The Prescott area is laced with hiking trails. With the available options, it may be a while before I repeat some of the hikes.
A year ago, the Yarnell fire claimed 19 lives of a fire fighting hot shot team from Prescott. Memorials of those who died can be found in many places from downtown to the hiking trails.
This memorial was on the Goldwater Lake Trail. Within the center of the heart and barely visible is the number 19.
The risk of fire from a lightening bolt is a very real threat considering the very dry conditions. After a relatively dry and mild winter, the summer monsoons are awaited with anticipation.
On one of the several hikes I took, I stopped to chat with a couple who were seated on a rock by an area that should have been a small creek. They commented to me that in the 35 years they have lived in Prescott, this is the first time they were at this creek and there was no water.
With lots of hiking trails, hiking will be an every other day event awaiting the summer monsoon rains.