Little Granite Mountain Loop Trail

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Prescott National Forest

Little Granite Mountain Loop Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,811 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

over grown

rocky

Directions from Prescott: The primary access to this trail is from the Iron Springs Road, approximately seven miles west of downtown Prescott. The trailhead is just 3.2 miles west of the turnoff to Granite Basin Lake (FR 374).

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no shade
8 days ago

Pristine trail! LOVED it! No much shade but temperatures today were in the 70’s. Lots of wild flowers and views from every angles were stunning! I recommend doing the loop clock wise.

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bugs
10 days ago

I hiked the loop of this trail starting at Granite Basin Lake and it was just over 7 miles. Plenty of parking at the lake It took me 3 hours and I went counterclockwise with beautiful views but whichever direction you go it will be up hill halfway then downhill the way back . Great exercise ! It was mostly in the sun and hiking poles were very helpful for me as parts were steep. I would do this again for sure! Some tiny bugs flying around so a bug repellant would help.

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1 month ago

I did this loop starting at Metate trail head, this shortens it to about 7m. Went CW 40 to 37 to 261. 40 is uphill and has shade. Views on 37 were great, no shade. 261 was mostly downhill and some shade towards the end. Great hike!

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off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Really good trail. Hiking to the summit of Little Granite Mountain is a really fun hike, and there is some old Prescott culture to look at if you make it to the top.

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over grown
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Our first time on this trail. We went CCW. There is no way you are getting out of a climb. But I don't know if I would call it hard. Love all the change in scenery. There was still a bit of snow in the trail. Just so you know...you should do this trail.

Great trail. Beautiful day. A little windy, but it felt good. Definitely worth it

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icy
snow
5 months ago

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over grown
washed out
7 months ago

I made this a shorter 7.2 mile loop hike by starting at the trailhead near the campground and going CCW. I started late so I got done right at dusk in under 4 hours. They lock the gate to the area at dusk but you drive around it over the one-way security tire spikes. The 1.7 miles up to Blair Pass was nice and well graded. At the top, go through the gate and head south on Trail 37 to start your circumnavigation of Little Granite Mt. The last mile up to spur trail to Iron Spring Road was pretty steep and a little washed out. The last couple of miles on Trail 40 down to the parking area was really nice with the trees turning color.

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8 months ago

Great trail. I went CW and the views at the beginning and end were beautiful. Trail is very well maintained except around there lake where some blue ribbon helped me stay on track while bushwacking through the overgrowth. I recorded just shy of 10 miles from the parking lot.

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Sat May 18 2019

Absolutely loved this trail! Definitely go CW (views are amazing!) and definitely give yourself plenty of time - took me right at 5 hours. Only got off-trail once due to a washout paralleling the trail, but thanks to the awesome GPS navigation in the app, was able to orient myself and get back on trail easily (though it was a little nerve-wracking since my phone was at 4% at the time). I parked off Iron Mountain Rd (or Iron... something Rd.) Spur to the loop is 1.5 miles. Loop is 9.6. Total 11.1

Great trail! I did this CW and started at iron springs rd. Easy to get to TH. You will definitely want some poles for this one. The descends are super slippery... rolling rocks. Didn’t see anyone till I hit the gate to go up granite mtn (which I didn’t do)... then I saw a few groups of seniors. Beautiful area! Saw lots and lots of bear scat today! Went on a Friday beginning of May and started at 830am. Took tons of pics which slowed me down and still finished in 5hrs. I clocked this at just over 11 mile loop. I wandered off a tad bit not much. Watch your step, it’s very easy to hop on another trail! I’m an avid hiker and this was pretty easy but I’d call it moderate for others. Has nice AEG in different segments. So you don’t get all your elevation gain at once

Creds: AllTrails Pro for accurate mileage and altitude gain. 9.6 mi. 1,808’ altitude gain. Free designated parking off Iron Springs Road. My car only one in parking lot. Started ~9:15am Sunday, 21 April 2019. Went CW around Loop. Squeeze through 2 gates. No closure signs. Awesome single track trail in excellent condition ( no landslides) and easy to follow. So don’t let gates deter you. Highly recommend going CW around loop since huge sweeping views of Prescott National Forest, beyond Chino Valley and many 280 degree mountain range views. Altitude descent significant, quick and exposed to sun . Once ‘down’ mountain, still hiking high up beautiful plateau that wraps around mountain between Little/ Granite Mountain to Granite Basin Lake. Hike back is gradual incline (mostly) and shaded (mostly) with tall green pine trees. Crossed a number of wet and dry creeks. Didn’t see anyone until 5 mi in when close to Granite Basin Lake. Saw lots of coyote scat, but no mountain lion or black bear scat. Thought PNF had over 2,200 each of these???? Hands down best views experienced so far. Can’t wait to do again!

Wed Apr 03 2019

Started as Iron Springs Road as an out and back on Little Granite Trail. definitely more incline coming back towards iron springs!

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Sat Oct 06 2018

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Wed Aug 01 2018

Stayed at Yavapai Campground and started trail from there. It was gorgeous and the fragrance of the pines was intoxicating. We only saw 1 other person on the entire 11 mile hike — perhaps because the temps got above 90. It was a bit eerie to walk through the portion where fire had burned several years ago. One thing to watch out for trail is not marked in certain areas, and you can very easily confuse a wash for portions of the trail. Luckily our GPS worked so we could access AllTrails map. I would love to come back in the springtime when everything is in bloom.

Mon Jul 09 2018

I did this loop clockwise. The first 5ish miles were not my favorite. It was wide open and could see for a few miles, but overall I found it kind of boring. There were areas that you could still see the devastation from the fire which was sad and scary. The second half of the hike was much better and would do that again, I just don’t recommend the first half. My other hiking app logged this loop at 11.4 mi.

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Sun Oct 01 2017

Wild and tough terrain. Beautiful views'.

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Wed Sep 20 2017

Tough terrain, overgrown trails, but overall a nice hike. Plenty of great views of the mountain, although no major vantage points unless you go off trail. Be sure to take the left side around first.

Mon Mar 27 2017

Little Granite Mnt. summit is worth going to besides the fact there is no trail. The s/w side of mountain is best route up. Fantastic, direct views of Granite Mnt. all over the top. There is a surprise up there if you venture.

hiking
7 days ago

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