Mount Francis Trail Forty Eight

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Mount Francis Trail Forty Eight is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Prescott, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.8 miles
1,978 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips



5 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 29, 2015

Did this trail on my unicycle. It's 3.8m one way if you shuttle. Otherwise it's some of the most grueling uphill followed by a fun downhill back.
Make sure to park just off the highway and walk or ride down that tenth mile to the trail head (unless your in a 4x4 vehicle)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mt. Francis was a very pleasant hike. There weren't more then 4-5 inclines but many very scenic views. On many spots of the trail you have a great view of Copper Basin leading into the foothills of Mt. Union and Spruce Mountain. I especially liked the area of this hike, its in a fairly dense part of the forest. Most of the hike is shaded by ponderosa trees but has brief balds with great views. I did the mount francis hike but took another trail to make an easy 7 mile loop