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1 Prescott Circle Trail Fulfilling a Vision
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2 Willow Lake Trail

3 The Vision The Idea for the Prescott Circle Trail was first conceived and drawn on a Forest Service map by the newly formed Yavapai Trails Association (YTA) in 1990

4 1990 Circle Trail Map

5 Description A 50 mile non-motorized Trail System circling the City of Prescott Cooperative effort between the City of Prescott, Prescott National Forest, Arizona Game and Fish, Embry Riddle University, Storm Ranch, and Yavapai County Listed as a High Priority in the 2003 Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan Listed as a Major Goal in the September Parks and Recreation Master Plan click to continue

6 Watson Lake Trail

7 Current Map Completed Sections Proposed Sections

8 Peavine Trail

9 Milestones 1990 Conceptual Map
YTA Receives Grant to Build Turley Trail Turley Trail Opens Prescott NF Prescott Basin II Project Creates an 18 Mile Alignment for the Circle Trail Peavine Trail Opens Legacy Trail Opens Prescott NF Converts Roads From Thumb Butte Rd to Iron Springs Rd into a non- motorized Trail Ho-kay-gan Trail 341 Opens Discovery Trail Opens (Watson Woods) Willow Creek Trail Opens Cold Springs Trail 393 Opens (off Copper Basin Rd) Trail 332 Opens From Iron Springs Road to Granite Basin Road Jan Alfano Trail Dedicated Trail 332 Opens From Granite Basin Road to Trail 341 Embry Riddle Trail Opens Granite Creek Bridge Built on Discovery Trail Garden Grove Trail 392 Opens Watson Lake Trail Opens Storm Ranch Preliminary Development Plan Includes Trail Segment for Circle Trail PNF Develops Proposed Action to Complete Circle Trail within the National Forest Goldwater Lakes Trail % Complete Circle Trail Added to State Trails System (click to continue)

10 Granite Creek Bridge – Discovery Trail

11 City of Prescott Completed Trail Segments 11.2 miles
Legacy Jan Alfano Embry Riddle Willow Lake Watson Lake Discovery Peavine Turley

12 Built over 8 miles of the Circle Trail in the Prescott Nat’l Forest
Over The Hill Gang – Volunteer Trail Crew Built over 8 miles of the Circle Trail in the Prescott Nat’l Forest Photo by Tony Beere

13 City of Prescott Proposed Trail Segments 10 miles
Connector Trail (1.4 miles) Legacy Extension – State Trust Land (2.0 miles) Lakes Connector (0.4 miles) Storm Ranch (1.6 miles) Badger “P” Mountain – State Trust Land (4.6 miles)

14 Newly Finished Section - Goldwater Lakes Trail

15 Prescott National Forest Completed Trail Segments 22.2 miles
Boy Scout 126 Ranch 62 Goldwater Lakes 396 Quartz Mountain Wolverton Mountain 9415 Aspen Creek 48 Cold Springs 393 Potts Creek 327 Circle Connector 322 Garden Grove 392 Circle 332 Ho-Kay-Gan 341

16 Garden Grove Trail Near Thumb Butte
Photo by Tony Beere Garden Grove Trail Near Thumb Butte

17 Prescott National Forest Proposed Trail Segments 5 miles
Ranch Extension (4 miles) White Spar (1 mile)

18 Trail 332 – Granite Basin

19 Trail Access Pioneer Park Willow Lake Watson Lake Peavine Trailhead
Turley Trailhead Senator Highway Goldwater Lake Bannon Creek White Spar Cathedral Pines Copper Basin High Valley Ranch Rancho Vista Butte Creek Thumb Butte Iron Springs Road Granite Basin Ho-kay-gan Williamson Valley Rd

20 Quartz Mountain Trail – After 2002 Indian Fire

21 Projects/Timelines for Completion
CITY OF PRESCOTT Construct Lakes Connector Trail State Land Acquisition Construction of Trails on State Land Storm Ranch Development Trail Williamson Valley Rd to Granite Basin Connector Trail PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST Conversion of Roads to Trails – Potts Creek Environmental Assessment & Decision for 2007 Circle Trail Proposed Action Implementation of Circle Trail Decision Trailhead Construction – Aspen Creek, White Spar, Garden Grove TRAIL WIDE PROJECTS Standardized Trail Signs at All Intersections Interpretive Signage with Area & Trail History 2012 (click to continue)

22 Trail 332 – Old Rail Bed

23 Community Benefits A Unique Asset Very Few Cities Have
Access to Outdoor Recreation from All Sides of Prescott Connectivity of Prescott’s Lakes and Pioneer Park Access to Hundreds of Miles of City and Forest Trails Multi-day Experience for Backpacking and Equestrians Ability for Boy Scouts to Earn 50 Miler Award Adds to Prescott’s Livability Outdoor Recreation Attracts New Businesses and Families Promotes Tourism for Special Events and Recreation (click to continue)

24 View From Future Connector Trail

25 How To Help To Volunteer Time or Donate Services City of Prescott
Chris Hosking Prescott National Forest Rob Hehlen Cash Donations Yavapai Trails Association PO Box 403 Prescott, AZ 86302 YTA is a non-profit organization. Tax deductible donations will be used as matching funds for grants and projects on the Circle Trail. Presentation and Photos (unless noted otherwise) by Rob Hehlen Thank You for Your Interest in This Project

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