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Stoney Mtn Ridgeline, AZ

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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 3.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,450 feet
Elevation Gain 727 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,853 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.53
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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Author airy
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Age 62 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Jan, Dec
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:18am - 7:41pm
Official Route
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Inner City Gem
by airy

If you're looking for solitude and something challenging right in the middle of town, then this is it. Just off of North Cave Creek Road and at the end of East Cortez Street, the hike begins on the road going up to the water tank.

Very soon you're off the road onto a well traveled trail reaching the first saddle only a 1/4 mile in. Stay on the trail and drop down heading south another 1/4 mile to the bottom of the prominent ridgeline. Go off trail here heading east up to the ridgeline.

From here the route finding is pretty simple, stay on the ridgeline. Although route finding is simple, the route is challenging and must be approached with caution. Difficulty can be adjusted by scrambling to the top of every summit along the ridgeline or skirting the summits as you go, but you never want to stray far from the ridgeline. At times, there is some pretty good exposure so if you're afraid of heights, I'd pick another trail. You probably want to leave the dog and young children behind as well.

Just before you approach Stoney Mountain (the highest peak on the ridgeline), there is a buttress and if approached head on can be difficult, or it can be skirted to the right to gain the saddle between it and Stoney Mountain. From here the trail heads south along the ridgeline with continued exposure and great views of North Phoenix.

At the half way mark, you drop off of the ridge back down to the valley floor where you skirt a few properties surrounded with chain link fence. Now back on established trails, you start cranking back up to the ridgeline. Not near the exposure along this part of the ridgeline and you might even see one or two people, but still relative solitude for the middle of Phoenix.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2011-05-03 airy

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From central Phoenix, take AZ-51 north to exit 10 for Cactus Rd, take the 1st left onto E Cactus Rd, turn left onto N Cave Creek Rd, take the 1st left onto E Cortez St
    page created by airy on May 03 2011 8:14 am
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