Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

horseback riding
1 day 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

on Thumb Butte Trail 33

hiking
3 days ago

Great workout! This is my favorite hike when I only have about an hour.

Go left at the beginning for a slow, steep hike up. Continue on the loop for an easier descent. With kids, under 10, the loop takes about an hour and a half. Up and back down the steep side is about 45 minutes to an hour for the typical adult.

East out of Pine TH along Highline Trail. Turned up the Donahue Trail - that was a tough climb. Some of Donahue were hard to see due to overgrowth.

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
7 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
11 days ago

Hot today but well covered with shade!

We tried to do this trail today but could not find it off of FR 53. After much searching we decided to climb using East Copper Trail #260 which is obviously an ATV trail with lots of loose rocks and deep cuts in the trail. After ascending this trail when we got about half way up we found signs of Trail #48 that intersected Trail #260 but it was obvious this trail has not been used in a very long time. On our way back down we took what we thought was the old Trail #48 which cut a significant distance off of the descent. However, the trail was very overgrown with grass, desert brush, prickly pear and loose rock. You had to watch every footfall to keep from falling.

This area is very pretty but it does not have much tree cover like we were hoping and on a very warm day in the 80's it was hot and a real trudge all the way to the top. A better hike might have been just on FR 53 up the end and back versus either #260 or what was left of #48.

hiking
14 days ago

good for hiking beginners.

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.

260TH to Pine TH. In other words, the whole thing, which following the updated trail and reroute, was 54.5 miles according to my GPS. Takes 3-5 days depending on your ability and weather cooperation. Although there were many, many dry creek crossings along the length of the hike, water was still pretty reliable for most of it (first week of May 2018) although you'd be smart to carry a couple liters at all times. Saw almost no one in my 4 days... one other solo chick hiker (good for you girl) and a group doing the AZT. Weather sucked day 3 with rain, snow, hail and everything in between which boxed me in in a waterless area feeling like survivorman catching rain water. Makes the finish line seem that much more awesome. End rant, be prepared, it's rugged country and around the midpoint of the trail you really are pretty far removed from any other humans. Saw deer and scads of elk and one small black bear and some of my favorite birds like grosbeaks, towhees, warblers, and hummers. Anyhow, I'm done with getting my butt kicked by this trail for now, maybe again come fall! Hiked with my little dog, beware the paws on all that abrasive rock. Mine wore boots for about half of each day's hike but we were both pretty gimpy at the end. Otherwise very dog friendly if your dog is in shape for it.

Great hike. Except I kept getting lost. The trail is not marked correctly and there are several different trailers leading to dead ends or elsewhere.

Great hike that took about an hour even with stops! I recommend going to the right when starting. If you go to the left the whole first half is straight uphill verses the gradual incline the other way!

Beautiful hike. I grew up in Prescott and love it here. Nice views, easy to follow trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sight!

Here to work on my section of the AZT the best section on the whole 800 miles⛰

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.

Great view of the city but nothing to write home about.

hiking
1 month ago

Depends upon which side you choose to start, it can either be an easy or difficult start. The paved path becomes steeper and steeper, while gravel and paved path is easy. Anyway provides beautiful view of Prescott.

hiking
1 month ago

Never been hiking before, easy trail to start on.

Did this hike for the first time Easter Sunday, did not see anyone for a total of 8 miles. It is a well established trail, you can't get lost, very scenic the farther you go. It is very gradual in elevation, would not consider it difficult, maybe moderate but more because of distant. You have to drive 2 miles on a good dirt road to get to the small dirt parking lot. I would recommend this hike, we enjoyed it. Something a little different than desert hiking in Phoenix Valley.

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 short hike and can be challenging. At the right time of day the trail can be relatively quiet.

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.

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!

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.

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