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Metate Connector Trail #353 - 2 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 26 2021
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28 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2021
LJWTriplogs 237
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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Oct 20 2016
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Peak 7295Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2016
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.34 mph
2,100 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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1st trip
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I hadn’t been on Granite Mountain Trail #261 since the Doce fire and as you get near Blair Pass you really see most of the large trees are completely gone. I don’t think they ever caught the idiots that started this one.

I took GMT 261 up to just below the saddle and went up a small ravine and then the slope towards 7295. It was pretty overgrown and I got covered in black from the burned trees. I gave up about 100 feet or less below the summit :doh: went back and took the trail to the overlook then back to the trailhead.

Great weather but a shame about the fire.
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May 03 2015
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45 male
 Joined Jul 01 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2015
UberdroogTriplogs 117
Hiking7.62 Miles 1,475 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.60 mph
1,475 ft AEG      44 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
A great Sunday hike with some amazing views, wildlife and wildflowers. The weather and rain was just right. I wish I would have packed my fishing pole I might have stayed a little longer. I see on satellite there is large ruin at the top of Little Granite Mnt, we speculated the whole way on the route to the top. Probably make it out here again to see what other adventures this wilderness holds.
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There was great coverage after you left the 261 onto the 37.
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Jan 05 2015
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Granite Peaks-Snow hike, AZ 
Granite Peaks-Snow hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2015
StoicTriplogs 546
Hiking14.40 Miles 3,893 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles   9 Hrs   37 Mns   1.62 mph
3,893 ft AEG      45 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
I started my hike around 6:25am. The gates didn't open to the trailhead until 7am, so I had to start further back. This added 1.5miles to the hike. The hike started out great. The weather wasnt to bad and the trail was easy to follow. By 7:30am, I had already taken off my jacket. 4 miles into the hike, I went off trail to bag 7295. From this point I didnt see any footprints. The first half mile went smooth. The last 1/4 mile was rough. Bushwhacking and climbing boulders in the snow. I stayed a couple minutes then went on my way. I went down a different way to try to cut out some of the bushwhacking. This worked out well. There where more boulders and less bushes. I headed back to trail #261. I then took trail 261 to the end. I climbed up some boulders as far as I felt comfortable. I was about 10 feet from the highest point. I then backtracked 261 about 1/2 mile. Here I started for Granite Peak 7626. There where no trails past trail 261. Some occasional cairns, but no distinctive trail. 1/4 mile later, I ran out of footprints to follow. I was on my own. It took me 90 minutes to go the next 1.1 miles. I didnt stay up here to long, maybe 10 minutes.
Overall a great hike, with perfect weather. Im guessing mid-high 40s at the top, with a cool breeze. It was a full body workout. My upper body from all the climbing and my lower legs from all walking in snow. I am feeling it today (2 days later)
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Nov 24 2011
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49 male
 Joined Dec 26 2009
 Phoenix, Az
Spur Cross TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2011
WilliamnWendiTriplogs 213
Hiking5.30 Miles
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs      1.99 mph
      20 Mns Break
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A little Turkey day hike, just while the turkey was cooking up. This is a fairly easy hike the way we did. Starting from the TH the plan was to hike along side Cave Creek all the way up to the Chalk Springs Canyon. We brought Wendi's mom with us so this hike would have some elements that for her would be a little extreme. I was surprised to see water in the upper creek area which made things a little tougher on our novice hiker but she did great. We made it a mile short of our turn around but the Turkey was gonna be overcooked if persevered. Had a nice snack under a Mesquite tree with some lush grass. We took the Metate on the way back. Got to the car just as the sprinkles threatened worse. They never really did but they sure did threaten too. I noticed a Petroglyph hidden on one of the rocks on one of the many side trails along the Metate. All in all a great day for a hike.
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Aug 14 2011
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42 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Balancing Rock Trail #349Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2011
AndreyPTriplogs 284
Hiking5.70 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.74 mph
625 ft AEG
 
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Went up north to breath cool forest air and be bitten by lakeside gnats. Hiked a loop from Cayuse trailhead: 349 - 261 - 353 - 351 to 349 junction - 351 back to Cayuse.
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Apr 22 2000
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65 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2000
mazatzalTriplogs 1,207
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   4 Hrs      2.44 mph
1,370 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break
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Second time on this loop.
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