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The Granite loop is the more challenging, but also shorter, loop in the GIHP trail system. At approximately 3 miles, most people will combine it with the Steeplechase loop but the terrain and trail is very different from its brother across the street. As the name implies, this side incorporated the granite outcroppings which are so abundant in the area. It is actually the same granite that makes up the semi-famous tourist attraction, Stone Mountain, to the northwest. Follow the painted arrows and "read the rocks" to stay on the trail. It can be a little tricky the first time so bring a map. For the most part, you can tell where the trail runs by the discoloration of the rock from bike tires. While only about a mile or so is actually on the granite, this trail can give you the feel of riding on the moon at times. Several technical climbs cap off the ride but they do reward you with some good downhill and flow sections afterwards. Most people would probably enjoy a FS bike on this side but a hardtail will work well too.
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