Prescott Hiking Trails, Arizona Hikes

Hiking & Backpacking


Prescott hiking and backpacking is big. There’s not a major park that doesn’t include at least one or two trails, many leading up to Indian ruins or other exciting historical finds.

  • This is just a small sampling of the hiking trails available in the Prescott area – be sure to investigate further for more! 
  • There are trails of most every length and difficulty, perfect for everyone on your trip. 
  • Always remember to pack plenty of water, a compass and map, and let someone know where you’re going before you head out on your hike.

Where can I go hiking and backpacking?

Thumb Butte Trail 33
You will see Thumb Butte before you even get into Prescott city limits, towering over the downtown in the distance. 

  • Distance: Two miles long 
  • Average Time of Hiking: 1.5 hours 
  • Elevation: Roughly 600 foot climb 
  • Difficulty: Moderate – there are some steep climbs but it is well-maintained 
  • Trail Type: Hiking trail 
  • Trailhead: From the downtown area, head up Gurley Street until it becomes Thumb Butte Road. Continue to the parking area, about three miles from the courthouse.

Lynx Creek Ruins Trail
A short hike with a great view of the surrounding mountains and towns and a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with ancient Indian runs. 

  • Distance: Approximately 1 mile long round trip 
  • Average Time of Hiking: 1 hour plus time to look around 
  • Elevation: 120 foot climb 
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Trail Type: Hiking trail 
  • Trailhead: The Lynx Creek Ruin Trailhead is located on the south side of Walker Road before you reach Lynx Lake

Groom Creek Loop Trail 384
This trail is a great family trail – long enough that you get in plenty of talking and adventuring, but easy enough that most everyone can enjoy it. 

  • Distance: Approximately 6 mile trail loop 
  • Average Time of Hiking: About 3.5 hours 
  • Elevation: 500 foot climb 
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Trail Type: Hiking trail 
  • Trailhead: Head south on Mountain Vernon Avenue for about six miles, then turn right on Wolf Creek. Take a right turn on the dirt road next to Wolf Creek campgrounds; the trail crosses the road in less than half a mile.

Little Granite Mountain Trail 37
Amazing views of surrounding mountain ranges, deep valleys and immense boulders will greet you on your hike. 

  • Distance: Approximately 3 miles 
  • Average Time of Hiking: Approximately 2 hours 
  • Elevation: There is no notable elevation change 
  • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult 
  • Trail Type: Hiking trail (horseback riding and bicycling are also permitted) 
  • Trailhead: Head north up Montezuma Street, which turns into Whipple Street and then go straight onto Iron Springs. Go for about six miles; the trailhead is a little over three miles ahead on ht west side of the road.

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