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Distance Multi-Loop 3.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,402 feet
Elevation Gain 514 feet
Accumulated Gain 971 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5-2 hours
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Wingin' it
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Overview
Collection of various trails at West Wing Mountain. Page data reflects what the city designates at the "Advanced" route. Adjust data accordingly when logging your triplog. Trails are closed from sundown to sunrise. Pets must be restrained on a leash, no longer than six feet in length. Pet waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed.

Advanced Trail
2.9mi / 358ft The advanced route on West Wing Mtn. has been improved from the original version to make this hike even more interesting and scenic. The best modification that was made to this new route is that it seldom overlaps the same walking path except on your return trip down the hill. However, you will find out that the most difficult part of this advanced hike is within the first mile of the hike. So be prepared to climb to the mountain's highest point with a few steep inclines along the way. Then, get ready to enjoy the remainder of the hike with panoramic views.

The hike begins with a warm-up from the parking lot of the elementary school to the actual trail beginning, located at the northwest intersection of High Desert Drive and Higuera Drive. This .6 mile warm up and cool down is a perfect way to loosen up and prepare for this fabulous mountain. Once you cross West Wing Parkway and approach Higuera Drive, you will easily observe the blue and white trail signs that have now been posted to provide you a better indication of where the trail starts. The beginning of the hike takes you through a residential area and a neighborhood drainage corridor. There are a few pet dogs in several backyards that will welcome you along this segment by peaking through the fences in their yards. Once you pass through the neighborhood, the uphill challenge begins. This one mile incline provides very little relief as some of the areas are difficult and steep. It is advantageous to wear a quality pair of shoes or boots that have mountain hiking tread to keep sturdy footing along this challenging path.

Once you reach the summit you will experience some beautiful panoramic views in every direction. Once you catch your breath after the ascent, enjoy the remainder of the hike with a lot of up and down undulation... but since you've already reached the highest point of the hill, most the remainder of your hike is downhill so have some fun with it and take in some of the most exciting views from these Peoria mountains. At the half way point, you will have the opportunity to add a little more distance to your hike by climbing the scenic overlook at the eastern portion of the mountain. If you do take the scenic route, you will get a bird's-eye view of the New River Dam and the impoundment area behind the dam. After a rainstorm, there may even be some standing water in various areas. After you return from this scenic overlook, you will now traverse the south face of the mountain overlooking many of the residential areas in the West Wing development. There are several interesting rock formations, hollowed out cave areas, nesting areas by pack rats, and some unique green colored lichen attached to the south facing stone along this route. This path will take your right back to the point of beginning and you can finish your hike with a .6 mile cool-down period to get back to your automobile in the school parking lot.

Extreme Trail
3.5mi /358ft The extreme route has been modified from its original version to make this hike even more extreme and difficult. The advantage of this new route is that it seldom overlaps the same path, except at the most interesting part of the hike, and on your return trip down the hill. So build up your stamina, because this one is going to challenge you.

The hike begins with a warm-up from the parking lot of the elementary school to the actual trail beginning, located at the northwest intersection of High Desert Drive and Higuera Drive. Signs have now been posted to provide you a better indication of where to get started. The start of the hike takes you through a residential area and a neighborhood drainage corridor. There are a few pet canines in several backyards that will welcome you along this segment. Once you pass through the neighborhood, the uphill challenge begins. This 3/4 mile incline provides very little relief, but it offers some spectacular views of the north face of the mountain once you reach the first saddle. It is advantageous to wear a pair of shoes or boots that have mountain hiking tread to keep sturdy footing along this challenging path.

Once you reach the summit of the first climb in elevation at about the one mile point, you will descend about 150 feet and traverse the south-facing hillside to the eastern most portion of West Wing Mountain. If you want to add a little more distance to your hike, climb the scenic overlook at the eastern ridge and you will get a bird's-eye view of the New River Dam and the impoundment area behind the dam. After a rainstorm, there may even be some standing water in various areas. After you return from this scenic overlook, you will now be challenged to climb in elevation for the next 2/3 mile to reach the peak, walk the ridgeline, and climb to the summit that you just hiked 30 minutes earlier. This incline will get your heart beating quickly the more you challenge yourself with a quick pace. If you prefer to take a breather along the way, there are a few scenic overlooks that can be great places to rest and enjoy the panoramic views.

