Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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

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!

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.

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

hiking
13 days 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
15 days ago

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.

hiking
19 days ago

Never been hiking before, easy trail to start on.

hiking
21 days ago

fun trail not to long or difficult

Reminds me of Michigan!

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

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.

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!

backpacking
1 month 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.

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!

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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).

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail to start the day.

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 !

hiking
2 months ago

I like this hike, but 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 AllTrails. 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

This is a good trail for some incline training. This trail is well maintained and offers a spectacular view of Prescott; as well as the surrounding Mountain range. I would highly recommend this trail for anyone interested in a good cardio workout or for anyone who just wants to enjoy the scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail. Paved and/or nice wide trail. Easy trail to take kids on. Great views of the valley below from the top.

3 months ago

Excellent hike, great views from the top!

3 months ago

This trail is closed from December 1st through March or July, (for Bald Eagle nesting) I forgot what the barricade said. It may be a great trail but it would be nice if they noted it was seasonal so people don’t plan on a trip out there and not be able to hike it.

A lot steeper than I thought it would be, but the views at the top made it worth it!

Definitely glad that we had a high clearance 4WD truck to get to the trailhead I wouldn’t try to drive here with anything less- the road is washed out with large rocks and steep hills especially towards the end. The hike was beautiful, there is water flowing in sycamore creek along Nelson trail. Went out and back Nelson Trail to Willow Spring Trail to Verde Rim Trail to the summit. Trail was hard to follow in some spots since there are no cairns or trail marker. Didn’t see anyone else on the road out to the trailhead or on the trail, would love to plan a backpacking trip here.

4 months ago

great heart-pumping hike if you take the left side trail at the beginning. paved trail on this left side which was nice. excellent views.

I grew up here and it was a bit difficult to see the view littered with houses, instead of pristine forest. Great views of the surrounding area. Definitely remember to go right for an easier hike. The switch backs up the side of the mountain are no joke if you go left.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty fun hike. Relatively easy loop. We had a good time climbing up Tom’s Thumbs. Nice views of the area. Hike was a 4 but the free climbing option made it a 5. Easy parking area with a small fee.

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