Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

Wonderful hike. Lots to look at and plenty to keep you engaged! I will be sure to do it again!

I took the left side up and enjoyed the challenge. There was an insane amount of ladybugs on the rocks around the bottom of the tower. Never seen anything like it. Small amount of water running in the creek.

Great trail for beginners or seasoned hikers. Great scenery and away from the city heat of Phoenix.

9 days ago

New favorite!

Great hike! We went counter clockwise up the more gradual incline to the lookout tower and then down. There are a couple tables and a toilet at the top. It's worth going the extra distance up to the tower and reading through the journal. Besides the length and the elevation change its really a realitivley easy hike and well maintained trail that is well marked. We only came across 5 or 6 people so plenty of soltitude for being so close to town.

Easy trail to follow and nice walk

mountain biking
1 month ago

Really fun ride. Lots of loose rock and steep climbs. Technical down hill.

hiking
1 month ago

My dog loved this loop trail, it was one of her first longer hikes. The birds were beautiful. I’m glad I got to go before it gets too hot

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! At the top we went left onto trail 307 and took it 3.5 miles to the start of groom creek. Very neat views and terrain. Mostly shaded but could get a bit hot at times. Be cautious of mountain bikes and horse back riders they come through fast. We also saw 7 deer which was a cool sight

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

Solid hiking spot, very popular mountain biking spot also.
Trail easy to follow, moderate rating is accurate, nice payoff at the end.
Saw a number of colorful birds, and a deer.

This trail was amazing. Shade from tree tops complicated and an amazing work out. Beautiful scenery. Highly recommend this trail.

horseback riding
2 months ago

A little harder than expected but a great ride in the pines. A little bit of traffic for the first mile then all alone on the trail

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

trail running
2 months ago

Hot today but well covered with shade!

Just hiked this trail for the first time and i really enjoyed it. Taking the right side up is definitely easier then taking the left side up. Trail was really easy to follow well maintained and marked. Not really any great views from the top but if you're into forest hiking then this is the trail for you. lots of shade. even the ridge line is really wooded. I did the entire loop in 4.5 hrs that was with several breaks and a 40lb pack. 32oz of water was plenty for me. There is parking right at the trail head with restrooms and i believe there's no fee to park. but i could be wrong. I was dropped off. But yeah it's a great hike and I'm looking forward to doing it again. Oh yeah. one more thing. the creeks were dry. (hike date 5-5-18)

hiking
2 months ago

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!

fantastic trail.some elevation, lots of trees and shade.

Gorgeous trail up Spruce Mt! Started at 7am and it was very peaceful. Birds singing their morning songs and the sun rising over the mt. Saw a lot of deer hanging out, some right in the middle of the trail. The weather was perfect! One of my favorites so far for sure!

This is my favorite hike in the Prescott area. I've done the out and back to the top of Spruce Mountain but I enjoyed this loop even more. Saw about 10 deer running through the forest. This was in the afternoon. Started about 10 a.m. Weather was great. Love all the pine trees, the great smells and listening to the wind through the trees and, of course, the spectacular view at the top. Will do this one again and again.

Fabulous hiking. For older not in great hiking shape people like me, it was a bit of a challenge. Somehow went the wrong way right from the beginning and wound up hiking 2 miles out of our way. Understand now counter-clockwise is definitely the harder way. Was a little disappointed watch tower at top of mountain was closed. Must not be open on weekends. One more thing - I think the All Trails directions get you to trail 377. Trail. Trail 307 (Grooms) is at the 6.5 mile mark from Gurley St.

Reminds me of Michigan!

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty, fun hike. I am an inexperienced hiker and had very little problems navigating the various branches of this hike.

We parked at a small lot right at the end of the East Bay Loop and went left. The first half of the hike from this direction is pretty lack luster and more of a relaxing walk. Once you get to past Heritage Park is when it becomes more challenging and very beautiful. Scrambled up a few rocks for some amazing views. We finished off the trail with the East Bay (?) loop through the marsh. The water was very low so there was no mud on this part of the trail. But it looks like the water could get very high there, so if during wet season I'd recommend parking at Heritage Park and hiking up to the bench at Red Bridge, then looping back around.

The trail also tracked at about 8 miles on my phone, but we went off trail a few times to climb and take pictures.

I very much enjoyed my time, and it was a pretty easy exprience.

Omg what a perfect morning. Prescott was buried in fog, but Spruce Mtn was bright and clear. Got started at 5:30 am, 37F and brilliant starlight at the trailhead. Had a couple of false starts following blue tree blazes in the darkness. Once I caught the trail had no more issues. Pretty sunrise at the watch tower. Loved it.

hiking
4 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.

total loop is 9 miles, only time for 3...wished I could have done it in its entirety

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 !

I like this hike, but AllTrails should really update their "directions" which are very confusing. They should read that you will be on the FR52a for some time and then you'll see a sign for the 307 Trailhead on the right. If you have hit where the FR52a is no longer paved, you've gone to far. Again, I liked then trail, I just think it is funny that the name the forest calls it, "the 307" is nowhere to be seen on AllTrails. So, other things. it was snowy and somewhat muddy, which is to be expected this time of year. A very enjoyable, and for me, challenging trip. My trekking poles saved my life or my ankles several times. Good views, nature around, doing their thing. Only ran into a few other folks

trail running
6 months ago

Rock part of trail slowed down the run and trail signs aren't the best but it's an awesome trail.

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