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    3 weeks, 3 days ago
    Easy and scenic trail, good for stock 4x4 vehicles. Go for the views on your way to Jerome. Tight in spots, expect AZ pinstripes. Some smallish rocks to climb over on occasion. Nothing technical.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    This was a great hike. Not too strenuous, probably 75% in the shaded pine trees. Some beautiful boulders and a rest stop not far from the lake.
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    1 month, 2 weeks ago
    The best views in the area all along the trail. Many tree species; Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Spruce, Oak, Locust. Well defined trail and a nice escape from the heat.
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    2 months ago
    Great loop to avoid people entirely. Trail 260 is unmaintained and steep and that’s the charm. Stunning views.
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    2 months, 1 week ago
    Nice trail but nothing to special
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    I love everything about this trail.
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    I love everything about this trail.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Scenic trail with a nice overlook. The trail was empty but it’s was really tight.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Loved this trail. It’s easy but very very quite and peaceful.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful Trail with a nice lookout at the end.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Nice trail but it gets tight in some areas.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    This trail got closed and now it is way to tight in some areas.

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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Long, very long. Start early. Lots of climbs and switchbacks. Rocky after you get into the trail. End is worth it. Pretty views. A few small water crossings. Was very hot and busy.
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    2 months, 4 weeks ago
    Very pleasant casual hike. Mostly flat with a few steep but short sections. Overall I’d rate it “easy.” Trail is narrow so some issues maintaining proper social distancing with oncoming traffic but nothing too difficult to manage. Nice views. We hiked this on a Tuesday and both parking lots were nearly full, showing what a popular destination this is.
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    5 months ago
    Mostly two wheel drive route alt route to crown king.
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    5 months ago
    Nice walk if you only have 10 minutes or walk. Also has benches and information about the area if you want to spend a little more time. The tail is paved so it is wheelchair accessible.
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    5 months ago
    Steep inclines at 35 degrees up hill and I got stuck but I was able to get free I wouldn’t recommend this trail again.

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    5 months ago
    This was a rocky road the whole way and you drove through trees and past old mine locations then you end up in the woods in Williams
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    5 months ago
    Beautiful location but very popular.
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    5 months ago
    Nice easy walk through the pines and along the Goldwater Lake shoreline. Our dog enjoyed the walk too.
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    5 months ago
    Nice easy beautiful hike through the woods and along the shoreline.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    Very scenic and nice water crossings some nice offroading but not technical enough
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful Trail with a few technical spots 4WD required 4WD-lo in 1 spot. The views are also great.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    It’s a little technical nothing to bad all you need is 4WD. There is a nice lookout at the end possibly for camping otherwise I wouldn’t do this trail again.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    This trail has some technical spots and it gets a little tight in some spots but its nothing that you can’t handle. The road also turns into a logging road so it gets boring quick.
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    7 months ago
    Beautiful forested hills with a moderate climb and scenic views of Prescott.
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    7 months, 1 week ago
    Really nice hike for a lot of reasons 1. Only saw 1 person in 5 hours over 10 miles 2. Dogs were off leash the entire time and only other dog we saw was also off leash 3. Trail was well maintained and mostly well marked So to begin with this is a very secluded area with very few houses and/or traffic. The parking area is small and only 8-10 vehicles could fit but it was fairly easy to find but GAIA was of by only a bit and we drove just a bit far before turning around and finding the trailhead. I have added quite a few photos to show markers etc but I don’t think they all were attached. This is my first review and only second recorded hike so I am still learning. The trailhead for this is actually “Smith Ravine” Trailhead. SO look for that at the parking area on the west side of 297 (Walker Road) Go thru the gate and the trail is really well defined for just over 3 miles. Once you hit 3 miles be on the lookout for a few postings. 1 is on a fence right by a dirt road (Spruce Mountain Road) and 1 is a wooden sign facing away from you for others coming toward you. This sign is telling others that Walker road is 3 miles from where you stand via the Smith Ravine Trail. On the fence you should see a yellow sign that says “Please! Close the gate”. You will need to go thru this gate and follow Spruce Mountain Road until you get to the US Forest Service road that will most likely be gated shut. Proceed under the gate and continue on until you reach the picnic area right be the lookout tower......return the way you came. There is a restroom at the picnic site but not guaranteed to be open and not sure what season they open consistently. It was closed at this was on a weekend at 11am so just another sign that not many people frequent this trail due to length, stress of ascent....basically difficulty. This is a strenuous hike of roughly 10 miles total. Over 2200 (per Garton but only 1800 per GAIA) vertical ft of ascent so it will work your heart and your legs pretty well as well as working up a sweat. We ran into quite a bit of snow so check if you are going in the winter as there could be a lot more if there was a s storm that went thru. Suggest wearing good waterproof boots that can take a lot of water and mud. Dress in layers and bring energy snacks and plenty of water. There are indicators that there are 2 springs along the trail off a ways but we did not run into any of them nor did we go looking for them so not sure if there is accessible water along the trail if you run out.
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    11 months ago
    Unremarkable. Very rocky trail.
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    11 months, 1 week ago
    NE side of Granite Mountain Williamson.
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    1 year ago
    Cold morning with temperatures starting at 27 degrees. The east side of the lake is the best side with only dirt and rock trails.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    We hiked this trail on June 25 2019, The trail started on Senators Hwy and as we continued on the trail it went though a recent logged area which opened up the landscape and provided an extended view of the land. Along the hike we saw asclepias (milkweed) and aquilegia (yellow columbine) and many other wildflowers. The trail passes Upper and Lower Goldwater lakes which requires a side trail the hike to. The trail ended at White Spar campground and made for a pleasant hike.
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