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Granite Mountain

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About Granite Mountain:

This area is well known for outstanding crack climbs, but there are several great face routes that you should not miss. Ranging in height from 100 to 500 feet, and almost half a mile wide, this south facing granite wall will keep climbers occupied with an amazing variety of difficulty, technique and protection. Most of the routes are multi-pitch trad climbs, but there are a few bolted routes on the left and right end of the cliff.

Situated at an elevation almost 7,000 feet above sea level, the summers are usually mild, and the winters moderate. This gives you a chance to climb here almost year round, but Spring (see access restrictions) and fall tend to have the most stable and enjoyable weather. Always bring water, as the nearest source is at least two miles from the cliff (your car). Access restrictions - early Feb to mid July for peregrine nesting. Contact Prescott National Forest for more information(928) 443-8000 Granite Mountain Outfitters (928) 776-4949 has gear and guides.

Nearest town or city: Prescott
Directions: From the town square in downtown Prescott take Montezuma Street north, as the road curves left it becomes Whipple Street, then at the intersection with Miller Valley/Willow Creek Rd. (at Yavapai Hospital) it becomes Iron Springs Road. Stay on Iron Springs for about three miles and turn right on a road just past the GRANITE BASIN REC AREA sign. Follow this road for about four miles to the Playa or Metate day use parking areas, both access the start of Trail 261. The gate is open 7am in winter & 6am in summer. Hike west on TR 261 (great views of the cliff face as the trail traverses far below) to Blair Pass (a little over a mile). Several trails depart from Blair Pass, turn right staying on TR 261 up a series of switchbacks left of the cliff. At the end of the second switchback, look for a trail (dropping through cactus at first) that leads up and right towards the wall leading to the flat ledges at the base of the Flying Buttress near the center of the cliff. At spots along this trail, you will see smaller trails heading up toward the Swamp Slabs and the Middle Section. Bushwhacking here is painful, so stay on the trails as best as you can.
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With Replies Candyland/Coatimundi Pitch 4 Protection monster 4 May 26 2009, 11:13 AM
With Replies Lizard Head retiredlife 1 Nov 17 2008, 5:58 AM
With Replies Beta Needed: Prescott AZ ja1484 4 Aug 19 2007, 4:14 AM
With Replies Is the Right Section of Granite Mounatain open? mitch-a-pallooza 2 Jul 17 2004, 11:56 PM