Grand Circle Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,578' 481 m
Descent: -1,576' -481 m
High: 4,847' 1,477 m
Low: 3,740' 1,140 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Enjoy lovely views of multicolored boulders and rock cliffs along this loop.”— Dawn Westrum
Along the way, expect loose rocks and short steep sections. It is signed counterclockwise and finishes with several miles of gentle downhill. The best views are in the first half of the loop—keep your eyes on the rock walls to see climbers in their element.
Once you've passed a few parking areas on the road above, you'll reach a junction with the Grand Circle Loop: White Rock - Sandstone Quarry Connector. Head west here, soon crossing Scenic Drive twice to reach a dirt road heading north from the paved Scenic Drive. Head up the dirt road and hook a left onto White Rock - Willow Spring Trail (part of the White Rock Loop Featured Hike).
Once you reach the upcoming junction with the Grand Circle Loop: Visitor Center - White Rock Connector, head left to make a gentle descent back to the Visitor Center and the end of the loop.
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