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Shaw Butte Trail #306, AZ
Description 519 Triplogs Laps3 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Phoenix - Central
Difficulty 2    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 2.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,380 feet
Elevation Gain 761 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 - 1+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.51
Interest Peak
Fastest splitBobP
2014-08-0217m 43s
Author Brems
Descriptions 2
Routes 0
Photos 16
Trips 11 map ( 23 miles )
Age 34
Location Phoenix, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
6  2015-03-05 black toes
24  2015-02-23 Widowmaker
10  2015-02-18
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6  2014-12-31 kingsnake
15  2014-12-06
Shaw Butte - North Mtn Lo
2  2014-11-30 winotron
15  2014-11-17 Widowmaker
5  2014-10-17 black toes
6  2014-09-29
Shaw Butte - North Mounta
2  2014-06-29 kingsnake
3  2014-04-17 black toes
3  2014-04-01
North Mountain Park - Inn
black toes
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Beartooth Phoenix
Backpack - No
Seasons - Autumn to Spring
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
1.0  Lookout Mountain Connector #25
1.3  Shaw Butte - North Mtn Loop
1.3  North Mountain National Trail #44
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1.4  Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1
1.4  Shaw Butte - Western Route
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a walk in the park
by Brems

This trail has two trailheads. The more popular is on Central Ave, just south of Thunderbird Rd. The other is on 15th Ave, just north of Peoria. Starting from the trailhead on Central, the trail begins as an easy service road. This part of the trail, from the trailhead to the top, is used often by service vehicles to access the vast array of communication towers up on the top. The trail here has relatively easy to moderate inclines that level off for about 25 to 50 yards.

When about to the top, there is an obvious fork in the trail. To your left, the service road continues a few more yards up to the antennas, and on your right the trail will begin to descend the western side of the butte. The deteriorating asphalt soon gives way to a rockier trail. On your right the trail will begin to continue around to the south side of the butte. This part of the trail is not nearly as busy as the first half. About 1/4 of the way down there are the remains of the old Cloud 9 restaurant that burned down back in Nov 1964. (Date and link clarified by a guest) Although they are a bit vandalized, they are interesting to check out.

From the old restaurant, the trail will have 2 options that get you to the trailhead on 15th Ave. One is a jeep trail, and the other, a trail that's a little less traveled.

If you live in the north valley, this trail is a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle of Squaw Peak and Camelback. Not nearly the workout, but if solitude is what you seek, this is a nice place to find some.


    Directions Preferred Months Nov Dec Jan Feb
    Water / Source:None
    Preferred StartAny Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:24am Sunset6:44pm
    Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit

    To hike
    Trailhead with parking lot located on Central Ave, just south of Thunderbird Rd. Trailhead without parking lot located on 15th Ave, just north of Peoria Rd.
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