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."