The Rancho Vista Trail is a beautiful technically challenging trail to run in southwest Prescott. The trail starts at around 5600 feet and makes a very steep accent to over 6000 feet in just under .5 miles. The Rancho Vista Trail climbs over a series of switchback trails that take you above the tree line to reveal beautiful majestic views of all of Prescott and Bradshaw mountain range.
I ran about 1.5 miles up which took me into the Prescott National forest trails, which go on for miles. The trail is so steep in parts that you are doing a slow trot or fast hike, but running back down was amazingly fast and fun, you feel like an alpine skier jumping and sliding down the mountain.
Elevation: 5680’ (low) – 6052’ (high)
Length: .6 miles (one way) + Prescott National forest trails
Skill Level: Advanced
Directions: Google Maps: Rancho Vista Trail
Happy Trail Running :)