Granite Mountain Trail #261

  

Trail Description: One in a network of trails serving Granite Mountain Wilderness, Granite Mountain Trail #261 is the first leg of a 6-mile loop starting near Granite Basin Lake and traveling counter-clockwise around Little Granite Mountain using Little Granite Mountain Trail #37 and Clark Spring Trail #40. Granite Mountain Trail #261 also provides a day trip from the Granite Basin Recreation Area up to Blair Pass and into the heart of Granite Mountain Wilderness. Despite its proximity to the city of Prescott, this area is a sanctuary for a diversity of wildlife. You may see javelina, deer, and foxes along the trail, as well as snakes, lizards, and a variety of Southwestern birds.

A short distance past the trailhead, the trail travels upward through open chaparral and boulders before climbing steeply into pinyon-juniper and ponderosa pine forest. There are a number of remarkable vistas that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding topography. This trail goes past peregrine falcon nesting sites on the south flank of Granite Mountain. Please stay on the trail during nesting season, from February 1st through July 31st.

The majority of this trail lies within the Granite Mountain Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace. Please refrain from using horses when trail is wet. Dogs must be on leashes. Please clean up after your pets.

 

Notice: Visitors are asked to be alert and stay on existing trails when recreating on Granite Mountain as the area recovers from the Doce Fire of 2013. Soil erosion has occurred on portions of the trails, thus exposing more rock, and cross-country travel increases the possibility of encountering rolling rocks, stump and root holes, falling trees, and loose soils from rains. 

 

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Day-use sites and trailheads:
  • March 1 - April 30: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • May 1 - September 30: 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • October 1 - February 28 (or 29): 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fees
  • $5 for day use (Wednesdays are free)
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 20 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Water available at parking area. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

Directions:
  • From its intersection with Willow Creek Road, travel northwest on Iron Springs Road for 3 miles. Turn right onto Granite Basin Road and proceed 3.5 miles to the Metate Parking Area on the left. There is parking for 20 vehicles. Road conditions are paved.

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
4.1 miles

  Elevation : 
7,220 feet

 

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Equestrian Opportunities

Opportunities for Equestrians


Day Hiking Opportunities

Day Hiking Opportunities


Backpacking Opoortunities

Backpacking Opportunities


Mountain Biking Opportunities

Mountain Biking Opportunities


OHV Opportunities

OHV Opportunities

 



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