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Granite Mountain Loop, AZ
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Granite Mountain Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop, AZ
Hiking26.53 Miles 4,047 AEG
Hiking26.53 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   3.16 mph
4,047 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
1st trip
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Granite Mountain up, down, and around. Not sure how I settled on this one, I guess the no-fee Wednesdays help. Cloudy weather, 80 in Prescott, with a short-ish drive. Started at the Granite Basin Rec Area a little after 6am and went clockwise.

Granite Mountain Trail probably the best trail of the day. Not for the sparse pines lower down but for the climb through the granite up the mountain. Went to 7185 first. Nice lookout over Granite Basin. Not something I'd climb, and I'd skip it for the high point coming back. The most beautiful part of the mountain was probably the 7626 spur jct. Maybe the campsite down the trail. Not many pines left, whole lot of rocks. Light bushwhack and scramble up to the summit. Lots of spur trails add confusion. Final climb was super fun, the views top tier for the area.

Back down to White Rock Spring. Nice views toward the mountain. Cedar Springs is a single track to Red Hill Tank. After that a decent road covered in blue wildflowers. West side of the mountain no traffic, but not as scenic as the East side. Lonely forest of juniper and brush. North Granite is also a double track that leads up and around the mountain. Not much of interest besides some mines at the Almosta jct.

Tin Trough was a breath of fresh air. Well maintained single track with good views and forest higher up. Second favorite trail of the day. Some folks out for a walk below the Baby Granite Trail jct. Mint Wash another trail in great shape. Up on the hillside to the North with good views toward Granite Mountain, down into the beautiful wash to the South. Back to the lake and through the open pine forest around the Rec Area via West Lake and Metate Connector.
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Good on Granite Mountain 261 and Cedar Springs

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