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Granite Mountain Trail 261, Prescott

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Granite Mountain is a 7,628ft mountain located in Yavapai County, Arizona that covers roughly 12 square miles (31 km2). It was once known as Mount Gurley, for the first governor of the Arizona Territory, John A. Gurley. Its southwest face has a sheer granite cliff approximately 500 feet (150 m) high that is one of the best locations for rock climbing in the state of Arizona. It is located in the Granite Mountain Wilderness, which is managed as a part of the Prescott National Forest. The mountain stands at the northern end of the Sierra Prietas, and borders Skull Valley on the west, on the northwest by the Santa Maria Mountains, and east by the Williamson Valley.GeologyGranite Mountain is composed of the Prescott Granodiorite, a 1.7 billion year-old stock intruded into Yavapai schist. Xenoliths of the schist are commonly found in the granodiorite. The gray granodiorite was a popular building stone in early-day Prescott. It was used to build the Yavapai County Courthouse and in many other older buildings around town, including Fort Whipple.EcologyThe biotic communities at Granite Mountain range from montane conifer forest and juniper pinyon woodland, to interior chaparral. Granite Mountain is a nesting site for the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), and the climbing area on the south face is periodically closed to rock climbing, typically from February 1 until July 15 each year.
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  • Hiking partially and enjoyed hugely. Took the dog along too. Not too many people on a Friday but one other with their dog as well. Very scenic through the portion I was on with Granite Mountain rising...  more »
  • We only went in 3 miles since the wind was really picking up, and we knew it would be worse at the top. We have been to the top other times, and really enjoyed it. But even cutting it short, it is a b...  more »
  • Easy start along the valley floor before a switchback climb to the top. Excellent views and interesting flaura. There is a meadow area near the peak with plenty boulders for a picnic.  more »