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West Spruce Trail #264 - 5 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 04 2021
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Thumb Miller Loop, AZ 
Thumb Miller Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
hikerdw
Hiking11.91 Miles 1,887 AEG
Hiking11.91 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.99 mph
1,887 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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We did a shorter version of this loop in the opposite direction a few years back and really enjoyed it so added a couple new trails to extend it and hiked it in a clockwise direction this time. This is a solid loop.

Thumb Butte Trail #33
And away we go. Nothing like a steep wake up climb to get the blood flow. Blacktop pavement helps get good traction and the switchbacks help keep you going at a nice pace. First time on this trail and better than expected.

Butte Creek Trail #321
This is a great trail. Nicely treed, flowing water in the creek, very nice grade, away from the main trailheads that it seems to not get much use, A+ in my book.

Sierra Prieta Trail #366
Also a first for us. Some climbs but not to bad. Most of the time you are hiking along a ridge. As we were climbing up towards the road a caravan of mountain bikers came at us. Thought for sure there was going to be a collision but I jumped one way and the lead bikers veered off the other direction so the crash was avoided. Let them pass then continued to onward to meet up with Thumb Butte Road. Trail gets high marks.

West Spruce Trail #264
I like this trail a lot. In this direction the grade is generally down so easy hiking and very nice views since your up high. The section we hiked was shorter than I remembered so it ended to soon.

Miller Creek Trail #367
Memory recall is either slipping or this trail has been found by the mountain bike community since our last visit. I had memories of this trail being more remote and less used, i.e. trail was thin and slightly overgrown. Not the case. Trail is very well defined with bike tracks and nothing remote about it. There was a slight flow in the creek so that was nice. Still, a great trail. Saw a small gopher snake crossing the trail so we helped move it along so it wouldn't get run over.

Overall a great loop option for the area. Weather was great on this day and although it was a holiday weekend the trails we hiked offered a lot of solitude.

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 Phoenix
Thumb Butte to Sierra Prieta Loop, AZ 
Thumb Butte to Sierra Prieta Loop, AZ
 
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ScottHika
Hiking13.30 Miles 2,269 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles
2,269 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I have not been to Prescott in November in a while. I first started coming here in the 1980s and have many fond memories. I usually leave before dawn, and hit the trail early. Today I, decided to do something different and take an afternoon/evening hike.

It was a great afternoon under the pines. My original goal was to catch the Sierra Prieta “Sunset Overlook” at sunset. I slept in after HW festivities and hit the road from Phoenix around noon. There was very little midday traffic at the Thumb Butte Rec. lot, which was a plus. The fee is $5 a day unless you have a pass. Thumb Butte is a quick shot in the arm of elevation right out of the gate. There is a nice memorial to the Granite Mountain heroes right at the Butte saddle. I heard birds, saw very little wildlife overall, a few insects, a few more spiders and a mule deer that quickly disappeared. The forest is still recovering after recent fire. There were a few fall colors, mainly oaks turning to yellow. The forest has a maze of cross trails so best to plan a route.

After taking a few connector roads, I soon realized I’d get to the overlook before actual sunset. Sierra Prieta has great views. At the overlook, there was a fair size crowd of young partiers, loud music and off road vehicles. The wonderful sound of motorized vehicles revving their engines and laughter permeated the air. It looked like a lot of fun, but the old guy with four wheel drive feet had other plans. I decided to bag nearby peak 7035. That was a great choice and sitting at the very top, I had a snack and recharged for the trip back. In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier to hit Peak 7035 on the way up. I headed off trail to scramble back to Thumb Butte Rd. I rethought my wisdom while clinging to roots as I descended the steep bank by the road. Please do not follow my route here!

