West Lake Trail #351

West Lake Trail #351 begins at the Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. It passes through a mixed forest of ponderosa pine and alligator juniper as it as it travels toward Granite Basin Lake. The trail crosses a creek several times. Although the creek is usually dry, its banks are lined with dense vegetation that is nourished by occasional flows. After its junction with Mint Wash Trail #345, Trail #351 turns southwest and crosses Granite Basin Road before it ends at Balancing Rock Trail #349. This short trail provides access to other Granite Basin trails, especially for horseback riders who are not permitted to park horse trailers at other trailheads within the Recreation Area.


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. Restrooms are available at the parking area. Other amenities at the trailhead include water for horses, hitching posts, and picnic tables.


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At a Glance

  • $5 for day use (Wednesdays are free)
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Approximately 20 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Water available in parking area. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From its intersection with Willow Creek Road, travel northwest on Iron Springs Road for 3 miles. Turn right onto Granite Basin Road and proceed 2.4 miles to the Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead on the right. Continue 0.1 miles to the parking area. There is ample parking for horse trailers and regular vehicles. Road conditions are paved.

General Notes:


Mountain Biking

  • This short, popular trail is an easy ride through the Granite Basin Recreation Area that connects with many other trails.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

  • This short trail connects with many others within the Granite Basin Recreation Area.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Horse Riding

  • This short, popular trail, which begins at Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead, provides horseback riders with access to numerous trails within the Granite Basin Recreation Area.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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  Area/Length : 
1.5 miles

  Elevation : 
5,734 feet