Best trails in Prescott National Forest, Arizona

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Looking for a great trail in Prescott National Forest, Arizona? AllTrails has 86 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 68 moderate trails in Prescott National Forest ranging from 0.6 to 24.5 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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#1 - Lynx Lake Loop Trail
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 1 m
#2 - Thumb Butte Trail 33
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Thumb Butte Area is within the Prescott National Forest, in the Bradshaw Ranger District of Yavapai County. It offers a variety of trails as well as a picnic area. The top of the trail closes periodically for wildlife conservation and nesting. Trail 33 is open to hikers only. The trail is almost 2 miles long and is moderately difficult. Allow yourself about 1.5 hours to hike the entire trail. A short spur trail near the crest offers a good view of the Prescott area. The steep east side of the trail and a few other steep places are paved in order to minimize soil erosion. There are interpretive signs along the trail. There is a $5 parking fee at the trailhead.Show more
#3 - Spruce Mountain via Groom Creek Loop (#307)
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 3 m
#4 - Granite Mountain Trail
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 18 m
#5 - Goldwater Lakes Trail 396
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
This is a heavily trafficked biking and hiking trail. There are benches to enjoy the great view of the lake shore. The trail system is also well-marked and maintained. Show more
#6 - Copper Canyon Loop Trail 504
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
This loop trail offers excellent views with minimal effort. There are spots where it is close enough to I-17 that traffic noise can be heard overhead, but overall the trail is very quiet and seldom used. The surface is very smooth and can be hiked in a good pair of walking shoes. Temperatures in the area during the June through September can reach 105 degrees on hot afternoons, so summer hiking should be done in the early morning. It can be hiked in either direction, but the trail description is for the counterclockwise direction. The trail begins with a one mile section of moderate switchbacks then levels out as it moves along the ridge line. The best views are in this area. Some of this portion is very close to the edge of recent landslides, so exercise some caution, especially with children. The trail begins descending and at 2.6 miles crosses a dry creek bed. Turn left to go back to the parking lot along a level stretch for 1.3 miles or turn right for a side trip to a waterfall. The waterfall is spring fed and runs most of the time. The trail back to it is very rocky and requires some scrambling and water crossing. Boots are highly recommended on this short spur.Show more
#7 - North Mingus Loop Trail
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. Hikers can park by the gate and continue on the road to the trailhead to begin the hike. For an easier hike, head to the left (clockwise). For a steeper hike, head right (counterclockwise) The trailhead is almost at the top of the trail (the highest is about 180 feet above the parking area), though you can drive to the highest point, which has a glider launch.Show more
#8 - Giant Alligator Juniper Trail
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
#9 - Salida Gulch Trail
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
#10 - Little Granite Mountain Loop Trail
Prescott National Forest
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
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