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Granite Mountain Trail 261, Prescott

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • My husband & I (from MN) did this 8 mile round trip hike & found it really challenging & diverse. Make sure to carve out a good amount of time doing this. It took us around 4.5 hrs total (including... 
    My husband & I (from MN) did this 8 mile round trip hike & found it really challenging & diverse. Make sure to carve out a good amount of time doing this. It took us around 4.5 hrs total (including...  more »
  • This is about a 6.5 mile trail to an observation point and encompasses 2000 total elevation gain/loss. From the observation point one can see Prescott, Prescott Valley, mountains to the south, Mingus....  more
    This is about a 6.5 mile trail to an observation point and encompasses 2000 total elevation gain/loss. From the observation point one can see Prescott, Prescott Valley, mountains to the south, Mingus....  more »
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  • I think Balancing Rock trail was best. From campsite take 35x about 100yds. Intersects balancing rock trail...take a right. Start at 5:30 am
  • Great hiking trail.i highly recommend it as long as you are an average hiker, and even if you are not maybe just go to the pass and then return. After you park and pay the 5$ parking fee (cash only) and start down the trail the first fork(to the left) heads to the 40 trail but if you continue straight you will continue down the 261 trail, all the other offshoots are well marked. That out of the way it's a gorgeous hike but around 1/3rd into the hike there isn't a lot of forest cover, so bring sunscreen and reapply every hour. Also the parking location is not always open. I believe the park opens at around sunrise but at least in mid April you can't start at 6am, all minor caveats aside this is a hike you should definitely do, and I'll be back to mountain bike the trail though I'll probably skip the pass until I get better. Oh final note make sure you sign the registry when you get to it just in case so they know who goes in and out.

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