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Jul 24 2020
fricknaley
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 Tucson, AZ
Granite Mountain Alligator Juniper, AZ 
Granite Mountain Alligator Juniper, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2020
fricknaley
Hiking4.80 Miles 635 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
635 ft AEG
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we hiked out to the giant alligator juniper saved by the granite mountain hotshots from fire in 2013. it is very impressive and sobering.

the hike out there is through wide open country with expansive views in all directions. it was hot but not unbearable.

very worthy of a visit. we chatted for a few minutes with the rancher on the way back. very nice guy

we just barely beat some pretty impressive storms
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Jun 28 2020
mikemcg
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 Tempe, AZ
Granite Mountain Juniper Tree, AZ 
Granite Mountain Juniper Tree, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2020
mikemcg
Hiking4.12 Miles 558 AEG
Hiking4.12 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   3.05 mph
558 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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This tree is widely believed to be the oldest and largest alligator juniper tree in the world. It is estimated at almost 2000 years old! It was dramatically saved from the Doce Fire in 2013 by the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the elite group of firefighters from Prescott. One week later, 19 of the 20 Hotshots tragically died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.

Tomorrow (June 30) is the 7th anniversary of that tragedy, so we visited the Juniper to pay our respects. The day before, we had watched "Only the Brave", which recounts some of the details of the lives of these firefighters, including the preservation of this tree. Before visiting the Juniper, we hiked the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail, documented in a separate triplog.

It's an easy walk up an old jeep road to Trail #38 then Trail #39, with great views of Granite Mountain and Little Granite Mountain. A large arrow in the ground made of white rocks points toward the tree, which is very impressive. We arrived there right at sunset. There is a plaque, memorabilia, and rock art arranged around the tree to commemorate the Hotshots. We paid tribute to the Hotshots and took in the views before heading back.
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Jun 28 2019
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Upper Pasture Trail #38Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2019
kingsnake
Hiking7.28 Miles 969 AEG
Hiking7.28 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.03 mph
969 ft AEG
 
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I have not been to the Hotshots Juniper before, and was not sure where it was. For quite some time, it has been tradition in Prescott not give exact directions to the juniper, I guess in attempt to maintain its serenity. But my hiking / mine exploring buddy @Prescottstyle , says that the juniper’s location is no longer a secret. There’s even several routes here on Haz!

FR 38 was much bumpier than I expected. I was glad my wife stayed in Phoenix, because otherwise she would have had to drop Paul & I off at the powerlines on Contreras Road, and it just got too darn hot later in the day to countenance hiking an extra 1.6 miles round trip between Contreras Road and Division Well.

Because visiting the Granite Mountain Hotshots juniper was only my second real hike of June, I needed the miles to make my 50 for the month. (As I have for 42 straight months since December, 2015.) So, Paul and I hiked a counter-clockwise loop of Upper Pasture Trail #38, Little Granite Mountain Trail #37 and White Rock Spring Trail #39 to the juniper, rather than the 1.6 mile (one way) direct route.

Upper Pasture Trail #38 remains old jeep trail for a mile to the intersection with White Rock Spring Trail #39. The intersection has a number of old trail signs, plus at least two “19” arrows. Follow the “19” arrows left, on Trail #39, to head straight to the juniper. Prescottstyle and I turned right to get our miles in first. 🚶‍♂️🚶‍♂️

The burn damage is much more obvious along Trail #37, with many ghostly junipers. Grasses and shrubbery, however, are going gangbusters. Thankfully no foxtail, like what fuelled the ongoing Woodbury Fire, which started a week after I hiked from Woodbury Trailhead into Fraser Canyon and Randolph Canyon. Still, lots of fresh fuel. 🤔

From Blair Pass, Prescottstyle and I turned west on White Rock Spring Trail #39. The barb wire fence to the north of the trail marks the edge of the Granite Mountain Wilderness. Trail #39 is much rockier than either Trail #37 or Trail #38, but not too bad. I thought the Granite Mountain Hotshots juniper was on the opposite side of the canyon. But like I said earlier, I wasn’t sure where, so Paul and I took our time, as I scanned for large, stand alone alligator junipers.

