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 Radio Tower / Bolt Trail Loop, AZ
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 Casa Grande - Southwest
Difficulty 2.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 2.05 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,487 feet
Elevation Gain 847 feet
Accumulated Gain 860 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.35
Interest Peak
Course Lasso-Loop Hike
Author Rob del Desierto
Descriptions 128
Routes 91
Photos 4,912
Trips 890 map ( 1,975 miles )
Age 33
Location Casa Grande, Az.
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
19  2011-08-14 Rob del Desierto
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Backpack - No
Seasons - Autumn to Spring
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
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1.0  East Ridgeline Trail - CG Mountain
12.2  North Mountain Park - Nature Trail
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On top of the Casa Grande Mountains (almost).
by Rob del Desierto

Overview: The Radio Tower / Bolt Trail loop combines the popular Radio Tower trail with the much less used (and more hiking-esque) Bolt Trail to take you to the second-highest point in the Casa Grande Mountains.

Warning: The trail is shadeless for most of its two miles. In addition, there is no water along the route. Please bring all you need and a little more. The usual Sonoran Desert hazards apply here - sharp rocks and plants, rattlesnakes, etc.

History: The Radio Tower trail is a road that was actually built to install and then maintain the radio towers near the summit of Casa Grande 2 (that is the real name on the map). The Bolt Trail is named after Casa Grande hiker and outdoor enthusiast Joel Bolt. There is a memorial to Joel at the base of the Bolt Trail.

Hike: While I first did this trail from top to bottom, I recommend doing it in the opposite direction. I will describe it in the preferred direction.

The trail takes off originally down Hanna Road from the Hanna Road parking area. The scenery is typical Sonoran Desert, with saguaros, ocotillos, and cholla. The trail dips down through two washes. As you are coming out of the second wash, on the right, you will see a cross labeled "Bolt Trail". Turn at the cross. The Bolt Trail takes off up the hillside. It is very lightly used, so it can be easy to lose. Trail maintenance crews have painted gray chevrons to point you in the right direction towards the top (though not to help out from above). Once you achieve the ridgeline that is just south of Hanna Road, the trail basically sticks to it. If you lose it, look for the chevrons. If there are none, simply follow the ridgeline.

Eventually the Bolt Trail intersects the Casa Grande Mountain Ridgeline Trail (described elsewhere). Simply turn right and follow this up to Casa Grande 2 (at 2332 feet above sea level, it is the second highest point in the Casa Grande Mountains). Alternatively, you can continue south on the Ridgeline Trail to Peak 2350. Otherwise (or afterwards), turn left on the Ridgeline Trail. This will take you past the radio towers and then onto Hanna Road. Follow the Hanna Road/Radio Tower Trail back down the flank of Casa Grande Mountain and back to your vehicle.

Water Sources: None. Bring your own.

Camping: Not allowed.


    Directions Preferred Months Feb Mar Nov Dec
    Water / Source:None. Bring your own.
    Preferred StartEarly Cell Phone SignalHigh Points Sunrise6:23am Sunset6:43pm
    Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit

    To hike
    From I-10 and Florence Rd. in Casa Grande, take Florence east to Trekkel. Turn left on Trekkel and head south out of town. After crossing I-8, turn left on Hanna Road. The parking area is on the left where the pavement turns to dirt.
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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
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