Granite Gardens View

Granite Gardens View

Granite Gardens is a recently added City of Prescott trail that we previously hiked clockwise. Yesterday we traversed the 1.2 miles counterclockwise. The trailhead, located off Highway 89 across from Granite Gate Senior Living, is at an elevation of 5,040 feet. We gained some elevation on the Stairway Loop, enjoying the blue sky day and views of Granite Dells. After crossing over some slickrock, I took the 0.1 mile Castle Rock loop. Views along this segment of trail included the strong Granite Creek current flowing over a small dam originally built to divert water for the Chino Valley Irrigation District. Several homes are visible, including one recently constructed with a turret. As we hiked the the steep and winding switchbacks of the Rock Stacker we had good views of Granite Mountain peaking behind a Granite Gardens rock formation. The high point on this trail is 5,150 feet. We exited through the Grotto, a narrow rock tunnel that tests one balance. This is an adventurous trail with interesting surprises.

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