Groom Creek Loop - Prescott

  • June 30, 2012 · 9:00 AM
  • Groom Creek

One of my favorite hikes and I haven't been here in over two years. Join me please if you wish! 

The Groom Creek Loop is an 8.7 mile moderate to difficult loop hike. It is described as a tranquil hike among beautiful stands of timber with expansive views from the top of Spruce Mountain. We will be climbing 1200 feet over a 3 mile ascent. At the top of Spruce Mountain there are picnic tables scattered about plus the fire tower is there to visit should it be manned. Such a view we will have of Prescott, Granite Mountain, Mingus Mountain, the Mongollon Rim and the San Fransisco Peaks.

U.S. Forest Service link:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/prescott/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=67583&actid=50

Directions to the trail head: I17 north toward Prescott. Take exit 262, AZ69 west toward Prescott for 33.8 miles. Follow the signs to E Gurley St., AZ 89 and follow E Gurley St. to S. Mount Vernon Ave. Turn left on Mt Vernon Ave., which becomes Senator Highway, and travel 6.4 miles to the trailhead parking area on the left side of the road. The Groom Creek Horse Camp is on the west side of the road.

Please lets all try to car pool to save our natural resources. Please meet at 6:45 a.m. in the Fry's parking lot at the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road, between the gas station and the store. Please state if you will be meeting at the car pool location or the trail head. We don't want to leave anyone behind. Some of us will have lunch afterward in Prescott so arrange your car pools accordingly. In other words, if you have to be back to Phoenix, ride with someone who also has to be back. Remember always to compensate your driver.

As always, water, water, water, nutritious snacks, hats, sunscreen, good footwear, cameras and, yes, water.

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a great time yesterday. Met some really nice people that I hope to see out hiking again. Gary and Darci, you are gracious hosts/leaders!

    July 1, 2012

  • Dottie

    Great hike. Trail very well maintained. People very friendly. Leader kept a close eye on all hikers and made sure everyone was safe and completed the hike.

    July 1, 2012

  • Patricia

    Had a really nice time talking to others and being in nature. Thanks for organizing Gary!

    July 1, 2012

  • Cy

    A fun but grueling hike. Thanks Gary

    July 1, 2012

  • Becky

    Great hike. Wonderful people.

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, fabulous people. This was my first hike with this group, everyone very friendly, look forward to hiking again with the group. Being new to the group, I had no problem finding a car pool to join, had a great time.

    June 30, 2012

  • Tim

    Hi Betsy, Can Dee and I catch a ride with you and Michael tomorrow morning? We will not be staying for lunch either.
    Thanks.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gary here's my cell-phone number just in case you need to reach me last minute-[masked]-3363. Thank you and see you tomorrow morning.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Betsy, will see you at 6:00 am at Thomas and 101.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cy if you have room for me I will contribute to the drive and carpool with your group. I will look for you in the morning.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Gary! I will be in front of B & N at 7 AM sharp:-)

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, I just wanted to check since other carpool locations were mentioned. I'll be at I17 and Bell and can drive although I would need a passenger who knows the area as I am new and don't really know where we're going.

    June 29, 2012

  • Becky

    I would love to carpool with someone if there is room for myself and my friend.

    June 29, 2012

  • Cy

    I am meeting at I17 and Bell. I have 4 but can take 5 if necessary, We are staying for lunch

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Betsy, I can drive to the carpool site. I know a couple of the carpools are already full. Don't want to get there and not have a ride...lol....Possible I can meet up with people at the carpool site for ride to Prescott. If not, I will drive but I only have room for one additional person in my car. My car is a convertible and the back seat is not comfortable for any drive more than a few minutes.

    June 29, 2012

  • Gene M.

    I'll be there. I don't normally drive if I don't have to but would if needed.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are people still meeting at the carpool location at 1-17 and Bell Road at 6:45?

    June 29, 2012

  • Naomi

    Betsey/Michael - you should probably make sure Michael has a ride from I-17 to the hike. I only have 4 seatbelts and it sounds like Gary has a full carload too.

    June 29, 2012

  • Gary R.

    Michelle and Drew, please meet Darci and me in front of Barnes and Noble, Southeast corner of Happy Valley Rd and I17 at 7:00 a.m. sharp. See you guys there.

    June 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Betsy, I would appreciate the ride. I don't know what time you would like to meet, but please let me know. I will check this site throughout the day or you can call me at[masked], thanks.

    June 29, 2012

  • Naomi

    Yes - Patricia. You can ride with Betsey, Dottie, and me. See you at I-17 and Happy Valley at 7am!

    June 29, 2012

  • Drew

    Hey Gary I would like to take you up on that offer opf a ride from the car pool location.

    June 29, 2012

  • Keegan L.

    Something came up Gary, and I'll need to "un-invite" myself. We'll hike together soon though I'm sure!

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am new to the group, coming from Chandler, would like to carpool either from the East Valley or from the Carpool spot.

    June 28, 2012

  • Keegan L.

    I'll ride with you Gary!

    June 28, 2012

  • Patricia

    naomi, betsy, if you still have room, i'd love to go with you. I also would like to be back in phoenix after the hike.

    June 28, 2012

  • Gary R.

    Would anyone like to car pool with Darci and I from I17 and Happy Valley Rd. or I17 and Carefree Highway. We can take two and do want to hang around for lunch.

    June 28, 2012

  • Naomi

    It's before (the 3rd exit north of the 101).

    June 28, 2012

  • Naomi

    Perfect! So how about we meet at 7am in the parking lot of TGI Friday's at I-17 and Happy Valley (first entry into the shopping area to the right of the exit ramp)? If anyone else would like to join us, I have room for 2 more.

    June 27, 2012

  • Naomi

    Betsey - not sure if your response is directed at me or not. If it is, I would prefer head back without lunch but am open.

    June 27, 2012

  • Dottie

    I want to take the spot that just opened up.

    Dottie

    June 27, 2012

  • Naomi

    I don't mind driving, but would rather carpool from I-17 and Happy Valley or Carefree Hwy, as I'm north of the 101. I have room for 3 more if anyone is interested.

    June 26, 2012

  • Diana

    I do like a lunch! So the answer must be yes

    June 24, 2012

  • Diana

    I am at Country Club and the 60. I will drive up to the carpool and will drive to the hike. If someone would like to join me please contact me.

    June 24, 2012

  • elaine

    I may not. Be able to attend the next hike on thrusday either my daughter just got a job. So will b watching my grandson at nights

    June 24, 2012

  • Cy

    car pool

    June 24, 2012

21 went

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Create a Meetup Group and meet new people

Get started Learn more
Henry

I decided to start Reno Motorcycle Riders Group because I wanted to be part of a group of people who enjoyed my passion... I was excited and nervous. Our group has grown by leaps and bounds. I never thought it would be this big.

Henry, started Reno Motorcycle Riders

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy