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Spruce Mtn.

Average Rating:    (3.83 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

A true 9 mi. loop thru the beautiful forest on Spruce Mtn. A killer 5.5 mi. descent down thru steep ravines with bitchin' banked turns. Amazing singletrack!
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Latitude
34.46509868150262
Longitude
-112.4399185180664
Trail Directions
When you're coming in to town turn left on S.Mt. Vernon St. Go about 6.5 mi. and on the left is the trailhead#307.
Trail Length
9 mi.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Prescott
   


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Review Date
July 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: HeatherQ. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A group of us did this trail two days ago and it made me realize a few things: 1. I ride a bike on a mountain that has trails and think I'm a "mountain biker" 2. When people review a trail and say it is "intermediate" that can mean a spectrum of things. My normal riding weekend consists of Hawes on Saturday and San Tan on Sunday (Phoenix Trails). Hawes, which I thought was technical, is child’s play compared to Spruce Mountain. The section where you climb to the top is a couple of miles of rocky, uneven terrain that definitely requires intense skill, along with endurance. The downhill has a lot of obstacles and logs with 2-3ft drop offs, it’s pretty sick. Due to it being a single track, me being an idiot and wearing shorts, my legs look like they were attacked by a house cat from all the foliage scraping my legs (rookie mistake). I was just caught off guard because I really didn’t know what to expect. I vow to do that trail again and kick it’s a**, rather than it kicking mine.



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Review Date
January 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: canzo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail use to be great. Use to ride it at least once a week. A rewarding climb and fast downhill. As of late though(the last couple of years) wayyyy to many horses on this and many of the other trails around Prescott. They ride regardless of the weather and trash the trails. Many rocks now on most of the better trails and no matter how many times you clean a trail they end up the same way rocky and eroded. Sad since this area has so much potential for bikes and runners.



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Review Date
October 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: J Shizzle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail sucks! We had it recommended to us from a bike shop employee in town and by a trail guide book that has never let us down. Man, were we miss-led!

So the climb is totally challenging and works you OUT! Which is cool if it's worth while. All I can say is I had to dismount my bike for fallen trees every two minutes up AND down this mountain. The downhill technical that I was so looking forward to was just loose baby-head rocks that sucked all the fun out of the "sweet banked turns" I kept hearing about. And, when you think it's over and you're at the bottom, it adds insult to injury by making you climb out of a lower section in sand! As if the crappy single track and killer climb hadn't handed your anus to you already. I will never ride this trail again.

Recommended Route:
Drive right by this trail and on to the next one.



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Review Date
July 29, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: ionsmuse ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A challenging 9 mile loop, climbing and then descending 1500 feet to and from the Spruce Mtn lookout (which can be accessed via FS road 52A). Either part of the loop has numerous section of loose rocks, lots of waterbars, and stellar hardpack.

On top, the lookout tower is worth a look, often the staff will invite you to come up and enjoy the view. Watch out for horses, especially on a weekend.

Recommended Route:
The easiest access is via the Senator Highway, which goes S from highway 69 just east of downtown Prescott. The road climbs out of town, and after 5 or so miles the parking area is on youe left (well signed, and with a toilet).

If you're standing in the Groom Creek/307 parking area, the 3.5 mile "left hand" side of the loop is steeper than the 5.5 mile "right hand" side, though probably not by much. I usually ride the right hand first.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
377 off the south side of the loop, and 297 a ways down forest service road 52A from the lookout can both be used to extend this loop into others. Snag a forest service map or ask at a bike shop.



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Review Date
May 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: tls36 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
OK, so Vic and Jeff from Phoenix are soft! Trust me, the uphill climb is an a$% kicker, but the view at the top and the flowing down hill with twisties are a rip! Last rode today. ALL trails up North have rocks, I have been on much worse. There is some loose stuff but easily handled unless you are a complete newbie, so what, walk it! The largest drops are no more than 3ft, drop you weight back and drop in to some fun!! Some roots can be bunny hopped - recommended to keep your flow. The trails in Phoenix must be really wimpy, Cowboy up and let it loose or ride a golf cart! Seriously a 5 inch bike would be perfect here but not necessary. Biggest challenge on this trail is the climb and you WILL hike and bike unless you have the hill smashing quads and lung capacity of a guy named Lance. One reviewer said he cleaned the entire trail, the climb up too? I seriously doubt it! A great ride in gorgeous Ponderosa Pine singletrack, what else could you want?

Recommended Route:
Start climbing to the L to top, then down R about 5.25 miles to trail head. Repeat if necessary!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thumb Butte, unless you can't handle Mtn terrain like Vic and Jeff.



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