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Ridgeline Trail via Overlook Trail - FHP, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 4.18 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,464 feet
Elevation Gain 870 feet
Accumulated Gain 870 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.53
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10  2020-12-12 DarthStiller
12  2020-12-05
Adero Canyon
7  2020-12-01 MEWhiteman
Author MEWhiteman
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Routes 93
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Trips 354 map ( 2,723 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Nov → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:35am - 7:32pm
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The Ridgeline Trail is relatively new (as of this description in Dec 2020) in the Fountain Hills McDowell Mountain Preserve (FHP), aka Sonoran Preserve of Fountain Hills (SPFH). It is an out and back hike reached by following the Overlook Trail from the Adero Canyon Trailhead. There are 360-degree views from many spots along the hike.

The Ridgeline Trail is easy to follow and goes along or near a ridge that heads SE from the Adero Canyon Trailhead. As such, it has a sawtooth profile and provides a decent workout over about 4.2 miles round trip and 870 feet aeg. There are numerous switchbacks, so there are no steep sections of trail.

From the trailhead, pass through the gate and turn right almost immediately onto the Overlook Trail. At .23 miles (N33.62102° W111.77439°) at the junction with the Easy Access Trail, stay on the Overlook Trail. At 0.48 miles (N33.62019° W111.77262°), turn right onto the Ridgeline Trail. This is where it officially begins. At 1.2 miles (N33.61463° W111.76578°), the trail splits. The trail goes on both sides of the knob giving the hiker different views on the out and back legs. I took the right leg on the way out. At 1.37 miles (N33.61403° W111.76442°), the split rejoins the route. This provides a convenient turnaround for those wishing for a shorter hike.

The main trail continues onward and ends on a hill at 2.09 miles (N33.61016° W111.75992°). Turn around here and retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

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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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2020-12-02 MEWhiteman
    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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    To Adero Canyon Trailhead
    From Loop 101 and Shea Blvd head east on Shea Blvd for 7.8 miles. Then turn left on N Palisades Blvd and continue 1.1 miles. Turn left at the stop sign onto Eagle Ridge Drive and continue 2.4 miles until you reach the Adero Canyon Trailhead. Note that along the way Eagle Ridge Drive first becomes N 143rd Way and then becomes N Eagle Ridge Drive.

    • February 2019: There is road construction on Eagle Ridge Dr, and the last mile to the trailhead is on a well-graded, unpaved road. However, that section of the road will ultimately be paved.
    • January 2020 FHP writes: Fountain Hills (Parks & Wildlife Dept..480-816-5100): Adero Cyn TH/Parking is presently "only" accessible for parking access at the closed chain link fence ~1 mile "prior-to" TH Parking on N. Eagle Ridge Drive. M-F Trailhead access from ~1 mile up road is only legal from 3pm daily. Sat & Sun TH access from ~1 mile up road is legal from dawn to dusk.
    • 2020-02-15 Yoder writes: Road to trailhead parking is closed due to construction. You may want to go to the Sunrise Trailhead parking.
    • 2020-11-09 Grasshopper writes: Officially opened, and the road to the Parking / TH is now paved.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 43 min (32.3 miles)
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 2 h 7 min (131 miles)
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 2 h 28 min (155 miles)
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