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Little Granite Mountain  

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Elevation: 2,500'
Location: 33.77406, -111.80166 View Map  Incorrect?
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Little Granite Mountain is another classic desert climbing area, featuring some really good climbing spread out over an array of various formations on the flanks of the mountain. The rock is coarse-grained desert granite with the climbing fairly traditional in nature, both gear and bolted routes.

Thanks to the efforts of the City of Scottsdale and many citizens who voted in the funding that made it possible, the area encompassing Little Granite Mountain (known as "Granite Mountain" on topo maps) is now part of the McDowell-Sonoran Preserve.

McDowell-Sonoran Preserve Information

Little Granite Mountain - Preserve Map

Getting There 

Little Granite Mountain is reached by driving north from the intersection of Dynamite Road and 136th Street. Keep an eye out for where the power lines cross over the road. You'll find a short paved access road on the left leading to a humongous gravel parking lot. This is the trailhead.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

41 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Little Granite Mountain:
Sweet Surprise   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Loaf
Slot Style   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   Lost Bandana Area : Lost Bandana Wall
Young Monkeys   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   The Loaf
Snakes are Poodles Too   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Bobcat Boulder
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Sweet Surprise 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Loaf
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Local Information for Little Granite Mountain
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South and Mid Mountain Areas visible from the park...
BETA PHOTO: South and Mid Mountain Areas visible from the park...
Torrid Wall, up the hill north of the Loaf. At the...
BETA PHOTO: Torrid Wall, up the hill north of the Loaf. At the...
The Tuscon Shovel-Nosed Snake biologicaldiversity....
The Tuscon Shovel-Nosed Snake biologicaldiversity....
Trail map to crags
Trail map to crags

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By Ken Isaacson
Mar 22, 2010
The AZ State Land Department is at 1616 W. Adams. It's a little hard to find because of the way streets snake around the capital. If you enter from the doors at the south entrance, turn right and walk about fifteen feet. There are two cashiers windows on the left facing each other. Turn in the paperwork at the east window. Someone will get the permit. Then pay at the west window. Cash or check only! There are plans to set up online permitting but that will not happen until the state is in better financial shape.
By Joe Keyser
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 18, 2013
There is an active bee hive at the base of Torrid Wall as of mid-February, 2013. Also, looks like a large parking lot is going in at the power lines. Scottsdale appears to have purchased the land and is building trail systems through the southern areas. Therefore, I don't believe the access note above is still accurate, but sticking to the trails to the extent possible is probably wise.
By Colin Kubarych
From: Phoenix, AZ
Oct 20, 2013
Little Granite Mountain is now apart of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and no permit is needed. Cholla Mountain is also included.
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