Senator Highway

Prescott, Arizona

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Considering that this trail is a major route through the Prescott National Forest, it is suprisingly quiet. Even on weekends, the only sounds are the chirping birds, the breeze in the pine, and the persistent buzz of insects. Shady pines, prolific bird life, and the long meandering trail make it a pleasure to travel. The route begins at the center of Prescott, and for the first few miles it follows a well-used paved road that leads through housing areas, past hiking trailheads (including the handicapped accessible Lions Creek Nature Trail), and Goldwater Lake Park. Special Attractions: Historic site of Goodwin; Winding road through the edge of the Bradshaw Mountains; Can be combined with part of Senator Highway to form a loop trail. 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.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Considering that this trail is a major route through the Prescott National Forest, it is suprisingly quiet. Even on weekends, the only sounds are the chirping birds, the breeze in the pine, and the persistent buzz of insects. Shady pines, prolific bird life, and the long meandering trail make it a pleasure to travel. The route begins at the center of Prescott, and for the first few miles it follows a well-used paved road that leads through housing areas, past hiking trailheads (including the handicapped accessible Lions Creek Nature Trail), and Goldwater Lake Park.

Special Attractions: Historic site of Goodwin; Winding road through the edge of the Bradshaw Mountains; Can be combined with part of Senator Highway to form a loop trail. 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.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 36.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,200 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Prescott, Groom Creek, Battleship Butte, Battle Flat, Minniehaha, Crown King, Prescott, Bradshaw Mts.; BLM Prescott, Bradshaw Mountains; and others
Driving Directions: Directions to Senator Highway

Recent Trail Reviews

4/7/2009
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We drove this road in early April 2009 and found it to be pretty rough in spots, probably not doable in a sedan. The scenery was outstanding with many excellent distant views as you approach Crown King. Along the way, Palace Station was neat to see even if you can't go inside. Don't think this is a Highway, even if the name is Senator Highway. We found it to be rocky with several creek crossings (not too deep).


7/5/2007
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Load up the family and head out for a day long journey. Most any sedan can make the trip. Drive slow and enjoy the outdoors. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen. The only knock for myself was the road was so smooth, that I didn't need a high clearance vehicle. But, make sure that there is air in your spare and you have plenty of water as, there is little cell service if any.



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