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    Prescott trail names and numbers--WT?

    Am I the only one? Prescott has great riding and is getting better every year, but whyyyyy do almost all the trails here NOT have names? Numbers are booooring and hard to remember and explain a route, especially for visitors and newbies to town. Even most established locals have a hard time explaining trail routes and connections.
    Named trails....Smith Ravine, Wolverton, Spruce Mtn, Peavine, Circle trail, Mint Wash.....Hermosa Creek, Sunrise, Pemberton, Gateway, Hangover, Highline, Brookbank, Schultz Cr, etc. have way more character and are easy to explain/remember.
    I can't think of any other area in the county that has so many numbered trails. Is there any interest or solution to naming our trails going forward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobZona View Post
    Am I the only one? Prescott has great riding and is getting better every year, but whyyyyy do almost all the trails here NOT have names? Numbers are booooring and hard to remember and explain a route, especially for visitors and newbies to town. Even most established locals have a hard time explaining trail routes and connections.
    Named trails....Smith Ravine, Wolverton, Spruce Mtn, Peavine, Circle trail, Mint Wash.....Hermosa Creek, Sunrise, Pemberton, Gateway, Hangover, Highline, Brookbank, Schultz Cr, etc. have way more character and are easy to explain/remember.
    I can't think of any other area in the county that has so many numbered trails. Is there any interest or solution to naming our trails going forward?
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    Best list that I know of. Hasn't been updated in awhile though.

    Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance: Prescott National Forest Trail Names

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    I couldn't stand it in CT when I lived there, the trails were colors. You had to look for the colored square on the trees. Very annoying. So riding Prescott was like a dream come true. Names are easier, I agree.
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    Most of the trails that have numbers also have names. Call them by either. It's not complicated.
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    I love the numbers. I don't know or care about names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido39 View Post
    Best list that I know of. Hasn't been updated in awhile though.

    Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance: Prescott National Forest Trail Names
    Thanks Guido, I didn't know this list existed on the PMBA site. I'm trying to hit most Thur rides plus my other days. See you out there. Name is Rob btw, on white GF 29er

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    I agree that PNF, at least in the Prescott-city vicinity, should adopt trail names. I think the numbers are ridiculous. It is an outdated system from that began by separating the area of PNF (300 means Prescott area).

    I think it would be amazing to see the trails signed with actual names. I mean, c'mon, it'd be easier for everyone -- both locals and (especially) non-locals.

    I especially like (sarcasm) the Wolverton Mountain Trail, which is just "#9415". I mean, seriously?

    Obviously, I believe this is an outdated system using numbers. I believe it would be a positive move for our mountain-biking community to have names instead of numbers.

    The key here, though, is $$$ just like everything else. I recently looked up the budget, that I found online, for how much the Little Granite Mountain Trail (perfect example here -- I DEFINITELY DO NOT KNOW THE EFF'ING # FOR THIS TRAIL) re-route cost. You know how much this .75-ish trail cost to build? $45,000! I'm a Connecticut democrat at heart, and I don't want to fuel the crazy right-wingers out here, but c'mon, $45,000 for that small portion of trail! Wow!

    Imagine how much changing all the signs would cost...

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    I guess the mtb community could come up with the names and start using them on maps, etc.. Doesn't look like the FS has any plans for naming them. The brown plastic signs could have trail name stickers attached, or painted easy enough. Cheap and easy.

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    Almost all of them have name......or 2 or 3.
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