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Mohave Ridgeline, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 0.68 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,919 feet
Elevation Gain 193 feet
Accumulated Gain 402 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.02
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Peak
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1  2015-01-19
Phoenix Mountains Medley
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Phoenix Mountains Medley
Author black_toes
author avatar Guides 4
Routes 51
Photos 1,545
Trips 348 map ( 1,247 miles )
Age 83 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov
Seasons   ALL
Sun  6:17am - 6:22pm
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In Piestewa's Shadow
by black_toes

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This trail is not on current park maps. Do not hike if signed do not enter.

This ridgeline is a lost place in one of the busiest Phoenix parks. Lying in between the legions doing Piestewa Peak on the west and the steady traffic on the Quartz Ridge Trail to the east, this little range is all but ignored. A faint and unmarked trail crosses the summits of this unimposing group of six peaks, all about 2,100' elevation, providing great vistas and surprising challenges.

I began the hike on the north end for a simple reason. I was not sure where the trail came out on the south. Or if it would come out at all. Or just peter out somewhere in the middle with scary terrain. I came up the Ruth Hamilton Tr (#8B) to the high saddle after parking at the Squaw Pk Drive dead end.

From the Elydia Davis Memorial bench I headed straight up Peak 2141 on the S rather than to continue E on the Hamilton Tr down to the Quartz Ridge (#8A). I was unprepared for the steep up and down and in places a vanishing path that required scrambling through brush and over boulders. From below on Squaw Peak Dr the ridgeline had appeared so mellow. The inner two peaks, #3 and #4, had seen little if any recent traffic. Peak #4 has a flat space on top and ample room to stretch out for a picnic or rest. Someone, apparently coming up from the south, spray-painted the north face of Peak #5 with blue graffiti.

The end of the trail comes out on the high and unmarked Mohave connector above the #202, but getting there wasn't easy. The south face of Peak #6 is very steep with treacherous footing, so it took time getting down. I completed the loop by continuing on the connector trail up a hill and them down to the Mohave Ramada and back on paved Squaw Pk Dr to where I started. The loop measured out at 2.07 miles.

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2014-05-27 black_toes

    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 downtown Phoenix take I-10 east, then turn north on HW 51. At the Glendale/Lincoln Dr exit make a right and travel about a half mile before making a left turn onto Squaw Peak Dr and past the Phoenix Mountain Preserve sign. Follow it until the road ends in a circle deadend. Take the Nature Trail on the right up to the Ruth Hamilton Tr.
    page created by black_toes on May 26 2014 11:05 pm
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