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Granite Mountain Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

99%

Runnable

2,936' 895 m

High

2,577' 785 m

Low

447' 136 m

Up

446' 136 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

Shared By:

Todd Streiff

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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Photos

Lupines and poppies bloom along the Granite Mountain Loop.
Mar 21, 2017 near Carefree, AZ
Just leaving Lone Mountain trailhead towards Cholla Mountain Loop
Apr 13, 2015 near Rio Verde, AZ

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