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This 54-mile non-motorized trail gives hikers, backpackers, horse riders, and mountain bikers a route through Prescott National Forest, City of Prescott, Yavapai County, and state lands. You will get views of Watson Lake, Willow Lake, and Goldwater Lake, cut through Granite Dells, and take in Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte. For a map of the full route, see here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/prescott-circle-trail

Prescott Circle Trail Segments Map

Nice trail. Good views of Willow Lake.

Good trail. Road noise and power lines make this hike less enjoyable than others available nearby.

Nice trail.

Spectacular views of Watson Lake are available on this trail.

Nice trail with amazing views of Prescott and surrounding areas. It was interesting going through the tunnel under Highway 69 near the end of this trail.

Long hike, but well maintained trail offering great views.

Lovely trail.

Beautiful trail.

Great trail, beautiful views.

Great trail!

Great trail!

Actually a 9.1 mile.

Nice trail with Beautiful Views. However we picked a very warm day and there was little shade opportunities.

This gentle grade trail goes through nice ponderosa forest, just west of town. There are many other trails that shoot off this road, some that drop down into the forest that offer more challenging single track for hiking as well as biking. We saw a large group of horseback riders in there this morning. Very pretty down in there.

Mainly flat old RR bed for quite a ways, finally off onto trails, last mile or two is a lot of uphill, all ample shade, lots of Ponderosa pine.

trail running
8 months ago

Low traffic. Well maintained. Easy access. Great views.

Nice views of Watson Lake.

Friday, January 12, 2018

My favorite segment of the Prescott Circle Trail. From Aspen Creek Trailhead on Copper Basin to White Spar Campground on White Spar. Beautiful views from Wolverton Mountain and Quartz Mountain.

There is a section near the end that leads down an ugly very rutted old dirt road. The great views on the rest of the hike more than make up for that.

mountain biking
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

One of the best downhill sites in Prescott.

This trail shows up as in Williams, but it is not anywhere near Williams. It is just a few miles outside of downtown Prescott. This is trail 332, a part of the Prescott Loop Trail.

This is a very easy flat hike. Great for bicycles too. Really nice.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The new alignment of segment 6 is much easier than the old alignment. The views are much better too. The downside is that the longest segment of the circle trail is now about one mile longer than the old alignment..

Segment 3 of the Prescott Circle Trail is from Thumb Butte Road to the Aspen Creek trailhead on Copper Basin Road. Like most segments, it is an enjoyable hike.

horseback riding
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Went a little off the actual trail itself because of the beauty everywhere. Various little trails branch off in all directions and you just can't help but be adventurous! Tons of deer later in the day.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

An easy mostly downhill segment. Walmart to Sundog Ranch Road. The end is near the sewage treatment plant, so it can be a bit stinky.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

A relatively easy segment, with nice views of both Lower Goldwater and Upper Goldwater Lakes.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

The last segment of the Prescott Circle Trail.

I love most of the Prescott Circle Trail. I have led groups hiking it the last two years and will again this year.

This is the longest, toughest segment of the circle trail. A long gully full of rocks in one section. The Over the Hill Gang is currently working on a new section to bypass the worst part.

I love almost all of the Prescott Circle Trail. I have led groups hiking it the last two tears, and will again this year.

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