Groom Creek Loop Trail #307

Groom Creek Loop Trail #307 is one of the most attractive trails on the Prescott National Forest, offering a rewarding hike through the area’s forested high country. This trail passes through idyllic stands of ponderosa pine and Gambel oak as it climbs to the top of Spruce Mountain. While there are no actual spruce trees on the peak, there are Douglas fir and a number of other cone-bearing species that thrive in the cool mountain conditions. A picnic area, a vault toilet, and a lookout tower are located at the top of the trail. Hikers may visit the lookout tower when it is staffed, usually throughout the summer months. The views, of course, are stunning.

Due to its proximity to Groom Creek Horse Camp, an equestrian camping facility just across from the trailhead, this trail is particularly popular with horseback riders. Please call 928-443-8000 for more information, or to make reservations.

This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Dogs must be on leashes; please clean up after pets. There are restrooms at the trailhead and at Spruce Mountain Lookout. Extensive re-routes were completed in 2010—please stay on the designated trail to help with rehabilitation efforts.

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 15 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From its intersection with Gurley Street, travel south on Mt. Vernon Avenue for 6.4 miles as it becomes Senator Highway and passes through the community of Groom Creek. The trailhead is on the left-hand side of the road and is well signed. Groom Creek Horse Camp, also signed, is on the opposite side of the road. There is adequate parking for ten or more cars and six trailer units. The road conditions are paved.

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Isabella Trail #377
  • Maps:
    • USGS Maps: 7.5’ quad for Groom Creek
    • Prescott National Forest Map, west half
  • Average hiking time: 5 hours, round trip


Mountain Biking

  • This popular trail traverses moderate terrain through magnificent ponderosa pine forest.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Day Hiking

  • This popular trail meanders through the forested mountains near the small community of Groom Creek
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
8.7 miles

  Elevation : 
7,651 feet