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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yarnell, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 1,699 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

No shade

Historic site

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Waypoints (2)

This hike reaches a memorial dedicated to the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Parking is limited, so there is a shuttle that takes visitors from Yarnell to the trailhead.

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Reviews (558)
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Dustin Harper
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Hiking

Hiked 7/6...I'm not an avid hiker, but I found this trail very manageable. The views were amazing & the dedicated plaques along the way help to break it up. To embrace & appreciate the hike, to its full magnitude, I highly recommend watching Only the Brave. The movie is based on these 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots, 19 of which died fighting the Yarnell fire on June 30, 2013. The trail itself, start early (6am) or you will be in the sun for the entire hike. Rocky trail, but not too difficult. Didn't encounter any wildlife, except several small lizards; however, terrain, scat, & holes clearly suggest other wildlife present. Awesome hike!

James Fig
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Moderate to difficult for beginners. Barely any shade so be sure you bring plenty of water! Great hike and touching tributes along the way. Beautiful views from the top. Only ran into one little snake.

Jay Hastings
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Moderate trail. No scrambling on any part. Full 7 miles. Awesome views from Observation Deck. From observation deck to fatality site, it’s 1/2 mile to 3/4 of a mile each way. Kids stopped at observation deck. It’s moderate for almost entire 7 miles. Probably not best trail for brand new hikers. Potentially just to observation deck if new to hiking. There’s a few parking spots at trailhead. But folks were also parking along road.

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Jamie Hulse
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Marked at moderate trail but was more difficult, especially coming down with my knees hurting. Beautiful tribute to GM Hotshots. Memorial plaques marked along the way. We hiked to the lookout point but not down to site of perish. Bring plenty of water, and some hikers encountered snakes but I didn’t.

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Bradley Hanada
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Hiking

Kinda of an intense hike with very little shade. but beautiful & VERY worth while as an homage to the men who sacrificed themselves to save the small town of Yarnell. This was a GREAT way to celebrate my 41st birthday!!!

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Evelyn Wilbur
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Hiking

I usually hike this trail 2-3 times a year. It is always a beautiful hike with spectacular views. Was on the trail at 6 am today, and met the first other hikers on my return. Everyone I spoke to on the trail seemed to be enjoying the trail and the memorials. This time I was shocked at the amount of "short cuts" that have degraded the trail, which are wider and deeper than the actual original trail in many places. A couple of years back a real effort was made to curtail the short cutting by placing charred branches on those area. Still, some people insist on gouging out the vegetation in order to save a few steps.

Anna Esckelson
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Hiking

Amazing hike. Definitely need to do it in the morning. No shade, bring plenty of water!

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Bobby Pratt
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Hiking

What a fantastic memorial. The trail is beautiful. Humbling experience.

Rachel Youngworth
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HikingNo shade

One of my favorite trails in AZ. Amazing views in every direction as your hiking. Such a beautiful tribute to the Granite Mountain Hotshots! Definitely recommend watching the movie Only the Brave before you hike this trail. Very emotional experience reading all the memorial plaques for these heroic men and seeing the fatality site.

Amber Perez
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HikingNo shadeRocky

I started my GPS watch at the very beginning of the stairs at the start of the trail and ended with 7.76 miles total. Went all the way to the site where the hotshots lost their lives. I recommend to do that if you can if not some people stop and turn around at the lookout point. Didn't see any snakes at all just lots of lizards. I took the shuttle which was nice & less than a 10 minute drive from Yarnell, highly recommended. I did hear from our driver that the shuttle will be closing down for a few months. So if you want a parking space at the trailhead, there are only 10 spaces, one 10 minute parking and 2 motorcycle parking. 2 outhouses are available at parking lot, no other facilities during the hike. No shade so be prepared for that especially in these hot summer months! You can start hiking the trail at sunrise. First 2 miles were switchbacks uphill, also the same going downhill to the actual site.

Agnieszka Kaczor
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Christine Kohl
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Audrey Hugo
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Hiking

This was a great trail to see and visit the place where the hot shots lost their lives. The trail was rocky and we saw many rattlesnakes. Beware. It was an easy 7 miles in our opinion with some incline both ways.

K Geiger
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HikingNo shade

Great challenging hike. The higher you go the more strong cool winds there are, so don’t get turned off by the blazing still heat at the parking lot. The memorial plaques every 600 ft are a nice way to both track your progress and focus your attention on the hike. People leave trinkets for the men we lost. RIP

Nick Alfonse
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Jonee Z.
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Worth every • single • step! We went yesterday 5/24/20 around 1pm. Weather was beautiful and breezy. It was heart warming to read each of their bio plaques ... all 19 placed along the hike. It is a tougher trail, very narrow and rocky ... walking along the edge at times. Emotional as well if you walk down to the fatality site ... but a must experience! Come prepared ... Leave incredibly blessed to have experienced a small portion of their sacrifice. RIP Yarnell19

Adam Tat
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Such a great tribute to the 19 fallen hot shots! Parking is a bit of a pain if you get there when the lot is full, but don’t be disappointed. Just pull past it and. Park alongside side the road off to the side. Plenty of room! You start off with an aggressive incline but the switch backs make it easy. As you make your way up you will find a plaque with bios of the FF’s spread throughout. When you make it to the final mile to make it down to their resting place you come upon the “Journey Trail” you get a slight glimpse of what they had to do up to their final moments. Bring plenty of water for there is no shade throughout. And you will definitely need good footwear, there and plenty of rocks along the way.

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Priscilla Fagaines
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail was amazing. It is a hard hike walking up with no shade around and temperatures rising but stopping at the beautiful plaques was wroth every step. They did amazing job on the tribunes to the fallen hot shots. It can be challenging going up but it gets a little flatter on the last stretch to the tribute wall. If you decide to go down the journey trail be papered for the hike back up. But I would definitely make the trip down. So inspiring to see wall they build for them. On the way back was starting to get crowded and the path is very narrow in some spots. It made it hard to get out of the way some times especially with a 80lbs dog. But everyone around was very nice and respectful.

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