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Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
muskybankr
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.87 mph
1,721 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Granite Mountain, Prescott NF, #261

Saw this hill on our trip to the Memorial Juniper Tree and decided to give it a try but go to the actual summit and not just the overlook. The trail up was in really good condition so when we reached the junction we turned left to the summit(we thought) and aimlessly wandered from cairn to cairn for an hour until it was obvious that we had missed the scramble route to the top and being short of time, retraced our steps, checked in at the overlook, and came back to the bottom, having added 2 miles of wandering, lost among the cairns. Later, reading the triplogs, I have decided that that was a pretty good miss since the actual scramble trail to the top might feature some class 5 rocks, well above my paygrade. We did count five tarantulas out on the trail today, along with ten other hikers, and one small dog.

You can’t hike this mountain without the memories of the Doce fire that came through here in June, 2013 and the Yarnell Hill fire two weeks later. Some charcoaled trees still stand.

The one improvement we added to the trip coming from the Valley was to circle around much of Prescott and Prescott Valley and all those red lights by taking 89A south, accessed from Fain Rd, which leads to N. Williamson Valley Rd. and then Iron Springs to FR374 and the Metate Trailhead. This adds a few extra miles at 65 mph but takes several minutes off the route shown on the triplog. There is a $5 fee at the trailhead for which you can use your Golden Age Passport.
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