This is a well-maintained trail and its excellent condition makes it on the the best in the system. Because this trail loops back to the Horse Camp, it makes the 9 mile loop a feasible distance to do in one day on horseback.
Although horseback riders usually access this trail at the Groom Creek Horse Camp, hikers often start at the top of the Spruce Mountain where there is a picnic area.
Directions: From Prescott, Take Gurley Street east to Mt. Vernon Avenue. Take Mt. Vernon (Senator Highway, Forest Road 52) south for approximately 6.5 miles to Groom Creek. Continue on FR 52A for 4.5 miles. You will have just passed the entrance to Goldwater Lake before coming to FR 52A. Turn left onto FR 52A and travel for about four miles to the picnic area.
Elevation: 6,400 feet
Ending Elevation: 6,400 feet
Distance: 8.7 miles
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