¾ of a mile west of Blair Pass, White Rock Spring Trail #39 passed through a small patch of unburnt trees, which provided welcome relief from the sun. (But not the ants which swarmed us when we stopped for a break!) 🐜

From the Trail #41 sign, it is ⅓ of a mile through another surviving stand of shady trees to the turn off to the Granite Mountain Hotshots juniper. The turn off is marked by another “19” arrow. The juniper is 100 yds. down the trail.

There is a brass plaque, set in stone, in front of the juniper. The plaque is dedicated to all 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots: Andrew Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin Deford, Christopher MacKenzie, Eric Marsh, Grant McKee, Sean Misner, Scott Norris, Wade Parker, John Percin, Anthony Rose, Jesse Steed, Joe Thurston, Travis Turbyfill, William Warneke, Clayton Whitted, Kevin Woyjeck, Garret Zuppiger and Brendan McDonough — who barely survived being burned over for the second time in a week (Re: https://www.amazon.com/Granite-Mountain ... 031630817X by McDonough & Talty). 🙏🏻

There are many mementos on & about the juniper: Money, ammo, tins of chewing tobacco, American flags, painted rocks, t-shirts, crosses, challenge coins, bells, chimes, wristbands, sweat rags, patches, hats, and even a Navy SEAL trident. (Respect from one warrior to 20 other warriors.) The number “19” was everywhere, including a half dozen more impromptu white granite rock sculptures. I felt bad I did not have something in my pack worth donating.

After spending an hour documenting all the mementos, Paul and I took an ant-free break, before heading 1.6 miles downhill, back to the trailhead at Division Well.

Hotshot Juniper Video: [ youtube video ]
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Verbena were everywhere, in all the shades between white & purple. The penstemon were the reddest I have ever seen. Century plants also represented. Scattering of other species.
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Apr 28 2019
MadCheshire13
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32 female
 Joined Feb 13 2016
 Prescott, AZ
White Rock Spring Trail #39Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
MadCheshire13
Hiking3.50 Miles 421 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs      1.89 mph
421 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Took a nice hike today with three of my friends to the memorial tree. Saw lots of wildflowers along with sides of the trail, lizards, and one snake slithering off to the side. It was a little hot at first, but the wind picked up a little bit and kept us cool for the rest of the hike. There was a moderate amounts of traffic on the way back but not so much snow that you took away from the overall experience. Ended up encountering a beehive when we went off into a wash to explore a fallen tree so that definitely added an interesting aspect to the hike.
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Moderate wild flowers along the sides of the trail.
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Apr 25 2018
Daytripper
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Upper Pasture Trail #38Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2018
Daytripper
Hiking5.03 Miles 572 AEG
Hiking5.03 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.99 mph
572 ft AEG      10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Visited the Grandfather Juniper tree and decided to post this on Arbor Day, thanks to all the woodland firefighters and anyone who plants trees. Did this hike as second hike of the day after completing the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial trail in the morning.I found it inspiring to be in the presence of tree that's been alive for ,by some estimates 1,800 years,just imagine what it's witnessed in that time.Appreciated more with the compelling story of the tree being saved by the tragically fated Granite Mountain Hotshot crew. Evidence of the Doce fire of June 2013 is apparent as you hike in right up to within 50 yards of the tree, miraculous that this tree survived.The Upper Pasture trail #39 is a dirt road,shortly past the trailhead gate there was an empty metal cattle trough ,and several salt licks and evidence of prior bovine activity. The hike from this signed gate would be about 3.5 miles round trip but you will need high clearance 4wd to navigate the forest road 9261U to get there since I did not this added 1.5 miles round trip. Before getting to the well signed gate uphill on the right of 9261U I saw a gate on the left the only sign there said no shooting as cows were watering, avoid this gate it only led to a small corral and some unhappy cows.A mile from start of trail 38 it makes a signed junction with trail 39 ,I took a left there and in about a half mile entered a sandy creek bottom where there was a line of quartz rocks drawing attention to a non signed short trail on the left that leads shortly to the tree.Other than planning a visit to Grandfather Juniper the only other plus for this trail is solitude ,no other hikers encountered on this weekday.
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Aug 27 2016
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ 
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking20.28 Miles 2,330 AEG
Hiking20.28 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.62 mph
2,330 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Needing to get a hike in after I was sidelined last week for the first time with an injury, Joe planned a Crown King hike as our destination. Mother Nature had other plans. We reached a place on the road to Crown King, just North of Bumble Bee, where we didn't feel safe crossing the flow across the Road. This is just south a bit where Castle Creek goes Under the Road. :next: https://youtu.be/3_ ... QiMo.