The rest of the way back was cake - all downhill. Once off the thumb trail I only encountered two senior backpackers that wished to be alone, and a friendly biker that slowed to chat for a while. I captured some awesome pictures and of course finished up in the dark. Miller Creek was dry without water and the forest in the dark reminded me of something from long ago.
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Sep 22 2020
ultrazona
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte- Potts Creek to West Spruce Mounta, AZ 
Thumb Butte- Potts Creek to West Spruce Mounta, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Sep 22 2020
ultrazona
Run/Jog18.90 Miles 2,807 AEG
Run/Jog18.90 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   5.59 mph
2,807 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Great running route. Lots of great views and empty trails.
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joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ 
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
joebartels
Hiking17.03 Miles 3,220 AEG
Hiking17.03 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   2.61 mph
3,220 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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Bruce put together this loop with a couple options. Only 3 hikers heading up Thumb Butte. Which seemed extremely light for 7:30 am on a very nice April Saturday morning.

Butte Creek was running light. Which apparently starts down in the neighborhood. Potts Creek Trail #327 zigs around following Butte Creek for a good stretch but no named place on topo that I could figure out for the name Potts. Fabulous hike through the pines.

Then on an FS road before what the FS declares as Sierra Prieta Trail #366. Not sure but looks like the intriguing detailed guide Preston wrote from a book reference is outdated or the book never had a firm grip on it.

The short FS designated #366 is pretty sweet. We took a break at my request. Lots of mtn bikers out riding this segment. Nearly all acknowledged us and kept us informed of pack traffic. No race #s so maybe practicing for the end of month Whiskey 50 Mountain Bike Race?

Sierra Prieta Overlook wasn't a refueling/aid station either. Graffiti central is covered up. After a short peek of the views we continued on FS373 just under a half mile.

Turned onto West Spruce Trail #264. Hiked the subtle rollercoaster with another granted break request. Then over to the base of West Spruce Mountain for lunch. The energy infused eagle darted up to the peak while I enjoyed a nice break. Several friendly ATV riders went through the gate below my perch.

Just 2 hikers on #264 heading back. Passing a large ant hill I almost gave the colony some of my water. As we all know ants don't have lungs. They may have wicked some up but figured I best not interfere. Lessons learned from a failed ant farm in '79... enough said.

The hike down Miller Creek proper was cool. A trail. Semi primitive to the surrounding network of Thumb Butte area trails. Passing numbered dispersed camping sites The_Angel_Eagle lent his phone to a camper that couldn't get a T-Mobile signal.

Finished out along old familiar favs to wrap up the outstanding mid sixties gift of temps throughout the hike.
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Apr 20 2019
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ 
Thumb Butte - Potts Creek to West Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking17.47 Miles 3,498 AEG
Hiking17.47 Miles   7 Hrs   54 Mns   2.56 mph
3,498 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Smokin' good day up in the pines on Saturday 4/20.

Warmer temps in the valley had us jonesn' cooler temps and some new trails.

Up the paved Thumb Butte trail to begin, we passed Mary Jane to begin the day. She was one of the few hikers we saw all day. 6 miles to the Sierra Prieta Overlook, we passed over the Potts Creek Trail on the way.

We'd done a small portion of the West Spruce trail before, I wanted to see more, hit West Spruce Mountain. West Spruce is a worthy option if in the area.

We looped back on some well used "Use" trails used by MTB's.

Butte Creek and Miller Creek had plenty of water running

Interestingly, we finished at 4:20 MDT
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May 12 2018
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
BiFrost
Hiking19.80 Miles 3,320 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   8 Hrs   52 Mns   2.39 mph
3,320 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We wanted to hike in the Prescott area and looked at nice loop that @The_Eagle did on the Prescott Circle Trail area. Stated from Aspen Creek Trail #48 and headed south on this awesome smooth grade trail that weaves in and out of the pines. Part way down we ran into a guy looking for his dog he lost on the trail. We found the dog about 20 minutes later running the trail but at least going the right way. We headed back towards the TH but were able to hand off the pup to some other hikers heading back to the TH.

We continued on to East Copper Trail #260 junction and then up this section which is an old road. Just before reaching the Mount Francis road we stopped at East Copper Spring which had spring box full of clear water….definitely good source for filtering if needed. Then we made quick hike up Mount Francis and before heading down about 3 miles of road walking to the West Spruce Trail #264.

