in 2012, this trail gives recognization to the 100th birth date of the
State of Arizona. Like other trails within the City of Prescott, this
one was constructed by the "Over the Hill Gang" under the direction of
Trails Specialist Chris Hosking. But, unlike other trails in the Granite
Dells area, this one, though outside of the Dells, has much of their
Uniquely, however, this one lies within the boundaries of two
residential developments, Enchanted Canyon and The Preserve. There is an
easement through open space within the former and a purchase of about
34 acres from the latter. Together the two contiguous routes represent a
truly astonishing accomplishment through some of the toughest terrain
in this highland region.
I have hiked in this area for the last 20 years and have come to
realize that the only way to navigate through much of it to "bushwack"
through almost impenetrable chaparral. The new trail has been cut as a
narrow corridor, snaking it's way through and among the maze of giant
boulders in a deeply fractured landscape. This trail has made it
possible to navigate through this dramatic landscape on a splendid trail
without have to crawl or tear through it.
If you are using a GPS, here are the two trailhead Lat-Long Coordinates:
W34°33.4' N112°29.4 (east trailhead)
W34°33.5' N112°30.3(west trailhead)
From downtown Prescott drive west on Gurley Street for about 2
miles to Gail Gardner Way. Turn north at the traffiic light and drive
about 0.5 miles to Westridge Drive. Turn west on Westridge. The
trailhead is about 1/4 mi. on the right, a short distance past the south
fence of an RV storage lot on Gail Gardner Way.
This is not a loop trail but can be hiked as one using any of
several either dirt or paved streets within the aforementioned
residential areas. An alternative is to leave a shuttle vehicle at one
end of the trail or the other.
To access the west leg of the trail, use the directions to the
Westridge trailhead but continue past to the junction with Downer Trail
(paved). Turn left here and continue on Downer to the crash gate at
Sierry Peaks Dr. Turn right (north) on Sierry Peaks and follow it past
Ridgewood Drive to the fenced petroglyph site. The Centennial Trail
circles the glyph site around the north and south sides, then connects
to the main trail as it heads northeast from here.
From Westridge trailhead: The trail first climbs a series of
steps before heading north. It follows a winding course among the
boulder strewn terrain offering grand views of the city and the Prescott
basin. The trail is suitable for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback
At 0.5 miles a side trail provides access to a residential park on Rock Lane, a short distance from Gail Gardner.
At just under one mile, the trail takes a westerly course a
short distance from and overlooking commercial areas adjacent to Iron
Springs Road. The trail then crosses a small wooden bridge before
heading in a more southwesterly direction. Just prior to crossing Kile
St. (dirt road) there is an access trail to vehicle parking on the lower
section of Kile St.
From here the trail is on an easement within Enchanted Canyon
residential development (formerly Dalke property). In steep terrain it
takes a course below and parallel to Rockwood Dr. before diving into a
densely wooded canyon thicket. This is a dramatic piece of the landscape
with three canyon crossings before reaching the petroglyh site adjacent
to Ridgewood Dr. Just before reaching this site the trail splits into
two short segments circling the petroglyph rock.
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Steps to overlook