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Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2016
astrobrewer
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,796 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.32 mph
1,796 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
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I liked the beginning of this trail in the cool pine forest. Then as it started heading up the hill I was worried about it getting hot, but near the top of the hill the wind started blowing strongly which made it almost too cold. I followed the trail around to the South side of the rock pinnacle above the granite wall, but the trail sort of petered out. I climbed up a few boulders until I got to just below the peak, but the rocks were pretty much vertical and I didn't see a path to the top from that side. I found a nice comfy rock to sit on and had a snack and some water, then I started exploring around to see if there was a way to the top. I didn't find anything going around the front side. Then I tried going around the back side, but there was no trail, and it didn't look all that easy. I gave up since I don't like to get too daring when hiking alone. It was a little disappointing getting within 30 or 40 feet of the top and giving up, but it was a good walk anyway.

Both ways I saw more lizards than anything. It seemed like every boulder along the trail had at least one or two lizards on it, and they were constantly darting across the trail right in front of me too. When I was nearly back to the trailhead I saw something colorful moving ahead of me. It turned out to be a mountain king snake! It was not happy to see me and quickly dove under a rock to the side of the trail, but I managed to snap a couple of pictures.

Definitely going to do this one again.
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Lots of pinkish fragrant flowers that looked like snapdragons along trail.
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