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Union Peak Trail - Sonoran Preserve, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 0.44 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,999 feet
Elevation Gain 265 feet
Accumulated Gain 265 feet
Avg Time One Way 15 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.32
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18  2021-11-30
Tortoise Owl Union Cactus Valle Hawk Loop
tibber
19  2021-11-12
Great Horned Tortoise - Union Peak Lasso Loop
joebartels
5  2021-09-19
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
trekkin_gecko
3  2021-09-19
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
johnlp
14  2021-04-26
Hawk Valle Union Tortoise
tibber
15  2021-04-07
Union Peak Loop plus
tibber
12  2021-01-17
Union Peak-Great Horned Owl Plus
tibber
8  2020-11-13
Union-Dixie-Western Vista
LindaAnn
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 841
Photos 12,826
Trips 5,229 map ( 26,536 miles )
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan → 7 AM
Sun  5:36am - 7:33pm
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by joebartels

Hike
Union Peak Trail begins at the 0.45-mile point of the Great Horned Owl Trail from its NW origin. Lazy switchbacks weave two rock outcrops 0.32-mi up to a mini ridgeline. A false summit is encountered before the 2383 ft summit of Union Peak. The entire trail is a forgiving 11% grade. With the exception of a steep spot, this seems like a worthy mountain bike ride to a peak.


Options
Great Horned Owl Trail and Cactus Wren Trail make nice looping options with iconic desert cacti that sing at sunrise. For a complete overview of the southern Sonoran Preserve, include Dixie Summit in your hike.

Synopsis
I approached this trail to document and check it off as done. Let's not get all teary-eyed but the layout of the trail won me over. That said, the views did not grasp me. All the popular mountain ranges are in place but distant homes caught my eye more than atop Piestewa in the city.

Mild Fun Fact
The north end of the trail is ~near parallel with 2nd St downtown Phoenix. The summit is parallel with Central Ave.

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2021-11-16 joebartels
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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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To Desert Vista Trailhead
From I-17 and Jomax Rd, take Jomax to it's east end. Turn left on North Valley Pkwy, right on Copperhead Trail, left on Melvern Trail, and right on Desert Vista Trail to go behind the neighborhood community center. Desert Vista dead ends at the trailhead parking lot. Studying a map before you go is recommended as the trailhead is somewhat hidden in the neighborhood.

Address: 1901 W Desert Vista Trail, Phoenix

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 29.4 mi, 34 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 134 mi, 2 hours 4 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 122 mi, 1 hour 54 mins
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