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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail - 18 members in 27 triplogs have rated this an average 4.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 28 2020
mikemcg
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Hiking7.78 Miles 1,842 AEG
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Tomorrow (June 30) marks the 7th anniversary of the tragic deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire. This weekend we went there to pay our respects.

The night before, we watched "Only the Brave", which provides a brief glimpse into the lives and the final sacrifice of these firefighters. It runs 2:25, but feels much shorter and left us wanting to know more about them.

We arrived at the trailhead at approximately 1pm. There is only space for a few vehicles along the side of the highway. There is also a shuttle which is out of service until Fall. The trail is easy, as it gradually makes its way toward the peak via many switchbacks. Along the way there are 19 plaques, one for each Hotshot, spaced approximately 100-200 meters apart. Each one has a picture, a biography, and various memorabilia. All of the Hotshots had such promising lives, and almost all were under 30 years old when the tragedy occurred. We stopped to read each plaque, as well as the signs along the way, which provide info about wildfires and firefighting techniques. Near the peak is the memorial, with pictures of the hotshots, information about what happened on the day of the tragedy, and a tribute wall with items left by visitors from around the world.

From the memorial site, there is a trail that descends, via numerous switchbacks, down into the canyon where the tragedy occurred. The site is marked by 19 gabions, linked to form a circle, which contains 19 crosses. We paid our respects, then returned the way we came.

Along the way, we met one firefighter who had traversed the trail while wearing full gear and carrying a pulaski. Respect.
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May 25 2020
richvosko
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Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Apr 20 2020
Stoic
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Stoic
Hiking7.51 Miles 1,871 AEG
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Nice memorial hike. Luckily the pup and I got an early start. It was starting to get warm on the way out.
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Mar 14 2020
Mike_Fels
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Mike_Fels
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A neighbor talked me into doing this hike. With a 2 hour drive each way I wasn't sure it would be worth it for a 7 mile hike. The sun didn't shine for 90% of the hike and it was windy and cold. The trail from the lookout to the circle was muddy with water running through it. The low clouds were threatening to rain but they didn't.

The hike was a lot slower than usual, stopping to read each of the 19 plaques and the 8 (I think) detailed explanation exhibits. About 3 hours going up, because of the reading and discussion. But only about 1:45 coming back with only 1 stop and further discussions done on the move.

The information about the Hotshot's last day was a bit confusing, a bit emotional but quite interesting. I'm glad I went. Purely from a hiking aspect the trail wasn't anything that was worth the drive, to me. But with the info and provenance of the trail it was worth it.
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Oct 31 2019
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,829 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.78 mph
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This hike has been on my "to do" list for a while, so I decided that today was a good day to do it. I managed to convince Tracie(my favorite and intrepid hiking partner), Elaine, and Barb to join me. Elaine and Barb just got back from hiking for 2 months in Europe, and Tracie and I enjoyed hearing about their exploits.

I thought that this trail was very well done -- it was a somber hike though. It was not an easy hike for a casual hiker, but there were lots of switchbacks and the tread was very good, so the hike seemed pretty easy to me.

I'd recommend this hike for those who have not done it before.

