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Great short hike. Steep depending on which directions taken (clockwise or counter clockwise). From Feb through mid-July parts of the trail are closed for the falcons breeding cycle. Great way to get your day started off right. Be aware there is a parking fee at the trailhead.

Whew! Just finished with 2 dogs, 7 and 12 year olds! Everything went great (counter clockwise) all 7 miles under 3 hours until...the last .25 miles the dogs were accosted by javelinas. We scared them away and made it out safe! Heed the wildlife warnings!

Pretty. Hardly saw another soul. Reliable sources of water this time of year.

I did the whole thing starting at 260 TH to Pine in about 3 and a half days. The trail was beautiful with many opportunities for water and camping. Certain parts are very poorly marked. It seemed like I'd have to search for the trail again everytime I crossed a wash. Luckily it had just rained and I was able to follow other's footprints.

Omg what a perfect morning. Prescott was buried in fog, but Spruce Mtn was bright and clear. Got started at 5:30 am, 37F and brilliant starlight at the trailhead. Had a couple of false starts following blue tree blazes in the darkness. Once I caught the trail had no more issues. Pretty sunrise at the watch tower. Loved it.

Beautiful views, but the trail is not marked at all, so it was impossible for us to finish the loop. The forest service is currently clearing brush in the area and the trail is unrecognizable at the start. We tried going counterclockwise and made it about 200 yards before the trail vanished. We went back to the trailhead and started in the other direction. At some points the trail splits in 2-3 directions. We had printed out the map but that was very little help as all these other trails are not on the map.
At one point after hiking for about an hour we realized we had just completed a loop on a completely different trail and were back to about a 1/4 mile from where we started (the 2nd time). Luckily I was able to get cell service and pulled up MapMyHike and the AllTrails app and was able to start back out again on the correct trail.
Once you start heading up the mountains there are fewer extraneous trails to get sidetracked on.
Hopefully someone comes though once the forest service is finished and is able to properly mark the trail.
Other than that, it’s beautiful and very few people were on the trail (they were probably lost!) and the trail is covered in quartz.

View from the top is well worth it!

Very pretty lake with mallard ducks and a few benches along one side of lake. We logged just under 3 miles around the lake, though. It’s not 2.4 mi.

17 days ago

Took 30 High School-aged boys on this hike. It was a rough road and the recommendation of high clearance vehicle was important. However, nobody needed 4WD. We found out that the cow trails were more distinctive than the hiking trails. This Trails app was excellent to help us stay on track (although we got off the trail multiple times). The views from the Verde Rim and Pine Mountain we’re absolutely amazing. We camped just West of the Pine Mountain summit. I will go back again for the challenge of doing the entire loop and staying on the trail. Would be amazing in the fall especially along Sycamore Creek.

17 days ago

i love this trail, not too difficult for beginners and so close to my home! be aware you have to pay a small fee to park though.

I love this hike . such a great workout with stunning views the whole way

Great relaxing time to take a date. One of my favorite lakes in Prescott.

1 month ago

Granville side is turning into a paved walkway with little to view other than homes.

1 month ago

Easy and pleasant hike/ walk.

The trail (IMO) is not clearly marked. I liked the views but ended up way off track.

Fun hike, pay attention there's wildlife a plenty. Going counter-clockwise makes a great workout hike as well.

I would give it a 5, but the trail was blocked off when I went. All for good reasons (preservation of the falcons), but still didn't see the full beauty of the hike!

Gnarly inclines that I wasn’t expecting, although I did have an extra ~20lbs of weight in the form of my son on my back... but definitely a must-do if you’re in Prescott. Will make you sweat!

1 month ago

total loop is 9 miles, only time for 3...wished I could have done it in its entirety

1 month ago

Not an “easy” level hike. Plan for a puzzle when you get halfway in due to overgrown, narrow, fallen tree blocking paths that come and go. we had to continually refer to the map because it continually led us in a completely different direction. It was quite enjoyable for us but I can see how it might confuse and exhaust others or possibly lead them to a life in the vast, uninhabited ponderosa forest being raised by coyotes. The path was so chaotic we witnessed a full grown Weimaraner (an intelligent beast) get utterly perplexed and unable to locate his person. Panic insued and there were treacherous rocks and ledges where the maniacal dog could’ve plunged to injury or death. Sign says kid friendly but I wouldn’t drag my toddler along nor anyone with a disability! Don’t expect to see much water either (except maybe monsoon season or in the spring when there might be a little snow run-off). enjoy the rock scrambling (see photo of one such area).

Hiked this trail from Pine TH to Geronimo TH around 8 miles one-way and turned around. I’m not a huge fan of walking the same trail in and out, but I did not have the time or gear to go the full 51 miles.

This is a nice easy trail except for the Creek, which you have to cross to do both sides of the lake, and the spillway, at the other end, which is quite wet when the lake is full

1 month ago

Great trail to start the day.

Great for beginner hikers.

Easy relaxing hike. Great place to do good morning to folks

This is by far one of our favorite Arizona trails. We always hit this one at least twice during our stay. Never crowded and pretty easy with a nice sitting area up the creek with a waterfall (maybe only in winter months) and nice views.

The 9263 trail is not a loop. It runs into the 93 trail which just keeps on going. The 95 trail is a good loop trail. The 9263 is very rocky but the vistas are beautiful !

Moderate?? This is definitely one of the hardest trails I ever did. We didn’t get to finish it cause we were strapped for time. We had snow which made it a bit worse. We went straight-up for about two hours. It was very nice views of Prescott, wish we could’ve finished the entire hike but it just kept going up, and the snow kept getting deeper. They really should change this to “hard”

1 month ago

I like this hike, but, they AllTrails should really update their "directions" which are very confusing. They should read that you will be on the FR52a for some time and then you'll see a sign for the 307 Trailhead on the right. If you have hit where the FR52a is no longer paved, you've gone to far. Again, I liked then trail, I just think it is funny that the name the forest calls it, "the 307" is nowhere to be seen on AllTrail. So, other things. it was snowy and somewhat muddy, which is to be expected this time of year. A very enjoyable, and for me, challenging trip. My trekking poles saved my life or my ankles several times. Good views, nature around, doing their thing. Only ran into a few other folks

Uphill pretty quick and then some great views on the way down. Very nice hike.

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