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West Spruce Trail #264
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West Spruce Trail #264 SB from NW trailhead, AZ 
West Spruce Trail #264 SB from NW trailhead, AZ
Hiking4.27 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking4.27 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   1.94 mph
1,750 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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West Spruce Trail #264 from northwest trailhead to jeep trail connecting two halves of the trail. PrestonSands has described the southeast half of the trail which has a trailhead easier to reach on Thumb Butte Road. The northwest trailhead is on Dosie Pit Road (dirt) a few miles from Iron Springs Road, just before the road makes a large U-turn. Parking is available across the road from the trailhead and several spots along the road leading to the trailhead. There are washouts on the road which you may not want to drive a vehicle that is not designed for off-road use. I parked about 1.3 miles from the trailhead and walked the rest of the way, which is why I turned back before reaching the southeast half of the trail.
On 2/19/22 when I made this hike, over a dozen people were making trail improvements using hand tools. Other than that and an ATV on the jeep trail, I didn't see anyone else and had nice views of the terrain west of Prescott, including Granite Mountain (near Williamson Valley Road) after a couple miles of climbing. It is a gradually climb until past Sugarloaf Mountain and then one or two tenths of a mile down to the jeep trail. The southeast half of the trail likely leaves the jeep trail within a mile of where I turned back.
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