After the hike we stopped at Nichols West restaurant in Congress, and it was really good. The menu was much more eclectic than I would have expected for a restaurant in Congress; I'll be back there again the next time that I am in the area.
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Oct 19 2019
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Hiking7.30 Miles 1,780 AEG
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Great hike and views memorializing those brave souls who lost their lives in the line of duty. Wasn't expecting that there would be a Arizona State Park Ranger at the trailhead providing information about the fire and the history of the surrounding area.
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Mar 04 2019
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Sun_Ray
Hiking5.38 Miles 1,551 AEG
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Finally! This has been on my list for a long time while I ran into weather issues.....to cold/rain or I felt I was not in good enough shape to do and enjoy the hike. We arrived at the TH at 7:45 AM and there were only two other cars in the lot of about 12 spaces. Our hike (Judy and Kai were with me) was like most of the other logs....stop and read the plaques take in the views. We turned around at the lookout down to the actual fatality site. Don't be concerned about directions to the site as when you get within about 2 miles the many signs on the road will direct you to the parking lot. Highly recommend.
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Feb 02 2019
capcyclone
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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capcyclone
Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Nice cool weather for this hike. They’ve done a nice job building this trail and honoring the 19. Have wanted to do this trail for quite a while and glad I had the chance to do the hike and pay my respects to the fallen.
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Oct 29 2018
Tim
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Tim
Hiking6.80 Miles 1,725 AEG
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This was a beautiful day for a hike. The temperature was 66 degrees when I pushed off from the trailhead at 8:30 after an hour and 35 minute drive from South Scottsdale. I only encountered a half dozen people on the trail the entire time and the temperature was just 75 degrees when I finished. Besides being a fantastic memorial to some brave men, this hike has awesome views and provides a good workout. Needless to say, the final fatality site is pretty moving. I would have hated to have been in their shoes. The ranch was still a good distance away and there was no way they were escaping back up that bowl with 50 pound packs on their backs when they were forced to deploy. Tragic. I had the round trip hike at 6.8 miles with 1,725 feet of AEG in 3 hours and 40 minutes. I was pretty winded today as it took me 2 hours and 10 minutes to reach the site and just 90 minutes to get back. I was reading the memorial plaques on the way up but those didn't take that long. It's a good climb.
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Apr 25 2018
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Hiking7.46 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Hiked to the deployment site at a steady pace, leisurely returned in order read all the information and plaques on the way down, time to do this hike will vary quite a bit. It certainly is a trail I would label as a labor of love for these heroes. Agree with the previous recommendations to bring enough water particularly in the warmer weather,the first couple of miles are uphill and very little shade. Decided to visit he Grandfather Juniper after this hike.
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Apr 15 2018
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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johnlp
this hike has been on my radar for a couple years
john and i were looking for something new, so we made the drive to yarnell
left town early and found only one other car in the small parking lot
got going a little before 0700
didn't look closely at the time, didn't track anything - wanted to take however long felt appropriate
cool to start with, but decent elevation gain right off to warm up
plenty of switchbacks!
nicely constructed and routed trail through granite boulders
terrain and vegetation similar to granite mountain
as mentioned in description and triplogs, plaques of each hotshot on boulders spread out along the way
an observation point on a ridgeline with space for tributes and some informational signage
the discovery trail led down to the fatality site
plenty of photos posted of this and i didn't feel like taking any
we had the trail to ourselves until back to the observation point, then started seeing people coming up
i've read quite a bit about the fire, and today learned a few new things to fill in the gaps
the whole experience was sad, moving and heartbreaking
i thought the trail and memorials were very well done, and recommend a visit
thanks for doing it with me, john

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Apr 15 2018
johnlp
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Very nice memorial. Well constructed trail. The park ranger explained the changing path of the fire to us. The hotshots were close to the ranch but cut off by the fire. Sad. Recommended. Thanks Kelly.
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Mar 22 2018
norm5715
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
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The trail is very easy to follow and walk on, and the views are stellar.

The biggest problem you will encounter is parking. I think there are about 11 spaces. We arrived about 8:10 a.m. and took the last spaces available. However, I did see a sign for a shuttle, but didn't ask about it.

Also there was a docent at the trail head and we learned a lot about the park and the men who died there.

The trails were built to honor the 19 hotshot fire fighters who died in 2013. But, I also think it's an honor to all first responders who risk their lives every day.

As you hike the first 2.8 miles you will see plaques every tenth mile or so, commemorating the men who died there. At an elevation gain of about 1200 feet, there's an observation area. Here you can see beautiful valley and the memorial where the men died. At that point there's a tribute wall where many folks have posted objects and signs honoring the 19 men.

You can then take a the Journey Trail descending 400 feet to the memorial.

The experience is extremely moving, when you think about the amazing men who perished trying to save property and lives.

