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Upper Grant Creek Trail #65 - Blue Range, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance One Way 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,722 feet
Elevation Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time One Way 2+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.33
Interest Perennial Creek
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Steeple Trail #73 - Blue Range
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Sun  6:33am - 5:28pm
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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Oct 9th to Dec 31st
Wildflower Dotted Meadows
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This upland trail provides rugged access to a picture-perfect land of wildflower dotted meadows and tall trees. One of it's most attractive features is that it opens up so many possibilities for loop hikes, most of which can be covered in a day. Other Forest trails accessible via Upper Grant Creek include Steeple Trail #73, Long Cienega #305, Grant Creek Trail #75, Paradise Trail #74, and Grant Cabin Shortcut #306. With a little creative pathfinding, you can turn this network of trails into several varied and enjoyable day hikes.


Upper Grant Creek Trail is accessible via any one of the above trails, but the shortest route is via Steeple Creek Trail from the Hannagan Meadow Trailhead. A 1.4-mile stroll through stands of tall conifer, alternating with small hidden meadows, brings you to the Upper Grant Trailhead in the middle of one of the larger meadows or ciénegas in the area. From this access point, the trail follows the course of Grant Creek as it drops into a steep, narrow canyon shaded by a canopy of Douglas-fir and aspen. The trail crisscrosses the tumbling brook that steadily increases in volume as it drops toward its confluence with the Blue. This section of the trail is not recommended for horses.

Hikers stand a very good chance of seeing wildlife in this area. In addition to elk and mule deer, black bears are regularly seen grubbing through the blow-downs. If you do happen to run across one of these big but shy creatures, the encounter will most likely be brief. Wild bears make a business of keeping a very low profile.

At 3.5 miles into the hike, you'll come onto an old cabin and corral site. Recently, some copper moonshining equipment was recovered from this site.

Notes:
No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) permitted in Primitive Area. Recommended ONLY for experienced mountain horses or pack trains.

Trail Log:
0.0 Trail terminus. Upper Grant Creek Trail leaves Steeple Trail in small ciénega (wet meadow) about 1.3 miles from Hannagan Trailhead.
2.2 Tributary drainage from north crosses the trail. Ranchers call it Slide Canyon as a horse needs to slide down it in spots.
3.2 Another tributary drainage from the north. Ranchers call this one Scoot Canyon as a horse needs to scoot down it.
3.5 Moonshiner's cabin and corral.
3.6 Junction with Grant Cabin Trail #306 which connects to Grant Creek Trail #75.
3.8 Junction with Long Cienega Trail #305 which connects to Steeple Trail #73.
4.0 Trail terminus. Junction with Paradise Trail #74.

USGS Maps: Hannagan Meadow, Strayhorse

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    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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    Upper Grant Creek Trail is accessible only via other backcountry trails. Steeple Trail leads to its upper trailhead. Paradise Trail leads to its lower trailhead. For the most convenient access, drive south on US 191 to the south end Hannagan Meadow and turn left (east) to the Steeple Trailhead. Hike this trail about 1 mile to Upper Grant Creek Trail.
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