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Groom Creek Loop Trail

Prescott, AZ

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Groom Creek Loop Trail is a 8.70 mile loop trail located near Prescott, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible from March until November.

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Recent Reviews

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Mount Francis Trail Forty Eight
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24 Completed 4 Reviews

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)

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Constellation trails
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great walk and fantastic views, easy trails for all age groups.

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Constellation trails
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

What an awesome trail! We just loved it. The best pictures and scenery we've seen yet. The trail is great, several different ways to go! Can't wait to go back again in the spring when everything is green and in bloom. Highly recommend

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Senator Highway
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

We drove Senator Hwy from Prescott (from Lynx Lake/Walker Rd) to Crown King Rd to Bumble Bee this past weekend. This track is also listed in the book "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails, 2nd Ed.) and is rated as "Easy" meaning you could pass it with a stock SUV, however, we know trail conditions change all the time, and we experienced a wash-out that required some light rock-climbing, low-gear 4WD and higher clearance was a plus. I attached a picture for reference. Sorry, we didn't get the exact coordinates. Overall, a very nice drive with a few ruts and some muddy areas - I would highly recommend it. 4.5 hours is about right if you take it easy.

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Thumb Butte Trail 33
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Loved this trail! Highly recommend

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West Lake Trail (Granite Basin Recreation Area)
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9 Completed 5 Reviews

Very even for compared to thumb butte. Shared with horses. Nice bathrooms to change in but no water facilities. 5$ day fee. Nice parking lot. Shady. Nice climbing face on granite mountain. Will have to try it and review again.

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Groom Creek Loop Trail
by Aden Gallego

11 Completed 11 Reviews

The Groom Creek Loop has great variety. Taking it clockwise you climb through granite-studded pine forest with lots of shade. About forty-five minutes to an hour in you’ll see a large juniper tree right beside the trail. A few minutes later there is a small saddle where many pines have been sheared off at about thirty feet, by the wind, I guess. The trail grows a little steeper at that point, but not too bad. The trail is always clear and well marked. The Forest Service uses “307” and if you follow those signs, you can’t go wrong.

After reaching the summit of Spruce Mountain, the trail heads toward a more southern exposure and the environment grows more arid. Most of the trees now are oaks, though you’ll still see some big ponderosa pines (and Abert's squirrels keeping an eye on you from their heights). Eventually you reach a gently rolling part of the trail and wend your way back to the parking area.

In late October, we saw some flowers in late bloom (thistle and fleabane) along with many grasses putting out their seed. Although it was a beautiful Sunday, we say only two groups of other hikers. No mountain bikers or horses, though they are welcome on the trail. There is some question about how long the trail is, I'll just say it took me 4-1/2 hours with rest stops.

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Watson Lake and Flume Trail
by Vangie Turner

32 Completed 4 Reviews

We didn't do the Flume part of the trail but will do next time for sure. Took friends with me and loved it. Scouted out the trail for our hiking club.
I highly recommend doing this trail counterclockwise. starting easy into moderate as you go through the Lakeshore over the hill and the northern trail seems to be more challenging because of balance issues and the big boulders.

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Granite Mountain Trail Number Two Hundred Sixty One
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19 Completed 9 Reviews

Mostly on the sunny side of the mountain so bring water. The overlook at the end of the trail is beautiful. The switchbacks were a good workout. We did see a poisonous snake so keep your eyes open. The water at the parking lot is OK to drink.

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Watson Lake and Flume Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

DON'T FOLLOW THE SIGNS THAT SAY PEAVINE TRAIL. This trail starts out as the Peavine trail around Watson lake, but then I believe it branches off. I did not know that and I ended up following the Peavine Trail markers until we were about 8 miles from the trailhead. This trail is very badly represented on this site. It definitely needs a map and PRECISE directions.

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