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10 by photographer avatarJohn9L
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Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2012
John9L
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles
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It was another great day out on the trails! Originally Kyle and I were planning on hiking in the eastern Supes but the temps were a little on the warm side. I wanted to find a hike that had some elevation hoping it would be a little cooler. After seeing Juan Jaime's pics from Granite Peak last week, this looked like the perfect hike.

We started our hike around 9am and made quick time heading up the trail and up the switchbacks. We took a short walk over to the main viewpoint and enjoyed the views and a quick snack. From there we headed back and picked up the spur trail that leads to Granite Peak. The first half mile is very easy going. There were plenty of cairns to follow and we both had GPS with a track preloaded from one of our fellow HAZ members. This helped tremendously.

The "trail" then starts climbing and this is where things get interesting. You have to scramble up a draw and we were constantly looking for the next cairn. It really helped having both of us route finding because it was easy to wander off the path. The second person could scan for the next marker. This kept us on track. We went back and forth as the leader. The scramble is definitely a challenge and was a lot of fun! After considerable effort we reached the summit. We had a look around and found the trail register. The gnats were extremely annoying so we quickly signed the register and dropped down a little bit to have lunch in some shade.

After lunch we started our descent. It was much easier going down. We retraced our steps and were back on level ground in no time. The rest of the return flew by and we were back at the car in no time. This was an excellent hike that I would definitely do again someday.

On the ride home, we had a good look at the Gladiator Fire burning near Crown King. It looked really bad and is an ominous sign for the start of the fire season.
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