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Balancing Rock Trail #349, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Prescott W
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Distance One Way 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,741 feet
Interest Seasonal Creek
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25  2018-09-10 RowdyandMe
6  2016-02-20
Granite Mountain Peak 7626
18  2011-09-24 NatureKopelli
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Located in the Granite Basin Recreation Area, this is a 3.2 mile hike connecting the Cayuse Day Use Area with Trail #261 near Granite Basin Lake.

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    Balancing Rock Trail #349
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    We headed back out to Granite Mountain in Prescott. Kyle and I hiked to the peak a few years ago and decided to return. This time we started with the Little Granite Mountain Loop. We made quick time as we traversed around this side peak. We took a break before we started the hike up the Granite Mountain Trail. We made steady progress as we hiked up the trail. Once up top we opted to head directly for the peak skipping the viewpoint. The going was relatively easy for the first half mile. There were some sporadic cairns that helped but you can’t rely on them and I referred to Route Scout to keep us on track. The climb to the summit went well as we fought our way up. The entire off trail portion of this hike is burned out. I had lots of ash on my hands and clothes.

    We topped out and signed the register and took our lunch. The summit is covered in Ladybugs. You had to be careful where you stepped because there were clusters of hundreds of them. After our break we made our return which went really well. We descended from the peak and Lily, Kyle’s dog, did great although I don’t recommend taking dogs to the summit. Once back on trail we flew down and were back to the car around mid-afternoon. It was a nice day in Prescott.

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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take I-17 North to the St Rt 69 Prescott exit, turn left (north) When entering Prescott stay Left on SR89 which is Sheldon St. Follow Sheldon St. to the 'T' intersection at Montezuma St. and turn right. Montezuma turns into Whipple which turns into Iron Springs Rd. (St Rt 10). Continue on this road. At about the 3.5 mile mark turn right on FR 374( You will see the brown recreation sign marking the Granite Basin Day Use area.) Follow the road about 2.5 miles back to the Cayuse Day Use Area Trailhead parking area on the right.
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