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Helipad Trail - South Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 1.14 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,467 feet
Elevation Gain 281 feet
Accumulated Gain 354 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.32
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6  2021-02-12 LindaAnn
8  2020-12-06 cw50must
10  2020-01-18
Ray Road Access Trail - South Mountain
Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 401
Photos 4,338
Trips 1,344 map ( 9,692 miles )
Age 41 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Seasons   Early Autumn to Late Spring
Sun  5:38am - 7:31pm
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Enjoy the views
by LindaAnn

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Helipad Trail is a short side trip off Desert Classic to an old helipad overlooking the Ahwatukee Foothills. The trail seems to receive a lot of mountain bike use but is also a pleasant stroll on foot.

The trail starts on Desert Classic at trail post DC6.42 (formerly post 54) and heads south. You will drop down into a large wash, cross it, then head uphill toward a saddle. At the saddle, the trail forks (I believe the trail branching to the left will take you down to Ray Rd near 30th St), and you will take a right (west) and continue uphill, working your way up to the ridgeline. At the west end of the ridge sits the old helipad.

Enjoy the views, then either return the way you came or come down Goat Trail, which heads north to Desert Classic just a few hundred feet from the end of the Helipad trail. Goat Trail is about 0.35 miles in length and connects back to Desert Classic at trail post DC7.22

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2016-11-30 LindaAnn
  • 2020 South Mountain Park
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To Telegraph Pass Trailhead
From I-10 take Chandler Boulevard 4.8mi west to Desert Foothills Parkway. Turn right and follow 1.3mi. The parkway curves west. It's easy to find.

Quicker: Alternate route: From I-10 and the Loop 202 take Pecos Road west, which is a westward extension of the 202. Go 5 miles to Desert Foothills Parkway. Take a right going north on DFP for 2.5 miles to the trailhead on the right side of the road.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 19.4 mi - about 30 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 102 mi - about 1 hour 36 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 163 mi - about 2 hours 37 mins
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