View that a radio wave gets
The Radio Tower trail is the most popular trail in Casa Grande Mountain Regional Park. It follows an access road up to the radio towers.
This is the Sonoran Desert. It is hot and there is no water. There may also be poisonous reptiles lurking about, so watch your step. There are no cholla along the trail, but some are nearby and occasionally cholla bits end up on the trail - keep a sharp eye out. There is no shade on this trail in the afternoon or evening.
This "trail" is really a road. It was built to install and then maintain the radio towers located at the culmination of this trail.
The trail starts in the parking lot off of Hanna Road. It is a very easy-to-follow trail, as you will be walking along a well maintained dirt road from start to finish. The hiking is typical Sonoran Desert summit hiking, similar to the environs around the Piestewa Peak/Circumference trails. This hike is well shaded in the morning, as the road/trail climbs a west-facing canyon. At .5 miles from the trailhead there is a gate to bar access to vehicles. This can be walked around on either side. At .89 miles there is a broad area with a bench-like structure. This location offers fantastic views of the Casa Grande Valley and areas further abroad - the Four Peaks are even visible. Just past this location is another gate. There are no signs on it and it also can be bypassed on either side. The end of the trail is the radio tower enclave at the top of the road. This is the turnaround point for most hikers. There are ways to get from the radio towers to the high points in the Casa Grande Mountains, but they are described elsewhere. Turn around and make your way back to your vehicle.
Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.
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.