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Little Granite Mountain Loop, AZ
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Overview
This hike is a pleasant loop hike of 6.7 miles, half in shaded forest and half in open scrub with great views to the west. The hike utilizes the Clark Spring Trail #40, Little Granite Mountain Trail #37 and Granite Mountain Trail #261 trails in the Granite Basin Recreation Area to circumnavigate Little Granite Mountain in Prescott. The latter two trails have been described on Hike Arizona, but not the Clark Springs Trail.


2017
Clark Spring Trail #40 now has more switchbacks, adds 0.3 mi to the loop.

Hike
We began this hike at the Metate Trailhead in the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Begin on the Granite Mountain Trail #261 across the street from the parking area by the trailhead driveway (N34 36.936 W112 33.078). Follow this for 0.2 miles to the junction with the Balancing Rock Trail #349 (N34 37.048 W112 33.094). Turn left here and follow for 0.15 miles to the intersection with the Clark Springs Trail (#40) (N34 36.964 W112 33.201). Turn right here. The trail begins on a dirt road but quickly turns left off the road at N34 36.974 W112 33.217.

The trail begins a steady climb of 850 feet with few switchbacks to the saddle between Little Granite Mountain and Two Rock Mountain. This is through shaded forest with mature pine and oak trees. The trail passes Clark Spring at about 1.2 miles from the beginning of trail #40, but we missed it on our hike as we weren't looking for it. The Clark Springs Trail ends at its intersection with the Little Granite Mountain Trail (#37) (N34 36.028 W112 34.472). You pass through a gate at this intersection. Turn right on the Little Granite Mountain trail (#37) and climb the last 100 feet to the highest point on the hike. Beginning here and for the next mile there are great views to the west. Over this distance you are going downhill, a pleasant break from the uphill on the prior trail. We found this trail somewhat eroded as there appears to have been heavy rains in the area prior to our hike (Sep '09). This area was mostly scrub.

At 1.6 miles on trail #37 you reach the junction with Upper Pasture Trail #38 (N34 36.984 W112 34.920) to the left and White Rock Spring Trail #39 to the right. Go right towards White Rock Spring Trail #39. Approximately 2.8 miles from the Clark Spring Trail #40 there is heavy wooden gate. Go through the gate and turn right on the Granite Mountain Trail #261 to return to the trailhead. Its about 1.7 miles back to your car from here through shaded forest with only minor ups and downs. When you reach the intersection with trail #349, you retrace your steps from the beginning of the hike to return to the trailhead.
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Loop 7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,633 feet
Elevation Gain 884 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,193 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.97
Author MEWhiteman
Descriptions 40
Routes 91
Photos 790
Trips 343 map ( 2,636 miles )
Age 73
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Viewed All Mine Following
6  2016-02-20
Granite Mountain Peak 7626
Tough_Boots
18  2015-06-22 ads99
20  2015-05-03 Droog
12  2014-09-27 bballard
4  2014-08-10 Hiking_Fool
5  2013-04-28 mazatzal
14  2011-07-25 MEWhiteman
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Forest Prescott
Backpack   Yes & Possibly Connect
Preferred   May, Jun, Aug, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:36am - 5:55pm
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Water
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Metate Connector Trail #353
0.0 mi away
0.3 mi
50 ft
Clark Spring Trail #40
0.1 mi away
2.1 mi
791 ft
Granite Mountain Peak 7295
0.3 mi away
6.9 mi
1,695 ft
Granite Mountain Peak 7626
0.3 mi away
11.0 mi
2,800 ft
Granite Mountain Trail #261
0.3 mi away
8.2 mi
1,700 ft
Surprise Springs #350
0.4 mi away
1.3 mi
274 ft
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Fauna
Arizona Black Rattlesnake
Arizona Mountain Kingsnake
Black-tailed Rattlesnake
Gopher Snake
Tarantula
Unidentified Fauna
Western Tent Caterpillar
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Flora
Century Plant
Sacred Datura
Yellow Pond Lily
Meteorology
Rain
Named place
Alkali Spring
Blair Pass
Granite Basin Dam
Granite Basin Lake
Granite Mountain
Granite Mountain Wilderness
Little Granite Mountain
Culture
Benchmark
Cadastral Survey Marker
HAZ - Selfie
Informational/Interpretive Trail Sign
Intrepid Back Shot
johnr1
Reference Mark
Woods and views
by MEWhiteman

Overview
This hike is a pleasant loop hike of 6.7 miles, half in shaded forest and half in open scrub with great views to the west. The hike utilizes the Clark Spring Trail #40, Little Granite Mountain Trail #37 and Granite Mountain Trail #261 trails in the Granite Basin Recreation Area to circumnavigate Little Granite Mountain in Prescott. The latter two trails have been described on Hike Arizona, but not the Clark Springs Trail.


2017
Clark Spring Trail #40 now has more switchbacks, adds 0.3 mi to the loop.

Hike
We began this hike at the Metate Trailhead in the Granite Basin Recreation Area. Begin on the Granite Mountain Trail #261 across the street from the parking area by the trailhead driveway (N34 36.936 W112 33.078). Follow this for 0.2 miles to the junction with the Balancing Rock Trail #349 (N34 37.048 W112 33.094). Turn left here and follow for 0.15 miles to the intersection with the Clark Springs Trail (#40) (N34 36.964 W112 33.201). Turn right here. The trail begins on a dirt road but quickly turns left off the road at N34 36.974 W112 33.217.

The trail begins a steady climb of 850 feet with few switchbacks to the saddle between Little Granite Mountain and Two Rock Mountain. This is through shaded forest with mature pine and oak trees. The trail passes Clark Spring at about 1.2 miles from the beginning of trail #40, but we missed it on our hike as we weren't looking for it. The Clark Springs Trail ends at its intersection with the Little Granite Mountain Trail (#37) (N34 36.028 W112 34.472). You pass through a gate at this intersection. Turn right on the Little Granite Mountain trail (#37) and climb the last 100 feet to the highest point on the hike. Beginning here and for the next mile there are great views to the west. Over this distance you are going downhill, a pleasant break from the uphill on the prior trail. We found this trail somewhat eroded as there appears to have been heavy rains in the area prior to our hike (Sep '09). This area was mostly scrub.

At 1.6 miles on trail #37 you reach the junction with Upper Pasture Trail #38 (N34 36.984 W112 34.920) to the left and White Rock Spring Trail #39 to the right. Go right towards White Rock Spring Trail #39. Approximately 2.8 miles from the Clark Spring Trail #40 there is heavy wooden gate. Go through the gate and turn right on the Granite Mountain Trail #261 to return to the trailhead. Its about 1.7 miles back to your car from here through shaded forest with only minor ups and downs. When you reach the intersection with trail #349, you retrace your steps from the beginning of the hike to return to the trailhead.
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    To Metate Trailhead
    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 including the Metate Trailhead.) Follow the road about 3 miles back to the trailhead parking area at the end of the loop road.

    2011-09-16 Garry Milo There is no sign for FR374. There is a sign for Granite Basin Road. Once you turn on to it, the FR374 sign is a few hundred feet down the road.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 2 hours 18 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 3 hours 46 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 hours 1 min
    page created by MEWhiteman on Sep 03 2009 9:29 pm
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