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Smith Ravine trail

Mushrooms along the Smith Ravine trail
Lightning damaged tree along the Smith Ravine trail
Hiking along the Smith Ravine trail
Horned toad along the Smith Ravine trail
Hiking on the Smith Ravine trail
Views from the Smith Ravine trail
Shy deer along the Smith Ravine trail
Views from the Smith Ravine trail
Map: Smith Ravine trail
Elevation plot: Smith Ravine trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near Prescott, AZ.

To get to the trail head: from the Phoenix area, take I-17 North toward Flagstaff. At Cordes Junction, take HWY-69 towards Prescott. Just after leaving Prescott Valley, you'll turn left onto Walker Road (near the Costco). Take this paved road 5.0 miles (past Lynx lake on your left) to the signed trailhead and parking area on your right (and right across from signed Bannie Mine Road).
Walker Road
Prescott Area

Hike details

6.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The out and back described is 6.0 miles
3.25 [Hours]
It took us about 3 hours and 15 minutes, with a 15 minute break for lunch.
Elevation Change
1,000 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
It's 1000 feet of climbing to get to FR52A and the turn around point
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back
Special Features
  • Water
  • Wild Animals


Best Season
  • May
  • June
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Spring, Summer, Fall
Date Hike completed
August 24, 2014


Solitude Details
Considering the easy access, the solitude was surprisingly good. We only had to share the hike with one other group (and two mountain bikers).


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This was a moderate difficulty hike through a lovely forest.


Be Aware of
Mountain bikers, bees really like the start of the trail area.

Hike along the Smith Ravine trail near Prescott, Arizona.

From the well signed trailhead, start the gentle climb on the well worn dirt trail that eventually ends up at FR52A. The first 20 minutes of hiking is in a burned section of the forest, so there isn't any shade here, but as a bonus, the views of the surrounding area are unobstructed and scenic. The bees tend to like the flowers in the brush here too. Soon enough, you'll reach the protective shade of the pine (and every once in a while, spruce) forest. The trail crosses over Smith Ravine Spring, which has a little seep of water. Interestingly, there were two other running creeks along this hike, likely seasonal. The real draw on this hike is the solitude and the forest. We surprised a few deer, marveled in the abundance of mushrooms, and gently stepped over the horned toads as we walked. After 3.0 miles of hiking, you'll reach the easy identified dirt road that marks FR52A and the turn around point. There are a few nice rocks here for sitting and lunch. When ready, head back the way you came.


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