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Granite Mountain Trail #261

  4.2 ( 5 ) Favorite


7.9 mile 12.7 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 1,559' 475 m
Descent: -1,559' -475 m
High: 7,099' 2,164 m
Low: 5,598' 1,706 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)


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Climb from the Granite Basin Recreation Area up to Blair Pass and into the heart of Granite Mountain Wilderness.

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Features Birding · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Motor vehicles and the use of mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Please refrain from using horses when trail is wet. Dogs must be on leashes. Please clean up after your pets. This trail goes past peregrine falcon nesting sites on the south flank of Granite Mountain. Please stay on the trail during nesting season, from February 1st through July 31st.


A short distance past the trailhead, the trail travels upward through open chaparral and boulders before climbing steeply into pinyon-juniper and ponderosa pine forest. There are a number of remarkable vistas that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding topography.

Need to Know

From its intersection with Willow Creek Road, travel northwest on Iron Springs Road for 3 miles. Turn right onto Granite Basin Road and proceed 3.5 miles to the Metate Parking Area on the left. There is parking for 20 vehicles. Road conditions are paved.

Water available at parking area. Surface water should be treated.

$5 for day use parking (Wednesdays are free).

Visitors are asked to be alert and stay on existing trails when recreating on Granite Mountain as the area recovers from the Doce Fire of 2013. Soil erosion has occurred on portions of the trails, thus exposing more rock, and cross-country travel increases the possibility of encountering rolling rocks, stump and root holes, falling trees, and loose soils from rains.


The trail starts off mild with mostly flat or gently sloping sections. Decomposed granite makes up the path under your feet. After the fork with Little Granite Mountain Trail #37, the trail steepens to a series of switchbacks up to Blair Pass. At the pass, continue following the trail up and to the right. Here, the trail disappears a few times as you work your way over granite sections, but a careful eye will spot the trail as it continues ahead. The trail ends at an rocky outcropping overlook with an epic view. High winds up here!

Flora & Fauna

You may see javelina, deer, and foxes along the trail, as well as snakes, lizards, and a variety of Southwestern birds.

History & Background

Designated by Congress in 1984, this Granite Mountain Wilderness area encompasses over 9,000 acres. Despite its proximity to the city of Prescott, visitors find opportunities for solitude and physical challenge in a remote setting.

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May 4, 2019
Guy Granger
I was lured to this trail by the promise of forest, but the trees pretty much run out after the first 1.5 miles. Small glade near top is nice. 8.5mi — 4h 50m
Apr 23, 2019
Shari Pederson
Jan 12, 2019
Les Bowen
Traveled from Granite Basin to Blair Pass as part of a loop. 1.7mi
Aug 19, 2018
Jeremy Paul
Good time on this one. Definitely gets warm around noon as the last 2/3 are pretty exposed with minimal shade. Great views and a good workout.

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Apr 12, 2018 near Williamson, AZ


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