Many folks have left object as signs signifying their visit and their caring for the men who died.

I was able to hike down to the memorial with a Florida First Responder and his son. We were able to talk for about 15 minutes. When he arrived at the memorial, he placed a unit badge on the memorial.

I truly think everyone should make an effort to visit the site and honor, not only those amazing men, but to also think and thank all those who risk their lives for us.

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Jan 10 2018
muskybankr
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
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Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Given that the parking lot at this Trailhead is normally filled before 9 am, said the Ranger, we opted for a day with forecasted rain and 33 degree temperatures. Good thinking, only one car in the lot at 8:30am. It was actually quite balmy(41 degrees) without a drop of rain although we hiked up through the clouds(see photos) which added a touch of otherworldliness to the hike. The trail up was in very good shape and only the trip down to the fatality site had a bit of muddiness. Mother Nature is working up a metaphor on this trail as new green growth from underbrush is curling up through what’s left of the fire-burnt trees scattered left and right as you ascend. With plaques every 600 feet, there are 19 plus opportunities to rest and absorb this horrific tragedy that will never be forgotten, certainly in Yarnell and Prescott.

It’s unfortunate that the plaques themselves are not outlasting the sun and they will need to be redone somehow soon to remain readable, and hopefully, with different materials.

This is an awesome experience; the trail isn’t that tough, and most hikers with proper equipment can handle it, particularly when the temperatures do not climb above 45 degrees. We had two 79 yr.olds in our group plus a couple of other old guys, and although the elapsed time was nearly four hours, that included fifty minutes of non-moving time, my GPS reported. My GPS recorded 7.67 miles and 1850 of AEG but we went down to the flagpole at the fatality site and wandered around a bit.
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Hiking5.60 Miles 1,330 AEG
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Today, I set out to do the hike I skipped a few weeks ago do to me having a cold and it being below freezing up in Yavapai County.

Driving my wife’s Subaru Forester, we had no problem with FR 682 to Cellar Springs Creek. It is even car-drivable, with caution, as far as the windmill at the second gate. On the way south on Wagoner Road, it was obvious there was a hunt going on. What for, I don’t know. When we arrived at the third gate on FR 682, at Cellar Springs Creek, there was a truck & horse trailer parked in the pullout. It was from Maughan Ranches, who own most of the ranches in the between Wagoner and Peeples Valley. (500,000 acres in all!) I didn’t want to park right next to someone else in that remote an area, FR 682 looked pretty rocky past gate 3, and Cellar Springs Creek was pretty brushy and I didn’t want to be trashing around down range of someone with a rifle. So, I bailed.

Since I was in the area, I checked out what remained of the Wagoner Cemetery. Oh, man, I got tore up by catclaw. The cemetery is not really visible on sat view, so I was expecting it to be a small family plot, or maybe a miner’s grave. It did turn out to be for a single burial, but surprisingly for a U.S. soldier, Captain J.C. Hunt of the 1st Cavalry. (Dead of natural causes, not due to Apache.)

Still needing exercise, I decided to hike the Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Park. I felt a bit guilty hiking the trail for exercise rather than a pilgrimage. Not counting a 20 minute break, drinking a beer, and chatting with another hiker, I made the round trip to/from the overlook in 2:04. (I skipped the deployment site.)

Most of the memorials had had small rocks placed around them, and now had a white flower. Some had other mementos left behind. At the overlook, there was a firefighter memorial USA flag, black with a single red stripe. There was also a tribute wall, where many fire and police departments had left their patches.

/rant_on

Unfortunately, not all the changes were positive. Most of the many switchbacks have been cut so heavily that it is often hard to tell the difference between the originally constructed trail and the ones left by incredibly lazy people. Besides the immediate damage to the trail, it increases the threat of erosion, causing even more damage. 😟

But that was not the worst insult.

That would be the insensitive clod who left their bag of dog shit on the trail.

