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Sep 27 2020
bakerag
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 Routes 7
 Photos 43
 Triplogs 36

45 male
 Joined Nov 11 2009
 Prescott, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2020
bakerag
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,193 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.14 mph
1,193 ft AEG
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I really enjoyed this hike. We took it clockwise and the first mile and a half had me thinking I should add it to my running routes, then we started coming to some really loose sections, neither of us fell, but I definitely wouldn't take an unsteady friend on this one. The views were some of the best in Prescott we were always coming around the corner to a new angle on familiar features. Other than the 261 section we only saw one group of hikers, even though the lots were nearly full. The trail is pretty overgrown, but still easy to pick out the right path. I won't put this in my run list, but I am sure we'll hike it again.
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Sep 12 2020
ultrazona
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 Routes 7
 Photos 955
 Triplogs 181

33 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
ultrazona
Hiking7.08 Miles 1,289 AEG
Hiking7.08 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.81 mph
1,289 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
One downed tree.
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Nov 09 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 86
 Photos 5,737
 Triplogs 889

52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking7.50 Miles 1,371 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   2.56 mph
1,371 ft AEG      54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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We always end up doing Granite Mountain, but today, we decided on Little Granite Mountain Loop. 27 degrees at 7am at the trailhead. Parking lot was 95% full, what's up with that. None of those cars would still be there upon our return. Did the loop clockwise, thinking we'd get in the sun sooner, which ended up the wrong way to find the sun. Lots of climbing early on helped to warm us up. Lots of purple poop on the trail, and trees, and leaves on the ground. Cool section on the backside with big pieces of quartz laying all over the trail. Fun times wandering through the dells before connecting up with Granite Mountain trail. Fantastic lunch at Blue Hills Cafe afterwards!
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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Aug 05 2019
rayhuston
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 Photos 3,768
 Triplogs 636

63 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2019
rayhuston
Hiking7.27 Miles 1,308 AEG
Hiking7.27 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.41 mph
1,308 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Splendid hike. I chose to do this in a CCW direction. It was a tad warm at the SW corner of the loop, a 500 foot ascent to a saddle before dropping down and returning to the trailhead. That ascent required a break on an otherwise easy and enjoyable hike. The trails are in excellent condition.

Since I can't seem to do the big hikes anymore, I'm staying in Prescott for two more days so I can get a couple more "little" hikes in. I also wanted some monsoon action; I have not been disappointed. We had a deluge of rain with a nice show of lightning.

Fun day.
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Aug 05 2017
Tough_Boots
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 Routes 67
 Photos 2,708
 Triplogs 755

63 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2017
Tough_Boots
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,193 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
1,193 ft AEG
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Quick afternoon hike after getting lunch in Prescott. It got a little warmer than expected.
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May 25 2017
MEWhiteman
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 Routes 92
 Photos 795
 Triplogs 353

76 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2017
MEWhiteman
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs      2.40 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
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Did an out and back on the Clark Springs Trail part of this loop. There was a reroute near the top which added a few switchbacks between the Clark Springs area and the junction with the Little Granite Mountain Trail. I posted an unofficial track for this on the Little Granite Mountain Loop webpage with my original track. The new trail is easy to follow so no track is necessary.

