White Spar Loop Trails #371, #372, #373 & #374

This network of trails serves the White Spar Campground and provides access to other Forest Service trails. These trails can be combined in different ways to create loops of varying lengths. The trails, which meander through tall pines, are nicely shaded. Despite being close to a large, popular campground, this forested area is serene and quiet. Nearby lakes and streams attract a diverse community of southwestern birds, making these trails excellent for birdwatching. There are also many kinds of wildflowers that one can expect to see during different times of the year. The White Spar loop trails can be used to access Goldwater Lake Trail #396. This trail continues all the way to Senator Highway, in the Groom Creek area, and offers great views of Upper and Lower Goldwater Lake. Although the Goldwater Lake Trail #396 does not actually go to the lake itself, it can be reached by way of a number of short, well-marked City of Prescott trails.

  • Trail #371 is 0.2 miles long. It travels from the campground to Trail #372.
  • Twist & Shout Trail #372 is 0.6 miles long. It connects with Trail #373 as well as Trail #396. Portions of this trail travel uphill through open areas of scrub oak and native grasses.
  • Apple Blossom Trail #373 is 1.3 miles long. It travels from White Spar Road to Trail #374 and Banning Creek Trail #81.
  • Hidden Valley Trail #374 is 0.5 miles long. It follows a seasonal creek through the woods as it meanders towards its junction with Trail #396.

These trails are open to hikers and mountain bikers only. Please refrain from using bicycles when trails are wet. Drinking water, restrooms, and other amenities are available seasonally at White Spar Campground. Dogs must be on leashes. Please clean up after your pets.

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 10 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Water available seasonally at White Spar Campground. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


Travel north 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 and travel a short distance on Trail #396 to Trail #372. Alternately, proceed to the campground entrance on the left and drive through the camp to the trailhead for Trail #371. Road conditions are paved.

General Notes:


  • White Spar Loop Trails #371/372/373/374
  • USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Prescott and Groom Creek
  • Prescott National Forest Map, west half

Average hiking time: varies


Mountain Biking

  • These easy to moderate trails roll through the shaded forest adjacent to White Spar Campground. Please use caution and slow down around sharp curves.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

  • These easy trails in the shaded forest adjacent to White Spar Campground can be combined for a number of pretty hikes of varying lengths.
Difficulty Level: Easy

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  Area/Length : 
2.6 miles

  Elevation : 
5,828 feet