Next up Williams Peak which would be our lunch and beverage break. Nice views on top but there was some noticeable fire damage on the summit. After lunch we decided to off trail back down to the road and another ½ mile of dirt road walking to more trail.

Back on trail the Thumb Butte Bypass trail #236 heading towards Thumb Butte. From this point on we had many trail junctions but it makes for nice loop options on some really well maintained trails. Eventually we made it over to Thumb Butte which was closed to protect the Falcon nesting area. Took another break before back tracking to the Butte Connector trail #323.

Eventually we jumped on the Potts Creek Trail #327 and the Cold Springs Trail #393 heading towards Aspen TH. This entire section was another fantastic trail with smooth grades and great stands of Ponderosa forest. It made the hike back to the TH very enjoyable walk and definitely made me think of returning to explore the numerous trails in the Prescott Circle Trail system. Great hike and will be back!!

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May 12 2018
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 Phoenix,AZ
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mount Francis - Williams - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
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Hiking19.80 Miles 3,320 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   8 Hrs   52 Mns   2.39 mph
3,320 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
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Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking19.08 Miles 3,249 AEG
Hiking19.08 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.69 mph
3,249 ft AEG      59 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
After last weeks hike/injures, Joe asked me to put together Something "On Trail" and "No Water".

I drew up the Scottsdale Green Belt, he complained "Too Much Water".
So back to the drawing board.

I picked an area in Prescott, West and South of Thumb Butte and put together some choices.

There are tons of trails up here, most in the pines, most on friendly grades and well marked trails. Real Trails.

After making our way through the detours associated with the now in progress Whiskey Row Marathon, we started at the Aspen Creek Trailhead.

Aspen Creek #48
What a gem in the pines. We were only on it for 1.6 miles before starting our only off trail section. I want to hit the rest of this trail sometime.

Climb to Mt. Francis Area
.4 mile and 300' AEG off trail to get to an old Forrest Road climbing to the towers around the Mt Francis area. At 7100+ there are great 360 views.

Sierra Prieta Overlook, West Spruce #264, Williams Peak
FR373 took us over to the overlook. We passed scattered runners from the marathon. Great views of Copper Basin and Skull Valley. [ youtube video ]
Next an easy out and back up Williams Peak to take in the views.

Thumb Butte
Thumb Butte bypass #326, Garden Grove #392, Miller Creek #367 are all nice hiking trails taking us to the Thumb Butte area. Thumb Butte #33 climbs steeply to the saddle to the West of the Butte.

The remaining trails wind in and out of pines, juniper, oaks and creeks on gentle grades, back to where we parked.
Potts Creek #327 and Cold Springs #393 were the highlight of the remaining trails we traveled.

This hike, was almost the identical mileage to what we did last week, but took about half the time... and that was with 2 long breaks. This is the hike that was needed this week.

I was able to hike all new trails for me and only made Joe suffer on one short off trail section. Minimal whining too!

There are plenty of looping opportunities out here.
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Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ 
Mt Francis - Williams Peak - Thumb Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
joebartels
Hiking19.08 Miles 3,249 AEG
Hiking19.08 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   2.69 mph
3,249 ft AEG      58 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Aspen Creek #48 2nd Fav!
The hike started out with a babbling creek and towering happy pines. A mile out-n-back on this would suit 94%. We only hiked 1.5 miles of the 6 mi before heading off trail. It appears pines are with you for the top 3 miles of this gem.

Mt Francis Area
My legs are still screamin' tender from Gun Creek mafia style beatings so I wasn't thrilled about any offtrail. I put my health aside and tried to lighten up. We both got lucky, it was pretty easy to the towers around 7,100 ft. Great views. Didn't hit the official peak a smidgen higher.

West Spruce #264, Williams Peak
Roughly a 2.4 mi walk to West Spruce. Passed a couple dozen Whiskey Row Marathon runners. Most were crawling with running arm gestures. All were friendly and returned hellos!

We only hiked a little of West Spruce before following a fading road to Williams Peak just over 7,000 ft. Bruce had a final offtrail piece that didn't look good so he changed the loop a bit to accomodate my well being. If I've said it once I've said it a million times, nice guy!

