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Granite Mountain Trail #261 - 56 members in 175 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 21 2020
Oregon_Hiker
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 Guides 8
 Routes 351
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 Triplogs 465

73 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Bootlegger Trail Loop, AZ 
Bootlegger Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking2.90 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   1.54 mph
340 ft AEG
 
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Needed a short scenic hike for the whole family so picked this one in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve North. A beautiful day, the desert was so green it made me think I was back in Oregon, and the wildflowers were putting on a good show. There were lots of hikers and mountain bikers on the trails so a little crowded at times.
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Mar 01 2020
sleepybear929
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 Triplogs 71

36 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
sleepybear929
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles
1,721 ft AEG
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Windy!! Super windy at the top. I loved the streams going through the trail and the amazing views.
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Nov 09 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 75
 Photos 5,527
 Triplogs 744

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, 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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Nov 08 2019
muskybankr
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 Routes 25
 Photos 232
 Triplogs 30

81 male
 Joined Dec 11 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
muskybankr
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.87 mph
1,721 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Granite Mountain, Prescott NF, #261

Saw this hill on our trip to the Memorial Juniper Tree and decided to give it a try but go to the actual summit and not just the overlook. The trail up was in really good condition so when we reached the junction we turned left to the summit(we thought) and aimlessly wandered from cairn to cairn for an hour until it was obvious that we had missed the scramble route to the top and being short of time, retraced our steps, checked in at the overlook, and came back to the bottom, having added 2 miles of wandering, lost among the cairns. Later, reading the triplogs, I have decided that that was a pretty good miss since the actual scramble trail to the top might feature some class 5 rocks, well above my paygrade. We did count five tarantulas out on the trail today, along with ten other hikers, and one small dog.

You can’t hike this mountain without the memories of the Doce fire that came through here in June, 2013 and the Yarnell Hill fire two weeks later. Some charcoaled trees still stand.

The one improvement we added to the trip coming from the Valley was to circle around much of Prescott and Prescott Valley and all those red lights by taking 89A south, accessed from Fain Rd, which leads to N. Williamson Valley Rd. and then Iron Springs to FR374 and the Metate Trailhead. This adds a few extra miles at 65 mph but takes several minutes off the route shown on the triplog. There is a $5 fee at the trailhead for which you can use your Golden Age Passport.
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Aug 05 2019
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 77
 Photos 3,236
 Triplogs 461

62 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
 
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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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Jun 16 2019
richvosko
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 Routes 26
 Triplogs 237

33 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2019
richvosko
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,656 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles
1,656 ft AEG
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May 04 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 75
 Photos 5,527
 Triplogs 744

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,844 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.25 mph
1,844 ft AEG      59 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Gallydoll
Cool start to the hike at 6:30, in the 40's. (In case you didn't know, the gate doesn't open until 6:00AM, so don't get too early of a start). I had seven on my team for the hike, me being the slowest helped to keep the road runners in check. Great hike to the viewpoints and some rock play at the top. We got some great horny toad pics. Some water seeps coming out of the side of the mountain and in the normally dry washes below. And, if you didn't know, the trailhead is a fee area ($5) or display your National Park pass.
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Mar 31 2019
AZBeaver
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 Photos 326
 Triplogs 124

65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,760 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.00 mph
1,760 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Hiking with my sister Rita in Prescott. We did a lot of exploring on top of Granite mountain trying to figure out how to get to the top of the rock outcropping but ran into another couple who told us that there was a recent helicopter rescue of a couple who were not prepared and had to spend the night in the cold because they "cliffed out". The helicopter crew dropped sleeping bags so that they could stay warm until the next morning when they could come rescue the couple.

Needless to say.... we did not pursue the rock outcropping on top of Granite Mountain. What a great hike and the weather was perfect -- in the high 50's. The trail had water trickling down in many areas. Had at least two creek crossings as well.
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Mar 24 2019
Daytripper
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 Guides 6
 Routes 59
 Photos 1,481
 Triplogs 475

69 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2019
Daytripper
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,777 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.28 mph
1,777 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Not as early a start as wanted from the metate trailhead, it’s pleasant trail shaded with water running on the trail right now. Warm on the steep portion until the granite mountain pass then much cooler with the wind. About a dozen hikers or more coming down, 4 others ahead when I arrived at the lookout, when they departed had the place to myself. Investigated the bushwhack route to the 7600 summit up to the serious scrambling part decided alone not a good plan ,now I have an excuse to return. Overall enjoyed this hike, first mile and a half easy going up the latter section is difficult.
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Jan 20 2019
Andrewrdc
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 Triplogs 4

52 male
 Joined Mar 29 2015
 Chandler, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
Andrewrdc
Hiking8.25 Miles 1,721 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.75 mph
1,721 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Great hike with my lovely wife today. Unfortunately, the road was closed about 1.7 miles from the trailhead. I am going to guess this is due to the Govt shut down but really not sure as there were no signs. Regardless, we had a bit of a road hike before even starting the trail but it was still a beautiful section of forest and we really enjoyed the peace & quiet.
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Sep 17 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 16,005
 Triplogs 1,778

