hike the prescott circle trail

The Prescott Circle Trail
Hike Experience



5

DAYS

22

TRAILS

54

MILES

5 DAYS | 22 TRAILS | 54 MILES

Experience the best trails in Northern Arizona

We are pleased to offer Prescott Circle Trail hiking tours. The plan is simple: hike the 22 trails that compose the Circle Trail (54 miles) in 5 days. We pick you up daily from your accommodations and head out to the trail head. From there, our guide leads you through the Circle Trail. Enjoy wildlife, bird watching, and the beautiful vistas all around town. At the end of the day, we drop you off at your lodging where you can relax. We divided the Circle Trail in five equal sections for more flexibility.

Choose from the 5-day package or simply pick an individual section.
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Section 1: Thumb Butte to White Spar

One of the most beautiful section of the Circle Trail… This hike offers the peace and quiet of the Prescott National Forest. 12 miles of single track trails that tops at the highest point on the PCT: 6,800 feet.
DISTANCE: 11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1350 ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 6
OFFERED ON MONDAYS

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Section 2: White Spar to Turley

This section will be the most challenging of our journey. With almost 13 miles, get ready to get to conquer high elevation, some technical terrain and beautiful vistas of the area.
DISTANCE: 12.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1960 ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 4
OFFERED ON TUESDAYS

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Section 3: Badger to Watson Lake

Heading out on the Turley Trailhead, this section offers views of Downtown. With Thumb Butte and Granite mountain in the distance, the Prescott Dells appear in the background. On clear days, you will clearly see the San Francisco peaks towards Flagstaff.
DISTANCE: 11.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 970 ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 4
OFFERED ON WEDNESDAYS

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Section 4: Willow Creek to Williamson

This section is perfect for bird watchers. With a long stretch along Willow Creek Reservoir, this section offers beautiful view of the Dells. The trail connects south of the Embry-Riddle campus and eventually offers views of Granite Mountain.
DISTANCE: 8.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 900 ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 5
OFFERED ON THURSDAYS

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Section 5: Ho Kay Gan to Thumb Butte

Starting from the Ho Kay Gan neighborhood, this trail takes to the Granite Basin area. From there, picturesque views of Granite Mountain and Thumb Butte will appear. The trail continues through the National Forest to end along Thumb Butte road.
DISTANCE: 8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1280 ft
NUMBER OF TRAILS: 2
OFFERED ON FRIDAYS

Eat, hike, cook, relax at the Watson Lake Inn

If you are looking for the perfect getaway, look no further. As part of our 5-day hiking experience, we are partnering with the Watson Lake Inn to offer the perfect experience. Arrive in Prescott on Sunday and check in to the beautiful Bed and Breakfast located near Watson Lake.

All week, start your day with a tasty breakfast cooked by Master Chef Peter Gebauer. Early morning, we pick you up from the Inn and head to the trailhead. From there, you explore the Prescott Circle Trail with our guide. After 8-12 miles, we drop you off at the Inn where you can enjoy one of the many activities:

  • Take a cooking class with Chef Gebauer, AAC, WCMC, GMC
  • Go fish on Watson Lake
  • Have a picnic on lake shore
  • Enjoy coffee or tea time on the front porch, which house-made signature fudge
  • Kayak on the lake
  • Hike to Watson Lake and take a look at the San Francisco peaks in the distance
  • Enjoy a glass of wine on the upper Deck by the waterfall, viewing the Dells
  • Visit the Phippen Museum, just 2 miles north
  • Watch the sun set from the front porches comfortable Adirondak chairs.
  • Stream your favorite movie from the internet.
  • Take a relaxing bath in one of the vintage clay foot tubs.

hike in Prescott with bed and breakfast watson lake inn
hike in Prescott with bed and breakfast watson lake inn
hike in Prescott with bed and breakfast watson lake inn

Get a free night at the Inn

The Watson Lake Inn offers a free night stay for all High-Altitude Training Institute customers when you book your stay from Sunday to Friday. Use the form below to check the availability at the Inn and book your room directly. During check-out, use coupon code HIKINGPRESCOTT to get one free night (at week-day rate).

To qualify for the discount, you must book a room from Sunday to Friday at the Inn AND book the Full Experience Package (5-day) with us.

IMPORTANT
The Watson Lake Inn will review your booking before applying the discount. As a result, you will pay full amount until your coupon is verified. To qualify for the discount, you must book a room from Sunday to Friday AND book the Full Experience Package (5-day) with us.
If you prefer to place your reservation over the phone, reach the Watson Lake Inn at 262-899-0200.



Other Accommodations

In the event the Watson Lake Inn is full, check out these other bed & breakfasts in the Prescott area. Note that we do not offer special deals with these businesses.


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