Thumb Butte bypass #326
We followed FR373 about 2.4 mi then 0.25 mi on FR51 to the end of Thumb Butte bypass #326 nary a crowd has seen. Most loops in the South Butte Area would include this trail in part or whole. If you do not require bells-n-whistles like peaks, creeks nor a destination this is mighty fine tall pine hiking.

Garden Grove #392 1st Fav!
We hiked this top to bottom. Views of Granite Mountain are majestic. Meadowish in the middle with I'm guessing a seasonal creek that is a tributary to Miller Creek. Sold!

Interestingly I hiked this downhill seven years ago with @JimmyLyding and sorta met an idol
The day before I hiked with johnr1 to Miller Peak
The previous day was my first outta town hike with The_Eagle
Days earlier I hiked with Groth, SuperstitionGuy and the world famous AndreyP


Miller Creek #367
According to FS stelprd3811790.pdf we did not hike this trail. It's up for debate. Bruce included it. He claimed a peak last week we didn't summit either. I'm only correct 4% of the of the time and might have a 10% shot at this one so pardon the gloat.

Thumb Butte Trail #33 3rd Fav!
Wow my first hike on this iconic crowd pleaser. It has a 1960's National Park quality feel.

Potts Creek #327 & Cold Springs #393
Great perkless tall pine stolling.

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It was nice to hike the mythical lure of dancing pines on a cool spring day most seek.
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Sierra Prieta Trifecta, AZ 
Sierra Prieta Trifecta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking8.98 Miles 2,793 AEG
Hiking8.98 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.36 mph
2,793 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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I may have struck out yesterday in terms of a successful summit hike, but with today’s trifecta, [nicely executed in loop-fashion], I struck gold. Like the previous day, I was also in a time crunch and also in an area where I knew there could be potential issues with private property / access / rough dirt roads, yet the outcome was luckily very different. Aside from losing no more than 5 minutes after taking two turns down roads that didn’t pan out, I successfully navigated to one of the places I’d marked as a potential access point. And to top things off, I was able to drive a short distance passed where I anticipated having to park, [something that does not happen very often].

While most of the “trails” proved to be jeep roads, the endless opportunities to bushwhack made this a super fun adventure. After a combination of hiking up jeep roads & bushwhacking, I soon reached the SW ridge of Porter Mountain, the first of three summits on my list for this Sierra Parieta trifecta. While one can stick to the trail and save the bushwhacking for the very end, the extremely favorable terrain, [no brush + soft, pine-covered slopes], made this a fun one to leave the trail early and simply go barreling up the ridge. The views from the summit are just awesome, and I had a blast climbing the fun looking tree that is situated right by the highpoint. I wasn’t able to find a register or a survey marker though. At one point near the summit, I heard a loud, frightened cry and before I even had time to react [or get out of the way of almost get trampled], I stared in disbelief as a poor fawn that I inadvertently scared half to death leapt up from the patch of grass it had been sleeping in about two feet in front of me. I’ve never been that close to a deer or fawn before and it was pretty cool to see.

Next up was West Spruce Mountain. I bushwhacked off Porter, continuing along the SW ridge, and then angled NW when the ridge intersected with the one that would lead me to West Spruce. I could have taken trail for part of the way, but the bushwacking was so incredibly easy and fun that there was no need. I did encounter some patches of thick brush [Manzanita and something else that I don’t know the name of during the first part of the ascent up West Spruce], but it was the ‘feast or famine’ type of brush, with patches so thick that you’re simply not getting through, surrounded by patches of completely bald hillside. With a little patience, [something I usually don’t have much of when approaching a summit], it didn’t take long before I worked my way through / around the brushy patches and to the summit. As I gained elevation, I noticed there appeared to be some better options than the one(s) I selected… but anyone whose attempted to follow my bushwhacking routes can attest to the fact that I have a tendency to tackle brush head-on. :D The views from the highpoint of West Spruce are blocked by trees, but there are several viewpoints near the highpoint that offer awesome views. I was unable to find a register on West Spruce but right near the highpoint, I found a shiny, gold-colored survey marker.

