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Sunset Park - Red Mountain Ranch, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,425 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
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10  2021-01-02 paulhubbard
Author paulhubbard
author avatar Guides 6
Routes 18
Photos 2,902
Trips 183 map ( 722 miles )
Age 63 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:38am - 7:28pm
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When you "Heart" a good quick hike
by paulhubbard

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Overview
Located at the north end of Red Mountain Ranch, this is the starting point for a myriad of paths that spiderweb the area between Red Mountain Ranch and the Canal that starts at Granite Reef Dam at the end of the Lower Salt River recreation area. One feature of the area is a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook School incident. This can be seen on Google Satellite at N33° 30.241' W-111° 42.511'.


Hike
Starting at the northwest end of E Viewmont Circle. Head northwest over the small bridge and onto the very obvious pathway that parallels the fenceline for Tally Defense systems property (no trespassing signs that can't be missed).

Once you get to a small hill, you can go around it in either direction, but we prefer clockwise for good views west and a nice view of Red Mountain. At the northwestern side of the hill, choose any one of the many paths that head northeast, and go toward a small "mesa" between the mountain and the Salt River. When you top out at the little mesa, you'll find a few rock-lined trails that lead to the Sandy Hook tribute.

This is a good turn-around point. Choose any of the numerous paths, and head back. You can't get lost!

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2021-01-02 paulhubbard
    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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    E Viewmont Cir, Mesa, AZ 85215

    From Phoenix
    Take the east Loop 202 to Recker Road. Go north on Recker Road into Red Mountain Ranch, until the road comes to a tee. Turn left and park in the cul-de-sac at the end of Viewmont Circle. The trail starts just northeast of there between the two homes at the end of the road.
    page created by paulhubbard on Jan 02 2021 7:42 pm
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