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Goldwater Lakes Trail #396

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 4.3 (3)

A great climb in the trees.


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4.6

Miles

7.4

KM

93%

Runnable

6,164' 1,879 m

High

5,630' 1,716 m

Low

872' 266 m

Up

338' 103 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · Views

Need to Know

This can actually be done a s an 8.8 Mile loop starting on 396 and coming back on 61. There is no mark trail going down to the small lake in order to cross, so be aware.

Description

This is a great trail for a hot summer day. Located almost entirely in the trees it includes a bit of climbing without the trail being too rugged.

The trail starts at the White Spar campground just off of White Spar Road just minutes south of downtown Prescott. A winding climb brings you to a small overlook with good views of the mountains west of town.

Then a short downhill to the pond and the real climb begins. The first 1/4 mile is the toughest then it steps it's way to the saddle. Be sure to look off to your left while you climb to see Goldwater Lake. Then a gentle downhill through the trees and the final climb up to Senator Highway.

Then back down #396 for a great downhill but be careful going around the blind corners as this trail can get busy on the weekends.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Combs with improvements by Amnon Feiner

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 3 votes

#8

in Prescott

#9761

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#8

in Prescott

#303

in Arizona

#9,761

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A small pond on trail 396.
Jun 7, 2021 near Prescott, AZ
Crossing Bannon Creek on Trail 396.
Jun 7, 2021 near Prescott, AZ
TR 396
Mar 26, 2019 near Prescott, AZ

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Aug 20, 2018
Hunter S
Ran it bottom to top as a loop with 330, on to 81 for about 0.5 miles. And finished by hopping back on 396 to get back to the campground parking lot