Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
West Spruce Trail Day Hike

when? Trip Report : October 13, 2007
when? Trip Report : October 28, 2006
where? Prescott
the hike     On this hike we’ll follow the West Spruce Trail along the slopes of the Sierra Prieta west of Prescott, topping out on the dramatic West Spruce Mountain. There are many ups and downs, and switchbacks as we climb the mesa south of the peak. Bring your camera.
    No restrooms at the trailhead. Drinking water is not available at trailhead or on trail. Southern end is in Ponderosa pines, but much of this trail is open and unshaded. Carry sufficient water.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 7 miles
EC +-1850' elevation change
elevations 6605' (wash) to 7146' (West Spruce Mountain)
time 5 hours
type round trip
on trail 100% — West Spruce Trail #264
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
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
drive     From Phoenix drive north on I-17. Exit onto State Highway 69 and drive north into downtown Prescott.
    From courthouse square, travel 2 miles west on Gurley St. Turn west on Thumb Butte Road. Go past the picnic area for 1.0 miles, staying left at Aloma Camp turn. Continue 0.6 miles and turn left on FR 373 for 3.1 miles. Trailhead is to the right of the cattle guard at horseshoe turn. The south trailhead parking lot allows 5 vehicles.

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