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Stoney Mtn Ridge Line, 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
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Author airy
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Age 61 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Nov, Jan, Dec
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:13am - 6:32pm
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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 ridge line. Go off trail here heading east up to the ridge line.

From here the route finding is pretty simple, stay on the ridge line. 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 ridge line or skirting the summits as you go, but you never want to stray far from the ridge line. 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 ridge line), 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 ridge line 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 ridge line. Not near the exposure along this part of the ridge line 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
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Had some time with just the boy and I so took a short hike with the dog to one of our old time spots. Started off 14th street with the headlamps. The trail goes pretty much straight up the hill up to the ridgeline. The ridge up here is pretty narrow but the path is very easy to follow, even though I hardly see anyone else hiking around here..especially at night. We hit up all 3 of the peaks on the sourthern end of the ridge. The sourthern most peak has a fun little scramble to get up. I have seen several maps where this section is actually called Echo Mountain, I wonder if anyone can confirm this. Made a loop back around down. There are several small caves you can climb up to around there. The kid had an excellent time exploring with the headlamp.
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Well I met up with Chris at 6am and we headed up the ridgeline with Ellie and Rowdy. It was a nice morning for a hike. I really wasn't feeling 100% and after a while I decided to head back and Chris lead the way. On the way back I ended up getting sick again bummer.
I will have to do this hike again and hopefully with Chris and Ellie. Ellie is just to damn cute :) and her and Rowdy had a great time together.

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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
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