Spruce Mountain

Prescott, Arizona

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Spruce Mountain is part of a favorite equestrian park in the middle of Prescott National Forest. The area is generally 15–20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, and bikers from points south show up all summer in droves to escape the oven-like heat. But we all know that the whole point of going up is to come down. Spruce Mountain is one of those blessed rarities: The uphill grind is shorter than the downhill back to your car. And what a downhill run it is! When it isn’t pristinely groomed singletrack, the trail is crisscrossed with roots, rock outcroppings, some sand, and erosion-control logs so high and frequent the trail looks like a staircase. This roller-coaster ride continues for five-and-a-half miles, all of it demanding your utmost attention at all times. Trail Surface: Singletrack.
Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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Mountain Bike America: Arizona

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

Spruce Mountain is part of a favorite equestrian park in the middle of Prescott National Forest. The area is generally 15–20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, and bikers from points south show up all summer in droves to escape the oven-like heat. But we all know that the whole point of going up is to come down.

Spruce Mountain is one of those blessed rarities: The uphill grind is shorter than the downhill back to your car. And what a downhill run it is! When it isn’t pristinely groomed singletrack, the trail is crisscrossed with roots, rock outcroppings, some sand, and erosion-control logs so high and frequent the trail looks like a staircase. This roller-coaster ride continues for five-and-a-half miles, all of it demanding your utmost attention at all times. Trail Surface: Singletrack.

©  Paul Beakley/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,872 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
Season: Year-round; winters can be quite cold and snowy, summers can reach 80's
Trailhead Elevation: 6,350 feet
Top Elevation: 7,640 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Groom Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Spruce Mountain

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