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Pinal Trail #713, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,670 feet
Elevation Gain 500 feet
Accumulated Gain 573 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.87
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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
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Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Grand-ville Enchantment
by PrestonSands

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The Pinal Trail #713 is a connector trail that runs between Granville Campground and the Frye Trail #12 (part of the Grand Enchantment Trail) in the mountains north of Clifton, Arizona. Although lightly traveled, this trail is in excellent shape and is easy to follow, with a definite footpath and plenty of blazes marking the route. Highlights of this hike include far reaching views into New Mexico, colorful bedrock in various hues of red, white and grey, and plentiful greenery.

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.

The hike begins near several cabins on the east side of the Granville Campground loop road. At the highest part of the loop road, there is a side road heading uphill to the north, away from the campground and cabins, that is identified by a vertical brown signpost with the word trail. This side road is the Granville Trail #572. Follow the Granville Trail north for a few hundred feet until you come to an opening in a barbed wire fence, where there is a second vertical brown signpost with the word trail. There is a wooden sign nailed to a tree on your right identifying this as the junction with the Pinal Trail.

The Pinal Trail begins by climbing the embankment to your right, then doubling back to the south to follow a barbed wire fence for awhile. A little ways on, the trail bends left (southeast) to begin a steady climb up a mountainside densely wooded in pinyon, scrub oak and juniper. The trail gradually curves east, then north to traverse a side canyon of Chase Creek. On the east side of this canyon, there is a sizable outcrop of white conglomerate rock on the south side of the trail, where one can enjoy a fine view of the surrounding peaks and the Morenci mining operation.

Continuing on, the trail reaches its highpoint while passing through a broad saddle shaded by ponderosa pines and gambel oaks. The Pinal Trail turns north to leave the saddle and begins a steady descent into upper Cave Creek canyon. Pines give way to pinyon-oak woodland, as the trail negotiates two small ridges. Openings in the thick vegetation allow for distant views of the Gila Wilderness and the Blue River area.

At 1.8 miles, the trail crosses a small bench where a clearing in the junipers reveals a decent campsite. The Pinal Trail then drops off the east side of the bench to meet the Frye Trail #12 at mile 2, on a slope above upper Fry Canyon. The Frye Trail is not signed at the junction, but the Pinal Trail is. From this point, one can continue north or south along the Frye Trail (Grand Enchantment Trail), or complete a loop hike by heading north and taking the Granville Trail #572 back to Granville Campground. Otherwise, return the way you came.

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2008-08-20 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
    Pinal Trail #713
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    After ooohhhing and aaahhhing on the drive up the Byway and through the Mine, we made it to the Granville area for a Hike...

    The TH is interesting as there as several old Forest Service Cabins in the area. Some look totally abandoned and some look like they may still be in use.

    The Trail was in good shape. It was somewhat rocky and the Agave seemed to like the Trail more than the surrounding area. Started ascending up a long hill almost immediately, but we were rewarded with great views all along the way and along the ridges. This Trail had a roller coaster feel to it after the first big hill. Up, down, and around various small canyons. It was a little warm, but there were plenty of places to find shade so it was all good...

    Got to the intersection with the Frye Trail and hung a left, taking it down to the area where you go off Trail through a drainage to reach an old homestead area and the Frye Spring. Very interesting area, the corral is basically intact, but the cabin is flattened, most likely from age and weather. Very interesting picking through the area though, with pieces of old amythest glass, pottery and pieces of equipment still strewn about. After exploring a bit and having a bite to eat, we left to return the way we came. After hiking the roller coaster again, we finally descended down the last big hill and back to the car.

    Stopped a few times on the Coronado Trail on the way back down to Clifton for some nice Overlooks and Photo Ops. Arrived in Clifton, parked the vehicle and walked around the historic part of town. The old Jail is very interesting. What you see on the street is just the entrance. They blasted a hole in the mountain and the Cells of the Jail are actually down inside the Mountain. It was closed when we got there so we didn't get to go inside, but it had the feel of a Dungeon....

    Walked around Chase Creek (the main street in old Clifton) enjoying the old buildings. We then walked over to the old Railroad Depot which now serves as the Clifton Chamber of Commerce. It was closed as well, so we just enjoyed the architecture and I really liked the old Oak doors all around....

