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15 by photographer avatarkelly14
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Smith Ravine Trail #297Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2018
kelly14
Hiking7.01 Miles 1,546 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.84 mph
1,546 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Did this little hike yesterday. This was our 2nd time on this trail. 1st time being back in November 2016. With snow on the ground then and having to jog the whole way down in the pitch black we decided to see it this time in daylight and temperatures a little bit warmer 😬

Got on the trail a little after noon and it was pretty hot especially the first 20 minutes or so with little to no shade. After that Smith Ravine Trail provided ample shade as expected and the constant breeze made it feel more like spring than the dead of summer. The trail was beautiful just as we remembered and it seems the higher up you go the better it gets. The trail climbs in and out of several drainages which provide shade and great relief from the summer sun. Every little canyon was packed full of beautiful green oak trees! Every once in a while the trail surprises you with some killer views too.

We were gonna go to the Spruce Mtn Rd then turn around but decided to off road it around Smith Ravine Spring instead checking out downstream and up canyon a bit. Just below the spring there was a slick rock looking section with a really nice sized waterfall. Looks like it might run sometimes on google maps. Also went up canyon to Pear Springs. Glad we did this! The bottom of the canyon here had great game trails and cow trails and led us to some beautiful old growth forest with some of the largest oak trees I’ve seen in Az. With all the shade and cover and the constant breeze it was hard to believe it was summer in Arizona! Only thing missing on this hike was water 😢

Ps never saw another person. Saw roughly 1000 squirrels. And no doubt a bear hangs around Smith ravine spring saw a boatload of Bear Crap 😊

Named place
Named place
Pear Spring Smith Ravine Spring

dry Pear Spring Dry Dry

dry Pear Spring Dry Dry

dry Smith Ravine Spring Dry Dry
Basically dry. Downstream there was a couple of puddles hanging on for dear life. Tons of bugs and bees and mud was wet in a couple places. It appears the water dried up recently.
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