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Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2016
astrobrewer
Hiking9.84 Miles 2,341 AEG
Hiking9.84 Miles   7 Hrs   42 Mns   1.88 mph
2,341 ft AEG   2 Hrs   28 Mns Break
 
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I hiked trail #261 by myself a few weeks ago to the lookout. This time Bruce came along and we decided to go for the peak. We used @John9L's route but skipped the lookout. It was a warm and sunny day, but clouds came in from time to time and cooled things off a little. The initial section of the route after branching off #261 wasn't hard to follow. Pink ribbons in the tree branches were easy to spot as well as cairns. Then the trail starts going up. It was boulder hopping with a fair amount of underbrush to push through, and often what looked like the easy way to go was blocked by burnt tree branches. We went to the right of the route up the first steep pitch to the plateau below the peak then went back to the trail.

On the final steep section we somehow ended up to the left of the route and had a steeper climb than we could have, but once we figured out we weren't on the route we were committed. There were cairns even on our crappy route which convinced me that the whole peak has cairns randomly scattered all over it and not just on the easy trail. We came up directly from the South of the peak and followed an overgrown chute to the top coming up just to the West of the peak. It wasn't pretty, but we made it. There were bushes filled with gnats just below the top. To get to the top we had to brush against them and a cloud gnats would appear and cover my arms. At the top there was enough breeze to keep them away, so we sat for a while and enjoyed the view.

The way down was much easier. We went down the East side of the peak and followed the ridge line. We saw some cairns but there was lots of brush and burnt trees that made the climb down tough. When it looked like we were almost down to the plateau we found ourselves at an impassable drop off and had a fun time getting down the last few feet. After all that boulder hopping and bushwhacking it was a huge relief to get back to the actual trail again.

This was a challenging hike, but very rewarding.
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