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Daisy Mountain - Anthem, AZ

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Distance One Way 3.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,946 feet
Elevation Gain 1,164 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,437 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
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Author AZWanderingBear
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Better for you than the outlet stores.
by AZWanderingBear

Driving past Anthem on I-17 most people look west to the outlet stores. Hikers look east to big mountain on the other side of all the houses. Daisy Mountain is a big lump with a long north/south ridge line. There is a nice trail that leaves Anthem and ascends to the two highest peaks along the ridge - the northernmost hosting a large American Flag, a summit log, and some nice views.


The trailhead is tucked into an Anthem community at the intersection of Navigation Way and Livingstone Way. Exit I-17 and go east on Anthem Way. Turn north at the first traffic light onto Navigation Way. Navigate Navigation Way until you see a small park on your left and a break in the sea of houses that is Anthem straight ahead. I suggest parking by the park on the very misnamed street National Way. You can also park around the corner on Courage Way. There are no parking signs all along Navigation Way and only the most courageous park there.

The trailhead (N33 52.5130 W112 08.1324) takes you onto a track that looks to once have been a jeep trail. The trail is wide and mostly level for the first 1.3 miles. This section is the haunt of the tennis shoe clad dog walkers from the surrounding community. At the first incline these tend to noticeably thin out. There are several spur trails that branch off to the left (north). Stay right.

At 1.9 miles (N33 53.1371 W112 06.7658) there is a large cairn that marks a split in the trail. Take the fainter right trail. If you look NE between the two prominent peaks, the flag peak is visible in the background. The slope of the trail increases as you climb to the saddle at the 2.46 mile point.

At the saddle (N33 52.8331 W112 06.4914) the trail splits again. This is the ridge line trail. The south fork eventually takes you down and into eastern communities of Anthem. The left fork takes you north to the higher peaks and the flag. From the saddle you climb another 500 feet over .7 miles to the summit and the flag (N33 53.1998 W112 06.0760). The views of the north valley are good. I could see west to Vulture Peak. The Bradshaws loom northwest with the New River Mountains are due north.

A few years ago a friend encountered a mountain lion in a wash just past the turn up to the saddle. She's no longer haunting Daisy Mountain, but I'm not sure about the mountain lion.

The trail is through a sea of brittle brush with lots of jojoba. Jojoba seeds are edible in the early autumn but only in smaller quantities. They have a definitive laxative effect. I prefer mine slightly roasted and salted. There are ironwood, palo verde, Crucifixion thorn, Mormon tea along the trail. Cacti include saguaro, barrel, ocotillo, various cholla (but thankfully few), and hedgehog.

Daisy Mountain makes for a nice day hike without leaving the uncivilized urban environment too far behind.

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2013-11-26 AZWanderingBear

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    Most recent of 14 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    Took Mrs. Balt on a hike on top of Daisy Mountain. I always hate this hike because it so flat at the beginning and so steep at the end. Good views from the top. We met a friendly Canadian (most Canadians are friendly) who was so happy to be here with the perfect weather hiking in beautiful Arizona. He mentioned it was 6 below zero at his home. We saw poppies coming out. It is going to be a beautiful spring!
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    Nice hike close to home on a very pretty day. Great views from the top of course. Only a few folks on the trail and all of those were from out of state/Canadian enjoying our AZ Winter.

    Poppies were beginning to pop. A few other wild flowers as well. Going to be a nice Spring.
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    Late morning hike with Claire. I looked over the posted routes and found a lasso loop that looked interesting. We made a clockwise loop with stops on both peaks. The views are nice but you're over looking civilization in most directions. After our break on the summit we flew back to the trailhead and headed home. This hike is worth doing once.
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    Since no one wanted to join me (pry themselves out of the Superstitions) I just bagged Daisy solo. A really nice hike and climb. Some decent 'up' on the push to the summit and definitely some loose scree on the way down. The north peak with the flag on the summit is definitely not as high. Saved it for next time and I want to find a route that hits the flag summit first, then the main summit.

