Acker Park Trails & Lynx Creek Wildflowers Sunday, Jun 18 2017 

Acker Park Stormwater Detention Basin Construction

Acker Park Stormwater Detention Basin Construction

On Thursday we hiked some of the Acker Park Trails from an elevation of 5,480 feet to 5,630 feet. We walked along the Powerline Trail out to the parking area on Autumn Breeze. We watched heavy equipment working on the construction of the Acker Park Stormwater Detention Basin that started in May and is expected to be completed in July. The iconic Thumb Butte could be seen in the distance. We looped back on the Ridge Trail including climbing the Hilltop Trail for panoramic views of Prescott. After returning to the Virginia Street parking area we walked along the Virginia Trail and Mural Trail to use the park’s restroom and admire the murals that encompass this structure depicting the history of the land, its flora and fauna, and recognizing the philanthropy of Mr. Acker.

On Tuesday I joined a half-dozen others at Lynx Creek’s Gold Pan area to identify wildflowers. With expert help we found the following wildflowers: white flowered Canaigre Dock or Desert Rhubarb, white flowered Poison Hemlock, lavender colored Desert Straw, Yellow-flowered Eriogonum, the reddish pink colors of Scarlet Beeblossom, the pale blue or violet colored Thymeleaf Speedwell, the deep carmine-red of Scarlet Four O’Clock, the golden yellow of Creeping Wood Sorrel, the white or pinkish colors of Field Bindweed, the bright yellow color of Black Medick, the yellow tinged with orange or red of Wright’s Deervetch, the deep violet-purple of False Indigo, Yellow Sweet Clover, and the bright yellow of Desert Blazing Star.

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Acker Park Monday, Sep 7 2015 

Granite Mountain from Acker Park

Granite Mountain from Acker Park

This year’s “Take a Hike!” officially started on Saturday. On Labor Day we decided to return to the J. S. Acker Park for our first hike. We previously hiked here in February 2014. In addition to the main loop of Hilltop and Ridge, we did a side trip down Hillcrest and returned via Eastwood. The formal name for the trail system is the “Barrie Mayes Memorial Trail System.” We had nice views of Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain. The San Francisco Peaks can also be seen behind the Prescott Resort.  This 80-acre park was established by citizen vote on September 26, 1995. A sign invited all to attend a 20th birthday party from 8 a.m. to noon on this coming September 26th. The Friends of JS Acker are throwing the party and giving a gift to each participant. The trailhead elevation is 5,40 feet and the highest elevation is 5,600 feet. This pleasant trail in the center of Prescott has a number of thoughtful quotes. I will leave you with this one by John Muir: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you … while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”