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Victory Staircase - Verrado, AZ

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Distance Lasso-Loop 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,390 feet
Elevation Gain 350 feet
Accumulated Gain 500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4
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9  2019-11-30 mt98dew
Author mt98dew
author avatar Guides 23
Routes 19
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Trips 1,764 map ( 10,370 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix,Az
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Verrado's Stepchild
by mt98dew

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Trails are provided for the enjoyment of Verrado residents and their guests only.
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Verrado has been a burgeoning community for the last 10 years, however their proclaimed forthcoming trail system has been stagnant. Verrado has finally made good on creating a short, but credible trail for the hiking aficionado. The trail is as of yet not signed, though it is easy enough to follow. And as of yet does not have an official name (that I know of), but locals have dubbed it Victory Staircase. Once a person sees the trail the reason for its name because obvious, the first 0.15 miles is composed of railroad ties that form steps up the side of a hill. The rest of the trail is composed of compact dirt and thoughtfully designed stoned steps that form an upper or lower loop option. This trail is very similar to Sunrise and West Wing Trails (only smaller), in that it is an isolated, self contained system.

The trails begins by climbing over 300 steps made of railroad ties that gain you a little over 200ft to start the hike. Just before the end of the railroad ties there is a trail that heads off to the south that offers the first loop option. This can be easily missed since it is not signed and most eyes are focused toward the ending of the steps. Where the railroad ties end a dirt trail begins that interact with the 3 hills that compose this system. From the ties that dirt trail continues to climb switchbacking up the east side of the hill. You gain about another 150 ft to get to the top of the hill. Along the way there are several nice platforms to look off toward the east. From my limited experience I believe that most hikers turn around at the ties or at the top of this hill. The top of the hill is high elevation point for this trail. However, the trail does continue.

The trail follows a saddle towards a taller peak. About 0.35 miles in there is a branch in the trail. One trail holds its elevation, going along the slope of this taller peak, but it never tempts to climb it. The other trail begins a gradual descent as it works its way along the eastern side of a smaller hill. Both trails end up reconnecting, so it doesn't matter which branch you take. The higher trail is about 0.3 miles (before reconnecting) and circles around the western side of the hill. The aforementioned lower trail is a little more direct, being only 0.2 miles before reconnecting. Where these trails reconnect there is a third branch that drops down below these two and after doing some minor switchbacking heads in a north-south direction. This trails has some ups and downs as it negotiates the slopes of the hill and eventually connects to the railroad ties. This segment is only 0.4 miles long. All these trails interconnect, offering several loop options. None of which are of great length. If one were to do all the trails (loops) in this system it would total 1.6 miles approximately.

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There are no restrooms or water sources at this TH, so come prepared. And though the trail is not lengthy, there is some decent elevation gain.

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2019-12-04 mt98dew
    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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take I-10 to Verrado Way and then take Verrado Way 3.5 miles north to where the road (currently) ends. There is dirt parking on the west side with enough room for 30+ vehicles. The TH is just a few hundred yards further north.
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