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Granite Mountain X3, AZ
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Sedona Loop Hike
Sedona Loop Hike
Granite Mountain X3, AZ 
Granite Mountain X3, AZ
Hiking15.34 Miles 4,008 AEG
Hiking15.34 Miles   9 Hrs   4 Mns   2.08 mph
4,008 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
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1st trip
Been too long since I joined Bruce and Joe on one their adventures. I had never ventured into the vast area between Hwy 87 and Bartlett Lake so this looked interesting and new.

We started hiking at Sycamore Creek & the 87, heading for the three Granite Mountains. Not sure who named these but they didn't have a lot of imagination. The first few miles are along creeks on FS roads. Soon enough we left for the off trail up to Granite Mountain. Like most off trail peak hiking the trek was steep and loose, with no shortage of catclaw.

Views from all three peaks were outstanding. West Granite Mountain was next. We burned a lot of energy getting up there. The view of Bartlett is very nice from the summit. We descended towards a motorcycle trail we could see below. This saved time but the trail is steep and treacherous with loose gravel to negotiate.

Little Granite was up next. This is the easiest one to ascend. Views of the far end of Bartlett Lake stood out. We descended more steep loose terrain until we reached a FS road for the final furlongs to the finish.

Always fun to hike with these two. Thanks for having me along. :)
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