Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Granite Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : December 9, 2021
  Trip Report : January 5, 2021
where McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Northern Region
the hike     Neil Dennis will lead this hike.
    Start out on the Bootlegger Trail, passing through some gigantic boulders which create a very interesting landscape. Once we reach a scenic overlook we take the Granite Mountain Loop Trail to the Coyote Canyon Trail. At some point along here, we will stop for a snack and rest break.
    Take the Desperado Trail a short distance to view a very distinct cactus. We turn around here and head back the way we came.
    Points of interest on this hike: A photogenic double crested Saguaro; a rock formation from which Coyote Canyon got its name; a rare Michelin Man cactus.
    The trails are rolling without much elevation change and are not as rocky as other Arizona trails.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 7 miles
time 4 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, and Desperado 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 8:30 AM at Granite Mountain Trailhead, Lone Mountain Road and 136 St., Scottsdale. Those looking to carpool should contact others on the distribution list.
•  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, but no running water.

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