Goldwater Lakes Trail #396
Goldwater Lake Trail #396, which lies within the Granite Creek watershed, is a forested trail shaded by dense stands of ponderosa pine that occasionally give way to alligator juniper and chaparral-type vegetation. There are excellent views of both Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes, as well as the high country to the east and west. This trail traverses a landscape of hills and ridges, where the valleys are green with Gambel oak, a variety of grasses, and in some of the more significant drainages, classic riparian species such as willow and box-elder. The trail crosses Bannon Creek twice, which may be flowing in the spring. Birds are especially active in these areas, creating outstanding opportunities for birdwatching.
Upper Goldwater Lake can be accessed from the eastern portion of the Goldwater Lakes Trail #396 via a network of marked City of Prescott trails.
Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Refrain from using horses and bikes when the trail is wet.
Trail Description and Map ( KB; Black and White; 8.5” X 11”)
At a Glance
|Closest Towns:||Approximately 10 minutes from Prescott, AZ|
|Water:||Not available. Surface water should be treated.|
From its intersection with Gurley Street, travel south on Senator Highway 4.1 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is limited, but additional space is available directly across Senator Highway at the trailhead serving Watershed Trail #299.
To reach the west trailhead, travel south on White Spar Road 1.8 miles past its junction with Copper Basin Road. Turn left at the sign for White Spar Campground. Park in the lot to the right. The road conditions are paved.
- Connecting trails: Schoolhouse Gulch Trail #67, Bannon Creek Trail #81, Twist and Shout Trail#372 and Hidden Valley Trail #374: see White Spar Loop Trails
- USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Prescott and Groom Creek
- Prescott National Forest Map, west half
- Average hiking time: 2 hours, one way
- This trail offers an intermediate mountain bicycling experience and provides access to Goldwater Lake. This fun, flowing single-track can be ridden as an out-and-back, or in conjunction with other Forest Service trails.
- This trail provides remarkable views of both Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes, as well as the surrounding high country. Mature stands of ponderosa pine provide ample shade.
- This shaded mountain trail is open to horseback riding. Excellent views of both Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes are revealed where there are breaks in the vegetation.
Alerts & Warnings
- STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT; RESTRICCIONES DE FUEGOS ETAPA 2 EN EFECTO
- Fossil Creek & Forest Road 708 Closed until 12/31/22 for public health and saf
- Target Type restrictions implemented across the Prescott NF
- Temporary Camping Restrictions along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor
- Drones Use on Forest Service Lands