Smith Ravine trail 297
Smith Ravine Trail #297 is nicely shaded as it passes through oak and Ponderosa pine forest.
The trail rolls up and down as it gradually climbs from an elevation of roughly 6,000′ at one end, to nearly 7,000′ at the other.
About halfway along the route, this trail crosses Smith Ravine Spring.
The spring may be flowing during certain times of the year, evidenced by the presence of yellow columbine and other water-loving plants.
As the trail ascends into the Bradshaw Mountains, there are occasional views of the Lynx Creek drainage area to the north and east, and Spruce Mountain Lookout to the south.
This area is home to coyotes, javelina, skunks, and mountain lions and there may be signs of wildlife along the trail.
This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bikes. Please refrain from using horses or wheeled vehicles when trail is wet.
At a Glance
Open Season: Year Round
Closest Towns: Approximately 20 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Travel east on Hwy 69 to Walker Road. Turn right and travel approximately 4.8 miles to the Smith Ravine Trailhead, just past mile marker five. Turn right and park. Parking is good.
To reach the upper trailhead travel south on Mt. Vernon Avenue (becomes Senator Highway) for 4.8 miles past its intersection with Gurley Street to Spruce Mountain Road (also FR 52A).
Turn left and travel 2.7 miles to the trailhead on the left. Parking is good. Spruce Mountain Road is graded dirt and suitable for most vehicles when dry.
USGS Map: 7.5′ quad for Groom Creek
Prescott National Forest Map, west half
Average hiking time: 1.5 hours, one way
A shady ride through ponderosa pine and oak. Mountain bicyclists may prefer to start at the upper trailhead and arrange a shuttle vehicle to meet them at the trailhead on Walker Road.