Cavalry Trail Floating Bridge

Cavalry Trail Floating Bridge

The 2016 Take a Hike! program is underway. This annual event of the Highlands Center for Natural History and co-sponsored this year by Credit Union West and the Hike Shack details a dozen hikes. By completing eight of the hikes by December 7 one can purchase a specially designed medallion. Yesterday we visited Fain Park in Prescott Valley to hike a variation of the Cavalry Trail. After crossing a floating bridge, we examined the display of mining artifacts. There were a half-dozen water pumps, a trommel, and a stamp mill restored by the Prescott Valley Historical Society. Mosquitoes took advantage of our stop with a quick blood sucking snack. After the monsoon rains, many wildflowers were in bloom such as creosote, wholeleaf Indian paintbrush, rose heath, small-flowered globe mallow, Mexican hats, and Colorado four o’clocks. The Castle, built around 1894 by Barlow-Massicks, is an interesting private home. A lone chimney in the yard is a remnant of a fire that destroyed a store/post office. We left a visit inside the Chapel for our next visit. This loop trail is about 1.8 miles long with a high elevation of 5,090 feet and a low point of 5,000 feet. This Take a Hike! trail introduced us to yet another new trail.

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