Orofino Wash Trail

Prescott, Arizona

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This very pleasant trail meanders through the edge of the Prescott National Forest, following the Hassayampa River for much of the way. It leaves from Wagoner Road and undulates over a few ridges before descending sharply to the Hassayampa River channel, which in spring and summer appears as a bright green ribbon on the duller green landscape. There are many wells along the trail—the area is used for cattle grazing. The trail leaves the path of the Hassayampa River to travel up Orofino Wash. Here the surface becomes sandy and loose, but it is still suitable for high-clearance vehicles in dry weather. In wet weather, the trail is impassable. The trail ends on Arizona 89 immediately east of the small settlement of Wilhoit. Special Attractions: Long, historic route through the Prescott National Forest; Historic Palace Stage Station; The interesting small settlement of Crown King. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

Orofino Wash Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This very pleasant trail meanders through the edge of the Prescott National Forest, following the Hassayampa River for much of the way. It leaves from Wagoner Road and undulates over a few ridges before descending sharply to the Hassayampa River channel, which in spring and summer appears as a bright green ribbon on the duller green landscape. There are many wells along the trail—the area is used for cattle grazing. The trail leaves the path of the Hassayampa River to travel up Orofino Wash. Here the surface becomes sandy and loose, but it is still suitable for high-clearance vehicles in dry weather. In wet weather, the trail is impassable.

The trail ends on Arizona 89 immediately east of the small settlement of Wilhoit. Special Attractions: Long, historic route through the Prescott National Forest; Historic Palace Stage Station; The interesting small settlement of Crown King. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 9.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,100 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Walnut Grove, Wilhoit, Bradshaw Mts.; BLM Bradshaw Mountains; USFS Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Orofino Wash Trail

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May 2018