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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix
by Charles Liu (Menasha Ridge Press)
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This trail yields some wonderful views! As posted, you reach the highest point on the trail fairly quickly, between .5 to .75 miles in. After that, there is another mile of up and down. I hiked in the early morning and was rewarded with shade at some spots on the trail; when the sun was positioned low enough, behind the peak. If you're a photographer, there's opportunities to capture not just the great views, but also desert plants and wildlife. I saw huge saguaros, rabbits, lizards, and a hummingbird that stopped for a snack not two feet away from where I stood. A rewarding hike for all interests!
Enjoyed the hike. Was great to see such diversity on the trail. Beautiful views and a good workout.
this trail is a very good trail. well maintained. be advised to go early in the morning because it gets crowded and there's no shade. if you need a good work out look no further.
This hike has lots of nice views in a fine setting...just be prepared to have a lot of company! The trail is wide and well maintained by the City of Scottsdale, and the views over Troon neighborhood are outstanding...large homes and beautiful golf courses amongst the the boulders. The good vista points and high point of the trail happen early so it's worth giving this one a try, even if you don't last long on hikes. It is worth noting that this is NOT a hike to the summit of Pinnacle Peak...side trails will take you there but ONLY if you are a climber with proper climbing gear...the signs say so :). Anyway, the main trail is interesting in that you go up quickly, hit the high point, then descend into a very deep saddle almost down to the elevation you started at--and that's only the halfway point. Then you go back up, then back all the way down again. Since this is not a loop trail, you must backtrack if you parked at the trailhead...so you do it all over again in reverse. It makes for a great cardio workout both directions! It is definitely a very pleasant and scenic setting.
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