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Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
mini location map2021-08-21
14 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ 
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking21.54 Miles 2,388 AEG
Hiking21.54 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   2.73 mph
2,388 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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A redo of a hike we did 5 years ago as a Plan B. This one is a treat after it rains. With a week of monsoonal moisture. There was water everywhere. Added bonuses, the color Green and flowers everywhere!

We started at Tin Trough #308 and followed the same CCW track as last time, with a twist. I'd noticed a use trail that dropped down into Mint Creek Wash. We could hear the water prior to seeing the water. Pretty area with granite boulders and running water. The trail crisscrossed the flowing Mint Wash several times, which had us scattering to find dry crossings.

Back on the Tin Trough Trail we rollercoastered over to the North Granite Trail #261. I had a 2nd detour planned, but we only took it as far as Baker Spring to check it out. The rest of it looked a bit to overgrown.

We took lunch at the first available shade Cedar Spring trail #41. Up to Red Hill Tank this is a 2 track.
**Public Service Announcement** Do not do what we did twice. On the original hike we followed a FS TOPO trace of #41 past Red Hills Tank. On the 2nd hike 5years later I'd forgotten how much of a BS Bushwhack this was and we re-traced our steps through the crap. There IS an actual trail that can be found if you continue on through the gate at Red Hill Tank. It is clearly visible on satellite view and will save battles with sharp pointy and scratchy stuff. Around Cedar Spring we were back on trail and in better moods.

White Rock Spring Trail #39 finished out the climb to Blair Pass.

The views change up again from here, once on Granite Mountain Trail #261. Tall ponderosas and impressive views of the faces of Granite Mountain.

We stopped briefly at the water faucet at Granite Basin to top off. There were quite a few people enjoying the lake.

Now we are on Mint Wash #345 headed back to the barn. This is my favorite trail on this loop, followed closely by Tin Trough, then Granite Mountain. The water here was also flowing well.

Cool breezes and scattered clouds made the weather almost perfect for August...and did I mention the all green out there and the flowers?
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Baker Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Spring box was full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cedar Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Water in the was downstream from the spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Granite Basin Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Mint Wash Waters Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Hill Tank 26-50% full 26-50% 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
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