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Little Granite Mountain - McDowellsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.11 Miles 1,406 AEG
Hiking5.11 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   2.47 mph
1,406 ft AEG   3 Hrs   57 Mns Break
 
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I hiked up Little Granite Mountain 19 months ago. Scottsdale owned the land then, but had not yet developed it as a hiking area.
Now there’s a real trailhead at 136th St & Lone Mountain Rd (AKA Powerline Rd), plus many new and newly groomed trails, with a slew of trail names not yet documented on HAZ. I hiked on (or crossed) Bootlegger Tr, Granite Mtn loop Tr, Cow Poke Tr, Saddle Horn Tr and a few more.
My GPS track won’t keep you on any of the trails very long, especially on my way up the mountain. (no trail to the top)

My intent was to look over the area for future hikes with out-of-town guests, and also bushwhack up the mountain and check on GRAN Triangulation Station. 19 months ago, I had to dig it out of rock granules, 3 inches deep. This time, it again was buried.

GRAN was monumented (1946) on the highest point of (surveyor’s words) “Granite Mountain, on top of a bedrock pinnacle, 12 ft high”. GRAN’s two reference marks are on large boulders nearby, easily seen from atop the pinnacle, if you know where to look. Gran Azimuth Mark was positioned a couple miles west, near the ruins of the Brown’s ranch house and corrals. (I found the azimuth on a previous hike.)

I picture the surveyors having a bit of fun with this job. There’s just enough room atop the ‘pinnacle’ to do their work and establish a 5 ft wooden staff for distant viewing. A great location for a benchmark. In 1946 the surveyors drove to the base of the mountain from the still active Brown’s ranch, probably maneuvering around large numbers of cattle.
There’s a summit log atop the pinnacle and another one lodged in a crack, low on the same pinnacle (I guess the 2nd one is for those who don’t want to climb up the pinnacle) :)

As a bonus, I had a perfect spot to watch an aerobatic routine by a tiny biplane. The biplane was busy doing loops, split-S(s), barrel roles, and seemed to enjoy immelmans the most. He did at least 5 of them. I need a better zoom on my camera.

From the top of the mountain, I could see Humboldt Pk to the north (Home to the white golf-ball-looking FAA Air Traffic Control RADAR facility), and to the south I could see Tom’s thumb sticking up, and surprisingly I could see the antenna farm on Thompson Pk. I could’t see the mountain - just the antenna - Cool :).

Just before hiking off the mountain, I found a well hidden geocache in an ammo can. From there, I purposely hiked off the mountain to the northwest, so I could explore more of the new trails on my way back to the TH, southeast of the mountain.

I give the trails an “A+” for all casual hikers and for out-of-town guests.
Equestrians and bikers will also like the trails.
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