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Arica trailhead

Casa Grande, AZ

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Casa Grand Mountain (Radio tower trail)
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

We were glad that it wasn't any hotter than it was (mid 80's). We marked the trail as moderate, although carrying our 30lb toddler made it more demanding for us. This is our first hike of the year and were doing our share of huffing and puffing. There is hardly any shade and we recommend taking a good amount of water. Our dog ran off the trail and had to have cactus needles pulled out of his feet. :( It appeared that a lot of people use the hill climb as part of their fitness regime in the evening.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

BEWARE!! Cautionary signs posted re smuggling & illegal immigration. We got a bad "feeling" so we turned around. My husband spoke with a Border Patrol Officer who stated it was the best thing to not hike in that area. Advise others to stay in the State parks for adventure. Unless you can legally carry a weapon for protection. It's just worth the risk we thought.

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Casa Grand Mountain (Radio tower trail)
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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Casa Grande Mountain Park rocks! There are many miles of trails here, not just this short one listed. Start at the trailhead off Arica Road (exit 200 on I-10) and head west near the Love's quick stop. From the trailhead, the best is first head south along any number of the trails, eventually looping back to where you began, and then heading north along the east slopes to the northern trailhead at Peart Road. Old ruins are along the trail here. Go back up over the pass and return to your car. The Ridgeline Trail is fantastic. Soon trails now have signs and are named thanks to an NCCC Work Team that has worked hard to improve the trail system. Great place to ride in spring, fall and winter, but avoid in the summer months. Snakes are common.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
by Wildcat Tom

Completed Reviews

Scenic and fun in the winter or late fall. However there is debris from smugglers, and you have to be careful about armed smugglers, who are in the area. Its not fair, but that is the way it is. Talked to some Border Patrol guys and they said it can be dangerous in this area.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
by MM

Completed Reviews

Easy to find a nice hike , the only thing I didnt like was running into illegals running drugs in burlap bags . With people with weapons escorting them . Why is this allow to happen .I hike with my children and will not return.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
by D. Gross

Completed Reviews

Found the trail head by accident. Turn off the Velok Rd was not well marked.

Solitude is the name of the game. Exepct for a helicoptor or two looking for "strays". I waved to one that was flying low, waiting for us to pass and check us out.

Started up the Table top Mountain trail. Working up to the whole trail, plus a late start was getting kind of hot. Will definetly return. A definete hidden jewel.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
by Mike

Completed Reviews

Because of its proximity to Maricopa, we hike this trail several times a year. Usually we are the only ones on the trail. The hike to the top provides a good strenuous workout that is rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding area. The section from the trailhead to the switchbacks is pristine upper Sonoran desert, with lots of saguaro, ocotillo, palo verde and ironwood (in the washes) plus an abundance of chain-fruit cholla. The road to the trailhead is easy to follow, but a little rough because of some sandy areas. I strongly recommend a high clearance vehicle. This hike is great for those looking for a winter hike with solitude. There is little shade and no water anywhere on the trail.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
by Robert

Completed Reviews

Wow! just a super hike. Last hiked trail 3/4/2006. Don't stop at the end of the offical trail, and be sure to do the easy bushwack on to the summit to the north where you can sign the unofficial register and drink in the great views. If a concern you will probably pinstripe sides of your vehicle on drive into the parking area. Be sure to put a club on your vehicle as lots of illegal aliens pass through campground/parking area on way north to I-8. Please pick up their trash to try and keep the area looking nice.

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Table Top Mountain Trail
by SJS

Completed Reviews

I hiked Table Top Mountain in January, 2003. Unfortunately, the temperatures that day were well into the 80s, so it was a bit warm. The first part of the trail across the desert is very pleasant, climbing a few rolling hills and dipping into a couple of washes. Once you reach the switchbacks, you'll be glad you had an easy part to start and end this hike. One interesting thing about the switchbacks is the part where you make your way through an ancient lava flow. Once you get to the top of the trail, you'll have to make your way to the left around the horseshoe shaped mountain-top to reach the actual highpoint and the benchmark. Watch out for the shindaggers and the hedgehog cactus!

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