HIKE – Mint Wash Loop - Granite Mountain Lake (PRESCOTT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool hike along the banks of a creek at the base of Granite Mountain next to huge granite boulders and returning through a Ponderosa forest to the beautiful blue lake.

 

See photos from our 6/17/12 visit here:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=9186142 

slide show:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/9186142/

(Note: there are photos from two different hikes there.)

 

See photos from our 6/19/11 visit here:

http://www.meetup.com/phoenix-atheists/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=2022591 

(Note: there are photos from two different hikes there.)

 

Trail Description:

http://www.arizonahikingtrails.com/hikingpages/mintwashloop.html 

 

We may do this as a choice of two hikes, one a 3-mile version within the other, a 6-mile loop. .. This will allow for those who choose a more leisurely hike at a pace conducive to social banter, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife to take the 3 mile version while those looking for an aerobic workout to do the 6 miler.

 

Those choosing the shorter route may choose to walk around the lake or use the additional time for kayaking, picnicking etc.  Following the hike(s) there are several optional tourist activities in Downtown Prescott as well… see below.

 

 

HIKE SUMMARY:

Distance:     3 or 6 miles 

Time:            2-3 hours

Difficulty:    easy

Trail:             forest and stream banks

Elevation:   5600 -5836 ft.

Parking:       gravel lot, restrooms, and picnic areas

Parking lot GPS:  34° 37’00.00” N, 112° 33’02.12” W 

Entry fees:   $5 or interagency passes

Dogs:            OK on leash

 

REMINDERS:

Always carry and drink plenty of water! 

Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

Water shoes can be helpful around rocks and water.

Have light rain gear available (we may hike in light drizzle).

(Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are common at high altitudes July – September.)

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.

Hike at your own risk.

 

To get there:

Around Prescott - From I-17/I-101, travel North about 47 miles to exit 262 to AZ-69 towards Prescott. Go about 21 miles and turn right onto Fain Rd. After about 7 miles continue straight onto 89A-South and go 6 more miles and continue onto Pioneer Pkwy. Travel almost 5 miles, then turn left onto N. Williamson Valley Rd. and after 2.5 miles turn right onto Iron Springs Rd. Then go 1.6 miles to N. Granite Basin Rd. and go 3.2 miles (stay right at W. Six Claims Rd.) and continue onto FR 374B (Mountain Recreation Area) and at about 1/2 mile turn right to the parking lot (about 0.2 mile).

Through Prescott - From I-17/I-101, travel North about 47 miles to exit 262 to AZ-69 towards Prescott. Go about 34 miles and take the Arizona 89S/Sheldon St. Ramp into Prescott. Follow Sheldon St. less than a mile to turn right onto N Montezuma St. and again go less than a mile and continue on Whipple St. another 0.7 mile and continue on to Iron Springs Rd. Drive west on Iron Springs road for 3 miles to North Granite Basin Road. Turn right and follow this winding road (stay right at W. Six Claims Rd.) 3.25 miles to Granite Mountain Recreation Area. Follow the One-way loop (FR 374B) about 1/2 mile to the turnoff for the Granite Basin Lake parking lot.

Either route should take about 1 hour 45 minutes from I-101 and I-17.

NOTE: If you get to Prescott early enough, I’m told that the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E Gurley, has excellent breakfasts.   

MESSAGE  FOR  CARPOOLERS:

At 182 miles round trip from the 101 & 17, gas for an SUV is probably around $33. Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements.  You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.

Following the hike… we’ll reconvene for rehydration in town, or if hikers prefer, we could use the picnic facilities by the lake.

 

 

And then, following the rehydration there are opportunities all around downtown to revisit yesteryear in the old frontier town:

 

The Sharlot Hall Museum houses much of Prescott's territorial history (http://www.sharlot.org/).

 

Whiskey Row, in downtown Prescott, until 1956 a notorious red-light district, boasts many historic buildings, including The Palace, Arizona's oldest restaurant and bar, and many other buildings that have been converted to boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, and restaurants.

