Trail 299 Vista

Trail 299 Vista

For the first time we used two vehicles for a hike.  We parked one vehicle at the trailhead for #62 on Walker Road.  Then, we traveled to the trailhead for #299 on the Senator Highway near Goldwater Lake.  We climbed about 1.3 miles on Trail #299 which is known as the Watershed Trail because at its peak, about 6,900 feet, it separates the Bannon Creek watershed from the Lynx Creek watershed.  The picture for this entry was taken of the vista near Deer Lick Spring where we spotted a cement water tank.  At the junction with Trail #9854, Seven-Mile Gulch, we followed it for almost a mile.  We then descended almost 1,200 feet on Trail #62, Ranch Trail.  When we planned this hike our map showed the distance to be about 4.7 miles, but we figure it closer to six miles.  Many patches of loose rock over steep terrain required careful navigation to avoid falling or twisting an ankle.  In addition to enjoying the vistas in different directions, this hike took us through most of the vegetation types represented in the Prescott area.

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