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Camelback Mountain Summit Trail

Phoenix, AZ

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A nice, quick, steep little leg-burner. The Echo Canyon parking area & trail are closed for improvements & parking expansion through Fall and Winter 2013. It's ok though, just take the Cholla trail that you can access via E Cholla Lane.

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Dixie Mine
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice trail--very well marked and clean parking lot. Saw a coyote on my run. Ran this around 5pm which was perfect for October because the sun dipped behind the mountain for most of my run. The first mile is very technical and rocky so watch your footing. After that it opens up to some solid single track.

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Hieroglyphic Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Fun trail. Pretty easy and a good one to do with kids.

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Panorama Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great mtb trail close to town with a little bit of everything from rocky descents to smooth swoopy turns through pine trees and a nice steady uphill climb. Recommend riding clockwise as the panoramic views are easily missed when riding the other direction. Easy to navigate, just follow the blue and white markers on the trees. No facilities at the trailhead so come prepared and ready to rip! Good fun!

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Safford Peak
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

5 stars because this hike delivered the experience we were seeking, rugged adventure close to home. Safford Peak has no easy hiking route to its summit. The easiest route, shown on the map, has a loose unnerving class 2 scree slope/chute at the end near the summit. The other major route has class 3/4 rock climbing below the summit and also has a steep loose class 2 chute.

The route my 11 year old son and I took was the climbing route. Now I say rock climbing, but you don't necessarily need a rope. This is the route often found accidentally by people looking for the "hiking" route. As you follow the main directions to get to the peak, you will veer right, west, along the slope just below the summit cliff cone, while the hiking route stays left/straight, south, to traverse south then west along the southern base of the cliffs before turning right and up to the summit on the southwest side. This is a very subtle "trail" junction at around 3100 feet in elevation; when we went this past weekend it was hard to see even though someone had marked it with survey tape.

From this junction, head right, west, across the slope toward the massive eastern wall. Listen and watch for peregrine falcons that roost on the cliff and soar over your head sometimes. Just before you reach the wall, you will enter a hidden north-facing chute. Turn left, south and up, into the chute and try not to dislodge any boulders that could crush your friends. This section is class 2 loose scree with some hands needed to climb over small rock steps. Near the top of the chute, the route heads straight into the rock wall on the right, west.

This is the point that many people turn around because you now must climb to get to the summit. I will give a description of the route that minimizes the danger on this route, but keep in mind I still call this class 4 rock climbing in spots, which means a fall could be fatal. Do not attempt this unless you are comfortable climbing, and even then, you might want a rope.

From the end of the "trail", traverse right a few feet, north, on the cliff above a hackberry bush to a chimney up the face. Once you get to the chimney, please look back and down to comprehend the height you've already gained just from this little traverse. Falls can be serious on this final section. My son roped up here because the exposure made him nervous. Climb the chimney to its top at a ledge. Traverse right, north, on this ledge into a gully heading up to an "amphitheater"/headwall. At the base of the amphitheater, make another traverse right, north, along blocks to the next gully. Head steeply up this gully, climbing over some steps, until you reach the headwall. This is the crux of this climb. This section is 4th class rock climbing - like climbing a ladder on the side of a cliff, easy but dangerous if you fall. Although this section is harder than previous, my son felt okay being unroped because he was used to the exposure and was just having fun climbing. I was nervous for him, but he has been rock climbing a lot lately, so I felt confident he could handle it.

At the top of the headwall, it is fun scrambling southwest over talus blocks to the summit. The views are great. And the feeling of solitude and remoteness can still be felt due to the roughness of the area. Now all you have to do is pick poison for the descent - steep downclimbing or steep loose scree. Cheers!

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Bluff Spring Loop
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10 Completed 3 Reviews

I agree that you should wear long pants, even if it's hot. This was my first time in the area and my legs got ripped up. We went clockwise from the beginning of the Dutchmen trailhead and looped around. It was a little over 9 miles but beautiful views. I look forward to checking out other trails I'm that area.

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Alta Trail And Bajada Trail
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10 Completed 4 Reviews

It was tricky finding the right area to park to get me close to the Bajada Trail because I didn't see any signs with the named trails. My goal was to do a complete loop up to Alta and back through Bajada. It seemed the closest access was to park at the 5 tables lot. From there I had to start the Ranger Trail to get to Bajada, which was the only way to get to the Alta start (see the park map). The Bajada trail can be bit confusing especially when you cross the washes because there is some slight alternate trailblazes. Also, some of the markers were faded to the extent you couldn't read them at all or were not visible across the way (could be they didn't exist because some I never found). Once you reach the Alta Trail it's easy to find your way, but there's nothing easy about the hike itself. Great panoramic views of the city throughout this trail. At the end of Alta I kept on the National trail which brought me back to Bajada and back to the lot where I started. I gave this loop 3 stars mostly because there is almost no shade unless you happen to catch the shadow of the mountain. Also, I was flailing my arms around the ENTIRE hike to keep the flies off and away from my face. Not sure if that had to do with the time of year, the weather or something else but it stole away from the enjoyment. Took me 5 hours to complete.

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Sunset Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy trail, mostly incline heading in. It's gradual and easy to take. There were several others out there including a dozen or so bikes.

The trail map shown here is a system of which Sunset is the first leg.

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South Kaibab Trail to Cedar Ridge
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27 Completed 16 Reviews

Without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable, most beautiful trails I've ever been on!

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Boulder Trail
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8 Completed 5 Reviews

This hike blew me away! The views were amazing. We've had a lot of rain this season, so the desert was lush. Lots of flowers. This hike is not for beginners. This trail is marked as difficult. I'd say more high-moderate, but I'd accept difficult too. You should definitely wear supportive shoes or you'll kill your feet from the rough terrain. I'm not a fast hiker at all, so there was no way I was going to do the 13 miles (round trip) in one day. I got in probably more like 6 miles. Still, I was very happy. I took 3 liters of water with me, but probably should have taken 5. I also brought my 3-year-old lab. We both were exhausted by the end. I went in mid-October and still saw about 15-20 people throughout my whole time there. So not super busy but not all alone either. The last lookout point before going down into the wash (about 2.2 miles in) was the most amazing I've seen in a long time. Really made my week. The parking is at the marina across the street.

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Aspen Trail
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26 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike for only a couple hours! Trail does get pretty busy on the weekends though. Would recommend going early in the day.

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