Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Granite Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : January 5, 2021
where McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Northern Region
the hike     This hike begins at the Granite Mountain Trailhead in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Northern part. See Map.
    From the trailhead, we will hike along the Bootlegger Trail, we then will turn left at BL2 and begin a clockwise loop around Granite Mountain on the Granite Mountain Loop Trail, with a 0.3 mile each way side trip to Balanced Rock. We will then rejoin the Granite Mountain Loop Trail and continue clockwise around the trail, stopping at the scenic View (GM10) and then at GM4, take the Bootlegger Trail back to BLM 2 and then that trail back to the trailhead.
    This hike offers many splendid views of classic Sonoran Desert plant life and scenery.
Required:
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
Recommended:
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 6.6 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-400' elevation change
elevations 2578 ft to 2899 ft
type figure-9
starting at Granite Mountain Trailhead
on trail 100% — Bootlegger, Granite Mountain Loop Trails
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Scottsdale
meet 8:00 AM at Granite Mountain Trailhead, Lone Mountain Road and 136 St., Scottsdale.
drive
•  From Loop 101 in Scottsdale, take Exit 36, Pima Road/Princess.
Drive 6.5 miles north on Pima Road to Dynamite Road.
Turn right on Dynamite Road and drive several miles east to 136th St. Dynamite becomes Rio Verde Dr.
Turn north (left) on 136th St. and drive two or so miles north to the trailhead on the left. It is well marked. There is a set of high-tension power lines at this spot also.
There are restrooms at the trailhead.

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