 

In 1900, a great fire destroyed almost all of the buildings on Whiskey Row, including the 1891 Hotel Burke, advertised as "the only absolutely fireproof building in Prescott". By legend, the patrons of the various bars simply took their drinks across the street to the Courthouse square and watched it burn. At the time of the fire, the entire bar and back-bar of the Palace Hotel was removed to the square by the patrons as the fire approached, re-installing it after the gutted brick structure was rebuilt. (The size of the back-bar is impressive, and appears not easily moved, even by many hands.)

 

Whiskey Row runs north and south on Montezuma St. between Gurley and Goodwin St., directly west of the county courthouse. This single city block has been the home of the St. Michael's Hotel (formerly the Hotel Burke) and the Palace Hotel since the late 19th century, along with other colorful purveyors of night-life.

The City is named after author William H. Prescott, whose writings were popular during the Civil War. 

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  • Kevin W.

    Very beautiful... the awesome weather helped a bit too.

    May 21, 2013

    • Andy W.

      Missed you guys at Irene's place... saw your car leaving as we were driving in on Moall Dr.

      May 21, 2013

    • Kevin W.

      My son sent you a text... we decided to stop by in town for a quick bite and then head back down the hill to the Valley. ...another time for sure.

      May 21, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Kevin, sorry we missed you for post-hike activities. We saw you drive by us and stopped but I guess you didn't recognize my vehicle.

    May 20, 2013

  • Kevin W.

    I'm bringing my son and daughter... I thought I was militant... wait 'til y'all meet my son. He's scary. :-)

    May 18, 2013

    • Al T.

      bring it on

      May 18, 2013

    • Al T.

      sorry to have missed spending time with you guys . . even after the hike . . . hope to se you again with us soon

      May 20, 2013

  • Ted H.

    What a great hike - made all the better by great people.

    May 20, 2013

    • Al T.

      I regret not being able to spend some time with you. Hope you'll be with us again.

      May 20, 2013

  • irene d.

    you all must know at this point how much I love your company.... I will be pleased anytime we can meet here, It would work better if we just left the details to the folks in Prescott so the rest of you don't need to worry about what to bring. Just decide early and I will have it taken care of.

    May 19, 2013

  • irene d.

    What a great hike, just difficult enough. The terrain was diverse and the company interesting as usual.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    Really good 6 miles, great people and great conversation as usual!

    May 19, 2013

  • irene d.

    OMG Jack I just realised you called yourself the "Decider" the last time I heard that was GWB and I hung my head for years.

    May 18, 2013

  • irene d.

    BRING IT ON JACK I m looking forward to sharing your energy. Bring beer and soda and wine and all your smile

    May 18, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Well it doesn't appear we've decided what to do so I'm going to pull a W and be the decider (I hope you all remember how that turned out).
    Irene if it's not too late for you we will have the wrap buffet at your place. If it is too late we'll go to the Palace . If we have dogs we'll find a dog friendly place.
    For those of you like Wendy who aren't potluck prepared don't bring anything. During the hike we'll determine what we could use and send somebody to a store and you can all chip in .

    May 18, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      (Do I sound this insane all the time?)

      May 18, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      Call the nanny! Her kid is getting out of control! (Sorry. I just can't help myself. Or anyone else.)

      May 18, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Tyger I sent out my comment before yours posted but I agree. I'll bring my camp stove if somebody brings something they need to heat.

    May 18, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      Okay, I can leave the charcoals at home, then.

      May 18, 2013

    • irene d.

      no charcol needed. Although I do have a great grill if you folks want to get crazy and grill something

      May 18, 2013

  • Merle L.

    BTW what is an Inter agency pass?? does the America the Beautiful cover it?

    May 18, 2013

    • Al T.

      yes

      May 18, 2013

    • irene d.

      sounds like something the CIA issues. COOL

      May 18, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    soooo, I can't think what I would bring to the potluck...I vote we decide because I'm not potluck prepared!

