★★★☆☆ Moderate / Yarnell
It’s hard not to shed a tear on this hike memorializing AZ’s 19 fallen Hotshots. Winding through beautiful Weaver Mountain and Yarnell Hill, the Granite Mountain Memorial Trail ends at the spot where these firefighters lost their battle with a wildfire. Here, crosses display each name. While plaques along the trail commemorate the lives of each hero.
TRAILHEAD: White Spar Hwy., Yarnell due to limited TRAILHEAD parking the HOTSHOT shuttle is recommended • DIFFICULTY: moderate • DISTANCE: 3.5 Miles (7 Miles Round Trip) • APPROX. TIME: 3.5-4.5 HOURS • ELEVATION GAIN: 1,200 FEET (86 STORIES) • APPROX. CALORIES BURNED: 1,050-1,190 RT • BEST TIME OF YEAR: oct. – may • PETS: YES • KID FRIENDLY: no • FACILITIES: yes (no water) • FEES: $5 recommended shuttle donation (cash only!)
The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Trail is an incredibly touching hike to make. It begins at a teeny, hillside park entrance, 3.5 miles from the spot where these firefighters lost their lives. Passing a large bronze memorial statue, the trail begins ascending Weaver Mountain, on a series of long switchbacks.
Journey Hiking Trail
Turnaround at the Observation Deck or Fatality Site to return to the trailhead.
Total Nerdery The 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters lost their lives on June 30, 2013, while fighting to control the Yarnell Hill wildfire. A series of unexpected shifts in the wind trapped them, as they attempted to reach safety. Their tragic story was depicted in the movie “Only the Brave.”
Resources Click here to download a trail map
Directions From the intersection of I-17 and Carefree Hwy. / AZ-74 (in Phoenix) head west on AZ-74, towards Wickenburg, for 30.2 miles. Turn right / west onto US-60 and continue 9.6 miles to US-93. Head right / north on US-93 towards Congress and drive 5.5 miles to AZ-89 / White Spar Hwy. Turn right / north on AZ-89, towards Yarnell and continue for 0.6 miles to the Granite Hotshot Shuttle (beside Arrowhead Bar and Grill). NOTE: There are only 13 parking spots at the park entrance located 6.5 miles further along AZ-89. However, these fill quickly. So the shuttle is recommended.