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Grant Cabin Shortcut Trail #306, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,811 feet
Elevation Gain -400 feet
Avg Time One Way quick
Kokopelli Seeds 1.57
Backpack Possible & Connecting
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
18  2020-09-05
Grant Creek Overnight Backpack
24  2020-09-05
Grant Creek - Primitive Blue Range
14  2018-07-20
Moonshine Park - Blue Range
9  2016-07-22
Grant Creek Trail #75 - Blue Range
23  2015-05-23
Upper Grant Creek Trail #65 - Blue Range
35  2014-07-17
Primitive Blue Range East
71  2014-06-21
Blue Range Primitive Area
7  2012-04-12
Moonshine Park - Blue Range
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Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:07am - 7:30pm
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moonshine or bust
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Likely In-Season!
The Northwest portion of the Blue Range Primitive Area where this trail is located has been severely affected by the Wallow Fire of June 2011. The area is currently open to public use and entry - HOWEVER trails may not have been recently assessed or maintained for hazards associated with the fire, so plan your trip accordingly.

Please keep in mind that any area affected by the wildfire can be prone to hazards such as falling trees, flooding, and burned-out stump holes. The environment you are entering is highly susceptible to rainstorms and wind events. Any time you enter the forest, you should be aware of your environment and changing weather conditions. You are responsible for your own safety! Always look up, look down, and look all around.

This shortcut connector provides a route from Grant Creek Trail on the rim of Grant Creek Canyon to Upper Grant Creek Trail along the canyon floor. It offers access between those two trails or to Long Cienega Trail without having to go the long way around via the Paradise Trail. So doing, it cuts over 4 miles off a loop hike that starts down Grant Creek Trail and returns by Upper Grant Creek Trail. That leaves a manageable but ambitious Grant/Upper Grant Creek day hike of about 10.5 miles rather than one of over 14 miles. It also makes a loop route via Grant Creek and Long Cienega 4 miles shorter than hiking them via the Paradise Trail.

About 100 yards upstream from the point where the trail reaches the canyon bottom "on the only flat land in the canyon," you'll find what's left of Grant Cabin, an old ranch line shack. Only four walls and an old corral remain from the days when cowboys had to virtually live with their cattle. Remains of old copper vessels found nearby suggest that a little moonshining may have been practiced here as well.

Grant Cabin Shortcut, and the nearby portions of the trails it connects, winds through a variety of upland habitats. A relatively solid canopy of mixed conifers, broken intermittently by small cienega and occasional ponderosa pine stands, covers the highlands. On the slopes of the canyon, pinyon/juniper woodlands cover southern exposures, while colonies of conifers keep to cooler northern slopes. Below their Grant Cabin connection, the environs of Grant Creek and Upper Grant Creek Trails change markedly as they begin their dive into the lower reaches of the Blue.

Notes: No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in the Primitive area.

Trail Log:
0.0 Junction with Grant Creek Trail #75. Junction occurs at a gate about 1.5 miles below P-Bar Lake on the Grant Creek Trail. Trail cuts back to the west at this point.
0.3 Trail is adjacent to a fence. Don't cross through the gate!
0.6 Trail crosses rock outcrop and descends through a series of switchbacks (constructed by Apache-Sitgreaves volunteer crew in 1989)
0.9 Junction with Upper Grant Trail #65. Grant Cabin and old wooden corral are visible upstream.

USGS Maps: Hannagan, Strayhorse

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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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2021-06-01 HAZ_Hikebot

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    To hike
    Grant Cabin Shortcut is accessible only via other backcountry trails. Grant Creek Trail leads to its upper trailhead. Upper Grant Creek Trail leads to its lower trailhead. For the most convenient access, drive south on US 191 to the south end of Hannagan Meadow and turn left (east) to the Steeple/Foote Creek trailhead. Hike Foote Creek Trail #76 about 3.5 miles to Grant Creek Trail #75 just beyond P-Bar Lake. Follow Grant Creek Trail for approximately 1.5 miles to the Grant Cabin Shortcut.

    Backcountry Access: Grant Cabin Shortcut is accessible via Foote Creek Trail #76 to Grant Creek Trail #75, Upper Grant Creek Trail #65, and Long Cienega Trail #305.
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