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Grant Hill LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking2.04 Miles 398 AEG
Hiking2.04 Miles      53 Mns   2.50 mph
398 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Day 3 (Hike 4) –
After Webb Peak, I had a 20-25 minute rest as I continued the drive down Rt. 366 before arriving at what appeared to be the main takeoff point for the Grant Hill Loop Trail System. According to a sign at the TH, doing the entire loop was a 5.9 mile hike [too many miles for me, given that I had 7 peaks on the agenda!]. Thus, I planned to do an as-the-crow-flies type of approach to the summit; however, thanks to not having a route drawn up for this one, [along with the topo failing to load], I pretty much had to resort to aiming for the summit waypoint while interpreting the topography in “real life”, [something that Peter can do exceptionally well but definitely an area where I tend to fall short, often resulting in unnecessary mileage, AEG, and/or bloodshed]. Luckily, [given the extremely favorable topography and complete lack of brush in the Grant Hill area], my failed attempt at a ‘straight-shot’ approach to the summit of Grant Hill resulted in a nice loop hike of about 1.10 miles to the summit [.60-.65 miles on dirt road followed by .45-.50 miles of bushwhacking for the approach] and .95 miles for the return trip [.40-.45 miles of bushwhacking followed by .45-.50 miles on dirt road].

Even with the many trees that look like they were taken down for fire safety measures, the area is so heavily wooded that there are absolutely no views from the summit, not even glimpses of views in the distance. Needless to say, the views [or lack thereof] from Grant Hill did not even put this summit in the running for making my Pinaleno Fab Five list for best summit views. However, I still really enjoyed the short trip to this summit. With virtually no brush, extremely gradual grades, and excellent footing of hard pack dirt [dirt road portions] or soft, pine-covered slopes [bushwhack portions], my route to Grant Hill would rank high among the easiest summit bushwhacks of my life. Mid-way through my peak-bagging frenzy, it came as a really nice break, and it was also a real treat to be able to go on autopilot mode while bushwhacking.
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