4.6 miles
Distance
334 ft
Climb
-869 ft
Descent
00:39:05
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Goldwater Lakes Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Goldwater Lakes
    Prescott, Arizona
  • Ref Number
    #396
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #6028 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #7532 in Trail Running
    • #3791 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 80 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    Prescott National Forest

his is a great trail for a hot summer day. Located almost entirely in the trees it includes a bit of climbing with little technical skills needed.

The trail starts at the White Spar campground just off of White Spar Road just minutes south of downtown Prescott. A winding climb brings you to a small overlook with good views of the mountains west of town.

Then a short downhill to the pond and the real climb begins. The first 1/4 mile is the toughest then it steps it's way to the saddle. Be sure to look off to your left while you climb to see Goldwater Lake. Then a gentle downhill through the trees and the final climb up to Senator Highway.

Then back down 396 for a great downhill but watch out for the blind corners as this trail can get busy on the weekends.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Goldwater Lakes mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -535 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,627 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,162 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,162 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,627 ft
  • Grade
    -2.2%
  • Grade max
    -29.8%
  • Grade min
    29.9%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,103 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:05
  • Avg reverse time
    00:52:14
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Status:
on Dec 27, 2021
Variable
Avg: 4.4 (13 votes)

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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Goldwater Lakes Trail Reports

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      Dec 27, 2021 @ 8:04am
      Dec 27, 2021
      Oct 11, 2021 @ 4:29pm
      Oct 11, 2021
      All good.
      Aug 7, 2021 @ 9:31am
      Aug 7, 2021
      No issues. New RR tie bridge over small creek near the lake is nice.
      Jul 22, 2021 @ 12:23pm
      Jul 22, 2021
      7/22 storm and flash flood caused some damage to trail at the low spot by the lake. Hab required to cross the creek.
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 9:15am
      Jun 12, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 137 rides
      • 23 miles avg distance
      All
      • 958 rides
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      Photos

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      17 |
      Nov 2, 2021 @ 10:29am
      Nov 2, 2021
      22 |
      Aug 17, 2020 @ 5:20pm
      Aug 17, 2020
      164 |
      Oct 9, 2017 @ 1:28am
      Oct 9, 2017
      257 |
      Nov 1, 2015 @ 11:46am
      Nov 1, 2015

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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      ajriding (May 1, 2019 at 10:10)
       Good trail but heavy logging bolldozer tracks scatter everywhere across n down trail. Use the trail to north until this on has a few more months to rehab. It will return to b a great woodsy singletrack soon
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      • + 0
      brocolate601 (Sep 12, 2020 at 21:30)
       Easy climb, great flow, beautiful area. Recommend!
      [Reply]

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