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    Granite Mountain Loop

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    8.2 km
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    122 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Granite Mountain Loop does as it says, looping Granite Mountain in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This hike covers mostly flat ground, making it easy enough for families and beginners. Enjoy a view of Granite Mountain from all angles and the rugged desert that surrounds it. This route experiences heavy traffic, so try to visit during the week if you’re able to.

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    Route Description for Granite Mountain Loop

    The Granite Mountain Loop is an enjoyable easy hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. If getting on top of mountains sounds like a bit too much work, just appreciate this one from all angles on solid ground, taking advantage of a relaxed, mostly flat trail. This route is great for all skill levels. This route can sometimes get crowded, but at off-peak times you might get lucky and have the place to yourself. Try to visit in the evening or midweek if you want a quiet hike.

    From the trailhead, follow Bootlegger Trail. You’ll hike through the saguaro-filled desert towards the mountain. At the junction near the ridge, stay right to begin your circumnavigation. Stay to the inside of all the junctions from this point forward–easy to navigate!

    Lap the mountain, enjoying the desert views, and then continue following the Granite Mountain Loop Trail back to the parking lot.

    Getting to the Granite Mountain Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for Granite Mountain Loop is off N 136th Street.

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    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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