Last but certainly not least was Sugarload Mountain. Coming off of West Spruce, my sense of direction got a bit turned, and I ended up bushwhacking about 180 degrees from the direction I intended, which added some extra mileage on the “trail” [dirt road]. Given that I wanted to hit double-digit mileage for the day, it work out in my favor… but it was definitely a ‘saved yet again by Route Scout!’ kind of moment when I realized my mistake. Although a couple miles away, reaching Sugarloaf was a breeze, given that the going was very fast on the jeep road, especially in combination with a loss of nearly 600’ over the first mile, from the 7,000’+ summit of West Spruce to a low point of around 6,450’. The summit of Sugarloaf has awesome views, with larger, more distant mountains to the front [North-ish] and the many ridgelines / peaks of other taller mountains in the Sierra Prietas to the back [South-ish]. Sugarloaf actually has two prominent points and if approaching from the South as I did, the taller one is reached first… although being covered in thick Manzanita and other brush, the second prominent point with low grass and some rocks to rest on was a lot more enjoyable.

After hitting up both summits of Sugarloaf, I proceeded to bushwhack to a fun-looking prominent point on its SW ridge that doesn’t even have a UN number on the topo. Nonetheless, it was tons of fun and gave me a bit more of the challenge I was looking for, having to blast through brush / figure out where the bald spots were in between. Next, I bushwacked down onto a jeep road that looped around by a mine I wanted to check out. Although the opening had been filled in, it was still really neat. In completing my loop on/around Sugarloaf, I then headed a short distance back toward the highpoint; [cuz in checking my route, I noticed that I failed to hit the higher contour mark by the highpoint]. This time, noticing a faint route though the sea of Manzanita, I ended up approaching from a different side. While I never found a summit register or survey marker, I got a good laugh at the small cairn that someone had constructed right smack in the middle of where the route “touches” the highpoint. Even with the faint route, the brush is so thick that I probably would’ve tripped over the cairn had I not been looking down in search of a register, survey marker, or some other sign signifying the highpoint.

For the remainder of the trip, I was on autopilot mode as I stayed on the trail [jeep road] for most of the way back. The several hundred foot climb back up toward West Spruce was a breeze compared to the death-march I endured the previous weekend during my Pinaleno trifecta. And at only ~9 miles RT [vs. 15+ miles the previous weekend], I was not running on empty this time with 4 liters of water, which allowed me to attack the uphill in my normal fashion.
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West Spruce Trail #264Prescott, AZ
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Hiking avatar Oct 12 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking6.33 Miles 1,516 AEG
Hiking6.33 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.62 mph
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Sam and I hiked from the trailhead 3.16 miles to a high point and they hiked back. It was a great hike. The weather was cool, 46 degrees at the TH, great views, lots of shade and patches of snow.
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West Spruce Trail #264Prescott, AZ
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MEWhiteman
Hiking7.48 Miles 1,708 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   3 Hrs      2.49 mph
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Great hike! Nice trail, good views, some shade. About twice the ascent than what I expected but still very enjoyable.
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West Spruce Trail #264Prescott, AZ
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Hiking7.00 Miles 852 AEG
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Hit this nice little hike after the Prescott Bluegrass Festival. Good weekend indeed. Great views the whole way and the cool air and pines felt nice before heading back home. Quite a network of trails and dirt roads back in there, but navigation was never a problem. Saw the largest Arizona black rattlesnake I've ever seen crawling across the top of West Spruce Mountain. Looked like he'd just eaten - he was moving lazily for sure. Didn't expect to see him up so high.
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Hiking7.00 Miles 852 AEG
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Hiking7.00 Miles 852 AEG
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A great dayhike with my dad and brother. There were some beetle kill and burnt tree areas; I don't remember those from my 1999 hike. Still lots of nice forest, though.
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West Spruce Mountain, AZ 
West Spruce Mountain, AZ
 
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Did a loop using a couple of trails and jeep roads and a short off trail to the summit.
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average hiking speed 2.5 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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