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greenBlue Granite Mountain Loop

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Trail

6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 447' 136 m
Descent: -446' -136 m
High: 2,936' 895 m
Low: 2,577' 785 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Todd Streiff

This is a nice area for a loop run - hugging Granite Mountain means getting lost is hard!

Todd Streiff

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

If severe fire danger is present (typically late in the Summer) the preserve may be closed to all access.

Overview

This is a nice multi-use loop trail on singletrack that is great for running, though you may need to share! Good views and an interesting mountain make this a choice trail to enjoy. The trail weaves around the mountain, so it's hard to get lost and is never a long climb or big descent.

Need to Know

No water at the parking area or any other facilities so be prepared. There is a large all weather map in the east side of the parking lot as you step into the preserve.

Runner Notes

No water or facilities at this trailhead, so come prepared. This trail is nice and much smoother than others in the area with little sand to traverse and little rocky terrain

Description

During the mornings, it helps to run in the clockwise direction as you may get shade on the west side during the summer so that makes it cooler. Then coming around and down the other side means the sun is less likely to be in your eyes.

At the trailhead there is a large map, so study your route ahead of time as there are some turns or splits in the trail. These do allow for options on the east side coming back, or on the west side, there are options to extend this run.

Flora & Fauna

Desert! The trail width is good for running and the infrequent climbs make this a flatter option than some other runs in this region.

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Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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Jul 24, 2018
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