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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
Accumulated 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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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 169
Routes 148
Photos 5,629
Trips 1,542 map ( 7,871 miles )
Age 44 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:01am - 6:24pm
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The Granville Trail is a connector trail that runs from the Granville Campground to Frye Trail #12, 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 headwaters 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 and 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.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    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. No signs identify this as the "Granville Trail" until you are 0.4 miles in.
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