9.1 miles
1,543 ft
-1,548 ft
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Groom Creek Loop Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Horse
  • Riding Area
    Bradshaw Mountains
    Prescott, Arizona
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  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
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  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #42904 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #17315 in Trail Running
    • #2402 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    65 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
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Fun loop in some of the higher elevations Prescott has to offer. The climbing can get pretty technical, chunky and strenuous towards the top. Highly recommend riding the loop clockwise. The descent is a blast. Recommend doing a 2.5 mile out n' back on Isabella (377) before the long descent back down to the trailhead.

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Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Groom Creek Loop bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -5 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,328 ft
  • Altitude max
    7,648 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,414 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,407 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,530 ft
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on Apr 7, 2022
Avg: 4 (10 votes)
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      Groom Creek Loop Trail Reports

      Apr 7, 2022 @ 2:17pm
      Apr 7, 2022
      Conditions are between ideal and dry.
      Mar 21, 2022 @ 11:28am
      Mar 21, 2022
      Mostly tacky with a few dry sections at lower elevations and a few muddy sections at higher elevations. Almost no snow left on the trail.
      Jan 9, 2022 @ 10:54am
      Jan 9, 2022
      Oct 24, 2021 @ 3:44pm
      Oct 24, 2021
      Oct 1, 2021 @ 9:26am
      Oct 1, 2021
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      • 11 miles avg distance
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      11 Reviews & Comments

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      Tallhorse (Oct 28, 2017 at 17:00)
       This is a great trail if you’re looking to gain some nice elevation and have a long fun descent. I recommend heading out to counter clockwise to the summit and then going back the way you came. If you do opt for the loop, clockwise is the way to go, but be prepared for a lot of loose baby heads and plenty of water bars half of which are so tall Chair
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      Tallhorse (Oct 28, 2017 at 17:22)
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      • + 1
      jmalbers (Apr 3, 2019 at 20:08)
       Tons of fun. The climbing is really nice but pretty unrelenting for the nearly 4 miles you're doing it. Lots of shade, great scenery, and not too bad to push bikes up if you're wearing down after the first couple miles. Descent is high quality as well and worth the trek up whether you make it by hook or by crook Smile
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      ajriding (May 1, 2019 at 10:07)
       I rode tis clockwise. Climb in many places is super washed out and gravel (softball size rocks) filled n rutted. An interval workout to ride it until the point u give up bc its not fun.
      Downhill is great.
      Use the dirt road to get to the top and have a blast on downhill of the clockwise direction.
      Good views from fire tower at top.
      • + 0
      murse0911 (Aug 30, 2019 at 13:43)
       Ok, I believe this to be the hardest trail in Prescott. The down hill is as rough as the whole enchilada in Moab Utah. Don’t bring a beginner rider on this. Beautiful views for sure. Uphill is a total workout with significant hike-a-bike sections. I think it is one of the best trails for preparing for a race. hardest 9 miles you will do in this area, but worth it. Can’t wait to do it again.... in a few weeks. Lol
      • + 1
      patwoods (Jul 1, 2020 at 15:22)
       Rode it clockwise, as others suggested. Tough climb starting around 1.3 miles in. Had to push the bike thru several sections due to a combination of steep grade, roots & water bars, and several sections of loose rocks covering the trail. Descent was fun, but some sections had lots of loose rocks waiting to send your wheels all crazy-like. It would be awesome if they could be cleared from the trail. The black diamond rating is fair, but only because the climb is tough. The descent is a techy blue rating in my opinion, with the exception of 1-2 spots that are challenging. Overall a good, but short, workout.
      • + 1
      NattyTread (Sep 21, 2020 at 11:48)
       Love this area. The vegetation is, in comparison, lush to the White Spar/Thumb Buttte/ Iron Springs areas of Prescott. As you get to the upper mountain there are blue spruce trees. Great views out to Granite mountain and Mt Union. I generally ride this loop clock wise as it gets the climb out of the way and you have the longer more gradual descent. That said it's hard not to want to go back down the climb from the TH to the radio towers as this is some very chunky rock and root tech descending. Also, I don't love the very lower part of the clockwise loop below the fire road cut off. It a this flat-ish meandering to get back to the trail head. I think I may take the fire road cut off next time and descend the lower portion in CCW direction as it's a got better pitch and flow. I'm also thinking to do both descents next time without out and backing the loop. May do this via the Spruce Mtn Fire road but having ridden the Groom Creek Loop from Smith Ravine the fire road approach to the Spruce Mountain summit is formidable. This would be a 3000ft plus day and around 16-18 miles I assume. Separately, Smith Ravine + Groom Creek CW is an awesome ride but a significant effort. That's a 15 mile ride with around 3200ft of climbing. However, it it worth it as you really get to experience vertical relief available in the Bradshaw Mtns/Prescott without going all the way out to Mt Mingus and shuttling. If you've been looking for advanced rider that enjoys hiking type trails for testing your skills this is a good place to check out There can be a lot of horses out this way. The riders have been super cool but do be respectful. The trails are narrow and it's easy to startle coming around the corners. Having a bell on prime season weekends season mornings and afternoons would not be a bad idea.
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      ScottJirous (Jan 17, 2021 at 11:31)
       Great trail, sustained descent, well worth the ride. I accidentally rode up CCW a ways before realizing my misdirection, but the climb that way was good. Almost all rideable, not steep, seemed like the better way up to me, but I haven’t seen the CW direction.

      Rode down the same way, only one tree down still. I took the advice of the commenter before me and rode the bypass road up to the CW ascent, and descended into the parking lot that way. Road wasn’t much of a climb, and it was all downhill on the trail afterward. Would recommend that variation, seems better than that climb right at the end. Did see some bow hunters out there, so if you ride, wear some bright color!
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      rswischuk3 (Mar 26, 2021 at 6:04)
       I rode this loop counterclockwise and I would do it again. I enjoy technical cc riding and found that the climb up going counterclockwise was pretty fun. Gets steeper for the last mile or so and I had to take a couple stops to catch my breath. The descent is shorter and chunky with pretty huge water logs to launch off. Going up counterclockwise, I'd say everything is ridable. But going up clockwise, the water logs are huge and the rocks are loose, probably require you to walk, I don't plan on ever riding this clockwise. My recommendation is counterclockwise loop or out and back unless you like pushing your bike uphill for a slightly longer descent. There's about 6 or 7 snow patches that required me to walk as of 3/22 but surprisingly dry aside from that.
      • + 0
      Abiracmd (Jun 13, 2021 at 19:32)
       Mountain biked this trail clockwise. I would suggest advanced riders tackle this trail else you're going to be either doing a lot of hike a bike or going slow on the decent. Trail forks has it rated a black for a good reason. The baby heads (softball sized loose stones) are all over this trail going both directions. Going up they make life miserable especially combined with the elevation and the very dry/loose trail. Going down they make the ride exciting and can force you to choose some odd lines. About 3 miles into it was really questioning if the effort was going to be worth the pay off and I have to say it's one of the best techy/flow trails out here. It was a absolute blast going down. I passed two groups of horses, once on the way up and down. Also scared an older couple half to death coming down so be sure to keep a look out as your bombing down the mountain. Tough to do when you're avoiding all those dang baby heads!
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      tsjolseth (Apr 18, 2022 at 20:45)
       Really just OK. Not a particularly great loop. Scenic and nice forest, but there are much better trails in Prescott.


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