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Painted Rock Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

If any mountain biker visiting Prescott were only able to do only one ride, I would take them on this.


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Map Key

13.2

Miles

21.2

KM

100%

Singletrack

6,027' 1,837 m

High

5,555' 1,693 m

Low

1,204' 367 m

Up

1,204' 367 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

Painted Rock trailhead is well known to the locals. This loop utilizes some of the most amazing fast flowy singletrack from the go. To start your ride, head down the West Trail #318 then onto Firewater Trail #325—by this point, I can guarantee you'll be smiling big! The entire loop is amazing. Make sure you slow down to look at some of the scenery especially views along Willow Creek and when winding around Juniper Gate. Painted Rock (also known as White Rock) is a no-fee parking lot just up the mountain past Thumb Butte Recreation Area.

Description

Painted Rock used to be a painted rock along the trailhead. Now it is a improved parking lot on Thumb Butte Road, just past Thumb Butte Recreation Area. Start here.

Head down West Trail #318, which is fast and fun. Then, hang a left of Firewater Trail #325 for more fast and fun riding. Bottom out along Willow Creek before heading right up and over some cliffs looking down into Willow Creek. Stay right onto Noodle Trail for a little bit, and after crossing Spence Springs Road, look for Juniper Gate and another trailhead. Continue through some amazing winding singletrack up to Vista Trail, going left at a couple of big juniper trees. This tops out on Javelina Trail #332.

Go right up to the upper parking lot and look for West Side Story, which will take you down and around the whole valley. Stay on West Side Story all the way until you hit Russ T. Fender (and you want to hit Russ T. Fender—it's one of my favorites in the whole loop). Russ T. Fender eventually comes into Tatanka, and brings you back to Javelina Trail #332. Follow Javelina Trail #332 up and up until you hit West Trail #318 and back the Painted Rock parking lot.

History & Background

Painted Rock used to be a big rock painted white marking the trailhead. Now it is a improved parking lot on Thumb Butte Road just past Thumb Butte Recreation Area. It's a no-fee parking area right in the middle of Prescott's singletrack.

Contacts

Shared By:

michael maier with improvements by Bob Curran

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Photos

Supreme technical skills.
Sep 6, 2015 near Prescott, AZ
West Side Story
Nov 26, 2017 near Prescott, AZ
RIP Dave Mangan
Jul 29, 2018 near Prescott, AZ
West Side Story
Nov 26, 2017 near Prescott, AZ
Maile doing some climbing
Nov 26, 2017 near Prescott, AZ
Russ T. Fender trail.
Feb 10, 2018 near Prescott, AZ

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May 2, 2020
Will Falltrick
Riding great! Fun terrain 14mi — 2h 00m
Mar 21, 2020
Scott Parker
Feb 8, 2020
Austin Turner
Jun 20, 2019
Jim Dover
Jun 8, 2019
Sean Terrillion
12.4mi — 1h 55m
May 10, 2019
Andreas Rohr
Nov 20, 2018
Patrick Woods
All clear. Trails in good condition. Some loose/sandy areas, but traction is there if you're not going mach-chicken. 14.9mi — 2h 00m