Once you've reached the summit, this extreme hike will double back on a steep chute through some rocky areas with spectacular views (but you'll already know this because you had the same view from the opposite direction earlier in your route). Make sure you take your time going downward through this chute and please stay on all groomed trails. There are some areas that are more risky off of groomed trails.

If you haven't had enough once you reach the saddle, take another scenic overview hike up the western edge of the mountains. There is some steep terrain along this scenic overlook route, and you are basically hiking along the upper edge of the mountain through very rocky areas to the scenic overlook. If you haven't experienced it yet, it's time you did.

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Most recent of 19 deeper Triplog Reviews
West Wing Mountain
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After work hike. This trail is fairly close to work and it would seem like a natural to do at some point during the year. Anyway, got to the TH (which is actually a park/playground .3 miles away from the actual mountain. Briefly thought about parking in one of the cul-de-sacs nearer the mountain but was discouraged by the signage. That being said, I have seen others do the exact thing on almost every visit - including today) around 4 pm. Walked the streets to get to the actual trail and then did a lasso. Went up to the first split in the trail and then did a loop going CCW. Not sure if I ever did the trail in this direction before, if I have its been awhile. Nice change from my recent past approaches. Kept the loop very simple. I didn't follow any side trails to any of the official (or unofficial) vistas offered throughout the loop. Though I did hit the middle one while on top of West Wing, just so I could say that I "peaked out". Did this trail as a hike. I've tried to jog this in the past and come to the conclusion that this is lousy running trail. Very rocky!!! with a lot of up and down. Great hiking trail, though I wish the parking was closer. Weather was perfect. Just had quail and lizards on the trail with me.
West Wing Mountain
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I set out to discover more hiking options in the West Valley and came upon West Wing Mountain. Neat hike! I found the mountain and trail no problem; I don't know other people's problem finding where it is. Just park in the West Wing Park and walk across the street. Or you can walk the other direction and hike Sunrise Mountain. I'll save that for next time!
For a small mountain, it sure is rocky and the trails can get really hard to see. I found myself scrambling to get up a peak on the West side of the mountain, only to realize the trail was on the other side of the mountain. I loved the views at the top and the uniqueness with the desert on this hike! Will do again! :DANCE:
West Wing Mountain
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It's been awhile since I visited this trail, so I thought it was time to revisit it. It hasn't changed much, though the trail to the western most peak is more defined since last time. Tried to to jog this trail but this is one of the least joggable trails I've been on. Quite a bit of elevation change and very rocky. I hit two of the scenic outlooks, the western most one and the low lying eastern one. Temps were great! Fall has finally arrived. On the negative side it means I have less light to hike with :( . No wildlife. Encountered 4 hikers.
West Wing Mountain
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Had to get up off my butt and get back into hiking shape, thought I would get in a pair of peaks today to help that along. My wife went back to teaching this fall and it has definitely impacted my hiking time, all part of the fun. It just means I have to run around with my kids more, no worries! Sadly, this was the longest hike I have done in 3 months almost. I parked at Westwing Park about 4:30 to start my fun for the day. I hit Sunrise first on all of the 'difficult' trails, and then crossed the street to knock out Westwing. Sunrise is OK, good effort but not he most exciting. Westwing is a fun little mountain and surprisingly rugged in spots! Took a nice break on top, otherwise no stops on the rest of the hike. The only real downer to this one is hiking through the neighborhood, but it is a pretty short stretch.
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Met up with @afrankie for a 6AM TH rendezvous at WestWing Mtn in Peoria where we both proudly work. The canyon descent on the backside of the Extreme trail is actually pretty sweet. Where the bees used to be.
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My standard short n' sweet jaunt. I don't normally write anything when I do this one but something interesting happened today. Well, maybe only interesting to me. I left home wearing my Vans skate shoes instead of my hiking shoes on accident, and didn't realize until I got to the trailhead. I hiked anyway, and it felt pretty good actually. The soles are thin so stepping on rocks put more pressure on my feet, but I kinda liked it. Reminds me of the thin shoes that Hodlofski was wearing (with success in easing joint pain), I may have to try out some of those. I liked the Vans but the tread may not be up to snuff.