    From the Depot, we walked over and checked out the San Francisco River (in AZ, :lol: ). We walked over the Bridge and took advantage of the late afternoon Light for some more Photo Ops. Walked back to Chase Creek where the car was parked after the Photo session, and after getting a snack at the only shop left open due to the late hour, we spotted some Bighorn Sheep on the hill across the road behind the Circle K. The Shopkeeper stated that they were in that area frequently. I walked across the Highway and got as close as I could without spooking them too much, but even then, between the distance and the now fairly low light, my Photos of them leave alot to be desired....It was still very cool to see them and they did not appear to be nearly as skittish as other Sheep I have encountered. I imagine, with the comings and goings at Circle K, they've gotten fairly used to people just below them....

    Decided to head out after that, as it was almost dark and we still had some driving to do. What a remarkable day! History abounded on this day and I learned alot about an area of AZ where I have never been before, plus got some scenic exercise to boot!!! Thanks Chad, for a great day and for being such a great Tour Guide!!! :DANCE:
    Pinal Trail #713
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    Day trip from Safford up the Coronado Trail to Granville with Pam driving and me navigating.

    Part #1 - 1 hour stop at the Black Hills rockhounding area for a quick fire agate hunt.

    Part #2 - We then decided on a scenic drive along the Black Hills Back Country Byway to reach Clifton. This ended up being my favorite section of the whole trip, seperate triplog to come!

    Part #3 - We then drove up through Clifton, Morenci and the Freeport-McMoRan open pit copper mine. The drive through this enormous mine operation always leaves me in awe everytime I see it! We then made the brief mandatory stop at the big mine overlook for pics before continuing on up the Coronado trail to Granville.

    Part #4 - After a short stop at the Chase Creek overlook, we soon arrived at the Granville campground for the day's hike. We headed up the Pinal Trail taking it the 2 miles east to the Fry Trail/Coronado GET T and then the short hike north down to Fry spring. We spent about 30 minutes here exploring the old corral/shack/spring area and having lunch before returning back the way we came. This trail is in excellent shape with some good overlook views and I will be back to explore more of this scenic Granville area!

    Part #5 - We then made the drive back down the Coronado Trail, back through the mine and stopping along the Chase Creek historic district in Clifton for a late evening tour of this historic little town. We toured down Chase Creek road,the old jail in the rock, the train station, the bridge over the San Fransciso river & returned back to Chase Creek where we then spotted 3 Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep on the cliffs above the Circle K :o Took a few pics of the sheep and then returned back to Safford to end a wonderful day!!!

    Rockhounding, scenic byway drive, copper mine, Coronado Trail, Granville hike and a tour of old Clifton make this a day trip I will remember for a long time. Thanks Pam (the Blam) !!!
    Pinal Trail #713
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    I didn't have much time, but I had to visit Granville and the Coronado Trail one last time before leaving Safford. After the always exciting drive up highway 191, I parked at Granville Campground, and hiked up the Pinal Trail. I started following bear tracks at the saddle highpoint, and had to turn around soon after to get back home in time. Short is better than nothing. I'm gonna miss you Granville. :(
    Pinal Trail #713
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    Hiked from Granville Campground to Frye Spring on the Frye Trail. The spring looked to be in great shape, with a gallon a minute or so of clear water flowing from a metal pipe. I had not noticed the huge patch of maples near the spring/coral area before. Most of the leaves were down, but there was still a lot of bright color. Saw no one (as usual), and got back to the trailhead at dusk. Fun hike!
    Pinal Trail #713
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    I finally had a chance to do this one. I was surprised to see this trail and the Frye Trail in such great condition. Easy to follow and minimal overgrowth is nice for a change :) I love the Granville area: plenty of trails, varied forest, and solitude.

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    To Granville Trailhead
    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 29.5 miles to the Granville Campground, near milepost 178. Turn right at the "Granville Cir" 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. (see hike description) There is additional parking at the far end of the campground loop, next to the corral.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 227 mi - about 4 hours 17 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 192 mi - about 3 hours 19 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 279 mi - about 4 hours 53 mins
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