|Hiking||8.60 Miles|| 3 Hrs 45 Mns || ||2.29 mph|
|924 ft AEG|| || || |
Peak 2429 Alternative trail via Quartz Ridge Trail #8 and a crosscut trail.
I use Peak 2429 a lot when I'm too busy to get to other hikes but need some training and some cardio. The long straight "40th Street extension road" south and up to Peak 2429 can sometimes have too many people (for me) and can be somewhat boring (to me after hiking it for the umpteenth time).
To mix things up, I will sometimes access Peak 2429 using the Quartz Ridge Trail #8 to a crosscut trail at .85 miles. A few hikers and runners use this Quartz Ridge #8 section, but not nearly as many as use the traditional Peak 2429 trail.
Also for a variation, from the saddle I ascend using the traditional route up the steep SW face, but I will sometimes descend from the summit using the the longer but less steep north face route.
I am posting the GPS route for this Peak 2429 alternative. This alternative is a little longer at 3.15 miles. It starts out flatter so it has a steeper profile from where the crosscut trail starts. Sometimes I'll come down to the start of this crosscut and use it as the start of my next ascent rather than going all the way back in on Trail #8 making for a 2.3 mile trail from this point (3.15 -.85). Today I did two full and one of this partial (3.15+3.15+2.3=8.6 miles 2,745 accumulated elevation gain).
Trail 100 crosses Trail 8 at .5 miles. You could turn left on Trail 100 and pick up the Peak 2429 trail. The crosscut trail is a quick left at .85 miles after a trail and a wash on the right, a lone large Saguaro on the right and two mesquite trees on the left. It is sort of hidden by the mesquite trees but it is very obviously a trail. If you miss it, there are some false crosscut trails farther on the Quartz Ridge #8 trail. Don't take them. Please stay on the existing trails in the Preserve without creating new trails. I don't think any of these other trails connects to the Peak trail. If you've gone too far, you can hike the Quartz Ridge Trail or turn around. The crosscut is more visible heading back from the north.
Photo #4 in my photoset gives you a bird's eye view of this trail system from the summit of Peak 2429.