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Smith Ravine & Spruce Mtn.

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A challenging climb to the top of Spruce Mtn with lots of fun downhill.


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Map Key

17.5

Miles

28.1

KM

95%

Singletrack

7,673' 2,339 m

High

6,054' 1,845 m

Low

3,488' 1,063 m

Up

3,501' 1,067 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Overview

One of the best views around from the overlook on top of Spruce Mtn.

Description

Starting from the Tr.297 (Smith Ravine) trailhead located 4.8 miles east on Walker Rd. from Hwy 69, you encounter a climb from the very start.

Smith Ravine Trail #297 is nicely shaded as it passes through oak and ponderosa pine forest. The trail rolls up and down as it gradually climbs from an elevation of roughly 6,000 at one end, to nearly 7,000 at the other. About halfway along the route, this trail crosses Smith Ravine Spring. The spring may be flowing during certain times of the year, evidenced by the presence of yellow columbine and other water-loving plants. As the trail ascends into the Bradshaw Mountains, there are occasional views of the Lynx Creek drainage area to the north and east, and Spruce Mountain Lookout to the south. This area is home to coyotes, javelina, skunks, and mountain lions and there may be signs of wildlife along the trail.

Once at the end of Tr. 297, go left on the jeep road and follow to the Spruce Mtn summit. Catch your breath and check out the view from the overlook located by the lookout tower. Then follow the Tr. 307 to the left (south) and enjoy a fast downhill to the 307 trailhead. Then back to the summit and the return trip on the jeep road and Smith Ravine.

Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 is one of the most attractive trails on the Prescott National Forest, offering a rewarding hike through the areas forested high country. This trail passes through idyllic stands of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak as it climbs to the top of Spruce Mountain. While there are no actual spruce trees on the peak, there are Douglas fir and a number of other cone-bearing species that thrive in the cool mountain conditions. A picnic area, a vault toilet, and a lookout tower are located at the top of the trail. You may visit the lookout tower when it is staffed, usually throughout the summer months. The views, of course, are stunning.

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Shared By:

Jeff Combs

Trail Ratings

  3.4 from 9 votes

#4

in Prescott

#2745

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Photos

Sun rising on Groom Creek Trail
Sep 27, 2014 near Prescott, AZ
Descent back to Groom Creek trailhead
Sep 27, 2014 near Prescott, AZ
View from Spruce Mountain
Sep 27, 2014 near Prescott, AZ
Enjoying the perfect morning weather while heading to the lookout.
Jul 16, 2016 near Prescott, AZ
Fence crossing coming down from Spruce Mountain on Groom Creek Loop
Sep 27, 2014 near Prescott, AZ
Two miles into the initial 3.4 mile climb.
Sep 11, 2015 near Prescott, AZ

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