Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Groom Creek Loop Day Hike
when Saturday, September 14, 2019
where Prescott
the hike     Walk off your doldrums in the cool forest of the Bradshaw Mountains as we follow the trail up South Spruce Ridge to the lookout tower.
    Starting in a granite-based ponderosa forest, the trail steadily climbs 1,400 feet up to Spruce Mountain, then loops back down to the trailhead. Pines make up the predominant feature, but enough stands of Gambel oak exist to have inspired the town of Groom Creek’s original name of Oakdale. A large forest of oaks on the trail’s south edge weaves a cozy thicket with crooked, spindly trunks. Along South Spruce Ridge, a sprinkling of white fir follows the trail; their frosty blue-green needles practically beam through the green cover.
    A very scenic trail, it passes through stands of ponderosa pine and white fir. On the ridge, where trees do not obstruct the view, you can get panoramic views of the Prescott area, Crown King, Mingus, and on a clear day, the San Francisco Peaks.
    The Groom Creek Loop is described in Ganci, Dave, Arizona Day Hikes (5th. ed.), Sierra Club Books, San Francisco, CA, 1995, pages 173-176, with a map on page 174.
distance 9 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC +-1600' elevation change
elevations 6331' (Wolf Creek) to 7696' (Spruce Mountain Lookout Tower)
type loop
starting at
Groom Creek Trailhead 34° 27.850' N,  112° 25.431' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Groom Creek Trail #307
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Prescott
leader    You must email the leader to confirm.
meet 7:00 AM at I-17 and Carefree highway MacDonald’s. Park against the wall.
•  Take I-17 north to Exit 262.
Drive west on AZ 69 to Prescott.
At Mount Vernon Avenue (which turns into Forest Road 52, the Senator Highway), turn left.
Go 6.5 miles south to the trailhead.

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