Thunderbird Park: H-Trail

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#1 of 2 trails in Thunderbird Park
Thunderbird Park: H-Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glendale, AZ that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.2 miles 272 feet Loop
dogs on leash kid friendly birding hiking mountain biking walking lake wildlife
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Thunderbird Park in Glendale, AZ consists of 5 H-Trails, named so because of the Hedgpeth Hills through which they wind. H-1: One-Way - 5.0 miles H-1a: Loop trail - 2.5 miles - 400 foot elevation gain - H-2: One-Way - 1.35 miles - 385 foot elevation gain (accessed via H-1 trail) - ascends Pinnacle Peak - connects with the H-1 to form a loop H-3: One-Way - 2.6 miles - 550 foot elevation gain - 1.5 hours est time - connects with the H-1 to form a loop H-4: One-Way - 1.3 miles - 350 foot elevation gain - .1.5 hours est time - connects with the H-1 via spur trail H-4a or H-4b to form a loop H-5: One-Way - 0.75 miles There are a number of "spur trails" that connect the various main trails. Although the trails are described as "Out and Back" or "One-Way" and the distances show that scenario, most people the use this trail network take a combination of trails that form an overall loop. To get one's true distance traveled, a pedometer is needed. Overall, there are a total of over 20 miles of trails in the network through the Hedgpeth Hills.

Kristin Roberts
2 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Josh Cohn
8 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

stephen Abbott
22 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

First part is the hardest, the rest was enjoyable on a mountain bike. I'll be biking this trail again.

Amber Horner
24 days ago

10 Completed9 Reviews

This was a pretty easy hike but its uphill right in the beginning so that is the hardest part. We came to the trail from 59th ave. There is little to no shade so bring plenty of water. When you park, just realize there are SEVERAL trails here so you really can make your own path. We ended up going onto several different trails on our hike. We wanted to get to the top vs going around the base of the mountain so we started on the H-1 trail and switched to the H-4A trail up the mountain and back down to meet the H-1 trail back to the parking lot. The names are different on the trail and I'm blanking on them at the moment. I think the H-4 trail was called the sunrise trail (but don't quote me on that one). Pretty nice trail for being so close to town and when I am more in shape, its a pretty good trail to run on. There are bathrooms and they were clean and well stocked when we were there.

Devin A.
1 month ago

Roger Bacon
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Allyssa Bowlan
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

enjoyed this trail with my mom & 2 sons(6&4) today!

Susan R.
1 month ago

Giovanna Iaffaldano
1 month ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Too many people. The trail is rocky which made it fun. Didn't like how you could hear the road and cars on the trail. Lots of mosquitos. Probably won't be going back.

Wuana Nez
1 month ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Loved it! Will go back again for sure

Alan Zeigler
2 months ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

Alan Hanson
3 months ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Nice work out climbing Arrowhead. A little aggressive for those not used to climbing up some very large rocky steps.

Kaci Sulzberger
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

We are from Indiana and came to visit family in Glendale. It was an enjoyable trail and the view of the mountains/ city was absolutely stunning. We decided to bike most of the way and it was perfect. Will do again!

Terry Granger
4 months ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

Did H-4, then up to the Summit, then back down the Ridgeline to the Coach Whip and back to the parking lot. A little over 2 miles in all, was a spur of the moment Saturday afternoon hike with my wife and Dachshund (Tinkerbell). Very rocky but pleasant hike with great views of the Arrowhead ranch area. Forgot my walking stick, so my knees paid for it.

Helen Humphrey
4 months ago

15 Completed12 Reviews

Great climb and some technical switchbacks. It was decently crowded; however, we did pick New Year's Day to go do this one so that may explain it. I will for sure do this trail again!

Dominic R.
5 months ago

Easy trail nice views and a lot of Christmas trees.

Arivu Arumugam
5 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Helen Humphrey
5 months ago

15 Completed12 Reviews

A pretty standard hike that is typically crowded by all the people in the surrounding neighborhoods looking to get some exercise in. View from the top is pretty.

Rebecca M.
5 months ago

Christie H
5 months ago

23 Completed16 Reviews