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Grand Circle Loop

Intermediate
  4.5 ( 13 ) Favorite

Trail

11.8 mile 19.0 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,578' 481 m
Descent: -1,576' -481 m
High: 4,847' 1,477 m
Low: 3,740' 1,140 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Dawn Westrum

Enjoy lovely views of multicolored boulders and rock cliffs along this loop.

Dawn Westrum

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Family Friendly There are lots of rocks to scramble around on along the trail.

There's a $15 entry fee, and the gates open at 6 a.m.

Overview

This loop starts and ends at the Visitor Center, but not from inside unless you want to hop the small fence! The guide says this trail is “strenuous,” which is perhaps only because of its length—this area's fairly flat terrain certainly isn’t tough compared to a mountain hike.

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.

Description

Starting from the Visitor Center, jump on the Moenkopi Loop heading east to reach a junction with Calico Hills. From here, head northwest on Calico Hills as it skirts the base of beautiful red, white, and tan cliffs.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Various cacti grow here.

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May 26, 2019
Kaija Vs
Mar 13, 2019
Anne Bo
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Jan 12, 2019
Peggy Hsieh
Nov 27, 2018
Isaac Bozeman
Nov 24, 2018
zeesix
Oct 27, 2018
Chris C
Oct 19, 2018
Mathis Wrenn

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  4.5 from 13 votes

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