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Little Granite Mountain Loop, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Loop 7.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,633 feet
Elevation Gain 884 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,515 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.88
 Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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Routes 95
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Trips 384 map ( 2,943 miles )
Age 79 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Prescott Region
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Preferred May, Jun, Aug, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:53am - 6:30pm
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2 Alternative
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🔥 2018 Stubbs Fire34.7 mi**
🔥 2013 Doce Fire23.8 mi*
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Woods and views
by MEWhiteman

This hike is a pleasant loop hike of 7.3 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.

Start 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). At .07 miles continue straight passing a shortcut on the left. At 0.17 miles (N34 37.004' W112 33.077') turn left to avoid the spur trail to the lake. At .23 miles arrive at the the junction with the Balancing Rock Trail #349 (N34 37.048 W112 33.094). Turn left here and at .37 miles pass the shortcut coming in from the left. At .39 miles reach 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 .41 miles (N34 36.974 W112 33.217).

The trail begins a steady climb of 950 feet with few switchbacks to the saddle between Little Granite Mountain and Two Rock Mountain. This is through a 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. This trail somewhat eroded and has slippery gravel in places. Look sharp to stay on the trail and not be fooled by runoff areas. 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. It's about 1.7 miles back to your car from here through the scrub and 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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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2009-09-03 MEWhiteman
    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.

     Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

    Paved - Car Okay

    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 Granite Basin Road( Just prior to the turn you will see the brown recreation sign marking the Granite Basin Day Use area including mileage to the Yavapai Campground and Granite Basin Lake.) Follow the road about 3 miles back to the trailhead parking area at the end of the loop 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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