From downtown Prescott travel east on
Gurley Street 0.3 miles to Mt. Vernon Avenue.
Turn south on
Mt. Vernon for 6.4 miles as it becomes the Senator Highway.
The trailhead parking lot is on the east side. The Groom Creek Horse
Camp is on the west side.
Rest rooms at
trailhead and Spruce Mountain Lookout. Drinking water is not available
at site or on trail. Trailhead has improved parking area for ten cars
and six truck/trailer units.
north loop at the trailhead, the trail passes through oak and juniper,
and one of the best Ponderosa pine stands in the Forest, with fir
along the upper reaches. It climbs 1,200 feet over 3 miles through the
upper Wolf Creek drainage to the top of Spruce Mountain and the
Lookout Tower, where there is a picnic table.
Hikers may visit
the Lookout when manned. The Tower offers panoramic views of Prescott
and Granite Mountain to the west, and Mingus Mountain and the San
Francisco Peaks to the northeast.
The trail turns southwest and
follows the South Spruce Ridge for about 1.6 miles to the junction
with TR 377 (Isabella Trail), which connects to Walker Road.
307 then begins a long, twisting descent down the mountain. The final
portion bears northwest, crossing several old mining roads on the way
to completing the loop back to the Groom Creek trailhead.
USGS topographic 7.5’ quad for Groom Creek.