Thunderbird Park: H-Trail

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Thunderbird Park: H-Trail is a 3.6 mile loop trail located near Glendale, Arizona and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

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.

Take 17 from Phoenix north to the West Pinnacle Peak Rd. exit. Turn left and continue on W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. to the first parking area just before 59th Avenue. W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. actually ends at this light. For additional parking, turn left at the light - two additional parking areas exist about 1/4 mile on the right.

Parking on W Pinnacle Peak Rd and on 59th Ave

Glendale Parks & Recreation
Phone Number: (623) 930-2820
Fax: (623) 931-9651
E-mail: cfrederickson@glendaleaz.com
Mailing Address: 5850 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ 85301
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

View is wonderful! I completed this hike a few weeks ago. . .I love that there are options and different paths to take to complete the hike. Right now Im still at the hiking stage. . not jogging or running - but looking forward to an early morning jog on one of the trails very soon. It's a great workout.

Cant say enough about the view!!

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5 Completed 3 Reviews

I just did this hike for the 1st time with a co-worker. I hadn't gone hiking in about 2 years now. It was pretty easy compared to others I've hiked "back in the day" and was a nice hike to get back into the grove of things. I even went home and walked on my treadmill for a little while. I'll be back for sure, but I may venture to the other side.

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

easier hike than others... beautiful views. :) I will do this one again!

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful views but be wary of loose rocks while running. Not the smoothest trail.

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418 Completed 115 Reviews

Fine series of trails with lots of options and combinations. Close in to north Phoenix.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My favorite hike! =).

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great hike! Very moderate, but it can get the heart beating fast at times as well, you are also able to run at some points.

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Love this park. I've hiked most everything but the coach whip and the flat lander's trail. Close to the house and a good one just to get outside for an hour or so.

One big issue is the website/maps name the trails where as out there it is labeled as H1, H2 etc. Also the trail details are hard to fill out because there are different trails and I have gone several different times in different weather.

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23 Completed 20 Reviews

Great 1 st hike. Easy hike and get way to get started in hiking. Trails are very marked and no wildlife. Very busy, but friendly

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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Brought our dog, great trail and hikers. Good hike after a long day. First hike on AZ recently moved from MA. Will definitely come back!

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