Algonquin Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crown King, AZ that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Prescott: To approach the south trailhead, the best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, especially in the winter. Take Main St. through the town of Mayer continuing east to the junction of the Antelope Creek Road. Continue southeast on this road for approximately nine miles to Cordes. At the Road Junction in Cordes, take FR 259 to Crown King. At Crown King take FR 259A south for a half of a mile to the junction with FR 52. Continue on FR 52 for 2.2 miles south-southeast to the Algonquin Trail turnoff. The trailhead begins about 100 yds. north of the turnoff.
Cool trail. Had some water in the creek. Definitely take tough pants and even long sleeves (even if it's hot) or you're going to get scraped up by thousands thorny bushes that cover the trail path.
There's a creepy abandoned shed a few miles in and abandoned machinery. The actual trail also crosses over what appears to be a man-made set of roadways (maybe for horse and cart when the trail was fully operational?). If you look to the east side of the creek at the ~3 mile marker, there is another shed on the opposite side (could get to it if you hike the creek instead of taking the trail). There is a man-made pathway on that side as well, which took impressive effort. Interested in the history of this place but couldn't find it online.
The trail eventually ends where a forest fire did damage a few years ago. The rock cairns at this point are obviously destroyed and withered, as the trail at this point is mostly abandoned. You'd have to rough and tumble your way further down the trail.
With that said, the overall walkable trail is probably no more than ~6-7 miles and receives quite a bit of traffic since it's so close to Bumble Bee Ranch and Crown King.
This hike drops down into the valley between the hills giving shade for most of the hike. It is a great day hike that crosses Poland Creek a few times. A sturdy vehicle suggested for the road out to the trailhead. The beginning of the trail had some snow left when I was there. Wearing pants is advised due to the brush. Lots of wildlife and very beautiful.
Awesome hike! I would definitely recommend pants, and a good dirt road vehicle, but the views are totally worth it. Be prepared to hike uphill the whole way out!