Mount Tritle

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Hiking the ridgeline of Mount Tritle
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The trail to Mount Tritle
Along the Ridgeline to Mount Tritle
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Views of Prescott from Mount Tritle
Hiking to Mount Tritle

Location

How to Get There
This hike is located near Prescott, AZ.

To the Trailhead: From the Phoenix area, take I-17 to the junction of HWY-69. Turn left onto HWY-69 towards Prescott. At the intersection between HWY-89 and HWY-69 towards the town of Prescott, turn left (HWY-69) and head towards the town of Prescott on Gurley Street. Not long after this turn-off, you will turn left (South) on Mount Vernon Street. From this point, it is 6.7 miles on a paved road (Known as the Senator Highway and FR-52)to the end of the pavement. From the end of the pavement, go another 0.3 miles and turned right at FR79, which is signed as Whispering Pines Camp. After 1.8 miles you will pass the turn for FR79B (stay left) and cross the Hassayampa River (really more of a creek). After 0.4 miles, turn right at a clear fork (but unsigned). In 0.2 miles, turn right at the sign for the Kendall Camp Trail 65. This last sign has seen some abuse from firearm enthusiasts so it may not be readable when you take this hike. Go another 0.7 miles on this increasingly rocky road (high clearance recommended) until you see a wood fence on your right. The parking area is just ahead where the road forks. You could continue on (right) to the actual trailhead (about 0.2 miles away), but unless you're on a ATV I wouldn't bother.
addressone
6525 S Mt Tritle Rd
city
Prescott
state
AZ
zip
86303-8195
country
USA
Region
Prescott Area

Hike details

Distance
6.10 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
6.1 miles to the top and back
Time
4.00 [Hours]
Time-details
It took us just under 4.0 hours.
Elevation Change
1,500 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Gain
1,500 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
Total elevation gain of 1500 ft.
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back

Season

Best Season
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Summer
Date Hike completed
August 22, 2015

Solitudue

Solitude
High
Solitude Details
Excellent. We had this trail all to ourselves.

Difficulty

Difficulty Rating
Moderately Strenuous
difficulty detail
The climb and hike all the way out to Mount Tritle is a good, sustained climb. I'd say the total hike is moderately strenuous.

Permits

Be Aware of
You may share the first 0.2 miles with ATVs until you reach the trailhead

Hike up to Mount Tritle near Prescott, Arizona.

Navigating to the trailhead is the trickiest part of this hike. Hopefully the directions above guided you sufficiently to where you are standing next to the orchard that marks the remains of Kendall Camp. Follow the signs that mark Trail 65. The first part of this hike is along the quickly narrowing dirt road to the section of trail closed to motor vehicles. It's only about 10 minutes walking away (marked as V1 on the map). 

Trail 65 has a few junctions, but each is marked with trail markers so it is easy to follow. The narrow road becomes a trail and starts the 900 ft climb to the Maverick Ridgeline. The trail is shaded with pine and Oak trees, which makes the walk quite pleasant. 

After about 1.3 miles of hiking you reach the ridgeline and a dirt road that has been closed to vehicle traffic. Turn left here (WP1 on the map) and continue to follow the trail along the ridgeline. This is definitely the highlight of the hike, as the ridgeline is quite prominent and the views are tremendous. You'll see Crown King, Prescott, Granite Mountain, and the surrounding Bradshaw mountain range.  Continue along the up and down trail on the ridgeline until the trail forks (WP2 on the map). Turn left here and finish the climb up to the top of Mount Tritle. Your climb is rewarded with a little shady spot to rest and have lunch. After you have finished luxuriating on your climb to the top of Mount Tritle, turn around here and return the way you came.

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