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Grant Creek Moonshine Creek, AZ
mini location map2019-09-13
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Grant Creek Moonshine Creek, AZ 
Grant Creek Moonshine Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2019
markthurman53
Hiking3.92 Miles 462 AEG
Hiking3.92 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.40 mph
462 ft AEG      26 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Started out the second day at Cunningham Campground on the Grant Creek Moonshine Creek Trail. This hike originally was just over to Moonshine Creek and on to the Ridge between Post Canyon and Moonshine Canyon. I was unaware of Grant Creek Trail so I expanded the hike to include the upper portion of the Grant Creek Trail.

The Trail Head is at the Cunningham Campground. Moonshine Creek Trail is not posted on the trail head sign and I suspect it is not an official Trail But the Grant Creek Trail is. The trail starts out following an old two track but after about .2 miles becomes an actual trail. At .7 miles in the Grant Creek Trail splits off and the Moonshine Trail continues on to a saddle that separates Moonshine Creek from the Grant Creek upper Drainage system. Once at the saddle the moonshine Creek trail follows along an old overgrown two track again until it crosses Moonshine Creek. Once across the creek it follows a well established road to its terminus. From the terminus go cross country West along the ridge to a rocky outcrop (.1 miles). From this Rocky outcrop there are great views of the Western slopes of Mount Graham, specifically the Post and Soldier Canyons to the north and Moonshine Creek to the south. Moonshine creek does an abrupt drop here with waterfalls and cascades. There was water in Moonshine Creek and it could be seen cascading down but it wasn't that impressive, would be much better if there was a good flow like after a monsoon rain or in the spring with snow melt.

I headed back the way I came but this time at the Grant Creek sign I headed down the Grant Creek Trail. I did not see the trail initially so I just went up the the ridge and followed that to where the Grant Creek trail starts its descent. There was no trail along the ridge until the last .1 miles before the drop off and then the trail was quite obvious. There are some good views to the North along this ridge of Moonshine Creek and the rocky outcrop I was on just a short time ago. I headed back the way I came. Once back at the Trail junction with Moonshine Creek I noticed the Grant Creek Trail splitting off (don't know how I missed it initially). I decided to follow this trail. So off I went again but this time on the trail and ended up where I was before about .1 miles from where the Trail starts to drop into Grant Creek. I will have to do the Grant Creek Trail from below, maybe this Winter or Spring.
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