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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
mikemcg
Hiking7.78 Miles 1,842 AEG
Hiking7.78 Miles   4 Hrs   33 Mns   2.20 mph
1,842 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
1st trip
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Tomorrow (June 30) marks the 7th anniversary of the tragic deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire. This weekend we went there to pay our respects.

The night before, we watched "Only the Brave", which provides a brief glimpse into the lives and the final sacrifice of these firefighters. It runs 2:25, but feels much shorter and left us wanting to know more about them.

We arrived at the trailhead at approximately 1pm. There is only space for a few vehicles along the side of the highway. There is also a shuttle which is out of service until Fall. The trail is easy, as it gradually makes its way toward the peak via many switchbacks. Along the way there are 19 plaques, one for each Hotshot, spaced approximately 100-200 meters apart. Each one has a picture, a biography, and various memorabilia. All of the Hotshots had such promising lives, and almost all were under 30 years old when the tragedy occurred. We stopped to read each plaque, as well as the signs along the way, which provide info about wildfires and firefighting techniques. Near the peak is the memorial, with pictures of the hotshots, information about what happened on the day of the tragedy, and a tribute wall with items left by visitors from around the world.

From the memorial site, there is a trail that descends, via numerous switchbacks, down into the canyon where the tragedy occurred. The site is marked by 19 gabions, linked to form a circle, which contains 19 crosses. We paid our respects, then returned the way we came.

Along the way, we met one firefighter who had traversed the trail while wearing full gear and carrying a pulaski. Respect.
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