66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking11.76 Miles 2,161 AEG
Hiking11.76 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   2.31 mph
2,161 ft AEG      24 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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Geology
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Jun 10 2018
emilystardust
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 Triplogs 237

37 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2018
emilystardust
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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May 12 2018
Nightstalker
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 Routes 75
 Photos 5,527
 Triplogs 744

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking9.46 Miles 2,004 AEG
Hiking9.46 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.51 mph
2,004 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Windy day up on Granite Mountain. Led the Arizona Desert Hikers meetup group of about 24 anxious hikers. 5 year old Alex was part of the group today and he was pushing some of the adults along. Went into Prescott afterwards for lunch, big mistake. No parking, long waits, big crowds. Ended up at Shannon's for a club wrap and salted caramel cheesecake. Quick service and delicious treats. Highly recommended!

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Apr 14 2018
whycoyote
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 Routes 1
 Photos 72
 Triplogs 11

58 female
 Joined Jul 02 2002
 Prescott VAlley,
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
whycoyote
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.19 mph
1,700 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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This was a Three Bears hike. Not too hot, not too cold. Not too much up, not too much down. Not too windy, ... you get the picture. This beautiful Saturday in mid April and we only saw seven other people on the trail. Two weren't even going to the top, they were just headed to a crag near Lizard Head for some rock climbing.
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There were a couple, and I mean just a couple.
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Feb 19 2018
extremehikerba
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 Photos 104
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26 female
 Joined Oct 17 2016
 Phoenix
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2018
extremehikerbabe
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   4 Hrs      2.05 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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Had an absolutely amazing time on this mountain! Went up to Prescott with forecasts of snow and cold weather. Oh how I have missed hikes like these.

Got there around 3pm and managed to do this in about 4 hours. It was dark by the time we got back to the car but it was nice being able to see the stars again. Been a while since I have had a chance to see a dark sky filled with stars (thanks, Phoenix).

It was cloudy and snowed on us as we began our hike but soon the clouds cleared and we continued on with high winds. Absolutely magical for me as I am rarely in snow and I absolutely loved it. The trail is so nice and smooth and as much as I love my scramble hikes it was nice to take a break and enjoy an easy hike. First 8 mile hike in quite a few months. Stopped all activity due to a wrist injury and have been easing back into the hikes since December. I finally have my hiking legs back and have been happily kicking out these hikes! Feels so good hehe

We reached the summit long before sundown and took our time before heading back down during the sunset. Such a beautiful hike. Once you reach the saddle the trail takes you around the top and you get to see many viewpoints like Prescott and Chino Valley and the different terrain. A bit icy at the top but no one slipped luckily! Absolutely made my day being back in the little amount of snow at the top and feeling the rushing wind! Lots of huge rocks that would be fun to boulder on, too. I will definitely be coming back with my dogs as this trail was so nice and flat that they wouldn't have a problem!
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Dec 16 2017
arizona_water
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 Guides 8
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 Triplogs 117

29 male
 Joined Mar 06 2016
 Salt River Valle
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
arizona_water
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,368 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
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Prescott for the weekend:
I was curious about Granite Lake (Reservoir) and we wanted to hike something that felt like a summit, but only had time for something under three hours. So we decided to go to the saddle on Granite Mountain.
This was my first time here, and it reminded me a little bit of the hualapai mountains and maybe some Mt. Lemmon.
The trail is in great condition, but I could see where precipitation could wash out certain sections. The burn area was pretty obvious. I'm sure the fire was a little scary for people who lived in the area.

dry Alkali Spring Dry Dry
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Granite Basin Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full
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Nov 11 2017
Nightstalker
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 Routes 75
 Photos 5,527
 Triplogs 744

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking8.90 Miles 1,834 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.56 mph
1,834 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break16 LBS Pack
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Hiking with Jan, Maria, and Curt today. Temps in the 30s at the trailhead at 7:15. We were all really cold until we got to the Little Granite split, then we started stripping layers. Cool again at the top with a bit of a breeze. First group to the top today. 70 degrees back at the trailhead.
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Nov 11 2017
clem5123
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 Triplogs 32

50 male
 Joined Jul 29 2016
 Dewey
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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clem5123
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
1,700 ft AEG
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Aug 05 2017
Tough_Boots
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 Routes 67
 Photos 2,708
 Triplogs 755

41 male
 Joined Mar 28 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,193 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
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Quick afternoon hike after getting lunch in Prescott. It got a little warmer than expected.
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Jun 12 2017
louxwe
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 Routes 1
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 Joined Apr 30 2003
 Glendale, AZ
Granite Mountain Trail #261Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2017
louxwe
Hiking8.20 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles
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One of the first trails I did with Aki in AZ... lots of rattlesnakes
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