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Granite Mountain Peak 7626, AZ

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Difficulty 4.5 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.15 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,550 feet
Elevation Gain 1,969 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,241 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 20.36
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6  2021-05-26
Granite Mountain Loop
12  2020-07-01
Granite Mountain Trail #261 and Peak 7626
30  2020-07-01
Granite Mountain Trail and Peak
8  2016-06-26 astrobrewer
74  2016-05-08 AZHiker456
6  2016-02-20 Tough_Boots
26  2015-04-04
Granite Mtn 7185 & 7626 via Williamson Valley
25  2015-04-04
Granite Mtn 7185 & 7626 via Williamson Valley
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Author gpsjoe
author avatar Guides 16
Routes 123
Photos 2,810
Trips 140 map ( 1,516 miles )
Age 78 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:35am - 7:38pm
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🔥 2018 Stubbs Fire34.7 mi**

Surprise!! There is a peak here.
by gpsjoe

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Sande J did the write-up of the Granite Mountain trail 261 for HAZ and there are many excellent trip reports and photos there. This write-up adds a trip to the peak of Granite Mountain. You must use trail 261 to get there so read both write-ups to get the full picture.

Sun_Hiker and I made our annual visit to Prescott on 12/27/2006. Our intention was to do the usual easy hike taking the Granite Mountain trail to the viewpoint and return. That's not what we did (it was all her fault). You can turn this hike from an easy or moderate 8.2 miler to the viewpoint into a strenuous 11 miler that includes Granite Mountain peak (about 500 feet higher than the viewpoint). That is what we did.

The 24K topo shows the easy hike in red and the route to the actual peak in blue.

On our way back from the viewpoint Sun_Hiker insisted that there must be a way to get to the true peak so we watched for signs of a trail off of the main trail. We found it. It is marked by a cairn and is reasonable easy to see if your looking for it. The use trail (not an official forest service trail) is easy to follow for the first 1/2 mile. Shortly after the start it is marked by many cairns that take you all the way to the peak. Muchos Gracias to whoever put the cairns there because I don't believe we would have made it without them.

The trail has some minor obstacles and requires a small amount of bushwhacking. The last half mile is slow going and involves a lot of non-technical rock climbing. We followed the cairns all the way. I think that if you can't find the next cairn you can safely assume that you are not on the trail.

At the top we found 3 Geodetic markers originally placed there about 100 years ago. There is also a sign in box hidden in the rocks opposite the peak indicated by the vertical stick. We signed in 12/27/2006.

It was overcast all day and quite cold at the top. It snowed for most of our return trip from the peak. The San Franciscos are clearly visible from the peak and I have included a shot of them taken at 6X optical zoom. There are 70 air miles between Granite and Humphrey peaks.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.

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2006-12-30 gpsjoe
    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.

    Map Drive
    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 FR 374( You will see the brown recreation sign marking the Granite Basin Day Use area including the Metate Trailhead.) Follow the road about 3 miles back to the trailhead parking area at the end of the loop road.

    2011-09-16 Garry Milo There is no sign for FR374. There is a sign for Granite Basin Road. Once you turn on to it, the FR374 sign is a few hundred feet down the 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
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