Yarnell Hill is hallowed ground. Treating it like it is a suburban Phoenix trail is unconscionable. To think I felt guilty even being there, and they felt nothing about descerating it!? 🤬

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Dec 26 2017
toddak
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Fine trail and a fitting tribute to the fallen. I thought the recent movie about the incident Only the Brave was well done and made a good complement to the hike. Parking lot is small but there are some additional spots along the highway.
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I’ m not sure what I was expecting but I was surprised by the terrain on this hike. As I stopped for a drink and to catch my breath, I couldn’t help but think of these Hotshots hiking this mountainous terrain, carrying 50lb packs, in addition to their tools, saws, etc in the Arizona summer heat...fighting an unpredictable wildfire. A humbling hike honoring the fallen nineteen.

Esse quam videri - To be, rather than to seem.
Motto of the Hotshots, speaks to who they were and their dedication.
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Oct 02 2017
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,850 AEG
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On a day that dawned with news of another act of senseless violence, on the morning after finishing Ken Burns's 10-part document of incomprehensible combat violence, I set out on what must be the most emotionally powerful hike I've ever undertaken; to remember the lives of 19 brave young Prescott wildland firefighters, and to visit their final resting place.

I've been in a reflective place of late.

As my pace tends toward the slow and easy on most hikes, along the Hotshots Trail I allowed plenty of time to read each of the 19 granite plaques along the way (marked as waypoints on my route). The vantage point from high above the Fatality Site allowed me several opportunities to get a sense of the terrain they encountered. My occasionally aching knees and lower back gave me pause to consider the weight each of them carried under summer skies, hiking off-trail, loaded with gear, protective clothing, and heavy hand tools, as they sought out fire. At the tranquility of the Fatality Site, I paused for a meditation on the nature of sacrifice and duty while taking in a truly thoughtful symbolic arrangement that brought the individuals I'd learned about along the way together in a spatial representation that respected not only their bond but the setting in which they gave their lives. The materials (metal and stone) will continue to stand, silently acknowledging and simultaneously defying an environment that is almost certain to see fire once again.

As for the trail itself, it's in fine shape, with only minor issues and no major obstructions.
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May 21 2017
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Warm day in town so I figured to go a little north. Got up on the trail at 12:21, the parking lot was nearly full but not many people actually hiking, mostly just at the trailhead. This trail is actually pretty challenging and should not be attempted by those not prepared. I saw one man carrying his water in a plastic yellow phone book bag. I guess at least he had some. The trail immediately climbs from the parking lot and it is steep and straight up the mountain. Along the way as you read the 19 plaques it is very emotional, but each plaque and each monument will keep you wanting to get to the next one on this hard hike. Once you get to the Observation Deck it could be a turn around for some, the main trail is hard enough. The journey trail is worth the effort however if you have the energy to make it all the way back down and back up. You really get a perspective just as to how the tragedy occurred after doing the reading at the observation deck. The hike from the bottom of the journey trail back up is tough, but most of the way back is downhill. It's really a great tribute and a trail I will continue to do when I get the chance.
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Jan 07 2017
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Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
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Took a heart-wrenching hike with two girlfriends Saturday to the Granite Mountain HotShots Memorial State Park near Yarnell, AZ. It was a great hike. Lots of uphill to get the heart-rate going hiking around huge granite boulders. This park memorializes 19 brave Hotshots firefighters who gave their lives on the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30, 2013 while trying to protect their community of Yarnell and surrounding area. The Hotshots Trail is 7+ miles round trip through the Weaver Mountains to include a 1,200 ft elevation gain with a 5.8% grade. At 600 foot intervals, 19 memorial granite plaques share a story and photos of each Hotshot. There are other signage telling the story of the Yarnell Hill Fire. At 5,460 feet above sea level, the Hotshot Trail ends at the Observation Deck looking down to the Fatality Site. To reach the Fatality Site 400 ft below, you continue on the .75 mile Journey Trail. The memorial consists of 19 gabions, which surround and protect the markers of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. This is sacred ground.
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