Granite Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This popular hike climbs through rugged granite terrain to a viewpoint overlooking Granite Basin and the Sierra Prieta. The Granite Mountain Trail crosses a wash, then follows a drainage uphill through a forest of juniper, pinyon pine, oak, and ponderosa pine. To the right there are occasional views of Granite Mountain, the destination for this hike. The terrain faces south here and the increased heat and dryness cause the pines to give way to chaparral and juniper.
Chaparral is not a single plant, but an association of three shrubs that commonly grow together in the upper Sonoran life zone. It provides vital cover and habitat for wildlife. The red-barked bush is manzanita, the brush with the oaklike prickly leaves is scrub oak, and the plant with longish leaves, curled under at the edges and fuzzy underneath, is mountain mahogany. The reward for the steady climb is expanding views. Little Granite Mountain forms a conspicuous landmark to the south; beyond are the pine-forested slopes of the Sierra Prieta Mountains."