Groom Creek Loop Trail #307

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Groom Creek Loop Trail #307

Hike + Ride Trail

Groom Creek Loop Trail #307

by: Honza
Location:  Prescott, AZ          Longitude:  -112.4407    Latitude:  34.4643
Shaded forest hike leading up to the Spruce Mountain Lookout.
Features and Interests:   Expansive Prescott area views; Fire lookout tower
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
  Coral root  Coral root
  Fabaceae  Fabaceae
With its proximity to Groom Creek Horse Camp and other trails like Isabella Trail #377, this shared trail is frequently used for hiking, mountain-biking, and riding.

From the trailhead, the trail forks. We took the left/clockwise route which parallels the road for a bit but then starts a steady/medium climb; it is the shorter but steeper route to the lookout. After about 3.4 miles you will reach the lookout area, intersecting with Forest Road 52A. The lookout tower is on your left and the trail continues its loop on your right (to the left of the transmission towers).

The views from the lookout are unique; you can see the Bradshaw's, Granite Mountain and the San Francisco Mountains. Do go up the tower and say hi to the Forest Rangers who might let you visit and get 360 degree views!

The descent down the loop is pleasant and peaceful. Although we didn't cross any creeks as the name would suggest, we did see potential spring spots for the wet season and larger washes. After about 2 miles of hiking through the Ponderosa Pine and Gambel Oak trees, you will intersect with the Isabella Trail #377. Keep right and you will eventually start hearing the road and parallel the road again to the parking lot.
Trail Distance:  9.3 miles round-trip
Elevation:  6331ft - 7675ft   (change 1344ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Often frequented trail
Season:  March to October
Accomodations: (on site)   Toilets  WaterFrom downtown Prescott, take Gurley Street east for 0.3 miles to Mt. Vernon Ave. Turn right (south) onto Mt. Vernon and keep on it for 6.4 miles (becomes Senator Highway). The trailhead parking is on the east/left side of the road.Paved road or trail to the trailhead
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