Looking for a great trail in Prescott National Forest, Arizona? AllTrails has 54 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 36 moderate trails in Prescott National Forest ranging from 0.9 to 16.6 miles and from 2,555 to 7,821 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Great hike but if you have a tall vehicle or 4wd it is recommended to get to the gate head and knock off a little bit of the road. Overall amazing trail Be sure to heed the rock designs because they point to the trail that leads to the tree when it forms in two directions. Beautiful memorial

hiking
rocky
21 hours ago

Always love doing this trail. if you have bad knees I highly recommend you going clockwise, it's much steeper but easier on the knees coming back down. The very top of the Butte is closed from Feb to middle of July for Falcon nesting. The trail is usually busy on the weekend especially in the morning. Sucks that you have to pay $5 to park but other than that it's a great hike!

Beautiful trail. Ran into quite a few mountain bikers who were very friendly. I had to stop several times even going in the counterclockwise direction but I'm a beginner hiker. We made it to the big rock before the rocky climb. My hiking partner could have made it all the way without stopping. Beautiful views, great weather. Will try again for sure!

hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy hike that was easy for our kids and dog to walk around. Fun to watch kayakers and wildlife on the lake.

off road driving
closed
1 day ago

Bumpy road, great views. Locked gates at the end, had to ask to drive through a local’s land to get back to the road.

hiking
1 day ago

Bring a lunch and make an entire day of it. Once you are on top the views are heavenly. Such a fun group hike. It’s can get hot durning the day so wear a sun hat and protection from the sun and plenty of water.

hiking
1 day ago

Hard steep path to get up on half of the loop with space to rest. Being from out of town the elevation really gets to me. The view is outstanding.

This was a pretty easy moderate. Great for a trail run, nice views from the ridge.

Beautiful, moderate trail. Thursday traffic on summer is minimal. Be sure to have good map and gps. There are many trails out here, map is definitely helpful. Falls, spring and Flora simply beautiful.

hiking
bugs
4 days ago

We clocked this trail at 14.6 miles, a lot longer than indicated here. It was not a technical trail at all, more a "lively" hike through woods, a stroll around the lake, and a decent incline at the end. I think in terms of natural beauty, there are a lot prettier trails in the area, such as Spruce Mountain in Groom Creek, Granite Mountain, and Goldwater Lake. There are also many dogs on the loop part around the lake, some leashed and some not. In general, this trail was too busy for us; we prefer more remote hikes. The other sour part was the extremely rude gentleman at the Lynx Lake Café, who shooed us off the picnic tables (there weren't any trespassing signs or indications that the tables were part of the café) while we stopped to take a brief rest. Just too many people.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. Popular with mountain bikers. saw only one other hiker the whole time. Great views of Thumb Butte and Granite Mountain. Definitely will be added as a favorite for this area.

bird watching
rocky
5 days ago

What a beautiful sunset hike this was. Today I took the clockwise route for a couple of miles. Contrary to previous reviews, it seems to me that counterclockwise ascends more steeply at the beginning. The bottom line is, which ever route you take, the climbing is at the beginning and the stunning elevation views are at the back of the loop. On the clockwise direction you follow a stream if there has been recent rains or it’s early in the season; the disadvantage is it also hugs 89A more closely for a good portion of that 1st mile. The counterclockwise direction takes you immediately away from the highway. This was a mid June hike and any number of flowers- agave, too- are blooming at the higher elevations., even the prickly pear. Species seen: Scrub Jays, Black tailed Gnatcatcher’s, Vireo, Yellow Warbler, and even three Painted Redstarts!

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

great hike! not as much shade as we thought there would be. easy to get off trail If not paying attention. lots of cool creeks along the way. very Rocky with some decent uphill portions

Awesome!

