Epic Runs Episode 2: Mount Tritle
In this second iteration of the Epic Runs series, Greg explores the area around Mount Tritle in Prescott, AZ. After a 30-minute drive south on Walker Road, this run starts in the middle of the forest. Surrounded by Mount Davis (7,897ft), Mount Union (7,963ft), Spruce Mountain (7,664ft) and Maverick Mountain (7,468ft), Mount Tritle sits at 7,769 feet. It was named after Frederick A. Tritle who was the sixth governor of Arizona.
But accessing the trailhead required some dirt road driving in the picturesque Prescott National Forest. With the first few miles on the last stretch of Walker Road, this run eventually follows old Gold mine roads. At mile 5 and around 7,000 feet elevation, the treacherous climb to the top of Mount Tritle starts.
Running up trail 65 offers the best views of Yavapai county and the adjacent countryside. Aspen, Ponderosa, and all of the upper elevation trees can be found in the same area. While running is our favorite form of transportation, you can also mountainbike this whole route. If you plan on completing this route, remember that there are mountain lions, bears, deer and elk on the mountain, so be aware and cautious.
To get down from the top, you have the option of going back the way you came. Or you can follow one of the route on the other side. Do this and conquer the very steep hill that takes you back to the main road you came from. Check out the GPX track below for more information. A portion of this run was busy with quaders and off-road motorcycle so be on the lookout. The views from the top of Tritle were truly breathtaking so be sure to put this run on your list.
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