Shaw Butte Trail

Phoenix, Arizona 85029

Shaw Butte Trail

Shaw Butte Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Shaw Butte Trail 306 may be the best all-around hike in Phoenix Mountains Preserve. It offers a challenging trek to the summit, a scenic loop through the desert floor, panoramic overlooks around nearly every turn, and fewer crowds than Piestewa Peak or North Mountain.

On most loop trails, hiking in one direction is easier than the other—for Shaw Butte Trail 306, the easier route is counterclockwise. From the rather small trailhead parking lot, begin by ascending an obvious and wide dirt road on the northeastern side of the mountain."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"A long rambling loop hike over and around Shaw Butte in the northern Phoenix Mountains."

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Trail Information

Phoenix
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.2
Distance
759 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Gates open 5 a.m.–7 p.m.; trails open until 11 p.m
Season
1,390 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,149 feet
Top Elevation
Views
Features
USGS Sunnyslope; trailhead plaque
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