Granite Loop

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SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
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4.25 out of 5
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Intermediate
3.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 400 ft
↓ 400 ft
611
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
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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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (12)
 

Gnarly


November 8, 2017
 
Review: This trail is quite bumpy, but very unique and a lot of fun. It feels kind of old school in a good way. Probably best suited for a fully suspended bike.

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Singletrack


August 30, 2017
C-Lo Singletrack  
 
Review: Nice technical trail. Keeps you on your toes. Not long enough.

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Singletrack


March 29, 2017
 
Review: Great trail to punish yourself on. The granite sections are very unique, they're worth checking out. Also, if you have the time, take a detour down to the canoe launch around 2/3 through the loop. There's a huge marsh/lake back there with a dock and it's beautiful. I've seen fish, turtles, frogs, hawks, and osprey out there. It's a nice place to catch your breath before you head up Olympic Hill.

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World Champ


June 27, 2016
 
Review: This trail can be a sufferfest compared to the Steeplechase trail but it's worth it! The rocks and exposed granite make this trail fairly unique.

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Gramcounter

March 23, 2016
 
Review: Super slick granite trail with a tough climb. Be cautious on wet granite. Hard, but fun!

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Bunny Hop

March 10, 2015
rick4 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I rode the granite loop today. Keep in mind my experience was Harbison and A small park close to the house. What I found out is that I have a long way to go to be comfortable on this trail. I see its a medium trail but it blows away all the trails I have ridden in my short time riding. All I can say is it makes me want to come back and try it again.... Gotta get better!!

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Singletrack

January 27, 2015
 
Review: This ride is really not all that fantastic. It is a ride through some flat rock with some climbs and downhills but nothing super exciting. If your in the area riding the Olympic Trail then shoot across the street, but don't make a trip just for this one.

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Singletrack


January 26, 2015
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
 
Review: Very fun and challenging loop to do after cruising the easier flowy main trail at GIHP.

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Gramcounter

February 8, 2013
AllMtnDiva Gramcounter  
 
Review: Steep graded rock climbs after a heavy rain equals SLIPPERY!! Super fun

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September 26, 2012
Guest   
 
Review: Granite sections are a unique challenge and the long singletrack afterwards is pretty fun with some tight turns at high speeds and one or two super steep climbs followed by a long wide downhill with some opportunities for airtime and a terrifying granite descent back to the road.

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Granite Loop MTB Trail 4.25 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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