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.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,637 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

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.

Nice moderate trail with decent incline to the top. Views are spectacular, great trail in all.

Wonderful hike through the forest . View is fantastic at the top. Took us 5 hours and we went up the steep side clockwise . Passed 3 people on the trail- very secluded . Parking lot was packed by the time we got back . We left at 5:30am.

I always like this trail we hiked it in April this year and the weather was perfect not as green as its in August but the creek was running and there was a small waterfall. Perfect day during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Couldn’t find the place that we hike last time but I just walked along the road on top of a mountain for 4 miles

6 mile side rocky.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike today. Trail was dry and the tent was perfect.

Very nice. I hiked counterclockwise. It is 6 miles to the top. Very nice trial going up. Great lunch stop on top. On way down the trail Was not as nice. A lot of rocks, but overall a great hike. It was a perfect day. Started at 50 and finished at 67 degrees

3.7.20 - The hike was moderately challenging. The incline levels out toward the top. I would definitely do this hike again. Some snow especially in shaded areas. There were a bunch of lady bugs at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Very scenic and very easy going. Saw some snow up top today!

Great hike

snow
4 months ago

Best sunrise hike in town! This is just the time to get up to the peak from parking. Hike started shortly after 6am; majority of trip done in low light condition with quarter loom. Party of 5: one person had just moved up from sea level and another party member was a 12 year old girl. Three sub-5 minute breaks were taken en route. Both did this fairly easily. Solid moderate trail worth the work.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely trail. Really nice walk through the woods with frequent views and a big vista at the top. Very well marked. The steeper part of the trail is a little rocky in parts, but isn’t dangerous.

a beautiful Trail I would definitely recommend. Great view at the top

hiking
7 months ago

A joy of a trail! I traveled clockwise to enjoy the shorter hike up, with a longer but gentler and relaxing hike down.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing hike! So much beauty, and so quiet! We only saw one other person on the trail. Some rocky areas along the way, but nothing too challenging with good shoes. A really spiritual experience!

hiking
7 months ago

Loved this trail especially for this time of year! The temperature is perfect right now and it’s basically all shaded in forest. So many lady bugs at the top so be on the lookout for that

hiking
7 months ago

really great hike this time of year! perfect weather, cute little acorns, some pretty wild flowers and amazing view points on the way to the top. We thought we were just doing the Groom trail but turned out to be midway through this spruce trail when we checked on our location. what was intended to be a quick 3.5 mile hike turned into 7.5. No complaints though, this was a beautiful hike!

hiking
7 months ago

So beautiful! Lots of lady bugs at the top and has a gorgeous forest atmosphere

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing Hike!! great views. so much to see, found mushrooms allover.

We loved this trail. Well marked and easy to follow. We started the loop clockwise, made it to the fire lookout and due to time restrictions, came down the same way. The 3.5 miles up is pretty steep and has so many beautiful sites along the way. Next time I’ll do the trail counterclockwise and make sure I find the cabin along the way. The restrooms and picnic tables near the lookout was a nice surprise too for a little lunch break. This is a perfect hike for fall.

hiking
8 months ago

Was able to run most of the trail. Some portions were either to steep or rocky, but easily hiked. Went clockwise so was able to enjoy mostly downhill after the 3.5 mile lookout. Only saw two people on the trail. Round trip time 2 hours 18 min.

hiking
9 months ago

Tougher and took longer than we thought. Took a lot of water and almost drank it all. Pretty open and sunny at the bottom. Trail marking near Groom Creek trailhead were hard to follow as there are lots of spider trails and horse paths - tough to know which route was correct.

horseback riding
rocky
9 months ago

Destroyed my horses hooves, even with shoes on. The horses were shaking when we got to the summit and we still had 6 miles to go. No water @ the summit. Not a fan.

recorded Recording - Aug 03, 10:44 AM

hiking
9 months ago

Lovely hike. arrived around 7am on a Saturday. saw a few hikers and several horses. brought our 2 dogs. the first 4ish miles are the main ascent and it's kinda tough, but totally worth it. would love to return in autumn or winter.

hiking
10 months ago

Longer but beautiful! It took me about 3 hours 45 minutes to complete the loop.

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked this trail clockwise, which was the harder way to go. It was very steep, and exhausting! However, the view once at the top was worth it. We hiked up below the lookout tower to get the best view- Absolutely gorgeous!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail if you are looking to escape Phoenix for the day. I hike regularly 10-15 miles on the weekend with my dad. We did the hike clockwise in 3.5 hours including a little stop at the lookout tower. The extra altitude did add a bit of extra effort but not enough to be very noticeable. I understand now why people recommend counterclockwise as going clockwise you hit the tower 3.6 miles in making the next 6 miles a little boring towards the end. The tower IS occupied but the gal on duty was very accommodating in letting us peek up top. Plenty of shade going up, but on the south side you do get some good sun exposure. Very well marked and easy to follow. We hiked on 7.13.19 and saw some pretty amazing lady bug hatches at the summit as well. Hundreds gathered on top of rocks and branches. Worth the trip! Just watch out for rain clouds as those can move in quick.

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