Prescott Circle Trail -Sundog Road Section
Prescott Circle Trail includes trails from the City of Prescott, Prescott National Forest and Yavapai County for a 50-mile loop around the City. It is a multi-use trail with some camping locations along the way.
Sundog Road section of the Circle Trail
There are two main ways to get to this fun new trail.
1. take the Peavine trail south and go under Prescott lakes parkway and follow the signs labeled Circle Trail. You will then continue on the east side of the creek for about a 1/8 mile and then cross Sundog Ranch road which is paved and that is where the single track trail starts to ascend up the hill side headed towards hwy 69.
2. You can use the entrance to the water treatment plant which is Sundog Ranch Rd go about 1/8 of a mile south and you will see the trail on your left looks like you can park 2 car’s there on the side of the road to unload for your ride.
This is a fun trail , it goes up and over several rolling hills working it’s was to Prescott lakes Pkwy then curving around and ending up going under hwy 69 continuing on the south side of 69 and running into Turley trail .
At this time this is a fresh new trail so it’s a bit soft and bumpy but has very few rocks , traction on this trail is pretty good .There are very few trees, so this makes a great night ride .
Deer tend to be running through these hills so keep an eye I and bet you will see some. The trail is well marked so getting lost is not an issue, I would highly suggest not to try and ride this trail when muddy as the mud will be clingy to say the least.
On your way you will get pretty close to the Juvenile Detention center then veer away and then hook back to Prescott Lakes Pkwy again then off to hwy 69.
I would estimate its about 2 miles to Highway 69 from Sundog Ranch Road.
Pictures by Marc from Prescott Valley Bike Works
The Yavapai Trails Association initiated the idea of a Prescott Circle Trail (PCT) over a decade ago and is now supporting the further development of the trail within the Prescott National Forest as well as segments within the City of Prescott public land, State Trust Land, and within private developments. Since YTA’s originated the concept of the PCT in 1990, other organizations have taken steps to implement this bold idea.
During late 2007, Prescott National Forest (PNF) approved a proposal is to create a 50-mile trail system circling the Prescott area for those portions of the area that lie within PNF. This proposal for action on the trail included new trails, relocation of existing trails, conversion of certain trails from motorized to non-motorized, and conversion of roads to trails.
This action was coordinated with efforts by the City of Prescott to develop those portions of the trail that would lie within its municipal boundaries. Both agencies agreed to a further feature that will include a system of dispersed camping sites to allow hikers, mountain bikers, or equestrians to travel and complete the trail over the course of several days.
Within City of Prescott boundaries large sections of the land needed to complete the trail fall within Arizona State Trust lands. This required approval from the Arizona State Land Department for the lease of trail easements on a little over six miles of trail in two separate sections. The Prescott City Council, on August 28, 2012, agreed to the expenditure of $120,000 of monies from the Open Space Acquisition account to secure these leases.
These leases will be for 10 years in areas having high development potential and for 50 years in areas with low potential for commercial or residential development. This will still leave a small gap in the trail plan where the trail would have to cross private land.
To reach the current status of the trail, we are greatly indebted to the many agency personnel and dozens of volunteers of the PNF and City of Prescott that brought this project to fruition.