3.6 miles
Distance
1,087 ft
Climb
-851 ft
Descent
01:04:15
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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
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #81704 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #28234 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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 mountain bike 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
    1.242%
  • Grade max
    -65.006%
  • Grade min
    63.436%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    960 ft
  • Avg time
    01:04:15
  • Avg reverse time
    00:55:08
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on Aug 21, 2021
Dry
Avg: 3.15 (6 votes)

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      264 - West Spruce Trail Reports

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      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.
      Sep 21, 2020 @ 9:59am
      Sep 21, 2020
      Trail has a light use, back country feel beyond the junction near Parker Canyon Trail out to where it ends with the fire road. Definitely some...
      Jun 28, 2020 @ 10:53am
      Jun 28, 2020
      Tree down near West Spruce Mtn.
      Apr 21, 2018 @ 12:00am
      Apr 21, 2018
      A couple of downed trees across the trail, but all in all pretty rideable given the little use and maintenance the trail receives.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 0 rides
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      6 Months
      • 4 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
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      • 23 rides
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      Dec 24, 2018 @ 4:26pm
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      Nov 21, 2018 @ 7:23am
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      Nov 16, 2018 @ 8:03pm
      Nov 16, 2018

      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 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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      • + 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.
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