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Beautiful and challenging hike

Much of the views are looking Southwest into the sun in early morning.

Much of the views are looking into Southwest into the in early morning.

Did the hike counter-clockwise, started at 1000 with about 40• F outer temp. Beautiful hike; the last 1/4 was perfectly timed for early afternoon.

Went off the trail somewhere in the first half mile; this app got me back quickly and easily. When I do this hike again I’ll post where the missing marker is (or just fix it lol).

used to hike this trail in college all the time. it's one of my favorites in AZ.

Fun hike with beautiful views. The hang gliding launch area was interesting to see. Moderate for most of the hike with above moderate in some areas. would definitely do it again.

Hiked Granite Mtn to Little Granite Mtn this morning/afternoon with a friend and our dogs. The trail was well maintained (clean, free of waste and garbage) but difficult to find at times... The washes look very similar and we wound up getting lost a few times. It should have been about 6.5 miles round-trip, we finished at 9.3. Beautiful hike regardless through barren rocky landscape and forest. No wildlife and no other hikers seen today. The weather was beautiful and skies were clear. Remember to pack sun screen and plenty of water!

hiking
6 days ago

There are nice views from this trail, however noise from Iron Springs Road and nearby new home construction make it less peaceful than other hikes available in the area.

trail running
8 days ago

I completed the Whiskey Basin 88k and it was amazing!!!

hiking
10 days ago

Sweet trail. Good scrambles and lots of hoping around lol. Ran some, climbed some and walked most. A good wholesome trail!

trail running
10 days ago

Great light running and jumping and scrambles. Good movement on this one. On the let’s do it again list!

hiking
11 days ago

Constellation loop trail was an enjoyable hike through the granite formations of the dells. There was enough change in grade, trail contour, and view to keep the hike interesting. It took moderate effort to complete the loop.

I was only here for ~30 minutes since i’m only spending the night in Prescott and then heading up north the next day. it’s very beautiful, if i lived nearby, i’d come back a lot. saw a few people kayaking- that’s cool lol. and we paid $3 (saturday) the people behind us didn’t pay at all...

hiking
12 days ago

Nice clean trail. Pretty scenic. Only hiked a little past the river. Not a lot of shade. Enjoyed lunch at Rock Springs afterwards which was a nice reward.

hiking
14 days ago

I love this trail. Great birding and it’s easy to follow with enough friendly foot traffic and cell service so I don’t mind doing it alone.

birding
14 days ago

They are putting in some sort of drainage thing so we could only go about a mile. The birding was really good for the time of day and year we were there. I’d like to return when the construction is finished

Cool trail system in the middle of town though not very expansive.

A good, easy trail that can be done in an hour with pretty views.

Awesome trail with great tree coverage. Not for the faint of heart. I did an out and back to steep left side. It was a great hike.

The launch point for hang gliders is an amazing view. The trail can be in full sun, if you do this trail in the summer be sure to take a hat and put on sunscreen.

This was a great hike!! We went counter clockwise and found the trail could use a little more marking in the first mile. Thanks to All Trails, we got on the right trail. Saw 4 deer, who weren't the least bit afraid of us.

hiking
26 days ago

save the Dells!

great trail with great views, not very busy at all

Great hike with beautiful scenery!

hiking
1 month ago

definitely go clock wise around the trail. it was gorgeous. it took us 2 hours, the trail is really well marked with white dots. plenty of places to stop and take in the scenery. loved every minute!

Nice day hike with great views.

1 month ago

Great variety of terrain. Go clockwise to get the workout done first. Last mile or so was flat. Map my walk clocked the route as a little over 5 miles.

Really enjoyed this trail. Hiked with our 2 and 4 year olds but there were areas where they needed to be carried down the rocks, or helped. Beginning was a bit boring, the middle is beautiful.
We didn’t bring enough water or sunscreen, bring LOTS of water if hiking this during the warmer months.

Super beautiful trail, sometimes a little steep, nice views.

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