Spruce Mtn. - TRAIL

Spruce Mtn. - Trail, Prescott, Arizona

A true 9 mi. loop thru the beautiful forest on Spruce Mtn. A killer 5.5 mi. descent down thru steep ravines with bitchin' banked turns. Amazing singletrack!

User Reviews (23)

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HeatherQ.   Weekend Warrior [Jul 04, 2012]

A group of us did this trail two days ago and it made me realize a few things: 1. I ride a bike on a mountain that has trails and think I'm a "mountain biker" 2. When people review a trail and say it is "intermediate" that can mean a spectrum of things. My normal riding weekend consists of Hawes on Saturday and San Tan on Sunday (Phoenix Trails). Hawes, which I thought was technical, is child’s play compared to Spruce Mountain. The section where you climb to the top is a couple of miles of rocky, uneven terrain that definitely requires intense skill, along with endurance. The downhill has a lot of obstacles and logs with 2-3ft drop offs, it’s pretty sick. Due to it being a single track, me being an idiot and wearing shorts, my legs look like they were attacked by a house cat from all the foliage scraping my legs (rookie mistake). I was just caught off guard because I really didn’t know what to expect. I vow to do that trail again and kick it’s a**, rather than it kicking mine.

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3
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4
canzo   Cross Country Rider [Jan 15, 2010]

Trail use to be great. Use to ride it at least once a week. A rewarding climb and fast downhill. As of late though(the last couple of years) wayyyy to many horses on this and many of the other trails around Prescott. They ride regardless of the weather and trash the trails. Many rocks now on most of the better trails and no matter how many times you clean a trail they end up the same way rocky and eroded. Sad since this area has so much potential for bikes and runners.

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2
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4
J Shizzle   Cross Country Rider [Oct 17, 2007]

This trail sucks! We had it recommended to us from a bike shop employee in town and by a trail guide book that has never let us down. Man, were we miss-led!

So the climb is totally challenging and works you OUT! Which is cool if it's worth while. All I can say is I had to dismount my bike for fallen trees every two minutes up AND down this mountain. The downhill technical that I was so looking forward to was just loose baby-head rocks that sucked all the fun out of the "sweet banked turns" I kept hearing about. And, when you think it's over and you're at the bottom, it adds insult to injury by making you climb out of a lower section in sand! As if the crappy single track and killer climb hadn't handed your anus to you already. I will never ride this trail again.

Customer Service

Drive right by this trail and on to the next one.

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1
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4
Elizabeth   Weekend Warrior [Apr 08, 2007]

This trail is for someone with more adrenaline than grey matter. I saw NO bikers while there!! It is a tough uphill, mostly hike a bike, and FAST downhill if you have the nerve to do it. Nothing very technical except a few big rocks and log drops. It does have beautiful scenery and some nice spots scattered here and there. Not enough for the occasional rider, however. If you are in great shape and used to the elevation and like a thrilling ride, then this is definitely for you.

Similar Products Used: Lynx Lake is a more enjoyable trail.
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3
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4
ionsmuse   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2006]

A challenging 9 mile loop, climbing and then descending 1500 feet to and from the Spruce Mtn lookout (which can be accessed via FS road 52A). Either part of the loop has numerous section of loose rocks, lots of waterbars, and stellar hardpack.

On top, the lookout tower is worth a look, often the staff will invite you to come up and enjoy the view. Watch out for horses, especially on a weekend.

Customer Service

The easiest access is via the Senator Highway, which goes S from highway 69 just east of downtown Prescott. The road climbs out of town, and after 5 or so miles the parking area is on youe left (well signed, and with a toilet).

If you're standing in the Groom Creek/307 parking area, the 3.5 mile "left hand" side of the loop is steeper than the 5.5 mile "right hand" side, though probably not by much. I usually ride the right hand first.

