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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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West Lake Trail (Granite Basin Recreation Area)
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6 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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wataon lake and flume trail
by Vangie Turner

23 Completed 2 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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wataon 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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Schoolhouse Gulch #67
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24 Completed 25 Reviews

This is an average trail that is more developed for off road vehicles than for hiking or biking. The first mile has a running creek which is really nice, and the wildflowers were amazing. It connects to other trails and ends at groom creek.

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Ponderosa Trail #382
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24 Completed 25 Reviews

This trail was quite easy to hike, but it was washed out in places which made the terrain very rocky and unstable. The trail got quite close to the road in places, but the running creek was really nice. I am just not sure where the trail is supposed to go to, it is probably mainly used as a short cut for off-road vehicles.

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Gold water trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Very nice and easy hike. Perfect for families. No swimming at the lake which is disappointing.

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Gold water trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

nice and easy!

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Lynx Recreation Trail #311
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great walk for the family!

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