Quartz Peak Trail

Sierra Estrella Wilderness Area, Arizona

Elevation Gain3,694ft
Trailhead Elevation1,562ft
Elevation Min/Max1562/4055ft
Elevation Start/End1562/1562ft

Quartz Peak Trail

Quartz Peak Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Maricopa County, Arizona. It is within Sierra Estrella Wilderness Area. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 1,562 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,694 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The trail ends near Quartz Peak (elevation 4,052 feet).

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Liu
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"The pristine wilderness, a classic ridge walk, and expansive views from atop Quartz Peak provide plenty of rewards to those who tackle this challenging hike. This trail’s remote location also ensures an absence of crowds. Trail is one of the finest desert hikes in the Phoenix area. This hike captures the rugged beauty of the 14,400-acre Sierra Estrella Wilderness and offers stunning views from high mountain ridges. Quartz Peak (4,052') provides even grander panoramas of the sprawling Phoenix metropolis. Dogs are permitted on leash but may not have the stamina to make it to the summit."
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Bruce Grubbs
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"This unique trail climbs to a summit along the crest of the Sierra Estrella. Reaching over 4,500 feet, the Sierra Estrella forms the skyline from the southwest portions of the Valley of the Sun. On this hike, you’ll climb a scenic desert ridge to a sharp summit that provides views of much of southwestern Arizona, including the Eagletail Mountains to the west, the White Tank Mountains to the north, South Mountain to the east, and countless Sonoran Desert ranges to the south. The trail lies in the Sierra Estrella Wilderness. Although distinguished for its close proximity to metropolitan Phoenix, the Sierra Estrella Wilderness is inaccessible without a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Primitive dirt roads near the wilderness boundary are extremely sandy or silty, and wash crossings are rugged and deep."

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Trail Information

Sierra Estrella Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Sierra Estrella Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Views, Wildflowers
BLM, 623-580-5500
Local Contacts
USGS Montezuma Peak; Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Sonoran Desert National Monument avenzamaps.com/maps/488640
Local Maps

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