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Grant Creek Trail #305Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking5.65 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking5.65 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   1.33 mph
1,800 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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The plan to was hike Grant Creek Trail #305 to the top and the Swift trail and return same day, camping where I parked this time and when I hiked the Goudy Ridge Trail 2 weeks ago. Instead, I had a more relaxed trip to Grant Creek Falls, and camped afterward. It was pretty enjoyable, with a lot of cicadas in the day and frogs in the evening and into the night. It might be worth camping up here just to listen to calling frogs all night, if you're into that.

Trail #305 is basically a road that can be driven to about the trailhead for the Goudy Ridge Trail #310. After that point it more or less becomes a far more serious 4WD road until a creek crossing that became a deep wash out after the Frye Fire. After that point the road becomes less traveled as it is foot traffic only. The further you hike up, the less foot traffic it sees, and the more the leaves have covered the old road bed.

Eventually, you'll begin to encounter pink survey tape tied to trees and branches. Following this takes you to a junction where a small forest service sign with an arrow on it points to the right and if you follow this right fork you will cross Grant Creek and start to hike up some recently worked trail. This however, will not take you to the Swift Trail, and instead goes to Grant Creek Falls. This section of trail is pretty well marked with pink tape to make up for the low utilization, but it will get you to the falls.

Trail #305 forks left at the junction, but there is currently no marking telling you to head left. It looked to me as though it might have been a spur to a campground for backpackers. After reaching the falls and failing to locate the continuing trail to ascend the slope, I hiked slowly back to the junction to look for where I may have missed #305 leaving from the path I took to the falls.

After not finding one, I took the left fork and continued up parallel to what becomes Post Creek. I saw more red and pink tape in the trees and followed a very crude trail. I doubt it was more than a few hundred feet before this path became nothing more than flagging leading the way. Eventually, the path I was following found me in a mud bog with bear tracks and no signs of humans having come through in a very long time. Years, maybe, unless someone with a GPS had passed by tying up flagging for trail reconstruction. Not knowing if I was on a hunter's track, or trail #305, or what, I turned back, and make a second visit to the falls to relax and enjoy those. They were actually really nice to hang out under and enjoy the falling water and cicadas. Hot in that canyon, but nice. No one comes to them, it seems, so that was really nice.

At this time, it does not seem like Grant Creek Trail is passable from bottom to top. Maybe going down is possible, but up doesn't seem so. This is very similar to the condition of the Grant Hill Loop, which ended up becoming an unhikable thicket last summer. It is entirely possible that 50 feet from my turn around the trail opened up and was exceptional, but I doubt it, very much.

Instead of hiking to the Swift Trail, I enjoyed lower Grant Creek. Camping down low was pleasant and relaxing. The frogs are really loud!

In the next few months I would like to start off the Swift Trail and hike down to either Post Creek or as far as I can, and back up. It looks to be about 6.6 miles and close to 2100', if I can make the canyon bottom and creek. This area is slowly returning to it's primitive state, so I will not be surprised if I can only get 1 to 2 miles down slope. At least it's good for the bears!

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Water flowing over Grant Creek Falls.

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Pretty good flow but easy to cross without getting your feet wet.
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