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Granite Peaks-Snow hike, AZ
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Granite Peaks-Snow hike, AZ 
Granite Peaks-Snow hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2015
Stoic
Hiking14.40 Miles 3,893 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   9 Hrs   37 Mns   1.62 mph
3,893 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I started my hike around 6:25am. The gates didn't open to the trailhead until 7am, so I had to start further back. This added 1.5miles to the hike. The hike started out great. The weather wasnt to bad and the trail was easy to follow. By 7:30am, I had already taken off my jacket. 4 miles into the hike, I went off trail to bag 7295. From this point I didnt see any footprints. The first half mile went smooth. The last 1/4 mile was rough. Bushwhacking and climbing boulders in the snow. I stayed a couple minutes then went on my way. I went down a different way to try to cut out some of the bushwhacking. This worked out well. There where more boulders and less bushes. I headed back to trail #261. I then took trail 261 to the end. I climbed up some boulders as far as I felt comfortable. I was about 10 feet from the highest point. I then backtracked 261 about 1/2 mile. Here I started for Granite Peak 7626. There where no trails past trail 261. Some occasional cairns, but no distinctive trail. 1/4 mile later, I ran out of footprints to follow. I was on my own. It took me 90 minutes to go the next 1.1 miles. I didnt stay up here to long, maybe 10 minutes.
Overall a great hike, with perfect weather. Im guessing mid-high 40s at the top, with a cool breeze. It was a full body workout. My upper body from all the climbing and my lower legs from all walking in snow. I am feeling it today (2 days later)
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