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Granite Mountain Day Hike
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
January 5, 2021
by Carl Lunde
Trailblazers ready to hike. [photo by Quy]
Randall, Ken, Joe, Quy, Jade (in back), Carl, Dave

This hike began at the Granite Mountain Trailhead in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Northern part.

From the trailhead, we hiked along the Bootlegger Trail. At the junction, we began 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 then rejoined the Granite Mountain Loop Trail and continued clockwise around the trail, stopping at the scenic View (GM10) and then at GM4. We took the Bootlegger Trail back to BLM 2 and then that trail back to the Trailhead.

The stats were 6.8 miles with a few hundred feet accumulated elevation gain.

A confrontation, on the rocks. [photo by Quy]
Thumbs up for a crested saguaro. [photo by Quy]
The slickrock is steep, but Joe can climb it. [photo by Quy]
We’ve made it to the Balanced Rock. [photo by Quy]
Balanced Rock, with Brown’s Mountain in the background. [photo by Carl]
Moon over the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. [photo by Carl]
Joe at the Balanced Rock. [photo by Carl]
Hold on, Jade! [photo by Carl]

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updated January 17, 2021