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Little Granite Mountain Trail #37, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Prescott W
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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance One Way 4.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,100 feet
Elevation Gain 512 feet
Accumulated Gain 888 feet
Avg Time One Way 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.16
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Little Granite Mountain Loop
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Author Abe
author avatar Guides 17
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Trips 59 map ( 426 miles )
Age 61 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:12am - 6:40pm
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by Abe

Likely In-Season!
For years I have avoided Granite Mountain. Looks pretty every day I see it, just on the other side of Prescott. Clearly lots of folks go there, some tell me at work what a great week-end they had camping and hiking in the area. Without a doubt a very popular spot for those who live here in the local area around Prescott, as well as, those visiting from else where. So I never ventured forth to check it out on my own. What a mistake!

Super Bowl Sunday, chores were done, I was getting fidgety, so I asked my youngest boy, Chris, if he wanted to go hiking. Off we went after a quick packing of our gear, quick look at a area from my loose leaf notebook full of write-ups from the Prescott National Forest to pick a hike, and down the road we went for our impromptu hike.

The trailhead was packed! And small to boot. But I managed to manuver my jeep into a small slice between vehicles with my front end slightly under a tree. Chris and I wasted no time throwing our gear on and hitting the trail. Easy to find and starting its journey up hill, it is clear as day a very popular trail. Signs of boot prints, bike tire prints, and occasional horse prints fill the trail as it meanders through brush with scattered pines, juniper and boulders.

I let Chris lead the way so he could set the pace and surprisingly it was a brisk one. He is on the junior high basketball team and when I told him of the benefits of hiking as a way of getting in shape, I think he took it seriously and me to task. So I just gave him his lead.

The trail levels a bit once on top, the trees a bit thicker mingling among some large rocks. Interestingly, I noted very little signs of the bark beatle, which was pleasant to see. Here and there were small patches of snow under shade, protected from the direct sunlight, reminding us of the small storm which recently pass. Another sad winter, the ninth I believe, with very little snowfall. But, at a gate we were taking a breather and when I looked to my right through the trees I witnessed an awesome sight. The snow cap San Francisco Peaks majestic in the clear air and the red rock country of Sedona! Beautiful.

Pass the gate the trail begins a downward trek. A short distance we come up on Clark Springs Trail #40, which would hook to the right and head on down to Granite Basin Lake. Nearby, three young men with trail maintenance implements laying by their sides were kicking back taking a break and enjoying the day. We said howdy and continue our trek downward, which got a little steeper and opened up into brush and boulder country, affording us a fantastic view to the north. I spotted Hyde Mountain and Juniper Mesa about 25 miles away as the crow flies.

We worked our way down and passed a couple of young ladies struggling back up. Neither had any gear, nor water, so I offered them a bottle water. They declined and continued to trudge on, youth at its finest, and Chris and I continued our travels down the trail.

The trail levels off for the rest of our hike. It was then I began to notice charred, burned skeletons of trees cast forth throughout the countryside from the Doce fire of 1990. A man-made caused fire, it had burned over 300 acres. And believe it or not! Enjoying the view and not paying attention to the trail I walked into a prickly pear overlapping the trail! I pulled back quickly but to no avail, a couple of spines found its mark in my skin. A minor annoyance Chris and I kept on walking until we stopped at the end of the hike and I could pull the stickers, two of 'em, out with tweezers.

At the Upper Pasture Trail #38, we stopped, kicked back, and took our break before turning around and heading back to the trailhead. Now, the confession, before the hike I did not study the write-up throughly, I just knew it stated the trail was 3.3 miles in lentgh and it hit another trail. I thought we hit the end of the trail! The pace was right, the timing was right. However, after reviewing the trail signs during the hike and write-up after the hike neither seems to match when it comes to mileage.

But I will say this, the area holds promise and I will return. Granted we ran into several folks and dogs, young and old, but I will return.

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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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2004-02-07 Abe

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Little Granite Mountain Trail #37
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    Splendid hike. I chose to do this in a CCW direction. It was a tad warm at the SW corner of the loop, a 500 foot ascent to a saddle before dropping down and returning to the trailhead. That ascent required a break on an otherwise easy and enjoyable hike. The trails are in excellent condition.

    Since I can't seem to do the big hikes anymore, I'm staying in Prescott for two more days so I can get a couple more "little" hikes in. I also wanted some monsoon action; I have not been disappointed. We had a deluge of rain with a nice show of lightning.

    Fun day.
    Little Granite Mountain Trail #37
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    We headed back out to Granite Mountain in Prescott. Kyle and I hiked to the peak a few years ago and decided to return. This time we started with the Little Granite Mountain Loop. We made quick time as we traversed around this side peak. We took a break before we started the hike up the Granite Mountain Trail. We made steady progress as we hiked up the trail. Once up top we opted to head directly for the peak skipping the viewpoint. The going was relatively easy for the first half mile. There were some sporadic cairns that helped but you can’t rely on them and I referred to Route Scout to keep us on track. The climb to the summit went well as we fought our way up. The entire off trail portion of this hike is burned out. I had lots of ash on my hands and clothes.

    We topped out and signed the register and took our lunch. The summit is covered in Ladybugs. You had to be careful where you stepped because there were clusters of hundreds of them. After our break we made our return which went really well. We descended from the peak and Lily, Kyle’s dog, did great although I don’t recommend taking dogs to the summit. Once back on trail we flew down and were back to the car around mid-afternoon. It was a nice day in Prescott.
    Little Granite Mountain Trail #37
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    A great Sunday hike with some amazing views, wildlife and wildflowers. The weather and rain was just right. I wish I would have packed my fishing pole I might have stayed a little longer. I see on satellite there is large ruin at the top of Little Granite Mnt, we speculated the whole way on the route to the top. Probably make it out here again to see what other adventures this wilderness holds.

    There was great coverage after you left the 261 onto the 37.

    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.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    0 mile: At the intersection of Glassford Road and Highway 89A in Precott Valley, turn left onto 89A. Head toward Granite Mountain.

    9.1 miles: Turn left on Williamson Valley Road.

    11.6 miles: Turn right on Iron Springs Road.

    16.4 miles: Trialhead just on right side of Iron Springs Road.

    Forest service write-up: "The primary access to this trail is from the Iron Springs Road approximately 7 miles west of downtown Prescott. The trailhead is just 3.2 miles west of the turnoff to Granite Basin Lake (FR 374).
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