Sweet view of Lake Pleasant
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.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
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