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Prescott National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Aug 14th to TBD
Most people that hike in the area do the highly traveled Groom Creek trail, but just across the road is a well traveled trail that winds down to the Hassayampa River. The trail starts across the street from the Groom Creek trailhead. The trail goes around the equine campground to the south or for a shortcut hike trough the campground and take the trail entrance gate at the western most loop of the campground.
From directly behind the campground the first of two loops starts. It is better marked by taking the trail to the northern side of the loop. This trail has a more rapid descent to the creek and allows for a more gradual ascent. The area is recently firewised and the forest is being thinned for fire prevention. It follows the contour of the land for about a mile and ends a small connector trail to the west that connects the 383 loop you were just on the 384 loop to continue. The 384 trail uses partly 4X4 roads and trails to drop down to a forest service road at the base of the steam bed. This road passes two turn offs to Parson's spring which will add another 2 miles to the hike if you like hiking along roads. The road also passes Hassayampa Falls a small slot in the rock with year round water for the most part. There are several campsites in this area.
After about a mile the trail leaves the road to the east and begins the gradual ascent in a ponderosa pine covered wood to another forest service road the winds by a few remote car campsites. The trail intersects the same connector trail back to the upper loop that will lead you back to the equine campground. OK It's not quite as impressive as the Groom Creek Loop, but is a great second day hike in the area. It also is a little lower in elevation so would be better if the weather is cooler. The nice thing about it is the trail is well marked and if you are confused someone has put up white and blue and pink ribbons in the trees to guide the way.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.