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Granite Basin

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

At any one of the pay stations you can grab a map of the area and plot out your own course. They are all good however they are mostly loose granite so I suggest you drop a couple of psi. before you hit them.
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Latitude
34.57796304883451
Longitude
-112.5245475769043
Trail Directions
Take Iron Springs about 2 or 3 miles past the fire station on and turn right to go to granite basin lake. go a mile or 2 to the lake or any one of the camp grounds.
Trail Length
Depends on route
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Prescott
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 18, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: L663 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
1st time there and followed the previous post with an extra loop. It was a nice loop with temps much lower than Sedona. Trails were a bit on the sandy side and had a fair amount of flies, even with the light breeze. I'll hopefully get back there someday and check more out.



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Review Date
January 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: tmwjr777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fun loops near Prescott, nuthin' scary. Just keep pushing, even downhill for good old fashion rolling singletrack fun.

Recommended Route:
Go to Granite Basin Lake or Metate trailhead.(Fee is $5 now not $2 FYI) From Metate lot take 353 to 351, go left. Down hill across street to 351, turn right.(always do loops counterclockwise....trust me) Stay on 351 to 347 to 348 to 352 to 345(sounds complex, but it's not as bad as it sounds) 345 dumps you out at the lake. If you still got energy to burn take 351 back up and around again, then turn left on 348, when you get to the gate turn right, take this trail back to 345, turn left back to the lake. Have fun!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
#305, #297, #307, lots of good singletrack in the Prescott area.



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Review Date
March 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jm. ,  Downhiller

Summary:
There's a lot that this area can offer, from an hour loop to 4 or 5 hours easy. The 345 and 347 loop is pretty easy and doesn't take a lot of time. Head out on trail 308 for some technical where it meets with trail 347. This route starts out flat (like the route straight ahead) but there's actually a good bit of technical. Then head to the lake and come back by the trails of your choice, fun and fast comming back.

To really mix it up and make a good ride though, at the lake go south and add a loop out of trail 349 and 350. If you really want an epic ride, take 349 to trail 40 (clark springs) for a whole lot of fun descending, all the way back to your car, not steep, but mostly downhill and a lot of fun waterbars.

Since this is an area review, and there are options to make 5+ hour rides with lots of fast roller-coaster sections, I'm going to give this "area" 4 chilies. Doesn't rate a 5 like moab of course, but there's a lot of options in this area, especially beyond the simple loop that most riders do, you can a while here exploring different trails and having fun.

Gets hot in the summer, probably not the best prescott destination in the summer.

Recommended Route:
I prefer to ride up on trail 308 to 345 (anyone can roll down technical sections, but it's a lot harder to climb up them) to the lake, then do the 350/349 loop, or the bigger clark-springs loop, and then come back on 349, 346, 347, and ride back on the technical part of 345 and past the gate back to the car on 308.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
349
350
346
trail 40
352(a short, but real fun trail)
351



Comments
tmwjr777 (01/10/2009)
I got news for you buddy, before you say "anyone" can roll down tech stuff.....The stuff I consider tech on the downhills I like, you are NOT riding up unless you are maybee a trials rider. This place is not tech for a skilled rider.
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Review Date
January 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: spongebob squarepants ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There is a *great* loop out by Granite Mountain. It feels flat on the way out and downhill all the way back. Magic if you ask me. There are some technical sections on the way out but most riders could clean them and they are few and far between. This trail is all about smooth speed. This trail would be fun for anyone, beginer to expert. At the halfway point you hit the Granite Basin Lake and get a nice view of the cliffs on Granite Mountain. The way back is steady downhill with some great turns and jumps. You can average 20 mph almost the whole way down. The trail is hard packed with the occasional patch of sand or loose stuff. You are in the pines almost the whole time with the occational wash/stream crossing. This is one of my favorite loops. Watch out for horses because they also use this trail. Total loop is around 9 miles.

Recommended Route:
Park at the Williamson Valley trailhead. It is 10 miles or so out Williamson Valley road after passing Pioneer Parkway. Watch for the brown sign on the right side of the road and the trailhead/parking lot is on the left. It should say Granite Mountain something on the sign. As you pass through the trailhead gate bear left and continue on for about a mile. You will come across another gate on your left. Pass through it and bear right. You will head down Mint Wash trail. It is pretty obvious and there are signs marking the way. Follow the signs towards Granite Basin Lake. When you reach the lake you will see some pavement. Follow the short road up to the paved loop. It is a one way loop and you will want to go against traffic. Don't worry, it is only for a couple hundred yards. You will see a crosswalk on the road and a trail on your left. Take it. It will immediately cross a wash and dead end in a T. You will take a right. Follow this trail and any signs that lead you back to the Williamson Valley trailhead. This is where the fun begins. It is a little climb up and then down fast all the way back to the car. Make sure your bike horn is tuned up cus you are gonna be hauling a$$.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Spruce mountain, Lynx Lake, Sedona



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Review Date
November 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ZG ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I visit the area every six months or so, because my father lives out that way. I guess I'm just lucky.

If you don't like to climb, this is a great trail. Not to say that you won't be riding both up and down, but there are no sustained climbs of more than a few minutes.

Last time I was there was 5/03. Since I'm normally heading out alone (on vacation), I won't hit the techie trails... but there was a race at the site that same weekend, so I knew I wouldn't be alone.

I hit the trailhead by some campground, also the staging area for the race. The trail was a mix of rock/hardpack/and occasional sand. Nothing that would suprise someone used to riding the southwest.

Many parts are nice and twisty, not overly techinical, by any stretch of the imagination. Some little drops here and there and some baby heads rolling around, but if you consider yourself and upper level beginner, both technically and physically, you'll do fine and maybe have to dismount once or twice for obstacles.

It can be difficult to find a rythm on much of the trail, because it is so twisty and many of the turns and shrubs shield the view of the next obstacle.

I am looking forward to hitting up more stuff with some other people next time I'm out there, there's got to be some great technical stuff with all the boulders strewn about. I just won't do any of that riding solo.

Next time.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Thumb butte is a nice area to hit. Lots of trails all over the place, pick your poison. Climb to the top on some loose ST or cruise around it entirely, sticking to the fireroad.



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