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Casa Grande North Mtn Park - Nature Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 1.29 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,706 feet
Elevation Gain -64 feet
Accumulated Gain 74 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 35 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 1.66
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6  2019-01-28 Stoic
6  2016-04-26 chumley
8  2013-04-25 PaleoRob
2  2013-03-24 black_toes
20  2012-05-17 PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 137
Routes 111
Photos 5,253
Trips 942 map ( 2,097 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:15am - 6:24pm
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Casa Grande's "other" mountain park
by PaleoRob

Overview
The "Nature Trail" at North Mountain Park in Casa Grande is the only established trail in the park. It winds 1.3 miles across the desert scrubland, allowing isolation and views of the mountains on the Gila River Indian Reservation. The trail is not challenging, nor terribly interesting for most of its length. It is much less used than the popular trails on Casa Grande Mountain.

Warning
There is essentially no shade along the route, and definitely no water.

Hike
The hike starts from the trailhead kiosk, which is hidden behind some bushes and a shade ramada from the main park road. From the main parking area, head south towards the next ramada. You'll see the kiosk on your right, next to one of the 4 stone and wood foot bridges along the trail.

From the ramada, the trail heads south through creosote scrub and scattered palo verdes, and around some low ridges of granite boulders. This is probably the most scenic section of the trail. After crossing the park road, the trail bends to the east and approaches the main entrance road. From here through the rest of the trail, you are basically walking through creosote scrub. In the last quarter mile follows a shallow dry wash. There are numerous saguaros, palo verde, and Ironwood. There are three wooden/stone bridges along this stretch, along with another road crossing. The trail dips down into the wash after the road. After 100 yards or so of wash hiking, you find yourself back at the kiosk and trailhead.

There are some plants labeled along the trail, but to call this a "nature trail" is kind of stretching things. If you keep your eyes peeled, though, you can see some wildlife. There are coyotes, snakes, lizards, hawks, quail, doves, vultures, rabbits, and others. In the spring the desert blooms, and polinating insects abound as flowers blossom.

Water Sources
None on the trail, but the park entrance has a spigot.

Camping
Make arrangements with Casa Grande Parks for a permit - camping is allowed at designated sites within the park.

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2012-05-17 PaleoRob
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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.

Most recent Triplog Review
Casa Grande North Mtn Park - Nature Trail
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The only reason I did this was because I didn't think it had been hiked before and I figured it could use an official route. Upon returning home I realized CasaGrandeRob had already done the honors. I did put in a name correction request since it seems most of the triplogs think this is some other North Mountain Park. Hopefully the new name will prevent further confusion!

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To hike
From Casa Grande, take I-10 to the McCartney exit. Take McCartney east to Cox. Turn left on Cox and follow it all the way north. At Waverly, Cox turns to a dirt road and curves around the hill. Cox ends in a large gravel lot at the park entrance. Follow the park road into the park. Keep right at the first fork, then make a left at the T junction. This track ends in a nice parking area with a turn around by Ramada 1. The trailhead is just to the south of the parking area.
page created by PaleoRob on May 17 2012 9:39 pm
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