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someday you'll find it, the bursera connection
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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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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