Added by Sam B
This is a great hike with a chance to see amazing flowers, depending on the season. It's not too difficult, with just enough work to be a great work out, and a fantastic view of both Paradise Valley and the national forest at the top.
To reach the trail, drive up Hinkey Summit Road from Paradise Valley (the road is pretty rough--make sure your spare tire is inflated). The trailhead is right at the top. You start off by following a road for some time, but eventually the road just ends. Supposedly there is a trail that leads to the peak, but we couldn't find it, so we followed the ridge line to make it to the top.
Round trip, the hike was about 10 miles. It begins at about 6800 feet in elevation and ends at 9700 at the top of Granite Peak. You can camp at Lye Creek Campground, which is a beautiful place and usually not too crowded. It's $10 per campsite per night and no reservation needed!
- Day pack
- Hiking pole (optional)
- Plant field guide
- Sleeping bag
- Firewood can usually be found at the campground, but check for fire restrictions
- Potable water is also available at the campground, but nowhere else
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