Beautiful quiet trail and well marked most of the way. Glad I kept my map open for the places that it wasn’t so well mapped. I’d say the trail is correctly rated as Moderate. We did see the falls, they were just dripping but pretty

hiking
9 days ago

lot of quartz on the upper half

I hiked this on a Wednesday and only saw one other person hiking. There were a few people down by the lake enjoying the hot weather. I saw two deer about 2 miles in and another one on my way back. The whole trail is forested, although you’re sun exposed a good majority of the time. I would agree with the easy rating. There’s a nice surprise of a waterfall at about mile three. I sat down to enjoy it and left my hiking poles resting against a rock. If you come across them and would like to return them I would be appreciative. You can contact me at pam@mountainsiclimb.com Enjoy the hike!

Nice easy hike. Saw mom and baby deer and several very large squirrels. We stopped a little past the waterfall area (didn't see your hiking sticks, Pam; did look for them). Temperature was on the verge of being too hot but shady areas provided adequate relief. Several bikers and only two other hikers.

Hiked this with our dog and it’s such an incredible hike! I can’t wait to go back and do it again. It took us 2 hours to hike out and back-packed light wind breakers because the top was a bit windy and water with some snacks. Moderate trail the whole way and incredible views!

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike beautiful views. Little annoying flies. Hike up was a bit warm. Overall a great hike. Under 3 hours started from the camp ground.

I took my three kids (ages 7,5,&2) on this trail. It was really nice! Beautiful scenery and easy to navigate.

Lovely little hike with plenty of shade under beautiful tall trees. Bikes and horses share the trail. Towards the end the trail markings get sparse.

hiking
no shade
13 days ago

Step uphill climb which I think is better to do first. Then a smooth still back down the other way. It's a better workout and easier on the knees.

Great trail! Easy to get to following the AllTrails direction and the road to the trailhead is completely paved. The trail is really well maintained and easy to follow, and every few miles you get a reminder that you are still on trail 307. My Fitbit put the total elevation with all the ups and downs at 1950 elevation, and the hike was closer to 10 miles. I went counterclockwise and am glad I did- the other direction has tons of switchbacks. Went on a 86 degree day with 2 liters of water but I should have brought 3. Expect to be mostly in the sun. Even saw 4 deer near the beginning

pretty hike around the lake. it did take about an hour. we started on the east side. it's a little more difficult than the west as some have mentioned. next time we will bring snacks to enjoy near the water at the picnic area which about the half way mark.

Not for mountain bikes at all! I suppose an ATV or dirtbike would work. Nothing but huge chunk rocks throughout, and the trail is constantly shaped into a creek bed with very high walls (from the water erosion) walked my bike through 80% of this trail. Couple decent flat areas to pick up speed and a little rhythm. Definitely no single track. It’s also mostly super soft sand/grain to mush out your tires and speed. I guess ride this if you want a juggernaut workout.

Loved this trail! Lots of trees, shade, inclines, and a cool Watch Tower. Go counter clockwise so the tower is toward the end. We were lucky enough to catch the fire guard on tour and she graciously gave us a tour of the tower and explained her work.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

took my 2 puppies out there for a lunch hike. it was about 80 today, good early June weather. there was not much water at all. Creek was a small steady flow but not deep at all. dogs walked through it easily. falls we're a disappointment with all the previous rain and snow but it is summer time. the drive - nice and scenic dort road drive overlooking the valley. be careful because there were a couple of quads and ATVs that we're driving a little too quickly for an almost 2 lane road with blind corners. look for the metal gate on the left and Park road side the hike - very easy hike. no shade in the beginning but once you get to the trees there's ample shade. trail is very Rocky and can be done in sneakers but boots would be better if you're worried about twisting an ankle. as another poster said cross the tiny Creek and look for a split off trail to the right between a cut log. this will take you to the top of the falls. plenty of small patches to sit wand eat lunch and relax

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

Took trail 396 to White Spar campground, took 5 miles to get there. Very beautiful hike and was only 1 of 3 other hikers on the trail. This route is very popular with mountain bikers so make sure you listen for them when you cross a bend in the trail. You can easily see Gold water lake from the beginning of the hike and about halfway you run into a small pond which is a nice place to take a break and enjoy the views. 3 to 4 miles into the trail becomes very eerie bc of the flat terrain and the hundreds of pines surrounding you but I loved it.

Easy and nice loop

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