Granite Falls Trail - Skyline RP, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,580 feet
Elevation Gain 240 feet
Accumulated Gain 280 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.63
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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by joebartels

Granite Falls Trail drops west from Turnbuckle Trail into a low broad wash. Then gently ascends a ridgeless ridge up before hooking back to Turnbuckle Trail. Signage is excellent throughout.

Lower Latitude Crossover
Typical Sonoran desert flora won't intrigue locals leaving Turnbuckle Trail. This lower crossover segment felt like it would be a blast on a mountain bike and a tedious yawn for instagramers. The orange netting in the flora is Dodder, which is a parasite running rampant in this area. A few quickly crossed ravines on the lower end is traveled most on route to Chuckwalla and Pyrite trails.

Longitude Bridge
After 0.8 mi on GF you come to the lower junction, turn right/north. I had written this off as get-it-over in planning. Soon you cross the broad wash. Then a whisper flat ascent. The trail turns right/east to the upper crossover.

Upper Latitude Crossover
Granite Falls Trail ends with elaborate twists through a ravine before hooking back up with Turnbuckle.

Anticipated a century of good ol' boy jeep and ATV romping. Turned out to be old utility-related access through self-healing washes. Timing is everything. Had extremely low expectations for Granite Falls. It turned out to be one of the better Sonoran Desert hikes ever, thanks to incredible weather. Probably a 1 or 2 out of 5 for most.

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This hike is listed as One-Way.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Map Drive
Connector trail - Not Applicable

To Skyline Park Trailhead
From Phoenix, take I-10 west to Watson Rd. Exit, and go north on Watson. Take Watson north approx 2 miles into the park.

The Entrance Lot is immediately after the gate where Watson turns 90 degrees west(left)
About 10-12 cars slot park on dirt just off the edge of the road.
- Parking Lot Connector Trail
- mid access to Quartz Trail

The developed Discovery Point Lot is 0.3 miles further in on Watson.
I'm not 100% sure on that name, needs verified. It's an obvious half moon oval.
- mid access to Parking Lot Connector Trail

The Main Lot is another 0.3 miles at the end of the road.
- all else, the majority

Park entry is FREE! Trails open sunrise to sunset. Gates close at 10 p.m.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 36 min (34.9 miles)
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 3 min (142 miles)
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 22 min (159 miles)
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