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Bursera Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,124 feet
Elevation Gain 594 feet
Accumulated Gain 594 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.08
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Author LindaAnn
author avatar Guides 51
Routes 392
Photos 4,143
Trips 1,320 map ( 9,576 miles )
Age 41 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:20am - 7:41pm
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someday you'll find it, the bursera connection
by LindaAnn

Overview: Short connector trail in South Mountain Park from the western end of Ahwatukee up to the top of the ridge where Bursera Trail is located.

Hike: From the 3-way intersection of Chandler Blvd & Shaughnessey Road, cross (watch for cars, a lot of them run the stop signs at this intersection) to the north side of the road, and around the west side of and behind the small city water facility. There is a wide paved sidewalk to lead you around. Once on the north side of the facility, the sidewalk ends and the dirt path begins, signed by a postmarked Bursera Canyon.

The first half of the trail heads north-northeast towards the mountain, and is nearly flat, gaining only 100' in the first 0.55 miles. The trail surface is wide and rock-free, making for easy walking.

As the trail reaches the mountain, it parallels a granite filled drainage and starts to become much steeper. In a few places, the trail is in the drainage itself, but most of the time it runs just above on the left bank. This next 0.55 miles gains 500', so it becomes a much steeper hike than the first half would lead you to believe. The trail surface is still mostly good, with a few large rocks to step over. The drainage is quite fun to hike through, with a few bursera trees and plenty of saguaros. Early mornings and late afternoons would provide shade.

Nearing the top of the ridge, the trail veers north away from the drainage and switchbacks steeply uphill, connecting with Bursera Trail at the top of the ridge. Views in most directions open up, and you have a wide variety of trail options for a longer hike in the park, or you can turn around and descend back down for a quick workout hike.

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2020-04-28 LindaAnn

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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 the Loop 202-South Mountain Freeway to 17th Ave. Exit north on 17th Ave to Chandler Blvd. West on Chandler Blvd to where it meets Shaughnessey Road at a 3-way stop sign/intersection. There is room for about 7-8 vehicles to park on the bridge on the south side of Chandler at the intersection, or nearly unlimited room to park on the south shoulder of the road east and south of the bridge.

    Searching "16500 N Chandler Blvd, Phoenix AZ 85045" yes, North, in most mapping apps works very well for directions (better in google than apple, but still close)
    page created by LindaAnn on Apr 28 2020 9:42 am
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