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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2018
muskybankr
Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.32 mph
1,800 ft AEG      50 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Given that the parking lot at this Trailhead is normally filled before 9 am, said the Ranger, we opted for a day with forecasted rain and 33 degree temperatures. Good thinking, only one car in the lot at 8:30am. It was actually quite balmy(41 degrees) without a drop of rain although we hiked up through the clouds(see photos) which added a touch of otherworldliness to the hike. The trail up was in very good shape and only the trip down to the fatality site had a bit of muddiness. Mother Nature is working up a metaphor on this trail as new green growth from underbrush is curling up through what’s left of the fire-burnt trees scattered left and right as you ascend. With plaques every 600 feet, there are 19 plus opportunities to rest and absorb this horrific tragedy that will never be forgotten, certainly in Yarnell and Prescott.

It’s unfortunate that the plaques themselves are not outlasting the sun and they will need to be redone somehow soon to remain readable, and hopefully, with different materials.

This is an awesome experience; the trail isn’t that tough, and most hikers with proper equipment can handle it, particularly when the temperatures do not climb above 45 degrees. We had two 79 yr.olds in our group plus a couple of other old guys, and although the elapsed time was nearly four hours, that included fifty minutes of non-moving time, my GPS reported. My GPS recorded 7.67 miles and 1850 of AEG but we went down to the flagpole at the fatality site and wandered around a bit.
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