Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Prescott National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely a trail to do in early am at low temperatures. The views are stunning on both sides of the hike. Do 106-105a-105.
It’s definitely more that a moderate hike!

This trail was amazing. Shade from tree tops complicated and an amazing work out. Beautiful scenery. Highly recommend this trail.

horseback riding
3 days ago

A little harder than expected but a great ride in the pines. A little bit of traffic for the first mile then all alone on the trail

Nice hike for beginners such as myself. Nice views all around the lake. However, the trail is not 2.4 miles. It is closer to 3 miles.

trail running
10 days ago

Low traffic. Well maintained. Easy access. Great views.

Part of an extensive network of trails through a beautiful Pine Forest. Most of these trails are shared with mountain bikers. I had a very enjoyable hike and appreciated the shade during the hot part of the day.

Great hike. We went clockwise (right) on 95. It was perfect. Lots of shade.

The road leading to the trail head was closed off for some reason but the road itself is only about a mile long and flat so we just hoofed it. Other than that the trail itself was very nice. Nobody else was on the trail at all and the views were amazing.

trail running
13 days ago

Hot today but well covered with shade!

hiking
16 days ago

good for hiking beginners.

Just hiked this trail for the first time and i really enjoyed it. Taking the right side up is definitely easier then taking the left side up. Trail was really easy to follow well maintained and marked. Not really any great views from the top but if you're into forest hiking then this is the trail for you. lots of shade. even the ridge line is really wooded. I did the entire loop in 4.5 hrs that was with several breaks and a 40lb pack. 32oz of water was plenty for me. There is parking right at the trail head with restrooms and i believe there's no fee to park. but i could be wrong. I was dropped off. But yeah it's a great hike and I'm looking forward to doing it again. Oh yeah. one more thing. the creeks were dry. (hike date 5-5-18)

After reading other reviews I decided to do this Trail counterclockwise which is harder. If you want a more gradual incline, go clockwise.

There were times the trail was too narrow and it’s rocky throughout. I hate the small rocks since I tend to slide easily especially downhill. So the beginning was definitely like that.

I see where complaints of overgrown areas were valid but it wasn’t too bad since it’s spring. But overall this trail could use some maintenance because you want to be able to see where you walk (potential snakes). I’m glad I brought my hiking sticks.

Scenery was better than expected and shade was less than I expected. So wear sunscreen or sun hat.

Overall not a bad hike but not a repeat trail for me.

walking
29 days ago

I like this trail because it’s easy, relaxing and surprises you! When you begin the walk, it seems like it will be boring with nothing to see but construction and newly built homes. If you stick with it, and can take seeing the heartbreaking sight of land being gobbled up with new developments, at about the 2 miles mark or so, the scenery changes and it becomes beautiful. The trail into Prescott takes you to the Humane Society. One way is about 7 miles.

Suggestion:When you turn onto Santa Fe Loop, into the development to catch the beginning of the trail, do not park in the first parking spaces on the right. Continue down the road until you come to the dog park on the left. Park here on right gravel lot.

fantastic trail.some elevation, lots of trees and shade.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sight!

Gorgeous trail up Spruce Mt! Started at 7am and it was very peaceful. Birds singing their morning songs and the sun rising over the mt. Saw a lot of deer hanging out, some right in the middle of the trail. The weather was perfect! One of my favorites so far for sure!

I think it is a fairly boring trail. We did the clockwise loop, and after you climb and reach the top there are no more views...just forest walk. It's nice but nothing more. Note, there are two parking areas, so if you come from Prescott valley keep going beyond the the marked All Trails parking area, there is another one right behind the curve to your left.

This is my favorite hike in the Prescott area. I've done the out and back to the top of Spruce Mountain but I enjoyed this loop even more. Saw about 10 deer running through the forest. This was in the afternoon. Started about 10 a.m. Weather was great. Love all the pine trees, the great smells and listening to the wind through the trees and, of course, the spectacular view at the top. Will do this one again and again.

Fabulous hiking. For older not in great hiking shape people like me, it was a bit of a challenge. Somehow went the wrong way right from the beginning and wound up hiking 2 miles out of our way. Understand now counter-clockwise is definitely the harder way. Was a little disappointed watch tower at top of mountain was closed. Must not be open on weekends. One more thing - I think the All Trails directions get you to trail 377. Trail. Trail 307 (Grooms) is at the 6.5 mile mark from Gurley St.

Reminds me of Michigan!

I loved the trail itself. Lovely views and a nice hike that I'll do again. HOWEVER. The hike was made unenjoyable when the entire time the unpleasant thump of bass from music pumped out of the boat rental shack followed me. Even when far back in the various coves the banging followed.

Great trail with views. Road leading up to trailhead was closed which added another mile (one way) to the hike. No trail markers but the trail is clearly visible.

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!

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.

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.

walking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Easy and pleasant hike/ walk.

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

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

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