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Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
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Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ 
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2016
Hiking19.81 Miles 2,282 AEG
Hiking19.81 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.56 mph
2,282 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
1st trip
Old man doc eagle and I set out in the rain on #308. The area got hit pretty good by waves of storms just prior to our arrival. This impromptu loop hike was not what I expected. Rice paper silhouettes of Granite Mountain captivated our attention. That serene sight through the rain was rudely interrupted by the music of nature echoing in the distance. Dry creeks flowing like rivers may be the best therapy on earth. The bickering and back n forth jokes gave way. Our pace went from pastel to deep contrast. "Hey check this out", then we raced to the next ravine.

The party was over by #671 when the sun started dissolving the clouds. Still a nice hike on trails I doubt many hikers experience. We found a semi shortcut near Shroder Tank but Bruce isn't a Ricky fan and complained about the missing c.

We turned the corner on #41 just before noon to bring the loop home. 20 minutes later we stopped for lunch. Bruce had a special Oreo sampler session arranged. We flavor profiled Mint Oreos vs Thin Mint Oreos. I taught him how we use our tongues to observe the oreo, but also, once you swallow the oreo, the mint aroma changes because you're receiving it retro-nasally.

The trail petered out at Red Hill Tank. After hopscotching through chaparral we found upper Tonto Wash traveled much easier. Bruce either had an adrenaline kick or oreo flash backs and was off to the races!

Granite Mountain was spectacular approaching Blair Saddle. I love the forest from the saddle down to Mint Wash. It was a first for me along Mint Wash Trail #345. This trail is a winner, especially after heavy morning rain storms! The upper NE third where it gets away from the creek is just okay but made for a nice loop.
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Granite Basin Lake Red Hill Tank
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
substantial in areas

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Granite Basin Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
looked full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mint Wash Waters Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
flowing like a river, not typical

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Red Hill Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shroder Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
looked weak for the rain the area just received
- joe
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