Government Canyon Spring Loop via Ranch Trail - 62

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6.0 mi
3 hrs 8 min
503 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail to Government Canyon Spring in Prescott National Forest.

This trail goes by Deer Lick Spring.

Getting Started

Take Senator Highway to turnoff labeled Watershed Trail. There is a well defined parking area and a portapotty as well. Take trail 299 which is to the right. It is a steep climb and a bit rocky but well maintained. You will go past a barb wire fence across the trail above which cattle grazing is permitted. You will reach the turn off to trail 62 which is the ranch trail. You will turn to the left to head back to the parking area. Total distance of the trail is about 6.3 miles. On the way back to the trail head you will have great views of Goldwater Lake both upper and lower sections.

Taking Children

This would be a challenging trail for children as the climb is steep and the some of the downhill portions are a bit slick with small rock so I would only take young children who are very athletic and capable of hiking fair distances. The other option with children would be to take trail 62 up and back.

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Bev 4 years, 1 month ago
3586 S Loba Dr to 3610 S Loba Dr, Yavapai County, AZ, USA
Went up the Prescott Circle trail got up to about 3 miles 3 1/4 miles in nice flat lunch spot then bushwhacked over to a dog leg off to Prescott trail and took it over to where we had to bushwhack a little bit over onto a a four wheeler/Off-road motorcycle jeep type trail and came back down the jeep trail took up maybe a mile off the trail. The last part of the trail is called the deer Lick Springs Trail
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