Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain

Our exploration of the trails around Prescott, Arizona continued this past weekend when we parked at the Cayuse Trailhead in the Granite Basin Recreational Area.  We did a loop starting with the 3.2 mile Balancing Rock Trail 349.  This relatively flat trail through ponderosa pines featured  views of Granite Mountain.  Early in the hike we saw the distant outline of the San Francisco Peaks.  We shared the trail mainly with bicyclers.  There were plenty of boulders, including several candidates for “Balancing Rock.”  About a half mile shy of Granite Basin Lake we returned to our car via the 1.5 mile West Lake Trail 351.  In addition to seeing a new yellow wildflower yet to be identified, we spotted two deer, well camouflaged in the woods after crossing the trail in front of us.  One of the special aspects about the Prescott area is the bird life.  We have observed many hummingbirds, for example, during our hikes and around our home.  Beardtongue, a red flower, is in full bloom and the hummingbirds visit outside our windows on the lower level.  Yesterday we added a hummingbird feeder on our second story deck and the hummingbirds quickly discovered it.  Today I’m enjoying hummingbirds chasing one another in an effort to maintain territorial rights to this new source of food.  I’ve seen six at one time buzzing around after one another.  Hummingbirds are now also regularly sitting on the upper branches of the ponderosa pines near the feeder.  C’mon on guys, there is plenty of nectar for all.

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