October 10, 2017, Prescott-
I revised my Fall Break plans, a bit, so as to attend a gathering of Slow Food-Prescott, this evening. it’s been a while since I’ve connected with that group, and missing two other meetings that I attend on a regular basis is an act of triage, so to speak. So, Wednesday and Thursday will find me afield.
Getting back to the subject of the title, Prescott’s Wolverton Mountain lies about a mile south of Copper Basin Road, on the west side of town. I passed by it, a year ago, whilst hiking the main part of Prescott Circle Trail, intending to come back and hike the spur trail, on an odd afternoon.
Sunday provided that odd afternoon. I was just about done with the post-monsoon weed pulling, in my back yard, so it was high time to get back into the woods. Up Copper Basin I went, and found the expanded parking area at Aspen Creek Trailhead. The trail towards White Spar is across the road, taking the hiker to the junction with Wolverton Mountain Trail, 3/4 of a mile southward.
There is a smidgen of Fall foliage to be enjoyed, near a small rock outcropping and cave that lie along a tributary of Aspen Creek.
Around a few corners and slight inclines, I located the spur trail leading to the south summit of Wolverton, after taking short bushwack to its trail-less north counterpart. The north summit offers a fine view of Granite Mountain, always an inspiration.
You can see that Wolverton has been ravaged by bark beetles, in recent years. Still, there was a stand of Fall colours, nearby.
The south summit proved a bit less impressive, but any mountain is worth exploring, at least once. There is what appears to be a defunct watch station and water tank, carefully fenced-off.
It was a pleasant return to the trail, anyway, and the presence of a few late bloomers added to the sense of allure.
There are a few more local peaks, still on my radar- Hyde Peak and Pine Mountain being the most notable, and a return to Harquahala Peak, in La Paz County, beckons sometime this winter.
In the meantime, a two-day jaunt eastward will bring some treasures into view, followed by three weekends devoted to honouring the Creator and His Messengers.