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Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Multi-Loop 5.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,496 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 980 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10
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author avatar Guides 46
Routes 95
Photos 847
Trips 384 map ( 2,943 miles )
Age 79 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Nov, Dec, Feb, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:38pm
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The Best View
by MEWhiteman

This is a nice hike in the Phoenix area, offering hills and views and a well-maintained trail. It is easy to get to and has numerous trails allowing for a variety of hikes. I have used the names of the trails given in the map posted at the trailhead. On many planning maps, the trails are numbered, and I have included those numbers. Some numbered segments have previously been described on HikeAZ as individual hikes. The is comprised of trails or segments of trails previously numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

From the parking, find the Circumference Trail (Trail 1) at the parking lot's west end. Follow the trail uphill for about 0.6 miles to a junction (N33 43.793 W112 08.874) with the Basalt Trail. Turn right. At about 0.7 miles (N33 43.838 W112 08.943) is another junction. Turn left here onto the Paradise Trail (Trail 2). At about 0.8 miles (N33 43.796 W112 09.023), you come to another junction with the Paradise Trail, where you should keep right. At 1.0 miles (N33 43.710 W112 09.186), go straight through this junction onto the Ridgeline Trail (Trail 5). This trail winds up to near the highest point in this park, providing some great views in most directions. It's a good place for a snack.

The Ridgeline Trail swings back down after the highpoint and ends at the Circumference Trail at N33 43.925 W112 09.355, about 2.6 miles into the hike. Turn right here. At about 2.8 miles (N33 43.809 W112 09.213), the Circumference Trail turns left, but you should go straight on the Basalt Trail (previously part of Trail 4). After a short climb, you find yourself back at the junction you passed through earlier with the Ridgeline Trail. This is at about 3.0 miles (N33 43.710 W112 09.186). Turn left here and retrace your steps on the Basalt Trail to the intersection with the Paradise Trail (Trail 2) at 3.2 miles (N33 43.796 W112 09.023).

Turn right here and follow the Paradise Trail to the junction with the Circumference Trail at about 4.2 miles (N33 43.572 W112 08.567), passing two trails to the left on the way that are cutoffs to the Circumference Trail, which would shorten your hike a little. Turn left onto the Circumference Trail, passing the other ends of the two cutoff trails. At the junction with the Basalt Trail at 4.6 miles (N33 43.793 W112 08.874), turn right to stay on the Circumference Trail back to the parking area. The total distance is about 5.0 miles and 1,100 feet of AEG.

This hike can be confusing in places because there are several trails and junctions, and at the time I did the hike, none had any signage indicating what trail you were on or what trails went where at each intersection. There is a map showing the trail names at the trailhead. A GPS track is beneficial. I've tried to describe the turns to make it easier to follow without a GPS, and hopefully, the city will put signs up in the future.

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2011-02-08 MEWhiteman
    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.

     Permit $$

    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From I-17, take exit 218 and head west on Happy Valley Road. Turn right at 35th Ave (a traffic light) and follow this as it turns into Pocono Road (33rd Ave) and reaches a stop sign at Pinnacle Vista Drive. Turn left (west) and follow until it turns right, becoming 39th Ave. The trailhead is ahead on the left, just as the yellow line ends. To get back to I-17 after the hike, take Pinnacle Vista Drive east until it ends at the I-17 frontage road. Turn right and come to the Jomax Rd interchange, where you can access I-17 north or southbound.
    page created by MEWhiteman on Feb 08 2011 11:05 am
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