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Devastator Trail - South Mountain, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 0.93 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,223 feet
Elevation Gain 659 feet
Accumulated Gain 659 feet
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 3.13
Backpack No
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10  2017-08-13
Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly Loop
9  2017-08-04
Mormon Loop via Devastator Trail
Author trekkin_gecko
author avatar Guides 5
Routes 340
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Age 61 Female Gender
Location phoenix, az
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Preferred   Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar → Any
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Sun  6:16am - 6:25pm
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by trekkin_gecko

HAZ Notice
Use at your own risk. This trail is not listed by the managing agency park service. Hiking undesignated park trails might get you a ticket. Check for park signage.

While looking at the South Mountain map when posting other hikes, I've noticed this trail. It begins where South Mountain avenue dead ends just east of 28th street. A groomed gravel bike path runs east to 32nd street, crosses the street and picks up on the other side as a rockier dirt path. Skirting a gated housing development, the path turns south and starts to gain elevation at an easy grade. The grade gets steeper and the trail rockier, heading south and occasionally west past a couple of drainages and several large boulder piles. Footing is a mix of sand, loose rock and bedrock. One section is loose and eroded, probably made worse by yesterday's monsoon storm. The grade is moderate, gaining 650 feet in less than a mile. Eventually the trail tops out at one of the high points along Mormon Loop trail. There is a small line of rocks and a cairn to mark that point.

On the map, this is Devastator trail. It seems like a neighborhood connector that is well worn and easy to follow. The only option other than a short up and back is connecting with Mormon loop trail. Those who are trying to hit all the trails in the park now have one more to check off.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

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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2017-08-04 trekkin_gecko

    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Devastator Trail - South Mountain
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    Mormon Loop via Devastator Trail
    noticed devastator trail whenever i look at the south mountain map on haz
    finally got around to checking it out this morning
    it runs from the south mountain ave dead end up to mormon loop
    an alternative to mormon trailhead
    obvious trail, perhaps suffering from some erosion due to last night's storm
    just under a mile to where it tops out at mormon loop, so i did the loop with national and came back down devastator
    will post some pics of trail and parking area
    not sure how often or how long i'd want to leave my vehicle there, although it's a nice enough neighborhood
    sunny and humid this morning
    saw two people: one hiker and one mountain biker
    two chuckwallas and a desert iguana
    what I've been thinking are smaller desert iguanas are something else; will have to get a photo for id
    had fun doing something different but can't say as i will utilize this trail very often

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    from 24th and baseline, go south to south mountain ave
    turn left and continue until street dead ends just past 28th street
    trailhead is marked by some boulders
    page created by trekkin_gecko on Aug 04 2017 11:58 am
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