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Trail

6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer loop
Singletrack
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 hike - 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 hiking, 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.

Description

During the mornings, it helps to hike 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 hike.

Flora & Fauna

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

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Scottsdale

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Feb 27, 2019
Scott Brace
According to iwatch we walked 6.7 miles on the loop with stop at leaning rock for a lunch snack. With Jeanie and terry. Left around noon and got back
Jan 1, 2019
Jonathan Tribble
Nov 23, 2018
Felicia Felicia
Mar 16, 2018
Isaac Lien
6.3mi
Dec 25, 2017
Sharon Cratsenberg
Pretty flat trail. Must hike to balanced rock first 6.7mi — 3h 00m
Feb 4, 2017
John Perona
Nov 15, 2016
hiker joe
Mar 31, 2016
Thomas Wilt
Nice easy trail. Well maintained. — 1h 35m

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