    Saw no animals. A few cactus wrens, no mountain lions. :cry:

    Surprisingly saw about 15 people coming up when I was almost finished. I guess my 7 AM start times are early. :sl:
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    My last hike of 2015! Hiked Daisy Mountain near Anthem with my hubby. This hike will get your heart rate going and work your core balancing on loose rocks. Watch your step! The views are great and it's always a treat taking your photo next to the U.S. Flag on top. Weather today was perfect. Only saw 4 other people on this trail today.
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    A work trip took me up on a Sedona/ Cottonwood/ Prescott run, so I had hopes of getting in a trip up Mount Union once I was done...this hope was dashed once I got up and over Mingus mountain to see a big lightning storm dumping on the Prescott area. Backup plan was to hit Daisy on the way home, and it worked out great! Weather was windy and looming when I started about 3:30, but I had the mountain all to myself. This hike is a bit deceiving, there is almost a 2 mile flat walk up to the mountain, and then the climb is pretty nice and steep. The trail is pretty easy to follow, made good time to the top and enjoyed a nice break on the summit watching the storms around the Valley. made my way down and got sprinkled on for the last mile and a half of the hike, it was wonderful. Fifth different peak in the last four days, woo hoo! Now this means I will just have to take a trip back up to Union once the lightning season is over.
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    Parking sucks. I'm glad it was a weekday and not a weekend so I was lucky to get one of maybe three spaces by the Park. I met up with a couple - Lee & Leigh from Woodbridge VA. They were so freaked out by the parking that they parked at the ACE Hardware Store which adds at least a mile each way on Anthem streets to this hike.

    Weather was still seasonally cool. I am so glad I had the HAZ description. There are a few junctions where the trail is counter-intuitive. The more used trails are likely mountain bike trails. The trails does get steeper and sketchier as you climb. The first saddle has some awesome views. Went up to the peak and poked around. Lee & Leigh motivated me to start the traverse to the Flag Peak. So we went down from this peak and traversed to a false peak. This was only my second hike after 80 days sitting at a desk for tax season, and "Discretion being the better part of valor" I stopped at this false peak and validated Leigh stopping with me since her feet were hurting. Lee humped it to the Flag Peak. He is a retired US Army LT COL and former Provost at Fort Meade. Some people here on HAZ have probably stayed in those accommodations. I have never seen Shangri-La Resort from this perspective. Definitely not worth hauling a spotting scope up for any closer views.

    Leigh found a driver and a 5 wood just east of the mountain bike bench turn around. We could not even speculate how they got there. We took them back to the ACE Hardware Store and put them by the bike racks. We hope they get stolen there and recycled through Craigslist.

    Wildflowers
    A few degraded cactus blooms. Nothing to write home about.
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    Daisy Mountain is a close hike for us but not one of my favorites because of the loose rock. It takes all my concentration for the best foot placement. It's always great exercise climbing to the peaks of Daisy Mountain and the views are fantastic up there. Some poppies are already coming out. I even heard my favorite bird in all the world -- the Canyon Wren. Can anyone tell me how to make the sound of the Canyon Wren into my ringtone on my IPhone??? (Nevermind, I just figured it out and I now have it as my ringtone! Yeah!

    Wildflowers
    Poppies! Just wait until Spring!
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    After bagging Gavilan, we headed over to Daisy for a little more mileage. Apparently you can't get into the country club parts of Anthem, so if you want to go up the east side you either have to go into New River, or hike through the neighborhood, parking outside on the main road somewhere.

    Anyway, we hiked the west side, and the bottom part is a boring old road. The climb is more fun, though this is not a particularly scenic mountain. It was nice to get out and expunge some holiday airplane germs.
    Daisy Mountain - Anthem
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    This was my first real hiking experience (outside of state park jaunts with my kids.) I took the lollipop loop so it was 6.5 to 7 miles round trip. The hike was easy enough that a moderately fit newbie like myself could tackle but hard enough to be challenging and make me catch the hiking bug. It helps that I live in the neighborhood so the mountain is literally in my back yard! ;)

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    The trailhead is tucked into an Anthem community at the intersection of Navigation Way and Livingstone Way. Exit I-17 and go east on Anthem Way. Turn north at the first traffic light onto Navigation Way. Navigate Navigation Way until you see a small park on your left and a break in the sea of houses that is Anthem straight ahead. I suggest parking by the park on the very misnamed street National Way. You can also park around the corner on Courage Way. There are no parking signs all along Navigation Way and only the most courageous park there.
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