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Mummy Mountain, AZ
Description 11 Triplogs 0 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Phoenix - Central
Difficulty 4    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 1.51 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,442 feet
Elevation Gain 794 feet
Accumulated Gain 937 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 6.2
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Peak
Author chumley
Descriptions 51
Routes 286
Photos 6,380
Trips 717 map ( 4,796 miles )
Age 41
Location Tempe, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
9  2014-01-01 chumley
6  2013-03-09
Mummy Lode
8  2013-02-24
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22  2013-02-24 Dave1
10  2013-02-16
Mummy Lode
15  2013-02-10 chumley
30  2013-02-10
Mummy Lode
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Historical Weather
Backpack - No
Seasons - Late Autumn to Early Spring
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0.0  Mummy Lode
1.3  Camelback Mountain / Boulder Canyon
1.3  Camelback Mountain / Main Boulder
1.3  Camelback Mountain / Sewery
1.3  Camelback Mountain / Western Bouldering Area
1.3  Camelback Mountain / Western Headwall
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Keep this under wraps!
by chumley

History: This cluster of hills in Paradise Valley is part of the "range" known as the Phoenix Mountains. In the 1930s, Swiss-born Charles Mieg, a successful New York City banker and real estate mogul, moved to Arizona and prospected for gold in the Bradshaw Mountains. By the early 1940s, he had moved to the area that would later become PV and was captivated by the mountain then known as Windy Gulch. Mieg purchased the Van Benscoten Ranch for $12,000, which included most of the land on the north and east sides of Windy Gulch. When viewing the mountain's profile from the dirt road later to be named Shea Blvd, he thought that it resembled an Egyptian mummy laying down, so he began using the name Mummy Mountain when he marketed his newly purchased land for development.

Mummy Mountain Preserve Trust: That development slowly encroached on the mountain itself, until in 1997 the Mummy Mountain Preserve Trust was established to preserve the natural landscape of the mountain, primarily along the peaks and ridgelines in a parcel of land that totals about 320 acres. Over the years, much of the land encompassing the preserve has been donated or purchased by the Trust, and as of 2012, more than 200 acres are held by the trust. This map shows the borders (close, but not exact) of the Preserve as of 2012. The yellow line shows the PRESERVE, while the green line shows land that is PUBLIC (donated or purchased by the Trust). That means that the land inside the yellow border, but not inside a green border is PRIVATE land!

The Town of Paradise Valley states "The goal of the Trust is preservation of the natural landscape, desert plants, wildlife and scenic beauty of mountain areas of the Town of Paradise Valley." The Town of Paradise Valley 2012 General Plan defines four types of public open space, including preserved land held in Trust, and encourages low-impact use (including hiking) by both residents and visitors alike.

Warning: Ascending to the summit of Mummy Mountain is no easy task. There is no trail, and the grade is very steep. The footing is loose and scree-covered. This should not be attempted by anybody who is not comfortable moderate scrambling, (requiring the use of hands to climb, with some exposure). THERE IS NO TRAIL!!

The Hike/Climb: Start at northern end of the J. W. Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. If you are not a guest of the resort, you may want to ask permission from the front desk to park your vehicle on resort property, or to hike on the lower portion of this trail which lies entirely on private resort property. The resort may tow vehicles not registered to guests.

Begin the hike by walking through the fake western town titled "Mummy Mountain". At the far end there is a bridge that crosses a small wash and a sign that introduces you to "Tyner's Hiking Trail" - a pair of hiking trails on resort property. Take the blue trail in either direction of the loop and follow it to the wooden bench at the high-point of the loop. From here, leave the resort trail and proceed uphill on the noticeable use-trail which heads up a gully. Eventually you will want to veer to the left and climb the ridge toward the top. There are some use paths to follow, but you are largely on your own from here.

The first peak you reach is a bit lower than the actually summit of Mummy Mountain, so you will have to proceed northeast to the peak, which is marked by some utility structures and a large solar panel. Enjoy the 360-degree views of Paradise Valley, Camelback Mountain, downtown Phoenix, Piestewa Peak and the rest of the Phoenix Mountains, the north valley, Pinnacle Peak and the McDowells, Four Peaks, Red Mountain, and the Superstitions!

Head back down the way you came!


    Directions Preferred Months Nov Dec Jan Feb
    Water / Source:None
    Preferred StartEarly Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:18am Sunset6:47pm
    Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit
    information is in description

    To hike
    Take the main entrance to the Camelback Inn on Lincoln Drive (5200 East) in Paradise Valley. Turn left at the main entrance/hotel registration circle following signs for the spa.

    Turn right at the first stop sign and proceed uphill for 1/4 mile or so to the next stop sign. Turn left here (there's a pool on your left). Continue up to the end of the road at the fake western village of Mummy Mountain, and park in the adjacent lot. **NOTE** Camelback Inn is a private resort. Parking in their lot without permission is not recommended. Do so at your own risk.
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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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