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Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
mini location map2021-08-21
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Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ 
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
joebartels
Hiking21.21 Miles 2,128 AEG
Hiking21.21 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   2.66 mph
2,128 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce suggested this and a Sedona option. Rare to choose against Red Rock but I thought this might be the better option with so much recent accumulated rain. It was immediately obvious, miracle grow green-fest was in full swing. A mile in, we could hear Mint Wash running down below. Bruce had a variation vs the loop we did in 2016. He was excited as it seemed prime. It was running clear, wide, and seemingly impossible to cross staying dry like Sutherland Wash.

Some people take it for Granite but this is probably the nicest weather ever in August. Scary grasshoppers that sound like snakes complete the package experience. I recalled two notable positives and two negatives about the loop. It drags a little on the backside and then there was the bushwhack. Bruce didn't recall the bushwhack until we duplicated the mistake.

The positives are strong. From Blair Saddle to Mint Wash is a mighty inspiring stretch with a few huge pines and the best views of Granite's namesake. Albeit a bit rollercoasterish, Mint Wash Trail is a fab trail.

Synopsis
If good hikes have moments of adversity, this is a good one. The early-on creek crossing returned painful wet feet despite several breaks to attempt drying out. Flora was pretty cool as expected. Occasional clouds and a better-than-average breeze. In the end, worn out in a good way.
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Baker Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Substantial for large segments.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Baker Spring Dripping Dripping
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No water flow. The trough is full. Nasty oil sheen. Perhaps drinkable if double-filtered... lol

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Red Hill Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shroder Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Ricky's tank is a glorified mud puddle, maybe 6% full.
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