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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
The_Eagle
Hiking20.28 Miles 2,330 AEG
Hiking20.28 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.62 mph
2,330 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Needing to get a hike in after I was sidelined last week for the first time with an injury, Joe planned a Crown King hike as our destination. Mother Nature had other plans. We reached a place on the road to Crown King, just North of Bumble Bee, where we didn't feel safe crossing the flow across the Road. This is just south a bit where Castle Creek goes Under the Road. :next: https://youtu.be/3_ ... QiMo.

We headed to Prescott

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Using the power of the HAZ engine, we turned to Route Manager to develop a route to hike around Granite Mountain on the fly. It was completed and loaded into Route Scout on 2 mobile devices, before we arrived at the Williamson Valley Trailhead

We did a CCW loop of Granite Mountain, starting on the Tin Trough Springs Trail #308 in a light rain and 58 degree. Tin Trough Springs #308 was actually running strong in spots. This is a bit of a roller coaster trail with good views to Granite Mountain and Baby Granite Mountain.

Just past Baby Granite Mountain, you turn on to and old 2 track that's North Granite Mountain #671.

Next it's on Cedar Springs #41. This is two track to Red Hill Tank, after that we found no trail until we got close to Cedar Spring. The best bet here, is to just follow the wash. The travel is much easier. This trail does not get a lot of traffic, but was easy to follow from Cedar Spring to White Rock Spring Trail #39.

This trail is a steady climb to Blair Saddle and Granite Mountain #261. It's here we saw our first hikers and runners of the day.. Not having the time or the energy, we bypassed the climb and continued to Granite Basin Lake. It's a small but picturesque lake.

Mint Wash Trail #345 was our last Trail for the day. The rains had the wash running real well. This is a pretty trail to hit if you are in the area.

We made the best out of a Plan B and were able to hit some new trails.
Flora
Flora
Yellow Pond Lily
Named place
Named place
Granite Basin Lake
Meteorology
Meteorology
Flash Flood
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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
Plenty to go around

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mint Wash Waters Quart per minute Quart per minute
Running from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Hill Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Not a fan of cattle tanks

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shroder Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Surprised to find this almost dry after all the rain
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