    1 · May 18, 2013

    • irene d.

      some one could put a salad together here at the house. I have lots of dressings. I also have plastic cups and plates but could use some forks. Also everyone should think about what they want to drink. I can make ice tea and have lots of ICE

      May 18, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      Sounds like Irene has decided we are going to her house. Thank you, Irene! So, we won't need a camp stove or charcoals. It may be last minute, but we're getting decisions made. I will bring a bottle of champaigne (no real pain for anyone) that I've been saving and we can celebrate the successful publishing of my book. And the gathering of great friends. You all were instrumental (and vocal sometimes) in my writing it.

      May 18, 2013

  • Tyger G.

    I'm not seeing a lot of votes for either choice for lunch, and it's about evenly divided, so I'm going to call an audible (postable, silent audible?) with whatever little authority I have with the group. I like Irene's idea of doing wraps, so let's each bring something that can be put into a wrap, or a side dish (think fruit, veggies and dips) or chips or whatever to go with it. We can leave it up to our potential hostess to make the final decision and tell us at the trailhead whether we are going to her house or eating at the picnic tables. We can go to the Palace or other restaurant anytime, maybe when it is raining or otherwise not feasible to picnic. A gracious invitation from a lovely lady to picnic with her (at her house, or not) should never be ignored. Bring a bottle of wine for her and we can probably extend the party, wherever we are. If you just don't have or can't bring anything, that's okay, too. I'm sure we'll have plenty to eat. I'll bring ice, plates, cups, the usual.

    1 · May 18, 2013

    • irene d.

      Spot on Tyger!! There will be plenty. I am very happy to host another gathering, it is great energy for my house.

      May 18, 2013

    • irene d.

      All the puppies are welcome but you owners must keep them on the main level or out on the deck.

      May 18, 2013

  • Andy W.

    Tyger: I need two more books

    May 18, 2013

    • Tyger G.

      Four total, then? Two replacements and two additional?

      May 18, 2013

  • Ted H.

    Sounds good Wendy. I'll see you and Brian at 7:30 tomorrow morning.

    May 18, 2013

  • Tyger G.

    I don't remember if they have a grill there, but I will bring a small portable with charcoals in case we need it. We're not backpacking anything in to where we will be eating, so it shouldn't be a problem to take (bring?) whatever you like. Don't forget your favorite drinks (spelled b-e-e-r, or not).

    May 18, 2013

  • Merle L.

    I have never been to the Palace but last weekend was so great that I vote for the potluck.

    1 · May 18, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    Ted 7:30 sounds fine to me but if you all want to go to breakfast just say the word. I'll be at the comer of the big apt complex / eastbd 23rd and Beardsley wearing a plaid backpack!

    May 18, 2013

  • Jack S.

    The big downside on the Palace is not dog friendly. cathy, jodi, scott and tammy aren't comng. Was anyone else planning on bringing there dogs. If not I'd vote for the Palace.

    May 18, 2013

  • Andy W.

    Let's decide soon. I'm up for either potluck or eating at the Palace.

    May 18, 2013

  • Ted H.

    Hello Wendy and Brian,

    How about we meet at the eastbound corner of 23rd ave. and Beardsley as Wendy suggested? 7:30? If either of you want to have breakfast at the Hassayampa Inn, they're meeting there at 7:45 so we would need to leave by 6:30. I can go either way.

    Sorry about your food poisoning Brian, boy have I been there.

    May 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think Irene & I scrapped breakfast plans. It was mostly because we were both going to already be up there the day before. I'll be at the corner of 23rd and Beardsley at 7:30. Thanks!

      May 18, 2013

  • irene d.

    If we decide to gather at my place lets make the pot luck thing simple. We can have a wrap buffet and everyone can bring what they want to put inside. I will supply tortillas. lettuce (for the glutten free wraps) chicken salad,green salad and the chips that Al like last sunday. Bring your beverage of choice. I would just like to know one way or another by this evening please

    May 18, 2013

  • Ted H.

    Hey Wendy,

    That's easy, then you can leave your motorcycle at home - I'm assuming. Anyone else on the northwest side need a ride?

    May 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Ted, I could use a ride. I can just come up to wherever you're picking Wendy up. I was going to go up today, then camp, but I got food poisoning yesterday, so I'll just be going up on Sunday instead.

