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Maxine Lakin Nature Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 1.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,290 feet
Elevation Gain 110 feet
Accumulated Gain 110 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.75
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7  2018-11-27 RowdyandMe
10  2016-03-06 black_toes
13  2016-02-01
Shaw Butte Trail #306
8  2015-01-01
Shaw Butte - North Mtn Loop
3  2014-02-18
North Mountain - Phoenix
3  2014-02-13 Bradshaws
17  2011-02-23 NatureKopelli
Author JoelHazelton
author avatar Guides 16
Routes 10
Photos 967
Trips 406 map ( 1,971 miles )
Age 33 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  6:16am - 6:27pm
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Keep your eye on your car...
by JoelHazelton

The unique thing about this trail is that, as long as you know where you're looking, you can literally see the entire length of the loop from the parking lot. Likewise, you can see your car in the parking lot from the entire length of the trail, which is good, considering the neighborhood you just parked in. The trailhead is at Mountain View park at 7th ave and Cheryl, which is also the farthest west trailhead for Charles M Christiansen 100.

From the trailhead you head northeast on a rocky jeep road. Trail 100 soon forks off and continues on through the valley between North Mountain and Shaw Butte. Keep going on the jeep road until it narrows and starts a steeper ascent up a pocket on the southwest side of North Mountain. Soon the trail levels and you skirt north mountain for about a quarter of a mile until you hit a saddle with a fork in the trail. The obvious decision is to turn right and complete the loop back to your car. The other two options are to go straight up to a small peak just ahead of you or go left towards a neighborhood. I did both. The peak is anti-climactic. If you go left you'll decend down to a ritzy little "luxury rental" complex. Ooh La La. Turn around and go back up the trail to the saddle, admiring the luxury rentals below you. Reach the saddle and look ahead. Oh yeah I live on that side of the mountain... And there's my car getting broken into. Fortunately it's a quick sprint back to the parking lot. There's a few forks on the way back that just lead to other areas of Mountain View Park, and remember, you're not allowed anywhere off the designated trails in Phoenix Mountain Preserves. Please respect those rules, too; there's already enough trash and graffiti there.

The trailhead at 7th ave and Cheryl is a good starting spot for Shaw Butte, Maxine Lakin, Charles M. Christiansen, or even North Mountain.

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2007-05-05 JoelHazelton
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Maxine Lakin Nature Trail
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    Borrowed sisters car and headed out at the buttcrack of dawn to hike N Mtn.

    Checked HAZ for directions and saw this North-Shaw loop so said ah heck why not.

    Started at 7th Ave the headed for North via maxine and a use trail...Tons of wildlife out at 6am!!

    ((Sitting in the parking lot eating breakfast as I type this now, lots of human life out around 9am... ))

    Took North National down to the 7th st lot then headed for Shaw Butte.

    The views from Shaw Butte were agreeable this morning with sunrise blinding me on my way up and back to the car.

    Spotted 3 coyotes off to one side as I neared the Parking lot, strange they'd be so close to the Parking lot unless they're trash diggers?
    Haven't been out this way in years! Felt great especially after I over did it a few days ago in White Tank.
    Considering taking a peak at Squaw before lunch today... We shall see.
    Maxine Lakin Nature Trail
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    I had not done this hike since early last year, and I needed to get home a little early so this was the one. Started off from the 7th ave and Peoria trailhead about 4:30. I always like going up the spur ridge just south of Shaw Butte and then connecting with the road from there. There are now social trails almost the whole way, seems that more people are going this way now too. I tagged the mini peak with the towers and headed up to the tallest Shaw Butte towers, I wanted to make sure and make it all the way to the top so Chumley wouldn't call me out for missing the true peak of another mountain again... :roll: :lol: I had seen only one hiker to this point, but passed a bunch heading down the east side of Shaw Butte, and then up the paved section of North. Came down the backside of the #44 trail which is probably my favorite part of this loop. Temps were hot but not excruciating. Not much life out there right now, even the Creosote are pretty browned up. I really hope that this upcoming week of 110+ can bring a decent monsoon season.
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    What a difference a day makes. The parking lot was almost empty maybe three cars sweet.
    Now this wasn't the hike I had planned for today but woke up to rain and wind and decided to hold off for a bit. When Rowdy realized I had the day off he let me know that he needs to go for a walk.
    So I decided on Shaw Butte with the thought of maybe going up North Mountain. We pretty much had the trail to ourselves and as we ascended Shaw Butte the wind got stronger and it did sprinkle a few times. I realized shorts and a t-shirt was not the best idea but then again Rowdy didn't to seem have any issues with the weather. Once we descended the back side which the trail was a flood zone last night. I looked at a few ways of ascending North Mountain. They are a few fade routes leading up at least they looked like they went to the top. I ended up doing all of or the most of Maxine Lakin Nature Trail. From this trail I could see about 3 or 4 ways up and to be honest with everyone I am not sure how the word nature got attached to this trail. I did spot a couple of old mines start ups and that was about it. Rowdy enjoyed this hike way to much as I have never seen him run so much and never wanted water.
    And I really can't complain as long as I am able to walk I will take Rowdy out. Now I will come back and hit North Mountain from different angles just because.
    Maxine Lakin Nature Trail
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    I had an early dismissal from work and decided to hit North & Shaw mountains. I started from the 7th Ave TH and went southeast to the Maxine Lakin Trail. I followed that and connected onto a use trail that lead to the summit of North Mountain. From the top I dropped down the North Mtn National Trail on the southeast side of the mountain. This drops you down to the parking along 7th st. Once there I headed north and circled around and connected onto the Shaw Butte trail via Trail 100. I made quick time up Shaw following the road portion and then dropped down the south side returning to my jeep at the parking area.
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    Stayed up way too late last night to get up early today to see any snow. I didn't wanna drive too far for my first hike of the year but I wanted a good workout, so I did my closest local hike. The trails were pretty busy, but not the worst I've seen them. Didn't start until about 1pm. It was really cold at first, but when the sun came out I took my jacket off and did the rest of my hike in a t-shirt. Saw some snow on the McDowells and up in Cave Creek and the New River Mtns.

