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North Granite Trail #671, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,048 feet
Elevation Gain 506 feet
Accumulated Gain 510 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.1
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12  2016-08-27
Granite Mountain Circumference
joebartels
13  2016-08-27
Granite Mountain Circumference
The_Eagle
4  2015-02-06
Tin Trough Springs Trail #308
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author avatar Guides 16,882
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, Mar
Sun  6:18am - 6:27pm
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Overview: A remnant of a historic stagecoach road, North Granite Trail #671 is relatively level, though there are some places where time and water have carved deep gullies and troughs into the trail. There are wonderful views of Baby Granite Mountain to the south and sweeping hillsides of pinyon pine to the north. This trail serves primarily as a connector between other trails. It links Jim Higgs Trail #1937, Almosta Trail #622, and Jim and Gayle Higgs Trail #1959 to create several long, meandering routes ideal for horseback riding in this remote area. This trail also bridges Baby Granite Trail #320 and Tin Trough Springs Trail #308, which together comprise an 8.5-mile loop within the Granite Mountain Wilderness.


Expect hot, dry conditions and meager shade during the summer months. There is no drinking water at the trailhead or on the trail.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    North Granite Trail #671
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    Granite Mountain Circumference
    Old man doc eagle and I set out in the rain on #308. The area got hit pretty good by waves of storms just prior to our arrival. This impromptu loop hike was not what I expected. Rice paper silhouettes of Granite Mountain captivated our attention. That serene sight through the rain was rudely interrupted by the music of nature echoing in the distance. Dry creeks flowing like rivers may be the best therapy on earth. The bickering and back n forth jokes gave way. Our pace went from pastel to deep contrast. "Hey check this out", then we raced to the next ravine.

    The party was over by #671 when the sun started dissolving the clouds. Still a nice hike on trails I doubt many hikers experience. We found a semi shortcut near Shroder Tank but Bruce isn't a Ricky fan and complained about the missing c.

    We turned the corner on #41 just before noon to bring the loop home. 20 minutes later we stopped for lunch. Bruce had a special Oreo sampler session arranged. We flavor profiled Mint Oreos vs Thin Mint Oreos. I taught him how we use our tongues to observe the oreo, but also, once you swallow the oreo, the mint aroma changes because you're receiving it retro-nasally.

    The trail petered out at Red Hill Tank. After hopscotching through chaparral we found upper Tonto Wash traveled much easier. Bruce either had an adrenaline kick or oreo flash backs and was off to the races!

    Granite Mountain was spectacular approaching Blair Saddle. I love the forest from the saddle down to Mint Wash. It was a first for me along Mint Wash Trail #345. This trail is a winner, especially after heavy morning rain storms! The upper NE third where it gets away from the creek is just okay but made for a nice loop.

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    North Granite Trail #671
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    Needing to get a hike in after I was sidelined last week for the first time with an injury, Joe planned a Crown King hike as our destination. Mother Nature had other plans. We reached a place on the road to Crown King, just North of Bumble Bee, where we didn't feel safe crossing the flow across the Road. This is just south a bit where Castle Creek goes Under the Road. :next: https://youtu.be/3_ ... QiMo.

    We headed to Prescott

    Commercial:
    Using the power of the HAZ engine, we turned to Route Manager to develop a route to hike around Granite Mountain on the fly. It was completed and loaded into Route Scout on 2 mobile devices, before we arrived at the Williamson Valley Trailhead

    We did a CCW loop of Granite Mountain, starting on the Tin Trough Springs Trail #308 in a light rain and 58 degree. Tin Trough Springs #308 was actually running strong in spots. This is a bit of a roller coaster trail with good views to Granite Mountain and Baby Granite Mountain.

    Just past Baby Granite Mountain, you turn on to and old 2 track that's North Granite Mountain #671.

    Next it's on Cedar Springs #41. This is two track to Red Hill Tank, after that we found no trail until we got close to Cedar Spring. The best bet here, is to just follow the wash. The travel is much easier. This trail does not get a lot of traffic, but was easy to follow from Cedar Spring to White Rock Spring Trail #39.

    This trail is a steady climb to Blair Saddle and Granite Mountain #261. It's here we saw our first hikers and runners of the day.. Not having the time or the energy, we bypassed the climb and continued to Granite Basin Lake. It's a small but picturesque lake.

    Mint Wash Trail #345 was our last Trail for the day. The rains had the wash running real well. This is a pretty trail to hit if you are in the area.

    We made the best out of a Plan B and were able to hit some new trails.

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    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.


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    North Granite Trail #671 is an internal trail that can be accessed via Trail #622 or Trail #308. It is several miles to Trail #671 from either access point. To reach the trailhead for TR 622, travel north on Williamson Valley Road for 12.5 miles past its intersection with Iron Springs Road to Almosta Ranch Road. Turn left on Almosta Ranch Road and proceed 0.7 miles to the trailhead on the left. Parking is good. This is a county trail. Follow the county trail to Trail #622, which begins at the forest boundary.

    To reach the trailhead for Trail #308, travel north on Williamson Valley Road for 6.4 miles past its intersection with Iron Springs Road to the sign for the Williamson Valley Trailhead. Turn left to access the parking area. There is ample parking for horse trailers. Restrooms are located at the trailhead. Road conditions are suitable for all vehicles.
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