8.3 miles
Distance
566 ft
Climb
-566 ft
Descent
3,019 ft
High Point

Easy beginner's route for MTB

Detailed Description
Cholla/Granite Loop is a 8 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Scottsdale Arizona. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 14 trails. This route climbs 566 ft with a max elevation of 3,019 ft then descends -566 ft.
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13 Reviews & Comments

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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 18:11)
You can make this trail as hard or as easy as you like. Balanced rock can be sessioned, both up and down, on either side and is fun to play around on with the bike. The rest of the trail is well groomed and an easy climb if riding North and a fun DH is riding south.
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ThatGuy-MTB (Apr 3, 2020 at 18:09)
Riding North to South there is a somewhat short uphill section that leads into a great DH section where you can really open the bike up. There are many blind corners though so be sure to call out as you near them to avoid hitting someone coming south to north. There are some small mounds that you can utilize as jumps on the trail as well. Overall it is a well groomed trail that allows you to enjoy the desert whipping by you.
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Ampfrog (Mar 31, 2022 at 4:08)
Note: Riding CW is definitely easier than CCW. However, definitely not "downhill". Still XC, but a fun cruise! And yes, keep an eye out for those mini-air rollers.
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STGDSS92 (Feb 11, 2019 at 16:59)
Wouldn't call this a blue trail..parts of cholla loop are harder than the "spicy" parts of granite mtn loop.... still really fun and flowy. Lots of photo ops, the overlook is amazing.
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Ampfrog (Mar 31, 2022 at 4:05)
Not sure what trail you were on, there is nothing around the entire Cholla loop that is as "spicy" as the Granite Mtn Loop. Granite has switchbacks with rocks to say the least, Cholla is beginner all around unless you know the B-lines for harder challenges. Did you end up in the Diablo areas north of Cholla?
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STGDSS92 (Dec 18, 2018 at 16:50)
Great trail, some tight switchbacks with no room for error (unless you want to wipe out into a cholla) will make you keep your speed in check. Still pretty suitable for beginners, some of the most beautiful views come from this trail in my opinion.
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STGDSS92 (Dec 18, 2018 at 16:50)
Great trail, some tight switchbacks with no room for error (unless you want to wipe out into a cholla) will make you keep your speed in check. Still pretty suitable for beginners, some of the most beautiful views come from this trail in my opinion.
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Dcrighton (Sep 11, 2018 at 21:32)
Good fun as a downhill (North to South). Easy trail with fast section and a few slow corners chill out at cathedral rock to visit with other riders.
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Dcrighton (Sep 11, 2018 at 21:32)
Good fun as a downhill (North to South). Easy trail with fast section and a few slow corners chill out at cathedral rock to visit with other riders.
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DrHog (Jan 30, 2015 at 21:50)
Great stuff--twisty and fairly smooth with gradual pitch. Can be ridden either direction. Cholla Mtn scenery is gorgeous.
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DrHog (Jan 30, 2015 at 21:49)
Great stuff--twisty and fairly smooth with gradual pitch. Can be ridden either direction. Cholla Mtn scenery is gorgeous.
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DrHog (Jan 30, 2015 at 21:49)
Great stuff--twisty and fairly smooth with gradual pitch. Can be ridden either direction. Cholla Mtn scenery is gorgeous.
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DrHog (Nov 29, 2014 at 21:07)
This is a gorgeous trail, and pretty easy for beginners and kids.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Ridelogs
    7
More Stats for Cholla/Granite Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    2,581 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,581 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,582 ft
  • Grade max
    -17.6%
  • Grade min
    18.2%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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