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Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant, AZ

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 5 of 5
Distance One Way 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,795 feet
Elevation Gain 399 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.73
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Backpack No
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10  2018-11-01
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point
15  2018-10-13
Rainy day at Lake Pleasent
11  2018-04-23 RowdyandMe
14  2018-04-21
Lake Pleasant Wander
20  2018-03-03
Lake Pleasant & Frustum #19
10  2017-05-20 caragruey
14  2017-02-12
Pipeline Canyon Trail
1  2016-07-23 afrankie
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Author burntlizard
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Trips 219 map ( 933 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:13am - 6:35pm
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Sweet view of Lake Pleasant
by burntlizard

The is one of the newest trails for the Maricopa County park system at Lake Pleasant. It is one of three new trails in the area. The trail was completed in November of 2014 and adds to the parks 8.3 mile trail system.

Once the well marked trail comes off the Pipeline Canyon trail it becomes moderate and narrow in spots, with some nice switchbacks. The view becomes better as you head up. Jojoba, Brittle brush and big Saguaro Cactus line the trail. You can hear Canyon Wrens, Curve-billed Thrashers and Black-throated Sparrows up to the top, where then a group of Cliff Swallows will greet you by swiftly flying over. By far, this trail offers the best views of Lake Pleasant and the surrounding area in a 360 degree perspective. To the West there are big views of Hell's Canyon, Baldy Mountain and Peak 3465. To the North you have the Bradshaw mountains and to the East you can see 4 peaks, North Phoenix and of course, all of Lake Pleasant. This quick trail and hike are well worth the $$ you pay to enter the Park.

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2015-02-22 burntlizard
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Most recent Triplog Reviews
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
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Judy and I out looking for wildflowers and a burro would be a bonus. Main gate told us that the bridge on Pipeline Canyon Trial was not operational and suggested we start at the North end of the trail for a longer out and back hike. As we hiked Pipeline we came across Yavapai Point Trail so followed Pipeline to the bridge that is not operational because the ends are about 10 yards from the shore because the water line is up. On the return we hiked Yavapai and took it back to the parking lot. Moderate poppy's and brittle bush is just starting to open up. Next few weeks should be spectacular!

Mexican poppy, brittle bush
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
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Post-sunrise hike with cloud cover at Lake Pleasant was the perfect way to kick the day off. Saw a couple burros, quail, vulture, and larger lizard on the trail, and a few others who awoke for the early am stride. Stopped for a few at the top to take in the view of the much lower lake levels - about 20' difference from my last visit to the lake at this section in the spring. Noticed the 1924 USGS Survey Marker at the top and joked that our kids would joke that at one point you had to write to DC in order to get information....

Followed the hike up with a relaxing shoreline tailgate and swim at the lake...good start to the day.
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
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Impromptu hike decision late last night led me up to Lake Pleasant this morning. Started on the south end of Pipeline Canyon trail coming in from Scorpion Bay. I was the first car in the parking lot at 8:00 this morning. Ran into more people on the trail than I was expecting. Did the side trip up Yavapai Point and it was the highlight of the hike. The floating bridge was a close second. Saw two big fish near the shoreline from the bridge.
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Frustum #19 and CHOLLA BM
There are two trails in the narrow Pipeline Canyon, located just west of Pleasant Lake.
I started on the Pipeline Canyon Trail, then transitioned to ‘off-trail’ to search for Frustum #19. I then went up atop Pk 2178 to locate CHOLLA BM.

Both the frustum (actually a boundary marker in the shape of a frustum) and the benchmark were set in place in 1924, a few years before the first Pleasant Lake Dam was completed. Neither one is in jeopardy of ‘going underwater’, as they are far above the high waterline.

I played alot of ‘dodge-ball’ with healthy cholla on my way up a ridge to the frustum area.
Once atop the little sloping ridge, I finally located Maricopa/Yavapai Boundary Marker #19, hiding in the low morning sun. For being so close to humanity, I was impressed with its good condition. One can see where attempts were made to dislodge the three plaques from the frustum. The plaques ‘held strong’ and are in excellent shape. The concrete around the plaques display the brunt of the ill-fated attempts to dislodge those plaques.

Next was, ‘go find the benchmark’, that was set in association with this frustum. I had the Lat/Long for the BM, so that was no problem. CHOLLA Triangulation Station (1924), is located atop Pk 2178, just 1/3rd mile up the ridge to the northwest from Frustum #19. The surveyors must have been impressed with all the cholla plants, ergo the BM’s name. No reference or azimuth marks were set.

CHOLLA BM is literally located at the end of, and in the middle of, another trail - Yavapai Point Trail. CHOLLA BM is in very good shape, considering its location.
I left Pk 2178 off-trail, transitioned back to the Yavapai Point Tr, then to the Pipeline Canyon Tr.

This was a fun, easy hike with great views of the second largest reservoir in Arizona.
Plus I located the things I set out to locate. All good things.
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
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Early morning to try for sunrise photos over Lake Pleasant. Started at Walkin' Jim TH to avoid paying the fee, went down Cottonwood Creek for about a hundred yards and caught the trail system in. It was too cloudy for a beautiful sunrise which is okay since I underestimated the distance and wouldn't have made it to the viewpoint in time for sunrise anyway. I really enjoyed the view anyway, and the storm clouds all around were super impressive.
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant
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Great introductory hike to Lake Pleasant. Casual inclines that produce a 180 view of the Lake, a welcomed panoramic change from most other desert climbs. Lined with saguaros, the hike overlooks the Pipeline Canyon trail for much of the incline. This will be a common theme, but completing a hike with any type of water submersion is a bonus in my book! Bring a snack for the peak and enjoy the scenery - both natural and the recreationists acting a fool. Burro sightings were common as I overlooked from above.
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This is one of the newer trails in the Lake Pleasant area. The hike up was quiet and quite picturesque, as many of the Brittle brush and Jojoba plants are getting ready to explode. The Canyon Wrens were in full force and singing quite contently. I'd like to do this as a sunrise or sunset hike.

Permit $$
Maricopa Regional Parks - Fees more info

$7 per vehicle,$85 annual or trade your first born for the life pass

$2 walk, bike or horse ride into park

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
To hike
From Phoenix head north on I-17 to the Carefree Highway (SR74)
Go west 10.8 miles to Castle Hot Springs Road
Head north 2.1 miles to North Park Road
Go right into park and follow 3 miles to the southern trailhead (Pipeline Canyon trail)
Hike North on the Pipeline Canyon trail for approximately 1.66 miles and you will see the sign for Yavapai Point
page created by burntlizard on Feb 22 2015 1:08 pm
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