Bannon Creek Trail to Trail #396

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Bannon Creek Trail to Trail #396 is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Prescott, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.1 miles
649 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





This is a nice 5 mile hike with the possibility of being longer if you have more time.  Park at Goldwater Lake Park and start your hike on the Bannon Creek Trail which traverses along the shore of the Upper Goldwater Lake.  Near the bridge on the Bannon Creek Trail, take a short side trail that connects with Prescott National Forest Trail #396, a trail that is popular with mountain bikers.  At the spring, you can let your dogs splash around for a bit before heading back to Goldwater Lake Park.  Trail #396 continues for several more miles to the White Spar Campground, so this hike could easily be extended into a 9-10 mile out and back trip.  Enjoy!

2 months ago

Nice easy trail for me and my older pup. The creek was a bit disappointing but the views were lovely anyway. The trail gets plenty of shade in the earlier hours, but gets a lot of sun in the afternoon. The directions were slightly misleading, you don't follow any side trails after the bridge, just follow the main trail around the lake and keep going straight after you pass the Lake. There is a small (3$) fee to park at the lake.

1 month ago