|when||Trip Report : May 14, 2016|
|Trip Report : October 18, 2014|
The Granite Dells is a geological feature north of Prescott, Arizona.
The Dells consist of exposed bedrock and large boulders of granite that
have eroded into an unusual lumpy, rippled appearance.
Willow Lake is a small man-made reservoir in this formation; this,
combined with numerous hiking & biking trails and rock climbing
routes, makes it a popular outdoor recreation area in the region.
Geologically speaking: the Precambrian Dells’ granite has been
dated at 1.4 billion years old.
Its plutonic rock was intruded at a depth of around one or two miles.
These cover rocks have since been eroded away.
Weathering along joints produced the rounded boulders and other unusual
rock formations that characterize the Granite Dells. This process is
called spheroidal weathering, and is common in granitic terrains.
Hiking in Prescott’s Granite Dell is like getting lost in a stone age labyrinth. The network of paths on the north shore of Willow Lake coil through hulking quartz-studded granite buttes squeezing in and out on the paths in heaving accordion style. The rugged meandering loop trails move seamlessly from claustrophobically tight spaces to airy exposed promontories with unobstructed vista. On these rocks the trail follows spray-painted white dots that serve as directional beacons.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|EC||+-200' elevation change|
|elevations||5073' to 5225'|
|type||In and out this time, up to end of rock formation and return by same way = more scenic experience and to avoid walking in muddy flat marsh and less scenic last 2 miles by highway.|
|on trail||100% — Willow Lake Trail. Rock hopping. Follow white painted dots.|
|rating||"C" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||There is a $3.00 parking fee at the trailhead. Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5/non-member.|
|meet||7:00 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.|
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