Mayors Loop Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

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An easy hike in the Sonoran Desert. This short, rocky loop trail encircles one of the many peaks in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Although close to metropolitan Phoenix, the area has a remote feeling. This short hike is a good introduction to the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert. Look for football-size cactus wren nests in the abundant cholla cacti. The nest’s interior is accessible only through a small opening at one end. At 8 to 9 inches in length, the cactus wren is North America’s largest wren. Unlike most birds, this wren can be heard singing year-round. Permit: Entrance fee must be paid at Estrella Mountain Regional Park.
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Hiking Arizona

by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

An easy hike in the Sonoran Desert. This short, rocky loop trail encircles one of the many peaks in the Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Although close to metropolitan Phoenix, the area has a remote feeling. This short hike is a good introduction to the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert.

Look for football-size cactus wren nests in the abundant cholla cacti. The nest’s interior is accessible only through a small opening at one end. At 8 to 9 inches in length, the cactus wren is North America’s largest wren. Unlike most birds, this wren can be heard singing year-round. Permit: Entrance fee must be paid at Estrella Mountain Regional Park.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Phoenix
Distance: 1.75
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 800 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Local Contacts: Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Perryville, Tolleson, Avondale SE, Avondale SW
Driving Directions: Directions to Mayors Loop Trail

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