Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Granite Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked 351 to 349 and 261. Nice views, lake was dry but the trails are well marked and wide.

1 month ago

A nice hike with beautiful views. 1.5 miles of straight up hill but plenty of places of mixed shade and connections to other trails. A mix of trails part of 345 and 315. Plenty of beach space to play with pups by the lake.

3 months ago

3 months ago

love this trail it was great we connected with trail 351 and made it back down 2 cayuse parking area where we parked from made it into a nice loop trail definitely going back to do this again

very relaxing trail and im glad I get to live near by it!!! I can go anytime I want to. I will be doing this one numerous times in the futuer.

bird watching
4 months ago

Balancing Rock and West Lake provide a lovely variety of forest and huge granite rock views. It was a woodpecker extravaganza on the first half of the hike. We made our own loop by starting on the Balancing Rock Trail, reaching the lake and returning on the West Lake Trail. The valley through which the balancing rock trail weaves was just the right amount of sun, shade and spectacular vistas. The trails are well marked, and well groomed. The Basin lake in the foreground with Granite Mountain rising immediately behind it is more than worth the price of admission! What a great variety of winged friends, too. Species seen: Cormorant, Red-winged Blackbird Western Bluebird Hepatic Tanager Pine Siskin Arizona Woodpecker Ladderback Woodpecker Spotted Towhee Downy Woodpecker Acorn Woodpecker White-breasted Nuthatch Pygmy Nuthatch Western Scrub Jay

Great trail but some stretches had little shade and, while much of the trail was fairly easy there are definitely sections that can be classified as at least moderate. We went counterclockwise (opposite of the way it is presented here) so as to not have the long uphill stretch which, I think, made it better. Will do this again but on a cooler day!

I had a good time on this trail today. Wildflowers were blooming! Not too tough of a trail; no big climbs.

Creds: AllTrails Pro. 11 mi. 997’ Altitude gain. Designated free parking. Hiked Sunday 5 May 2019 CW. Incredible views. Drank 2 liters of water. Recommend hike.

6 months ago

Just explored this one for first time and it is beautiful!. I live next to it, so it will not be the last time. Lots of trees, great scenery and rolling ups and downs. Saw a few bikers and horses, but for the most part, very peaceful and easy to fit in during the day.

Creds: AllTrails Pro: Accurate Mileage and altitude with GPS. No internet service needed. 8.3 mi. 538’ El gain. Ample free trailhead parking provided. Restroom at Trailhead and Lake. Picnic tables at lake. Beautiful single track trail along base of Granite Mountain. Trail follows flowing babbling creek ~90 of trail. Smelled fire when got close to Granite Basin Lake. Heard people so assuming fires ok? Was glad didn’t have to try and out run real fire! Definitely will I’ll hike again.

A little muddy was more like 11.5 miles on foot a little bit of shrubs pants recommended if possible pretty mellow I took the loop to the right first

beautiful trail. easy to moderate. great alternative to the main trail with a different view of the mountain

I clocked this loop at 11.1 miles. I’ve been horseback riding in this area a few times but this was my first time on this trail. This trail is well maintained and well marked. It’s ideal for trail running and you can move quickly without fear of slipping on loose rocks. There’s not a ton of elevation gain but the views are still wonderful. Next time I’m in town I will be out here again.

Enjoyed hiking out to the mountain base and ridge here. also loved sharing trails with horses! This is a trail that has a horse trail next to and near it. being a horse lover I really enjoyed it. There are also grazing cattle here so be ready. also be careful as you get closer to the mountain of mountain lions. They are here. Breath taking views!

I hike this trail several times a year. it has good shade in the summer. it's beautiful year round.

Nice trail, easy to access

Great hike! In the summertime, I'd recommend hiking this in the morning for obvious heat reasons. This loop is quite varied in its vegetation and granite boulders. You follow Mint Creek most of the way, and at times the creek is quite full, so water shoes would serve you here. It was not full when we went though, despite it being monsoon season. Lots of wildflowers, trees, boulders, slight ups and downs--an easy hike but it still makes you feel like you accomplished something. I think kids would love this trail too, since they can explore the creek and spot tadpoles :). Trails go in all sorts of directions here, so it's easy to find yourself on a different trail, but it all connects back to the same parking lot and it's all beautiful! Highly recommend!

mountain biking
Mon Dec 25 2017

Amazing views of Granite Mountain in the middle section of the trail.

I followed the directions here and had a hard time finding Mint Creek Trail. his sounds like a grrat hike but I am still not sure where it starts.

horseback riding
Thu Sep 14 2017

Fun trail for horseback riding I would rate it moderate do to some rocky parts. Be sure to take a whiff of the "mint scent" at the creek.

The map as shown here is not the 345 trail. It's a combo of three different trails that equal to be a little over 5 miles. There's also a good 1.5 of almost straight uphill so make sure to bring plenty of water.

Great hike.

Decent hike, there is a $5 day use fee here. Signage not the best.

mountain biking
Wed May 13 2015

fun loop Trail with nice scenery. 349 (balancing rock trail) to 351 back to 349 in a loop. Easy to follow and if ypu like trials lots of opportunity ...

Mint Wash is one of the trails within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. It is accessible via multiple trailheads from connector trails, including the trailhead that starts in the Yavapai Campground.

Mon May 12 2014

Balancing Rock is one of the trails within the Granite Basin Recreation Area. It is accessible via multiple trailheads from connector trails, including the trailhead that starts in the Yavapai Campground.

10 days ago

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