Wildflowers
One brittlebush in full bloom!!!
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Sunrise & West Wing Combo
I got this idea from HippiePunkPirate's posted track, looked like a good amount of effort, and two peaks! I got started about 3:45 from the park TH and made my way up Sunrise first. I chose the difficult trail for the whole way to try and squeeze as much AEG as I could out of this one. I was surprised to have the trail to myself, I did not see anyone until I was about halfway back down again. After finishing up Sunrise, I crossed the street and made my way up West Wing. This was my first time on this mountain, I will have to come back again! There are many different track and looping options to be had for sure. I even ran into a desert tortoise on the east end of the loop. Best part, still made it over to the community center for my daughter's dance class. Good day!
West Wing Mountain
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Parked at West Wing Park, which is on the south side of WestWing Pkwy. Then crossed the streets and followed the trail between the homes to reach where the trail started climbing the mountain. Doing this probably added a mile to my hike. There is a cul de sac at the base of the mountain where the trail heads up and I noticed that a couple of the hikers I passed parked there. There is only "one" trail on this mountain. However, there are several scenic overlooks and several different paths in which to reach the top (easy and more difficult). I hit 3 of 4 overlooks, foregoing the most western one and managed to do a figure eight, hitting trails that I hadn't hit on my previous visit.

Only saw 3 solo hikers, quite a few lizards, a rabbit and one chuckwalla. Temps were not too bad with the wind. Watched the dust storm in the east valley. Hard to say just how bad it was from my location.
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Wanted to explore off-trail to the north of West Wing Mountain for future sunset photo ops. Took the trail around the south and east sides and then took off on an unmarked social trail to the north. Noticed the large patch of green grass in the wash behind New River Dam. Went over there to check it out, confirmed that it is a large patch of green grass. Headed west-northwest toward some saguaro before heading toward the north ridge of West Wing. Bagged peak 1806, stayed there just a minute or two, pretty decent view but the extra work makes it not worth going out of the way for. Dropped off the ridge to the south then traversed back over to the main trail and made the descent back to the car. Nice day out, and the true beauty of West Wing Mountain showed true: saw only one other person during a Sunday noon hike!
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East Wing-West Wing-Sunrise
Time constraints kept me in town.
Hit all three of my neighborhood exercise hikes.
Found an old spur trail on Sunrise. 8) :y:
Lots-O-People Hiking West Wing. 8-[
Took a nap on top of Sunrise. :zzz: Saw the Owl again this year. :y:
High winds whipped up the smell of the Scorpion Weed flowers into the air. :sk:

Wildflowers
East Wing - Was better than Moderate - Thick Pockets of Lupine, Blue Dicks, Desert Chicory, Scorpion Weed, Brittle Bush and more.
West Wing and Sunrise - Had some of the above, and some Poppy's, but a bit more sparse.

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To West Wing Trailhead
Use West Wing TH - E of Black Rock Blvd

Below works but is outdated, most use the designated West Wing TH above.

This trailhead serves West Wing & Sunrise Mountains. It is located just NW of Westwing Elementary School.

From Happy Valley Rd follow N 83rd Ave north 1.2 miles to Jomax. 83rd turns into Westwing Parkway. Continue on Westwing Parkway 0.9 miles to High Desert Dr. Flip a U turn and continue back 0.15 miles to obvious "T" shaped trailhead. Looking at map before heading out is recommended as it makes more sense with a visual reference in mind.

Some park at the school lot off N High Desert Dr when it is not in session to save 0.25 mile flat access trail. There is gate that may be locked and it's not really proper.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 35.5 mi - about 50 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 140 mi - about 2 hours 20 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 128 mi - about 1 hour 58 mins
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