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Devastator Trail - South Mountain, AZ
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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.

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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.
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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
Avg Time One Way 30 minutes
Kokopelli Seeds 3.13
Author trekkin_gecko
Descriptions 3
Routes 251
Photos 2,989
Trips 2,002 map ( 12,832 miles )
Age 59
Location phoenix, az
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10  2017-08-13
Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly Loop
DarthStiller
9  2017-08-04
Mormon Loop via Devastator Trail
trekkin_gecko
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Backpack   No
Preferred   Mar, Feb, Nov, Dec → Any
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:55am - 7:06pm
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433 ft
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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.

Hike
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.
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    Directions
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    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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