Better for you than the outlet stores.
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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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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