Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Prescott with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It is a beautiful shady hike, but nowhere near 7.5 miles. We ended up taking a short cut along the dam road north of the Goldwater Lakes, and ended up with 9.3 miles. My estimate of the full route, following Feldmeier #330 rather than the dam road, would be closer to 16 miles.

Great long hike, nice tall trees and pretty lake for fishing or a quick dip for the pup!Thunder and lighting was pretty active that day, you could tell that some strikes had occurred in the forest recently along the trail.
The trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot on the right once you pull in to White Spur. Trail signage is good until the lake, then some GPS guidance is helpful. We ended up taking trail #330 around to finish the loop, took about 3 hours. We encountered possibly 10 hikers and encountered as many mountain bikers. Lots of flowers and a few wild apples trees!

Easy trail to follow and nice walk

This is an okay trail when dry but the ground is filled with burrs and isn't too dog foot friendly. Evening hikes are very buggy.

Fun hike! Pretty easy, has some good views and shady parts of the trail.

Great hike. We went clockwise (right) on 95. It was perfect. Lots of shade.

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.

Great hike with great views! Not much of an incline but you still get high enough to see over all the trees! Not many people were on the trail so that was nice!

5 months ago

i love this trail, not too difficult for beginners and so close to my home! be aware you have to pay a small fee to park though.

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 !

Good hike...will return to do trail #94 as we didn’t have time today.

9 months ago

Secluded and quiet with beautiful Mountain Views. I️ wouldn’t recommend for children under 5’ because they will get whacked in the face with branches the whole time. Long sleeves are recommended. Need a high clearance vehicle to get to the trail. We passed one jeep coming out to the trail and he said the road was rougher than it used to be. Didn’t see anyone else on the road oor on the trail. :) lots of animal prints but no wildlife spotted. Felt safe with a pistol just in case :-D

mountain biking
10 months ago

primarily a one way loop trail, the first 1.5 - 2 miles is slight increase in elevation after that it's a fast windy downhill portion. great views once at the top

I went left. Followed the creek. Return was all downhill. Glad I didn't go that way. Not very scenic most of the time.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Directions note: when using Google Maps to route to the trailhead, do NOT take Old Black Canyon Highway route! This way dead ends at a locked gate just before the parking area. Use Walker Road instead to get to the trailhead parking.

If I had not started us off on the wrong (#9263) trail, this would have been the 95 Trail Loop. After leaving the trailhead and crossing Lynx Creek, go thru the gate and look on the right for the 95 trail marker. We did this trail clockwise, which would take you up the creek first. We were able to rejoin the 95 from the 9263 via the 94, just before the halfway point. The western portion of the loop is VERY rocky; more horse trail than hiking trail. Sore feet after (even with sturdy boots). Came across a rattlesnake on the trail in the shadows on the western, sunny part of the loop. Be careful!

Not a lot of water in the gulch right now, even after monsoon rains last week.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Trail was in great shape and afforded amazing views of the Prescott area.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Start on loop to the right first half of trail takes you uphill. Last half takes you down and then along small creek that runs into Lynx creek. Nice trail.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fun hike to some Indian rock art if you can find it

on Salida Gulch Trail

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Moderate day hike recommend clockwise loop. Nice views at high points looking north east. Hiking time about 2 hours. Trail head at end of parking lot just past gate trail 95 on right

Friday, December 18, 2015

This is a great canyoneering trail. You will need ropes for about 60 ft. of repelling.

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

trail running
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Back side of thumb butte. Good for trail running. Lots of nice trees to keep it shady when it's hot. Meets up with 314 to the top of thumb butte and trail 33 down to the bottom. Day use area for trail 33 is pictured. If you pass the day use area (parking fee) and park along the road there are other inlets to the trails.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

I just hiked this trail - not all of it, though. I went out 2.7 miles and then back, so total of about 5.5 miles. It's moderate, though the place where I stopped was the bottom of what had to be a 15% incline, and that's where I decided I'd had enough and headed back. It's beautiful - but a few cautions. It's very narrow and bushes, trees and dead branches hang over the trail and no way to get out of their way, so you shouldn't wear sleeveless tops, and I'd recommend long pants or at least capris rather than shorts. My arms are kind of scratched up, and while I didn't see any poison ivy not sure I'd recognize it or notice it as I'm hiking. The first mile was trees on either side and beautiful, and occasionally there'd be a break where I could view the canyon and the mountains across the way. Then I came out into a very open area where I had visibility on both sidse. The road to this hike is best suited for a high-clearance vehicle, though my Hyundai Accent made it okay, but it was about 8 miles of 10-15 miles per hour which was nerve-wracking. The directions here on the site are not exactly helpful beyond Jefferson Rd.. As you hit Jefferson, where the directions here say you'll go to Forest 67 road there is no sign that says it is that. I forget all it did say, except Senator Rd. Anyway, keep going straight after the "Jefferson St ends" sign, on to an unmaintained dirt road and when you come to a place in the road where there is a pulloff both left and right, I think about 8 miles from Jefferson Rd, you'll see a sign on the left for Trail 284 - it doesn't say so, but that's Yankee Doodle Trail. If you cross the road there's a Prescott National Forest info sign that tells you that. There is NO restroom here. Yes, it's a lovely hike, but not sure I'd have the patience for that road again.

One thing I should mention - I did not see one other person on this trail the entire time.

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