Similar Products Used: 377 off the south side of the loop, and 297 a ways down forest service road 52A from the lookout can both be used to extend this loop into others. Snag a forest service map or ask at a bike shop.
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4
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4
tls36   Cross Country Rider [May 18, 2006]

OK, so Vic and Jeff from Phoenix are soft! Trust me, the uphill climb is an a$% kicker, but the view at the top and the flowing down hill with twisties are a rip! Last rode today. ALL trails up North have rocks, I have been on much worse. There is some loose stuff but easily handled unless you are a complete newbie, so what, walk it! The largest drops are no more than 3ft, drop you weight back and drop in to some fun!! Some roots can be bunny hopped - recommended to keep your flow. The trails in Phoenix must be really wimpy, Cowboy up and let it loose or ride a golf cart! Seriously a 5 inch bike would be perfect here but not necessary. Biggest challenge on this trail is the climb and you WILL hike and bike unless you have the hill smashing quads and lung capacity of a guy named Lance. One reviewer said he cleaned the entire trail, the climb up too? I seriously doubt it! A great ride in gorgeous Ponderosa Pine singletrack, what else could you want?

Customer Service

Start climbing to the L to top, then down R about 5.25 miles to trail head. Repeat if necessary!

Similar Products Used: Thumb Butte, unless you can't handle Mtn terrain like Vic and Jeff.
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4
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4
Go Pre   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2005]

Hey, yes so there is a monster climb on this ride, and it will leave you in a lactic acid drunken haze, but its worth it, trust me. Great views at the top and then a righteous 5.somthing mile decent filled with banked turns, waterbars, and rock gardens. There is simply nothing bad to say about this trail, except that when riding down stay far behind your buddy (flying rocks). Also, do not ride this trail after a storm, or a really windy day, because fallen trees will block the trail like every 50 yards.

Customer Service

up the short side down the long side. If you have more time, get up and do it again!

Similar Products Used: white rock, granit basin...
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4
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4
dorsett   Cross Country Rider [Feb 09, 2005]

Yes there is some up on this trail. when it goes dwn its fun and all its just not long enough. If you wont more of this kind of riding? you then should try Mnt Elden in Flaggstaff. If climbing isent your thing then try driving to the top. Spruce mnt is where i broke my first frame when i hit a big rock in the trail should of bunny hoped it. There was a time when i was there and going fast through the single track came flying around a turn and met a 1,000lb horse head on, it threw the rider off the trail and down the side of the mnt. Had to tend to her wounds then find the horse @ the btm of the trail. Watch out we are not the only ones useing this trail.

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4
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3
spongebob squarepants   Cross Country Rider [Dec 03, 2003]

This was a great trail that almost turned into an epic for me. The 3.5 mile climb up was killer with several spots I had to jump off and push. I left a little late in the day and didn't get to the top until the sun was just about to set. It was a beautiful sunset but I couldn't take too much time to enjoy it due to the 5.5 mile ride down still to do. I got out the headlamp before leaving the top and had to turn it on almost immediately. The downhill was *great*. You ride along a ridge for about 2 miles before dropping down the mountain. It is almost all downhill with some fun little drops and boulders to navigate. I did get off once or twice on the way down when it got pretty technical. I wasn't sure what to expect in the dark and since it was my first time on the trail I didn't want to get into too much trouble alone in the dark. In retrospect the whole downhill is definately rideable for an intermediate rider. There seemed to be some good exposure off the side of the trail but I was more focused on the 10 feet of trail I could see with my headlamp. I made it back to the car safe and sound, grinning from ear to ear. I can't wait to do it again (in the daytime that is...).

Customer Service

Do it clockwise. Trail 307 the whole way. I also saw a dirt road leading up to the lookout tower from the backside. I believe this road is accessable from Senator Highway just before you reach the Groom Creek parking area. I might try heading up on that next time because the ride up was mostly on loose rock and way steep. Just a little over my head. The real gem to this ride is the downhill (isn't it always?).

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5
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5
Dodi   [Jan 14, 1999]

The trail starts behind the restroom in the parking lot. Turn left onto the trail and settle in cause you'll be climbing for the first 3.5 mi. but it so killer going thru the forest that you won't mind. Once you get to the top go and chill out at the lookout tower and check out the killer views. Then get ready for 5.5 mi. of super sweet downhill singletrack. You'll have much fun on this one!!!

Customer Service

Do this trail in a clockwise direction.
Elevation is 6350 at the parking lot and almost 7700 ft. 3.5 mi. later at the lookout tower.

Similar Products Used: Buddha Beach (Sedona)
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