The Prescott area is known for its milder temperatures, beautifully scenic mountains, small hidden lakes and rolling granite dells. With such varied terrain, Prescott, Arizona hiking trails range from easy lakeside loops to craggy mountain ascents topped by hundred mile views. This area is hike-able almost year round – excepting a few 100-degree-summer or snow-crusted-winter days.
Scroll down to explore Prescott area hikes by difficulty. Click hike names for full details.
Easy Prescott Area Hikes
★★★★☆Badger Springs Hiking Trail / East of Prescott / 0.8 miles
Have a blast exploring hieroglyphs and creekside boulders on this family friendly hike. The trail follows a short ravine to shimmering pools and an endless jumble of boulders on the banks of the Aqua Fria River.
★★★☆☆ Lynx Lake Hiking Trail Loop / East of Prescott / 2.3 mile loop
Escape life’s hustle and bustle on this pretty lakeside hike. Tucked into an intimate mountain valley, scenic Lynx Lake stays cool all year. The level pathway is paved half-way around, making it an easy hike for everyone.
★★★★☆ Watson Lake Hiking Trail Loop / Prescott / 4.8 mile loop
Explore rolling Granite Dells, hidden coves and a waterfall on this stunning loop hike. A series of mile-long trail sections circle Prescott’s largest lake. Each with surprises with a unique characteristics.
★★★☆☆ Willow Lake Hiking Trail Loop / Prescott / 5.2 mile loop
Opt to explore the rambunctious stone dells or mellow grassy banks of beautiful Willow Lake. Billowing boulders and mini-canyons flank the eastern shore. While broad reed lined banks flank the west.
Moderate Prescott Area Hikes
★★★★☆ Granite Mountain Hiking Trail / Prescott / 4.1 miles
Mild mountain temperatures and far-flung Prescott & Chino valleys views make this a perfect weekend hike. Tucked into Prescott National Forest, this trail has minimal crowds, pine-lined paths, a cool lake and incredible views.
★★☆☆☆ Thumb Butte Hiking Trail Loop / West of Prescott / 2.1 mile loop
Pretty, paved, petite and with phenomenal views this loop hike, ascends Prescott’s defining landmark to gorgeous area views. Throw in a picnic in this lovely park, and you have the makings of an perfect day outdoors.