 miles of hard work up to nearly 7,000 ft., the trail descends between mountains to Prospectors Trail No. 42, a 2.5-mile trip through the pines, until it intersects with Upper Salida Trail No. 93. Those with lots of time and/or stamina can continue on to the Lynx Lake area. The rest of us should about-face toward Dewey before hitting No. 42.

Take plenty of water and snacks. Layer your clothing if you start in the cool early morning or plan to be out as the sun sets. Please be kind to the land and pack out what you pack in.

Directions: Near Dewey from Highway 69, turn at the Blue Hills Market on Kachina, which becomes Horseshoe Lane. Turn left on Pony St. and take another left at Henderson Rd. Drive 2.8 miles until the pavement ends, then it's 1/2 mile to the gate and northern trailhead of Trail No. 9419, the Charcoal Gulch Trail. Park or if you have a high clearance vehicle, travel a little further on the Jeep trail.

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