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).
Quartz Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This spectacular climb up Picacho Peak packs plenty of adventure into a short hike. The challenging Hunter Trail coils around sheer cliffs and rocky slopes. Cables assist in your scramble to the 3,374-foot panoramic summit."
--Charles Liu, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides).
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