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Shaw Butte Trail #306, AZ
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This trail has two trailheads. The more popular is on Central Ave, just south of Thunderbird Rd. The other is on 15th Ave, just north of Peoria. Starting from the trailhead on Central, the trail begins as an easy service road. This part of the trail, from the trailhead to the top, is used often by service vehicles to access the vast array of communication towers up on the top. The trail here has relatively easy to moderate inclines that level off for about 25 to 50 yards.


When about to the top, there is an obvious fork in the trail. To your left, the service road continues a few more yards up to the antennas, and on your right the trail will begin to descend the western side of the butte. The deteriorating asphalt soon gives way to a rockier trail. On your right the trail will begin to continue around to the south side of the butte. This part of the trail is not nearly as busy as the first half. About 1/4 of the way down there are the remains of the old Cloud 9 restaurant that burned down back in Nov 1964. (Date and link clarified by a guest) Although they are a bit vandalized, they are interesting to check out.

From the old restaurant, the trail will have 2 options that get you to the trailhead on 15th Ave. One is a jeep trail, and the other, a trail that's a little less traveled.

If you live in the north valley, this trail is a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle of Squaw Peak and Camelback. Not nearly the workout, but if solitude is what you seek, this is a nice place to find some.

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faucet with potable water near the trailhead
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Popular Workout
Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 3.86 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,380 feet
Elevation Gain 702 feet
Accumulated Gain 840 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 - 1+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.06
Interest Peak
Author Brems
Descriptions 2
Routes 0
Photos 16
Trips 11 map ( 23 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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20  2017-03-10 Widowmaker
21  2017-02-04 Widowmaker
2  2017-02-04 kingsnake
5  2017-01-25 black_toes
9  2017-01-11 Widowmaker
3  2016-12-16 survivordude
12  2016-12-04 Widowmaker
7  2016-12-04
Shaw Butte with two twists
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18  2016-11-12
Phoenix Summit Challenge PHX4
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11  2016-10-08 Widowmaker
1  2016-09-25
Shaw Butte Towers Loop
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3  2016-07-31
Shaw Butte Loop Clockwise from VC
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Backpack   No
Preferred   Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:19am - 7:42pm
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by Brems

This trail has two trailheads. The more popular is on Central Ave, just south of Thunderbird Rd. The other is on 15th Ave, just north of Peoria. Starting from the trailhead on Central, the trail begins as an easy service road. This part of the trail, from the trailhead to the top, is used often by service vehicles to access the vast array of communication towers up on the top. The trail here has relatively easy to moderate inclines that level off for about 25 to 50 yards.


When about to the top, there is an obvious fork in the trail. To your left, the service road continues a few more yards up to the antennas, and on your right the trail will begin to descend the western side of the butte. The deteriorating asphalt soon gives way to a rockier trail. On your right the trail will begin to continue around to the south side of the butte. This part of the trail is not nearly as busy as the first half. About 1/4 of the way down there are the remains of the old Cloud 9 restaurant that burned down back in Nov 1964. (Date and link clarified by a guest) Although they are a bit vandalized, they are interesting to check out.

From the old restaurant, the trail will have 2 options that get you to the trailhead on 15th Ave. One is a jeep trail, and the other, a trail that's a little less traveled.

If you live in the north valley, this trail is a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle of Squaw Peak and Camelback. Not nearly the workout, but if solitude is what you seek, this is a nice place to find some.

Water
faucet with potable water near the trailhead
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    Trailhead with parking lot located on Central Ave, just south of Thunderbird Rd. Trailhead without parking lot located on 15th Ave, just north of Peoria Rd.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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    prehydrate & stay hydrated
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