Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Granite Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : May 21, 2016
  Trip Report : May 12, 2012
  Trip Report : May 12, 2001
  Trip Report : July 8, 1998
where Prescott National Forest, Granite Mountain Wilderness
the hike     If you enjoy a real rock concert, then this is a hike for you. The hike begins as a shady wonderland with immediate views of the vertical rock ledges of the Granite summit to the right. Shortly after exiting the shady section (a massive fire in 2013 left hardly any trees on this part of the mountain) elevation begins in the form of well graded and gradually ascending switchbacks. The switchbacks continue for close to a mile and the next major stop will be Granite Mountain Saddle with great view of the Verde Valley.
    The final trek to the Granite Mountain Vista Pointe offers more shady pines and some magnificent level rock slabs carpeting the ground. The trail ends here. After a well-deserved lunch we are returning by the same route.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 8.5 miles
time 6-7 hours
EC +-1800' elevation change
elevations 5625' (Trailhead) to 7186' (Granite Mountain)
type In and out
starting at
Metate Trailhead 34° 36.934' N,  112° 33.058' W
on trail 100% — Granite Mountain Trail #261
rating "B"   Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs no
cost Sharing gas expenses plus a $5.00 day pass fee with the driver if carpooling. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.
weather Prescott.
meet 6:30 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
•  I-17 North to exit 262 at Cordes Junction.
Follow Highway 69 to Prescott, Gurley Road.
Turn right onto E. Sheldon.
Turn right on Montezuma Street, which becomes Whipple Street and then Iron Springs Road.
Go 4.5 miles to Granite Basin Road (Forest Road 374).
Turn right onto Granite Basin Road and drive 3.8 miles to the Metate Trailhead, just past Granite Basin Lake.

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