The hike itself was great; clear and sunny with moderate temperatures.
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Apr 16 2017
Tough_Boots
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63 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2017
Tough_Boots
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
1,370 ft AEG
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I took a friend on a nice, leisurely hike today. The temps were pleasant and the views nice. We found just enough water for Lily to cool her paws and get a cold drink whenever the clouds would disappear and let the sun out. We stopped for smoothies at Rebek's on the way home. It was a diamond day.
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Oct 22 2016
Tough_Boots
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63 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
Tough_Boots
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles
1,370 ft AEG
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The plan was to do the loop clockwise and then take the Granite Mountain trail up to the overlook-- not the true summit again. The day was pretty easy and pleasant but maybe a little warmer than expected. I stopped to give Lily some water about a half mile before we hit the Granite Mtn Trail and when she started walking again, I could tell something was up. She kept holding up one of her hind legs and licking at her pads. I took a good look. Everything seemed fine-- no burs, thorns, or damaged pads. She didn't seem in pain but something was really bothering her paw. I got her to the Granite Mtn Trail junction and let her rest but she still kept licking at that paw and she made it pretty clear she didn't want to go up that hill. I decided we would just head back to the trailhead at that point to be on the safe side. I think she probably got stung or bit by something-- there were tons of red ants out today. Whatever it was, it didn't stop her from chasing turkeys on the way back. She was totally fine after her nap on the drive home.
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Feb 20 2016
Tough_Boots
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63 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2016
Tough_Boots
Hiking13.30 Miles 3,117 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles
3,117 ft AEG
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Good hike but the summit was way tougher than I remembered. It could have been the "alternate" route we took up :D We were all pretty ready to be down from there quickly. I couldn't believe the summit was already swarming with ladybugs-- seems early. Lily did really well-- though I wouldn't recommend taking dogs up to the true summit. She loves that kind of climbing but had to find a couple work-arounds on the way down (she never needed to be picked up lowered). Even though she's done more mileage and almost double that aeg in a day-- I would consider this the most challenging hike she's done. It was my first time doing the Little Granite Mtn Loop and that was really enjoyable :D
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Feb 20 2016
John9L
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 Photos 5,073
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2016
John9L
Hiking13.47 Miles 3,190 AEG
Hiking13.47 Miles   6 Hrs   42 Mns   2.40 mph
3,190 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
We headed back out to Granite Mountain in Prescott. Kyle and I hiked to the peak a few years ago and decided to return. This time we started with the Little Granite Mountain Loop. We made quick time as we traversed around this side peak. We took a break before we started the hike up the Granite Mountain Trail. We made steady progress as we hiked up the trail. Once up top we opted to head directly for the peak skipping the viewpoint. The going was relatively easy for the first half mile. There were some sporadic cairns that helped but you can’t rely on them and I referred to Route Scout to keep us on track. The climb to the summit went well as we fought our way up. The entire off trail portion of this hike is burned out. I had lots of ash on my hands and clothes.

We topped out and signed the register and took our lunch. The summit is covered in Ladybugs. You had to be careful where you stepped because there were clusters of hundreds of them. After our break we made our return which went really well. We descended from the peak and Lily, Kyle’s dog, did great although I don’t recommend taking dogs to the summit. Once back on trail we flew down and were back to the car around mid-afternoon. It was a nice day in Prescott.
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Feb 20 2016
clairebear
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 Photos 178
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38 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Granite Mountain Peak 7626Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2016
clairebear
Hiking13.30 Miles 3,117 AEG
Hiking13.30 Miles
3,117 ft AEG
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I'm glad I had the chance to hike and get this mountain. The lower trails were a breeze and we easily made good time which came to a screeching halt as we entered the higher trails and the summit came into view. Awesome views at the top, but also lots of lady bugs hanging out which is fine, however I was grossed out because I didn't want to crush any of them and at some spots it was difficult. The bushwhacking to the summit was tougher than I anticipated but we still made really good time and were back at the car in the early afternoon. The trails were also fairly empty which was a surprise.
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Jun 22 2015
ads99
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 Routes 11
 Photos 49
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76 male
 Joined Oct 28 2014
 Tucson, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2015
ads99
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles
1,370 ft AEG
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Wow! Great trail. Going clockwise you take a forested trail to the summit. The trail has short gentle switchbacks that are fun, with no preposing fall-offs. The summit is great surprise. Sweeping views of the valley and Granite Mountain. I wasn't expecting this so it really was mind blowing. Then the last half of the trail is the decent back - with valley, mountain, and desert views all the way. Just a treat.

