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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
AZBeaver
Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.14 mph
1,800 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Took a heart-wrenching hike with two girlfriends Saturday to the Granite Mountain HotShots Memorial State Park near Yarnell, AZ. It was a great hike. Lots of uphill to get the heart-rate going hiking around huge granite boulders. This park memorializes 19 brave Hotshots firefighters who gave their lives on the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013 while trying to protect their community of Yarnell and surrounding area. The Hotshots Trail is 7+ miles round trip through the Weaver Mountains to include a 1,200 ft elevation gain with a 5.8% grade. At 600 foot intervals, 19 memorial granite plaques share a story and photos of each Hotshot. There are other signage telling the story of the Yarnell Hill Fire. At 5,460 feet above sea level, the Hotshot Trail ends at the Observation Deck looking down to the Fatality Site. To reach the Fatality Site 400 ft below, you continue on the .75 mile Journey Trail. The memorial consists of 19 gabions, which surround and protect the markers of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. This is sacred ground.
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