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Cedar Springs Trail #41 - 3 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 2.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 27 2016
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 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
 
1st trip
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.
Flora
Flora
Yellow Pond Lily
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Granite Basin Lake
Meteorology
Meteorology
Flash Flood
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate

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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Mint Wash Waters Quart per minute Quart per minute
Running from recent rains

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Hill Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full
Not a fan of cattle tanks

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shroder Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Surprised to find this almost dry after all the rain
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Aug 27 2016
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ 
Granite Mountain Circumference, AZ
 
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
 
1st trip
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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Granite Basin Lake Red Hill Tank
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
substantial in areas

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
looked 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
flowing like a river, not typical

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Red Hill Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Shroder Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
looked weak for the rain the area just received
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Feb 06 2015
toddak
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 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
3,500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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average hiking speed 2.48 mph

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