TRAILHEAD 715am launch: The Mt. Union Trailhead (Prescott National Forest Trail #285) is located 89 miles from Loop 101 and Interstate 17, about 90 minutes. I-17 to Cordes Junction (Highway 69) Exit 262, then West to Walker Road (Mile post 293). South on Walker Road 10.4 miles to Potato Patch community (Poachers Row is the name of the street into Potato Patch). Take Poachers Road down past the dead end.
Mt. Union 8007' / Mt. Davis 7905' / Mt. Tritle 7792'... limited trails...primarily Free Styling thick forest with some light rock climbing....
The first peak is straight up the NE spine of Mt. Union....1.4 miles to the Summit with a 1000' elevation gain. BOOM! This Peak is limited trailing with lots of options to free style with some light rock climbing. There is an out house at the top. We will take PNF trail #284 about a mile to the southern saddle of Mt. Davis and free style the entire spine and descent back to trail #285 back to the trailhead...total distance 4 miles full circle. Then we will drive over to Walker Road & Senator Highway and hike the East Face Spine up Mt. Tritle. There is no trail. On the first saddle is the abandoned SUNDANCE MINE. This route is 1.45 miles (just under 3 miles round trip) with an elevation gain of 1250'.
This is considered an Intermediate to Advanced Hike and not recommended for beginners. Long pants are recommended as Davis and Tritle have no trails and have lots of thorny oak bushes (AZ Pinstripes).
A good set of gloves are recommended for rock climbing. The temps will be in the 50's then into the 60's. Layering up is recommended.
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