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Granite Peak (Yavapai County), AZ
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Granite Peak (Yavapai County), AZ 
Granite Peak (Yavapai County), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
Hansenaz
Hiking10.11 Miles 2,785 AEG
Hiking10.11 Miles   8 Hrs   4 Mns   1.32 mph
2,785 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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On a couple recent trips I noticed and got curious about a high point north of Perry Mesa, called Granite Peak. There are at least 4 of these in AZ, this is the one in Yavapai County.

I noticed the best approach to this peak is from FR677 the "Great Western Trail". Though I've made about 50 trips to Perry Mesa I'd never tried this road heading north from Bloody Basin Rd. I was pleased to find it is in good shape for a high clearance vehicle. I'd like to take it through to Dugas Rd (I couldn't find a legal entrance from Dugas last weekend) but I ran out of time and couldn't try it today. There were a lot of campers along the road...I think hunting season is underway.

I turned off on a jeep road toward McRae Tank and parked after a short distance. I followed the jeep road toward Granite Peak...a pretty easy approach, particularly compared to it's neighbor Turret Peak. Eventually I headed cross country toward the peak taking the most obvious direct route. It was steep with some minor scrambling but I was soon on top. There's a benchmark on top but I couldn't find a register.

Things had been pretty easy so far so I thought I'd try a creative return: 1) descend the slightly less steep SE ridge 2) go cross country over some bumps toward a prominent mesa 3) ascend and explore the mesa 4) take a long ridge down back to the car. Should be more interesting than the jeep road and maybe I'd stumble upon some ancient Native signs.

It was a fun route but nary a sherd was found. The mesa looked like a good habitation location but the prominent cliff bands had no decorations...maybe too far from water and less attractive than other nearby locations. Also the walking was tedious: constant ankle high rolling rocks, and knee and waist high catclaw made for a later than expected return.
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