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Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2015
winotron
Hiking8.70 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.55 mph
1,700 ft AEG      45 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Headed up to Prescott for a hike in cooler weather. Still a little warm but definitely better than the 107 in the valley today. My first time in the Granite Mountain area, and it was an awesome hike. Just a few other cars at the TH when I got there around 10am.

The first mile was a nice stroll through pine-oak-juniper forest. Saw a couple groups of hikers early on. There was actually a small stream running next to the trail at one point. Once I left the shaded first mile, there were wildflowers EVERYWHERE! I really didn't expect such a great show. The contrast between the burned trees and the abundant wildflowers was interesting. Of course that meant there were also a million bees around, and they didn't like me staying and taking pictures too long.

The real elevation gain began after making the turn at the fence/trail junction. It was all manageable though, nothing too steep. The wildflowers continued as I went up, and the rocky scenery was awesome. Didn't see any other hikers for a long while. It was warming up a bit more but still nice. Made it to the saddle and checked out the views on both sides and continued up. The little valley area between the saddle and the summit was also full of flowers. Enjoyed the views from the summit, climbed around the rocks a bit, had a snack, and headed back down.

It really warmed up on my way down and I was glad I brought a lot of water with me. Passed a few groups of hikers that were going up as I was going down. It was cool to have some good views in front of me most of the way down. I really enjoyed this hike a lot, and I'd like to come back and explore some more of the trails. I feel like this is one of those quintessential Arizona hikes.
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Awesome wildflower show!
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