Granite Mountain

Prescott, Arizona

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Among the more interesting geological features of the Prescott area are the exposed boulders and buttresses of Precambrian granite. Well rounded by erosion, this pinkish rock is often rendered all the more colorful by lichen. While most visitors to Prescott may enjoy the unusual formations of the Granite Dells area just north of town, hikers will find a whole mountain of this fascinating rock in the Granite Mountain Wilderness to the northwest. The premier hike in this wilderness follows the Granite Mountain Trail up its namesake peak.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

Among the more interesting geological features of the Prescott area are the exposed boulders and buttresses of Precambrian granite. Well rounded by erosion, this pinkish rock is often rendered all the more colorful by lichen.

While most visitors to Prescott may enjoy the unusual formations of the Granite Dells area just north of town, hikers will find a whole mountain of this fascinating rock in the Granite Mountain Wilderness to the northwest. The premier hike in this wilderness follows the Granite Mountain Trail up its namesake peak.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,185 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest; Granite Mountain Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Iron Springs, Jerome Canyon
Driving Directions: Directions to Granite Mountain

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