3.6 miles
1,087 ft
-851 ft
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264 - West Spruce Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Thumb Butte
    Prescott, Arizona
  • AKA
    West Spruce
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #81704 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #28234 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

This trail is very tough in either direction with steep ups, downs, and tight switch backs. There are many beautiful views from the ridge that this trail follows.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for 264 - West Spruce multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    236 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,580 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,056 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,799 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,035 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    960 ft
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on Mar 23, 2022
Avg: 3.15 (6 votes)
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      264 - West Spruce Trail Reports

      Mar 23, 2022 @ 10:59pm
      Mar 23, 2022
      There are several trees across the trail that will need bucked up. Otherwise in great shape!
      Feb 10, 2022 @ 3:13pm
      Feb 10, 2022
      Still some patches of snow/mud in the shady spots.
      Oct 26, 2021 @ 7:57am
      Oct 26, 2021
      Lots of loose rock in some areas.
      Aug 21, 2021 @ 5:24pm
      Aug 21, 2021
      Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion)
      Oct 19, 2020 @ 6:13pm
      Oct 19, 2020
      Trail was dry, albeit pretty overgrown. Near the top there was a large tree down across the trail.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 3 rides
      • 31 miles avg distance
      • 40 rides
      • Last: Oct 29, 2022


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      Dec 24, 2018 @ 4:26pm
      Dec 24, 2018

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      NattyTread (Sep 21, 2020 at 10:15)
      Rode this out from the Thumb Butte loop road TH, turned around at the fire road junction and then came back and dropped Parker Canyon. It's a rolling ridge line trail that rides better, IMO, from the fire road back to the turn off to Parker Canyon trail. On the way out there was some overgrown scrub oak that made the hike a bike sections grabby on the bike as well as crowding lines on the down and sending some riders to the edge. I'd be happy to trim back some of this brush, but not sure if that's in violation of the USFS laws. This is a trail you need to want to ride. It's remote, often loose and for many riders they'll need to walk some sections of the steeper, looser climbs. That said it's a welcome variation from a lot of the lower Thumb Butte and Iron Springs trails. It is fast, steep and rocky in places. Some cool g-outs as well. With a little love this could be a great trail to mix in with some of the other upper Thumb Butte Loop and Mt Francis are trails. When I ride this next time I believe I'll drop Porter Spur on the way out then climb the fire road to the end of West Spruce and climb back up then descend West Spruce. Instead of dropping Parker Canyon or West Spruce Ridge I think I would take West Spruce all the way back to the Thumb Butte Parking and then take the fire road to the Skull Valley overlook and take Sierra Prieta and 9401J down to 51 and back to Thumb Butte Loop road. This would be a more rugged, big climb/big descend, all mountain experience that many may long for in the Prescott Area. I would put it on par with Groom Creek/Spruce Mountain/Smith Ravine area riding.
      • + 1
      ajriding (May 1, 2019 at 10:24)
      Great views. Nice lesser used trail so its not so beaten in. Acess to the next intersection is easy but after that it rolls w steep short climbs.
      I ventured way in and it dropped into a Jeep trail goong straight down so I tured around. Steep steep coming back. Just do it all and climb back up Iron Springs Rd and hit trails over there to make your loop. For advanced riders who like long rides this is a good addition to an epic loop


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      Trail 264 Prescott, AZ Mountain Biking Arizona
      16:04 | 487 | Dec 1, 2018 , Prescott
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