Oaks and Willows Trail

Prescott, Arizona

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Autumn is the prettiest time to visit this trail, with its cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Spring is a close runner-up, however, thanks to mild temperatures, showy wildflowers, and the neon light cast by the tender new leaves of the Gambel oaks. Once you ascend Juniper Mesa, you will understand why it is important to check summertime temperatures before planning your trip: this trail gets hot. The plateau offers pretty views and level but exposed trekking. At roughly halfway (3 miles), you come upon a junction with the Juniper Mesa Trail 20, which runs east–west through the wilderness. You will make a rightward (northwesterly) turn to continue along the Oaks and Willows Trail 3 and traverse the mesa.

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"Autumn is the prettiest time to visit this trail, with its cooler temperatures and changing leaves. Spring is a close runner-up, however, thanks to mild temperatures, showy wildflowers, and the neon light cast by the tender new leaves of the Gambel oaks. Once you ascend Juniper Mesa, you will understand why it is important to check summertime temperatures before planning your trip: this trail gets hot.

The plateau offers pretty views and level but exposed trekking. At roughly halfway (3 miles), you come upon a junction with the Juniper Mesa Trail 20, which runs east–west through the wilderness. You will make a rightward (northwesterly) turn to continue along the Oaks and Willows Trail 3 and traverse the mesa."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,008 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Best March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,350 feet
Top Elevation: 7,008 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger Station
Local Maps: Juniper Mountain and Indian Peak USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Oaks and Willows Trail

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May 2018