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Granville Trail #572, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,680 feet
Elevation Gain 650 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.75
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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13  2009-10-29 PrestonSands
12  2007-03-24 PrestonSands
Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:02am - 6:21pm
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side trail on the Coronado Trail
by PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
The Granville Trail is a connector trail that runs from the Granville Campground to the Frye Trail, in the mountains north of Clifton, Arizona. Remote, unsigned and overgrown, this trail offers a challenge in route-finding, but it rewards hikers with solitude and views of the unspoiled mountain country of eastern Arizona. There are no trail signs on this hike; only blaze marks in the trees and occasional cairns mark the route.

The trail begins at the Granville Campground, which was the site of an early logging camp and summer retreat known as Granville. The logging operation here supplied the copper mines of the Clifton and Metcalf areas with lumber. The only structures remaining in Granville are the more recently built forest service cabins.

At the eastern side of the Granville Campground loop, look for a dirt road heading north and uphill past the forest service cabins. The old road follows the head waters of Chase Creek, and stays on the east bank as it climbs through the Arizona cypress and gambel oak trees. The road gradually gets worse, and soon disappears into the creek bed. Continue to follow the bed of Chase Creek uphill for a short distance.

At around 0.4 miles (33.19459 N, 109.37918 W), there will be a little side drainage taking off to the right, near some bigtooth maple trees. If you look carefully, you will see an old blaze mark cut into an alligator juniper tree on each side of a faint path that heads up the left side of the little side drainage. Begin following the path east, as it climbs up the fir, maple and ponderosa filled side drainage. There is a cairn at 0.65 miles, stay left. At about 0.75 miles, the Granville Trail climbs atop a little mound on the north side of the drainage, and begins a steep climb up a brushy hillside. A closer examination of the loose, gray limestone rock in the trail reveals thousands of tiny, donut shaped crinoid fossils, as the trail nears the top of the hillside. The Granville Trail soon reaches its high point in a saddle at 7330 feet.

From the saddle, the trail descends along the brushy, south facing slopes of an unnamed 7600 foot mountain. Occasional gaps in the brush reveal forested Frye Canyon below, along with pyramid shaped Walker Butte in the distance. Behind them, endless series of canyons and mountain ranges stretch to the horizon. The trail continues to descend, as it rounds a rocky butte above Frye Canyon. After the butte, the trail winds up on a ridge that divides Sardine Creek and Frye Canyon, and makes a half mile descent to the Frye Trail #12. The Granville Trail comes to an end here, but options for a loop hike exist. You can return via the Pinal Trail #713 by heading south on the Frye Trail; or return via the H.L. Canyon Trail #11 by heading north on the Frye Trail. Whatever you do, you probably won't see anyone else!

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2007-04-03 PrestonSands
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Granville Trail #572
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    After visiting a friend in Clifton I drove north on the Coronado Trail to visit one of my "special places": Granville. This area has always intrigued me. I didn't have much time, but a rushed visit is better than no visit. I parked at the corral and walked quickly up the trail. I made it to the old mine tunnel, and discovered another tunnel or cave hidden among the maple trees. I had to be back in Solomon at 6 pm, so I made a hasty retreat. Great fun and satisfying for the soul to see this area again. Hopefully I'll have more time on the next visit.
    Granville Trail #572
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    This was one of my rare trips where I wished I'd just stayed home and done yard work! Drove up the Coronado trail to the Granville CG to hike the Granville loop. I had a little trouble at first just finding the start of this trail before climbing up the rocky hillside to the highpoint only to realize I had left my GPS unit back down at the TH ](*,) Climbed the .5 mile back down to retrieve it and then back up and around to the south side of the mountain. The next 2 miles of trail was very difficult to follow through all the scratchy overgrowth and had me wishing I'd just gone up Mt Graham like I'd first planned for the day. Plan was to hike the Granville loop and after somehow finding the Frye trail hookup, one look down the trail (or lack of) and I decided to just make this an out & back. The return trip just sucked!!! I got overheated in the now 90+ deg temps causing me to puke gatorade, had a bad fall for the first time in years slicing my thumb to the bone, rolled my ankle on the rocky decent and arrived back at the parking area with the most scratched up legs I've ever had after a hike. Pumpkin You Granville trail was said as I drove out of the campground!!!

    To be fair to the Granville trail, this would be a solid contender hike without all the overgrowth. There are some very impressive views on top and the southern side of the trail had the best wild flower show on it I've seen all year. I just had a rare bad hiking day on it!

    The real highlight of this trip was driving through the Freeport-McMoran open pit copper mine at night and again during the day! I've driven through this mine many, many times and am always in awe at the sheer size of this operation!
    Granville Trail #572
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    I didn't have much time, and it looked like snow clouds above Granville, but I knew this was likely my last chance to catch some fall color on the Granville Trail, so I went. I stepped out onto the trail in the late afternoon in 34 degree, breezy weather, under overcast skies. Chilly! Green forest turned to an almost fluorescent pink as I arrived at the head of Chase Creek. Wow! I was amazed at how many maples there actually were in this stretch. The rest of the year they just blend in. Spent some time roaming through the trees, then headed up to the ancient overgrown mine. Lots of fossils to be seen, but nothing resembling ore. By the time I got back to my truck, it warmed to 35 degrees. Nice! I have yet to see any other hikers on the Granville Trail. 8)

    The mystery of the day: there was a continuous double strand of yellow wires running along the ground near the trail for at least 0.75 miles, with a sign tied to them reading "danger, high voltage". What?! The Forest Service thought it had something to do with an ADOT widening project, but it was nowhere near the highway. Weird. I just hope those wires don't involve expanding the Morenci open pit mine into the Granville area. :scared:
    Granville Trail #572
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    I had noticed a new "trail" sign near Granville Campground on a trip up the Coronado Trail in June, so I thought I'd swing on in and do some exploring. I hiked up the Granville Trail to the maple grove near the head of Chase Creek, where I noticed a nice new wooden "Granville Trail #572" sign. The Granville Trail now has its first real sign :) On the way back, I noticed another new sign for the "Pinal Trail", which I had been unable to locate until now. It was a hot, sticky afternoon, and the flies were horrendous, but, oh! the beautiful scenery! I love the Coronado Trail :D
    Granville Trail #572
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    The original plan for the day: H.L. Canyon Loop. But lingering storm clouds and unexpected snow at 6500 feet put an end to driving much further than Granville for me (snow on the Coronado Trail in my 2wd truck? :o No thanks!) Plan 2: make a loop out of the Granville, Frye and Pinal Trails. The going was slow on the Granville Trail, with slogging through mud and snow, and lots of snow falling off of branches and landing on me. So I ended up just hiking the Granville Trail. The day didn't go as planned, but it was cool to hike in a new area. I will hike you yet, H.L. Canyon Trail!

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    To hike
    From Safford, head east on Highway 70/191. 10 miles from Safford, the highway splits, turn left onto Highway 191 and follow it for another 23.75 miles to a highway junction known as 3-Way (old drive-in movie theater and store). Turn left to remain on Highway 191. From the 3-Way junction, head north for approximately 28.8 miles to the Granville Campground, near milepost 178. Turn right at the Granville Loop sign, and follow the road into the campground. Where the road forks to form a loop around the campground, stay right and follow the loop (marked as Forest Road 506A) to its highest point. Here there will be an old side road heading uphill to the right, marked by a fiberglass signpost with the word "trail". This is the start of the Granville Trail. There are no signs identifying this as the "Granville Trail" until you are 0.4 miles in.
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