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Grant Creek Trail #75 - Blue Range, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance One Way 9.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,957 feet
Elevation Gain -3,565 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time One Way 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.32
Interest Perennial Creek
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:28am - 7:19pm
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7 Alternative
Historic Fire Perimetersacres
🔥 2020 Cow Canyon Fire34.4k
🔥 2011 Wallow Fire29.45
🔥 2010 Paradise Fire17.8 mi*
🔥 2006 Grant Wfu5.3k
🔥 2004 KP Fire32.5 mi*
🔥 2003 Thomas Fire10.04
🔥 2003 Steeple Fire20.7 mi*
🔥 1987 Park Fire12.9 mi*
🔥 View (All) - over Official Route 🔥
*perimeter length in miles

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 remember 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. Grant Creek Trail #75 is a major travel route between the rim and the floor of Blue River Canyon. Along the way, it offers a good sampling of some of the best the Blue country has to offer, from lush alpine forests to deep red rock canyons.

Like all Wilderness and Primitive Area trails, #75 is open to hiking and horseback riding, but mechanized and motorized travel is prohibited.

Grant Creek Trail is a major travel route between the rim and the floor of Blue River Canyon. Along the way, it offers a good sampling of some of the best the Blue country has to offer, from lush alpine forests to deep red rock canyons. Trail access (via Foote Creek Trail #76 is located close to Hannagan Campground, which accounts that this is one of the most well-used trails in the District). But don't let that deter you. No trail on the Alpine District is crowded.

Grant Creek Trail wanders among cool forests for its first few miles before beginning to seriously slope toward the canyon. The upland part of the trail offers good opportunities to see wildlife as you walk quietly through the trees. Some hike this section of the trail and return via the more rugged Grant Cabin and Upper Grant Creek Trails to put together a day hike entirely within the cool confines of the forest.

As the gradient steepens beyond Paradise Park, the forest becomes more open, and views broaden. Panoramas of Blue River Canyon and the surrounding mountains from the horizon. The views of the mountains across the Blue and overlooks of the red rock formations along Grant Creek continue to improve as the trail follows a sloping ridge into the canyon. Long-distance views then shrink as the horizon narrows, but you won't miss them as your attention turns to the natural sculptures of colorful red rocks that form the canyon walls here. These rugged formations set a photogenic contrast with the bright green of the box elders, narrow leaf cottonwoods, and Arizona sycamores that thrive in the moist, sheltered habitat. Also nestled between these walls are the pools and riffles of Grant Creek, which flows year-round. After providing a welcome opportunity to cool off, the trail stays with Grant Creek as the canyon broadens and continues toward the Blue.

No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive Area. White Oak Spring and Grant Creek provide reliable sources of flowing water.

Trail Log:
0.0 Trail terminus. Junction with Foote Creek Trail #76 at P-Bar Lake. Grant Creek Trail forks to the right, Foote Creek Trail forks to the left.
1.1 Trail switchback.
1.5 Junction with Grant Cabin Trail #306. There is a gate at this point.
2.7 Junction with Paradise Trail #74.
4.1 Spur trail to the left to White Oak Spring. Grant Creek Trail continues straight and begins descending an arid ridge.
5.9 Trail crosses Grant Creek.
8.8 Gate near moth of Grant Creek.
9.1 Trailhead adjacent to Blue River Road, Forest Road 281.

USGS Maps: Hannagan Meadow, Beaverhead, Bear Mountain.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a moderately difficult hike.

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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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    Drive 23 miles south on US 191 to the south end of Hannagan Meadow and turn left (east) of Forest Road 29A to the Steeple/Foote Creek Trailhead and parking lot. Access the Grant Creek Trail #75 via the Foote Creek Trail #76 to P-Bar Lake. Or, drive 3 miles east of Alpine on US 180 to Forest Road 281 (Blue River Road). Turn south and follow this scenic back road 26.5 miles to the Blue River Road trailhead for Grant Creek Trail.

    Backcountry Access: Grant Creek is also accessible via Foote Creek Trail #76, Grant Cabin Shortcut Trail #306, Paradise Trail #74, and P-Bar Lake Trail #326.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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