Cedar Springs Trail #41


Trail Description: Cedar Springs Trail #41 begins in open chaparral and pinyon-juniper woodland. Granite boulders stand above even the tallest trees and cast shadows across the landscape. Although seldom seen, rabbits, scrub jays, wrens, and other wildlife take refuge in the brush. This trail travels down to Cedar Spring. Although it may not be flowing, the extra moisture nourishes a healthy stand of cottonwoods and a dense thicket of willow, grape, and other riparian species. The spring is truly an oasis on an otherwise exposed, rocky trail where ample sun and brambles of cactus and acacia create the sense of an arid desert hike. Beyond the spring, This trail continues northwest to Red Hill Tank. There are scenic views of Granite Mountain from this area.


Restrooms and drinking water are available at the trailhead, but not on the trail. As of September 2010, the majority of this trail is in fair condition only. Portions may be overgrown and eroded.


Notice: Visitors are asked to be alert and stay on existing trails when recreating on Granite Mountain as the area recovers from the Doce Fire of 2013. Soil erosion has occurred on portions of the trails, thus exposing more rock, and cross-country travel increases the possibility of encountering rolling rocks, stump and root holes, falling trees, and loose soils from rains.  


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At a Glance

  • $5 day use fee (Wednesdays are free)
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 25 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Water available at Trailhead. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

General Notes:

Access to the Cedar Springs Trail #41 is by way of Granite Mountain Trail #261 and White Rock Spring Trail #39. From its intersection with Willow Creek Road, travel northwest on Iron Springs Road for 3 miles. Turn right onto Granite Basin Road and proceed 3.5 miles to the Metate Parking Area on the left. There is parking for 20 vehicles. Take Trail 261 to Blair Pass, go through the gate, and then travel a short distance along TR 39 to its junction with Trail 41. Please note that Trail 261 lies within the Granite Mountain Wilderness and bicycles are prohibited. The road conditions are paved.

Horse trailers must park at the Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead.



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Mountain Biking

  • A meandering trail though rugged country that passes by an attractive spring.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


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  Area/Length : 
2.7 miles

  Elevation : 
5,566 feet


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