      May 18, 2013

  • Tyger G.

    Lunch at the Palace is far different than either a picnic at the trailhead or enjoying the luxury of a potluck at Irene's home. It didn't take much last week for everyone to bring something to share, and we had plenty of food, plus we seem to have stayed longer than normal, meaning we all had a great time at Irene's. If we bring something, it will work just as easily on a picnic table or at Irene's, but if we bring nothing, we end up by default eating at a restaurant, whether it's the Palace or elsewhere. Dogs won't be welcome at the Palace, so then we are left with trying to decide on an alternative cafe which will accommodate dogs. But then maybe no one is bringing dogs, so that won't matter. Since Al never wants to organize a food event, and Amanda says she isn't going, it appears to be left to me as 1st SOF of the group to try to get some preference to surface. I'm in favor of a picnic or potluck at Irene's, with a strong leaning to the latter. What would everyone else like to do?

    May 17, 2013

    • Jim

      Since Irene is again offering her place for the after-party and since people are going to Hassayampa Inn for a before-hike meal... I'd vote for pot luck at Irene's.

      1 · May 18, 2013

  • Andy W.

    So it looks like the Palace for lunch, then?
    I stopped in there last month and it's a pretty neat place.
    Looking forward to it.

    May 17, 2013

  • Lorina

    Looking forward to meeting you all and enjoying a beautiful morning :)

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • william p.

    I'm sorry to miss so many meetups. I am not too well at the moment. and for awhile now. hopefully, it's nothing. again, sorry to miss this one in particular. I love that place!

    May 17, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    Sounds great Ted! What time should I expect you. I can right on the east bound corner of 23rd ave and Beardsley at whatever time you say.

    May 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Irene and I are meeting at the Hassayampa Inn at 7:45 for breakfast if anyone wants to join us.

    1 · May 17, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    I'm reposting a 3rd time so I apologize if you guys are seeing these and I'm not, I am no techie that's for sure.
    Anyway, Ted, I live at 27th ave and Beardsley and I can meet you at any point that is convienant between your place and mine.

    May 16, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    The car thing isn't set yet, and I have to be back to get Patrick.

    May 16, 2013

  • Ted H.

    Hello Everyone,

    Great meeting last Saturday, thanks for inviting me. I can drive to Prescott and back. I have a Honda CRV, 3 others can hitch a ride. Gas is on me. I'll even pick you up if you need to leave your vehicle at home. I'm at Beardsley and 87th Ave in Peoria. Can meet at the Big Lots on I-17 as well.

    1 · May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Of course!

    May 16, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    Is anyone carpooling from up near Bell? I don't want to leave my motorcycle at I-17 and Bethany Home.

    May 15, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    Where is the big lots on I 17? What cross streets or what is it near?

    May 13, 2013

    • Casey

      It is on the NE corner of I-17 and Bethany Home.

      May 13, 2013

    • Jack S.

      I have room for another

      May 15, 2013

  • irene d.

    The offer still stands if you all want to get together at my place afterwards. All mentioned that it may be easier on everyone to just bring a picnic to the campground at Granite Mountain. I'm pleased either way.

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think my plan is to camp at Lynx Lake on Saturday. On the way to Granite Mountain, I'll be passing right by the aforementioned Hassayampa Inn. Anyone up for breakfast? It looks really good:

    http://www.hassayampainn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/PR-Breakfast-Menu.pdf

    May 15, 2013

    • irene d.

      That sounds like a good idea Brian. What time?

      May 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      8? It says it only takes 15 minutes to get to Granite Mountain. I can definitely do earlier too. It says they open at 7.

      May 15, 2013

  • Jim

    Posted to the Prescott Freethinker's meetup site:

    http://www.meetup.com/Prescott-Freethinkers/events/119177002/

    May 13, 2013

  • Andy W.

    Jack, Merle and I are meeting at Big Lots on I-17. Perhaps Jack has room for one more....
    If not, I can drive from there in my Escape.

    May 13, 2013

  • Wendy Angela H.

    I totally want to do this hike but need to car pool, is that a possibility?

    May 13, 2013

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