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Top of Rainbow Escarpment, NV

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Distance Round Trip 4.67 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,462 feet
Elevation Gain 948 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,353 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2-3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.44
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10  2017-02-20 LindaAnn
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Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 60
Routes 401
Photos 4,338
Trips 1,346 map ( 9,703 miles )
Age 41 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  4:50am - 6:46pm
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Overview: A popular trail to the top of the southern end of the Rainbow Escarpment. Multiple use trails in the area allow for more exploration.

Details: There is a dirt parking area on the north side of the highway, with room for about a dozen cars. There are a few dirt roads at this lot, make sure not to block any private drives.

From the lot, you begin your hike on the dirt road heading straight north. There is a survey marker right at the beginning of the road. Ahead of you and to your right, you will see a communications tower, continue following the road that leads to this tower, making sure not to turn off on any of the other roads in the area. At the tower, the road ends at a gate, and turns into a trail, heading north-northeast, then turning east. At a mile into the hike, the trail turns sharply left, to the north, and the scenery starts to improve.

After another 0.5 miles, the trail forks at a cairn. You will take the right fork and head east again. The trail got a little faint in places through here, but it seemed like it always picked up again or a cairn was visible ahead, and generally headed east, slightly southeast. Every so often, the views opened up to the north, which provided great picture taking opportunities. Near the end of the trail, the rocks changed to a yellow & orange color, and the trail headed down to a saddle. The views to the east were incredible. There was plenty of room to scramble around on the rocks for various vantage points. This was the end of the easy trail, but if you to continue scrambling (Class 3 in places after that) to the southeast, you would end up at the summit of Windy Peak. It was wet and foggy the day I was here, so the saddle was my turnaround point.

Return to the trailhead the way you came up. There are several other trails that branch off this main trail, including one that heads north from that fork 1.5 miles in which seems to follow the ridgeline for a while.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2017-02-22 LindaAnn
    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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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From I-15, take Hwy 160 west approx 20.5 miles to Mater Mea Place. The road is not signed, but is on the right (north side of road) just before the passing lane ends. There is a dirt lot as soon as you turn in with room for about a dozen cars.
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