We headed to Prescott

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Using the power of the HAZ engine, we turned to Route Manager to develop a route to hike around Granite Mountain on the fly. It was completed and loaded into Route Scout on 2 mobile devices, before we arrived at the Williamson Valley Trailhead

We did a CCW loop of Granite Mountain, starting on the Tin Trough Springs Trail #308 in a light rain and 58 degree. Tin Trough Springs #308 was actually running strong in spots. This is a bit of a roller coaster trail with good views to Granite Mountain and Baby Granite Mountain.

Just past Baby Granite Mountain, you turn on to and old 2 track that's North Granite Mountain #671.

Next it's on Cedar Springs #41. This is two track to Red Hill Tank, after that we found no trail until we got close to Cedar Spring. The best bet here, is to just follow the wash. The travel is much easier. This trail does not get a lot of traffic, but was easy to follow from Cedar Spring to White Rock Spring Trail #39.

This trail is a steady climb to Blair Saddle and Granite Mountain #261. It's here we saw our first hikers and runners of the day.. Not having the time or the energy, we bypassed the climb and continued to Granite Basin Lake. It's a small but picturesque lake.

Mint Wash Trail #345 was our last Trail for the day. The rains had the wash running real well. This is a pretty trail to hit if you are in the area.

We made the best out of a Plan B and were able to hit some new trails.
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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
Plenty to go around

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Not a fan of cattle tanks

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Surprised to find this almost dry after all the rain
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Aug 27 2016
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Aug 27 2016
joebartels
Hiking19.81 Miles 2,282 AEG
Hiking19.81 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   2.56 mph
2,282 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Old man doc eagle and I set out in the rain on #308. The area got hit pretty good by waves of storms just prior to our arrival. This impromptu loop hike was not what I expected. Rice paper silhouettes of Granite Mountain captivated our attention. That serene sight through the rain was rudely interrupted by the music of nature echoing in the distance. Dry creeks flowing like rivers may be the best therapy on earth. The bickering and back n forth jokes gave way. Our pace went from pastel to deep contrast. "Hey check this out", then we raced to the next ravine.

The party was over by #671 when the sun started dissolving the clouds. Still a nice hike on trails I doubt many hikers experience. We found a semi shortcut near Shroder Tank but Bruce isn't a Ricky fan and complained about the missing c.

We turned the corner on #41 just before noon to bring the loop home. 20 minutes later we stopped for lunch. Bruce had a special Oreo sampler session arranged. We flavor profiled Mint Oreos vs Thin Mint Oreos. I taught him how we use our tongues to observe the oreo, but also, once you swallow the oreo, the mint aroma changes because you're receiving it retro-nasally.

The trail petered out at Red Hill Tank. After hopscotching through chaparral we found upper Tonto Wash traveled much easier. Bruce either had an adrenaline kick or oreo flash backs and was off to the races!

Granite Mountain was spectacular approaching Blair Saddle. I love the forest from the saddle down to Mint Wash. It was a first for me along Mint Wash Trail #345. This trail is a winner, especially after heavy morning rain storms! The upper NE third where it gets away from the creek is just okay but made for a nice loop.
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substantial in areas

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flowing like a river, not typical

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looked weak for the rain the area just received
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toddak
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Tin Trough Springs Trail #308Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2015
toddak
Hiking26.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking26.00 Miles   11 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
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Big counter-clockwise loop all the way around Granite Mountain Wilderness starting/ending at the Williamson Valley trailhead, with a side trip up Granite Mountain. Nice to have flowing water in many of the drainages.
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