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Lying entirely within the Juniper Mesa Wilderness, this trail offers magnificent views to the south from the mesa rim. The trial is relatively level at an elevation of about 7,000 ft., traversing through Ponderosa pine, Gambel's oak, and Alligator juniper. In one of the most remote sections of northwestern Arizona, it offers the wilderness traveler an experience of solitude and vast panoramas of this semiarid region.

The trail begins at Juniper Springs on the east end of Juniper Mesa. It climbs to the top of the mesa and then continues along the southern rim of the mesa for about 6.5 miles. The western end of the trail intersects Trail #3 (Oaks & Willows Trail) from where you can continue on Trail #3 either west to join FR 150 by way of George Wood Canyon or northeast to Pine Springs and FR 7.

Precautions: There is no water available along this trail. There is water at Juniper Spring but it has not been tested for quality.

Directions: From Prescott, The east trailhead is at Juniper Springs at the intersection of FR 9867A and Trail #2. The approach on foot to this trailhead is by way of the Juniper Springs Trail #2 starting from its trailhead on FR 95. To access the trailhead for Trail #2 from Prescott, take the Williamson Valley Road north from Prescott. Stay on this road for 38 miles to the junction with FR 95. Priced west on FR 95 for about 1.5 miles to the common trailheads for the Juniper Springs #2 and the Old Military Trail #1, just east of the Walnut Creek Work Center. If you wish to travel by vehicle to the east trailhead, continue on FR 6 for about 15 miles, turning north at the junction with FR 95 instead of going straight to Walnut Creek. You will finally reach a junction with FR 9867A. If you reach the junction with FR 7, you have gone about 1.5 miles past the FR 9867A turnoff. Take FR 9867A southwest for about 5.5 miles to Juniper Spring. FR 9867A, however, is suitable for four wheel drive vehicles only; the climb to the spring is steep and rough. The west access is on top of Juniper Mesa where Trail #20 intersects with Trail #3.

Elevation: 6,100 feet

Ending Elevation: 7,000 feet

Elevation Gain: 900 feet

Distance: 5.5 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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Prescott National Forest, Arizona

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