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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,469 feet
Elevation Gain 457 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.09
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Overview
The trail system created by the city seems confusingly planned minus trail names or numbers. The following is the information provided by the city, ...so enjoy! Page data reflects the intermediate 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.


Beginner Trail
0.4mi / 71ft Map If you have never experienced walking on mountain trails, and if you need to build up your endurance as a true beginner, this hike is for you. But don't let the short distance fool you. It is an uphill climb for the entire .2 miles, and your return trip brings you back to the trail head. There are a few benches along this path with scenic overlooks that can be used for a brief rest if necessary, or it can be used as a nice location to enjoy the setting sun over the mountains to the west.

Intermediate - Less Difficult Trail
1.8mi / 457ft Map If you started your hike from the parking lot at the Sonoran Mtn. Ranch Park, you have made this hike a 2 mile loop. It is posted as an intermediate trail because of the incline to this hike. It might appear to be a short hike, but it will get your heart pumping if you walk it hard and fast. This route is labeled as less difficult because the incline is not as steep compared to the more difficult route. Plus, once you reach the upper loop intersection, you are given some reprieve from your uphill climb and begin to traverse the mountain side for the next 1/4 mile.

You begin your hike by walking approximately .3 miles through a drainage corridor adjacent to a residential area. However, you will begin a steep ascent with several switch backs which will bring you to a plateau at about the .6 mile mark. You will then traverse the side of the mountain on what is called the "upper loop" and at the .75 mile mark you will begin the ascent to the mountain summit which is essentially at the one mile mark. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you will experience a 360 degree view that is quite spectacular. In the distance to the east you can see as far as the Four Peaks Mtn. range. You have views of the Phoenix skyline, exceptional views of Sunrise and West Wing Mountains, and if the water level is up, you can even see glimpses of Lake Pleasant over the Waddell Dam to the north. This view also captures the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal system that delivers water from the Colorado Mountains to as far south as Tucson.

Once you've enjoyed the view you will begin your descent through some steeper and rocky areas. So take your time, yield to uphill hikers, and enjoy the rest of your hike because you've completed the most difficult part of the hike. If you want to add some mileage to your hike, you can make another trip around the upper loop trail which will increase .75 miles to your hike. There are a couple other trails that can be explored. One that leads into the neighborhood adding .24 miles (one way) and another path that goes over the mountain saddle to the south which will be a future trail extension as more open space is dedicated. For now, that path comes to an end at .18 miles.

Intermediate - More Difficult Trail
1.8mi / 457ft Map If you started your hike from the parking lot at the Sonoran Mtn. Ranch Park, you have made this hike a 2 mile loop. It is posted as an intermediate trail because there is a lot of incline to this hike. It might appear to be a short distance, but it will get your heart pumping if you really hike it hard and fast. This route is labeled as more difficult because the incline is steep and difficult for 1/2 miles to the mountain summit. This route offers no reprieve from an incline between the .5 and 1 mile distance markers. So strap on those hiking shoes and get ready to increase that heart rate.

You begin your hike by walking approximately .3 miles through a drainage corridor adjacent to a residential area. However, you will begin a steep ascent with several switch backs which will bring you to a plateau at about the .6 mile mark. Once you reach that elevation, you will come across a loop intersection... the easier way is to continue straight. But you've decided to challenge yourself so you continue your ascent for another 1/2 mile up several switch backs and some rocky terrain. You will be rewarded with this effort when you reach the mountain summit because you will experience a 360 degree view that is quite spectacular. In the distance to the east you can see as far as the Four Peaks Mtn. range. You have views of the Phoenix skyline, exceptional views of Sunrise and West Wing Mountains, and if the water level is up, you can even see glimpses of Lake Pleasant over the Waddell Dam to the north. This view also captures the Central Arizona Project (CAP) canal system that delivers water from the Colorado Mountains to as far south as Tucson.

Once you've enjoyed the view you will begin your descent and the remainder of the hike is a breeze. However, if you're feeling good about yourself, you can add some distance to this hike and more elevation by walking the "upper loop" which will add another .75 miles to your hike. There are a couple other trails that can be explored. One that leads into the neighborhood adding .24 miles (one way) and another path that goes over the mountain saddle to the south which will be a future trail extension as more open space is dedicated. For now, that path comes to an end at .18 miles. Enjoy the hike. Be respectful of others whether it is other hikers or adjacent property owners. And drink plenty of water before, during and after your hike, especially during the warmer and drier months.

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2008-05-10 HAZ_Hikebot
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
East Wing Mountain
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After work hike for the Monday peak trifecta. Started up Ludden a bit before 4, I parked across the street in the neighborhood and picked my way up. Pants are a must for this one, no trail and some spots of considerable brush, though thankfully most of it is Brittlebush. Loaded up the official track on Route Scout, awesome tool to help! Made my way up to the first rock bluff, it got pretty steep right up at the top. This area has been pretty heavily tagged by some dummy with a can of spray paint, pretty disappointing. Heading down the south side of this was the sketchiest part of the day, I did not like the drainage I made my way down. Hit the cholla field approaching the saddle, and made my way over up the peak. I got cliffed out near the peak, but after circling to the east a bit I found a good boulder field to scramble up. Did not find the summit log up top, but I was not looking too hard either. I decided to drop down the boulder field and make my way back on the eastern end of the mountain. This side was all Brittlebush and no cholla, so that helped the choice. Much less steep this way too. Got back to my truck right before sunset and headed up the road to East Wing. Got in a quick loop in the post-sunset color and by the moonlight, no need for a headlamp. This was a welcomed well-groomed trail after a few off-trail excursions for the earlier part of the day. I did see one other hiker on the loop, only contact of the day on the trail.
East Wing Mountain
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For a little peak and a relatively short trail, I was pleasantly surprised. The decomposed granite being a bit more scenic than the volcanic tuff of nearby Thunderbird Park and Deem Hills. The flora was more varied and abundant as well, with some nice Ocotillo and Cholla.
I made the summit for the sunrise, then checked out the "Scenic View" spur from the saddle (not all that scenic).
Also hit the "Scenic View" spur near the trailhead that leads up to the little summit there, not bad for a short hike but the view was mostly of the surrounding houses. A good sunset spot with a bench on top in a pinch.
Only saw two other hikers in 2 hours on a Saturday morning - compared to my usual Thunderbird workout that would have included anywhere from 20 to 50.
East Wing Mountain
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Started from 75th ave and Jomax and headed across the flats to the southern slope of East Wing. There was a silver hot air balloon messing around nearby...at one point it looked like it nearly touched down on one of the hills. Took in the sunset on the mountain's edge and then headed back.
East Wing Mountain
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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.
East Wing Mountain
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Checked out this one today. Had trouble figuring out how to get to the trail from the parking lot at the park, but figured it out eventually. Of the local hills, this has perhaps my favorite view thus far. Not quite the "edge of town" feel as West Wing, but you feel a little more surrounded by the mountains on East Wing. Still prefer West Wing slightly as I can get a few hundred more feet of AEG over there and it doesn't have such a flat approach as this one.
East Wing Mountain
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I had 3 reasons for Hiking today.

1) Needed to get outside and enjoys the drop dead perfect weather
2) The dog needed some fresh air
3) I had to try out the new Triplog format!
My Complements to the Development team. You need to take 'em out to Dinner Joe

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KibaXSI writes: Take 67th Avenue North till it turns into Pyramid Peak Parkway. Continue along and the road will then force a right hand turn onto North Sonoran Mountain Ranch Road. Continue along until you reach North Chalfen Blvd. Make a left. There will be a park down the road. Park here. There will be trail head signs leading you to the trail.
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