As the highest mountain in the Prescott area, this obscure little gem has some unique and classic history scattered about it's craggy outcrops. Granite mountain boasts adventurous scrabbling and high angle 5th class ventures-in-the-sky. There are no established trails to the summit. But of the trails provide, most tend to ascend skyward. A vague climbers trail was established near the marker of Trail 261.
As far as rock climbing goes, it is the premier proving ground for inspiring traditionalists. Most routes require gear ascents but there are a good number of fixed gear climbs on the Swamp Slabs. The mountain offers semi-arid climate which produces moderate summers and mild winters. It has a longer climbing season then most climbing areas in the United States. Crack and face climbs are the norm throughout Granite Mountain. Most climbs range from 100 feet to 500 feet in length, none of which climb to the summit. The mountain is broken down into 3 sections for the purpose of locating climbs: the Swamp Slabs, the Middle Section and the Right Section.
From the town Square of Prescott, drive west on Gurley Street and turn right onto Grove Avenue. Follow Grove, which turns into Miller Valley Road, and turn left onto Iron Springs Road. Follow Iron Springs Road 3 miles and turn right onto unpaved road just after Granite Basin Recreation Area sign. At this point follow umpaved roads 3 to 4 miles to Trail 261 trail-head.
The standard fee of $2.00 parking fee applies
When To Climb
March through June and September through November.
NOTICE: As of March 2002, the National Forest Service has issued a closure restriction until further notice. This closure is part of a wilderness management program that will study the environs of birds of prey. Access Fund is currently moving to reopen talks with the National Forest. Please respect this current closure and preserve the future of this natural resource. The page maintainer will update this section upon any changes or revisions.
Unlimited camping in and around the Toiyobe Wilderness Area and National Forest. Maintain a low profile if your intenstion are to camp near the trailhead of Trail #261.
- Arizona Backcountry Climbing Beta
Provides beta on Cochise's Stronghold, the Camelback, Granite Mountain and other climbing areas in and around Prescott and the "outer reaches".