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Granite Hills Trail System
22487 E 1566 Rd
The Granite Hills Trail System, located within Great Plains State Park on the southeastern edge of Tom Steed Reservoir, is a challenging series of trails for hiking and mountain biking. Consisting of three trails that wind through the rugged terrain of the Granite Hills, these paths are easily accessible from multiple points. Considered intermediate to expert-level, the Granite Hills Trail System offers rewarding views of the reservoir and the surrounding landscape. The east trailhead is located just off a county road about one mile west of the main entrance.
Yellow Trail: The Yellow Trail is a 3.9-mile path that explores the heart of Great Plains State Park. This trail starts going south, but quickly turns west, where you will gradually ascend to higher ground. The trail curves back to the east, then back around to the northwest, while still gaining elevation. Take a break at the highest point of the area to enjoy spectacular views. The south part of the trails gives the option to take the White Trail back to the east trailhead or return via the Yellow Trail.
White Trail: With a path following the Tom Steed Reservoir shoreline, the White Trail is 4.1 miles long. From the east trailhead, you'll start to the north, toward the reservoir. Follow the trail along to a pond, where you will then turn west. The White Trail intersects with the Yellow Trail soon after the pond, and the two run simultaneously near the highest point in the park, until the White Trail splits off to the north. The trail then winds closer to the reservoir, running mostly parallel to the park road. Gradually, the path will curve around and then head south. Switchbacks, twists and turns in the path keep things interesting. This trail ends at the west trailhead, where you can either start the Yellow Trail back to the east trailhead or return the way you came.
Blue Trail: The Blue Trail is a series of paths that connect the road in Great Plains State Park to the White Trail, and also connect the White Trail to the Yellow Trail throughout the central area, providing another look deep into the Granite Hills.