Note: I went counterclockwise, and had great footing on a firm trail tot the top. The decent was often noted by looser sand and scrabbly small stones. If I hike this trail agin, I would do it counterclockwise, as looser soil is less of an issue going uphill.

(see photos)
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May 03 2015
Droog
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 Triplogs 117

43 male
 Joined Jul 01 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2015
Droog
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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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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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There was great coverage after you left the 261 onto the 37.
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Sep 28 2014
Hiking_Fool
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 Routes 11
 Photos 260
 Triplogs 423

59 male
 Joined Mar 12 2011
 Cave Creek, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2014
Hiking_Fool
Hiking3.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Sep 27 2014
bballard
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 Routes 1
 Photos 346
 Triplogs 23

39 male
 Joined Nov 23 2007
 Tempe, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2014
bballard
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   4 Hrs      1.68 mph
1,370 ft AEG
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Heeding no weather warnings, we headed out (figured it wouldn't come in as bad as predicted). Well we were socked a good one! After waiting out the first squall a mile in, the sky started to break, sunshine appeared briefly, and we continued on. But shortly after lunch and "nearby the halfway point of the loop" (according to me) we kept going into impending threatening clouds and torrential rain. Marble sized hail assaulted us. Fierce winds. We carried on, drenched to the bone.

All in all it was an incredibly adventurous way to try this trail for the first time. The scenery is surreal, like a lot of the surrounding Granite Mt. area. Half burned trees added to the effect. It was incredible seeing the passing clouds gathering and swirling about the mountains, tempting us with brief vistas. Flash flooding in drainage areas added another level of danger and it was easy to mistake the trail in spots for adjacent streams.

We were very cold by the end of the experience however and had to keep moving. Not the smartest move on our part, and I can see why hypothermia could be dangerous even with warmer temperatures. But what an incredible memory!
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Aug 10 2014
Hiking_Fool
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 Routes 11
 Photos 260
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59 male
 Joined Mar 12 2011
 Cave Creek, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking_Fool
Hiking7.81 Miles 1,539 AEG
Hiking7.81 Miles
1,539 ft AEG
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Mar 09 2014
A76100
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 Routes 1
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 Joined Dec 28 2013
 Scottsdale
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2014
A76100
Hiking6.83 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
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Started from Granite Mountain Trailhead and took a few detours like Bootlegger trail I was hopping to summit Granite Mtn itself, but this will have to wait until I am wearing long pants. This is a new park and is really well signposted. The trails are very nice for mountain biking. I passed more bikers than hikers. I also saw a few horses. This is a nice park and I look forward to returning
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Jan 18 2014
asu9165
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 Photos 47
 Triplogs 155

45 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
asu9165
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.51 mph
1,370 ft AEG
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Very pleasant and diverse loop. Some ice still covering the Clark Spring portion but presented no issues. No steep portions and more knee friendly than Granite Mt Trail. Aggressive bull guarding the trail on the Little Granite portion. It would not move and appeared agitated so I made my way around it.
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Jan 08 2014
eosgood
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54 male
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Phoenix. AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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eosgood
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   5 Hrs      1.34 mph
1,370 ft AEG
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Very nice hike. Since the Doce Pit fire, which swept over Granite Mountain in June of 2013, a portion of this trail goes through the new burn area. The burn area begins close to the highest point on the loop, above Clark Springs, just south of Little Granite Mtn. and continues all the way north to the junction at Blair Pass. From there it continues up the slopes of Granite Mountain, while the trail to the parking lot re enters scrub, pinon and ponderosa forest. This ads a interesting dynamic to the hike and provides for great views and a much different perspective of the topography and geology.

Enjoy!

Ethan
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Apr 28 2013
mazatzal
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 Routes 33
 Photos 2,273
 Triplogs 1,125

63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2013
mazatzal
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.83 mph
1,370 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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We did the loop clockwise, great views from the LGM trail. Not many people out today which was a surprise. Saw a couple a squirrels, a garter snake and loads of lizards.
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