Spruce Mountain via Groom Creek Loop (#307)

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Prescott National Forest

Spruce Mountain via Groom Creek Loop (#307) is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.8 miElevation gain1,637 ftRoute typeLoop
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Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Please note that the trek clockwise is more of a challenging, steep climb.

From downtown Prescott, take Gurley Street east to Mt. Vernon Avenue. Take Mt. Vernon (Senator Highway, Forest Road #52) south for approximately 6.5 miles to Groom Creek. Trailhead for Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 is east across Forest Road #52 from the campground.

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Paul Mingus
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Contrary to everyone’s advice Go clockwise to get the steep hike out of the way versus going down it when your legs are tired. Just my thoughts...

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Janis Banes
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Did the 10 mile loop clockwise and we were glad to get the eg done first, have a picnic lunch at the top and finish the longer downhill trek after refueling. Be sure to go up to the fire watch tower for the views!

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Colleen Peterson
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Excellent trail! I did the loop counterclockwise as others have suggested and found that it was not at all too steep. A bit rocky on the way down but overall an amazing hike with incredible views at the top! Very little traffic on the trail which was a pleasant surprise considering it’s a beautiful weekend afternoon.

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Jami Wiley
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Great trail. Super technical in spots. Definite burner for the horses. Saw hikers and mountain bikers as well. Everyone was super respectful.

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Laurie Knutsen
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A beautiful day to hike up and back on trail 307 to the fire lookout. Trails are dry and ready to use

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Chip McLaughlin
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Very tough long hike Done it many times. Lots and Lots of big beautiful spruce and ponderosa pine. we went counter-clockwise as I always do. Much steeper climb. Views are some of the best you will see in Prescott. Be sure to hike all the way to the fire tower for the biggest 360 degree views. Always a great hike. one of my five most favorite.

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koal grandy
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Marge Rider
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Great

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Linda Jean Fenner
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3-21-21 Camped Overnight and hit the trail at 7:45 am. Beautiful scenic trail with Pines and some snow...ended the loop with a little running creek.

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Cindy Anderson
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Great hike, a little snow but easytowalj th ruin just boots

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Kelli Geil
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Ashley Giersz
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John Rogowski
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Great trail

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Christian Hoyt
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Snowy! Bring good boots.

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Aaron Tsosie
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Derik Minard
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Awesome!

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Joan Zheng
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Chris Maldarella
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January 13, 2021. Excellent. Beautiful day, challenging clockwise, great views and almost no one else out there. Very refreshing.

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C Ret
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Beautiful trail. Perfect weather

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C Ret
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adam Yarnes
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Kathleen Sprattler
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Scott Johnson
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Great hike, bring poles, dry shirt and socks to change at the top.

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adam Yarnes
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Gary Scott
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Trevor Wade
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Ashley Wallinger
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Beautiful, shaded trail with some great climbs! I ran this as an out and back starting clockwise from the trailhead because I started in the afternoon, and going clockwise is a shorter, steeper route to the top. There was a bit of snow on the trail in parts on 11/27 but it wasn’t slippery and it made for a fun, challenging trail run.

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Sammy Hernandez
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i liked this trail... its only 1,600ft. high so it’s a decent hike. the view at the tower on those rocks is crazy beautiful. the sky was downcast and many areas of burnt trees, chopped up logs, was sad to see. overall, prescott does not disappoint

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