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GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAIL #261 Day Hike

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 07:30am

GRANITE MOUNTAIN TRAIL #261 Day Hike - Prescott
Sat, June 15
Leader:  Garth Newby  ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
Phone:  623-451-8023
Length:  8.5 miles
Elev. Change:  +/- 1,500 ft
Rating:  Moderate +
MEET in the Denny's parking lot, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd, 7:30 AM
As part of the Prescott National Forest, Granite Mountain Wilderness (appropriately named) is a picturesque area containing a little bit of everything that great Arizona hiking has to offer. The cooler temperatures and shady juniper forest make for a perfect combination of beating the heat. We will take trail 261, Granite Mountain Trail. The hike begins as a shady wonderland with immediate views of the vertical rock ledges of the Granite summit to your right. Shortly after you exit the shady section, elevation begins in the form of well graded and gradually ascending switchbacks. Large boulders serve as guardians to the picture-perfect landscape scenery that only nature can create. I saw a few boulders that are bigger than some of the new tract homes in Phoenix. At the 1.6-mile mark, you will come to wooden gate at Blair Saddle. Here trail #261 intersects with the other connecting trails in the system. Here you will take a right turn to stay on #261. It is clearly signed. The trek on the way to the point offers more shady pines and some magnificent level rock slabs carpeting the ground. Once at the top we can spend some time climbing the rocks and exploring. Afterwards we will head to Prescott for food and libations.

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