OverviewMount Union is the highpoint of the Bradshaw Mountains. This mountain is located in the Prescott National Forest about ten miles southeast of Prescott. The heavily forested Bradshaw Mountains are crisscrossed with trails, roads, and recreation sites. A road leads all the way to the summit of Mount Union, where a fire lookout is located. The summit also has several radio towers on it. Mount Union is not a scenic mountain, and it barely stands out against its neighbors. It's really just a nondescript, rounded hump that just happens to be higher than everything else around it. Mount Union's main claim to fame is being the highpoint of Yavapai County. However, new field of Prominence has made Mount Union a more important mountain. With a prominence of 2,939', it's big enough to make an appearance on the Arizona Prominence Map.
Getting ThereFrom Prescott, drive about five miles south on AZ 89. Turn left when you reach the green road sign that says: Wolf Creek - 6 miles. This is County Road 101. Drive southeast on the good dirt road. After six miles, you'll reach the Wolf Creek Campgrounds. About a half mile past the campgrounds, you'll reach the intersection with County Road 56. This road is also known as Forest Road 52 or the Senator Highway. Mount Union is about seven miles from here, and the intersection elevation is 6,300'. If you want to climb Mount Union, this would be a good place to park. Otherwise, you can continue driving up the mountain. You can drive to within a mile of the summit before you hit a locked gate.
Mountain ConditionsContact the Bradshaw Ranger District in Prescott at 520-443-8000 for the latest information.
Forest Service Map: Prescott National Forest.
Topo Map: Groom Creek.