    Did the loop CCW starting from the 7th ave TH. Went up the steep SW side of North Mountain, which was quite a workout. Went down the paved side and decided to go back up again to get over 2000 AEG today. Going down North Mountain the 2nd time I saw a couple guys coming up the trail pushing a huge wooden Christmas tree. One of the guys was actually inside of it! I stopped and took a photo of them, and they said they were pushing it all the way to the top. Not sure why they were doing this exactly, but this is the kind of thing that usually makes urban hikes just as interesting to me as wilderness hikes.

    Made my way over to the Shaw Butte. There were hundreds of quail out today. Just a couple people at the summit. It was just beautiful out there at this point. Went over to the other little peak to the west as I was going down Shaw Butte as I still didn't want my hike to be over. Really enjoyed this first hike of the year, and I feel good about the year ahead.
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    I'd done both Shaw Butte and North Mountain before but never done them both together, so this was a first for me. Started around 8am while it was still really nice out. Went CW starting from the 7th Ave/Peoria TH. This was also my first time going up Shaw Butte CW. It seems much steeper going up this way, but the climb is shorter. Saw maybe about 20 people from the TH to the top of Shaw Butte. Not bad. Saw maybe another 20 people going down.

    There was more of a crowd on the paved part of North Mountain, but I've still seen it much worse. I was pretty tired going up North Mountain, but the paved trail made it pretty easy to control my breathing and keep going. I hadn't done this much AEG in a while and it was great to have gotten through it without being too tired.

    Saw pretty much no one once I started descending the steep, rocky "back" side of the mountain. Extended the hike a bit by going down to the Maxine Lakin trail and back to the TH from there. Hardly anyone in that area. Always great to have a nice quiet walk back in solitude to end a hike. Made it back as it started to really warm up. This was a really nice workout hike, and I made surprisingly good time today. I really like this park.
    Maxine Lakin Nature Trail
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    Keeping in the valley today with a great North Mountain / Shaw Butte hike with my buddy Dan. Started from 7th Ave and Peoria trail head and climbed the southwest side of North Mountain. At the peak we jumped on 44 North Mountain National trail down to the parking lot and then back up to the paved road where we caught the 101 trail back down to trail 100. Followed that through the muddy bottom of the detention dam #2 to the 306 Shaw Butte trail. Over the peak and down the other side with a quick diversion on Maxine Lakin Nature trail 60 and back to the jeep. Lots of Meetup hikers out today doing a 3 peak mini summit challenge. Hit Waffle House for some salty comfort breakfast foods and then stopped by Dave's Place for a Guinness! Now I have to figure out what's for lunch...

    Loads of trail erosion from recent rains.
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    I did the same hike that I did yesterday and now I know why I was so tired after my hike. After getting to my car yesterday and finding my GPS hadn't kept my track, I looked through all the tracks for North Mountain close to what I had done. The closest was 4 miles and 800 AEG :-k but I felt like I had done more. That's because I did! I feel much better about this trail and my performance on it :)

    This is a great trail with awesome views of the city, I'll be do this trail more frequently from now on. :D
    Maxine Lakin Nature Trail
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    Parked at the 7th St. VC trailhead and started out to do Shaw Butte. I got distracted again 8-[ This time I headed up trail #101. I had never been to the top of North Mountain and with all the action BobP has seen up there, I figured I better check it out :lol: I got to the top without a single "pinch" and I even wore my short shorts :cry: ..... Must have been my lack of fluorescent colors or lack of good looks for that matter. At the top I decided to head down the south side ridge line till it met up with trail #60. I took trail #60 north till it met back up with trail #100 and took that back to the car. Very cool little loop :) and due to my GPS app dropping my track,AGAIN :x I'll be doing this trail again tomorrow to get all my numbers (mileage and AEG)
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    Started my Shaw Butte hike like all my others but I got sidetrack :D while I was crossing the main wash that cuts through the valley and couldn't resist going down it 8-[
    :stop: I know, I know... I shouldn't go off trail but I DID :D and that is a very cool wash. I took the wash all the way to the 7th ave TH. From there I went up and around trail #60. It's a cool little trail full of mines and quarts outcroppings. The best part was there was no one on this trail. I could actually hear and see nature, no music or people taking on their phones just the birds and the breeze :)

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From downtown Phoenix, take I-17 north to Peoria Ave. Turn east and drive for 2 miles until Peoria ends. Continue right on 7th ave and drive for about half a mile until you see Mountain View park on the left. Park in the farthest north parking lot in mountain view park. The trailhead is on the east end of the parking lot.
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